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IDM and Indiana University Strengthen Collaboration
The Institute of Development Management (IDM) recently hosted faculty from Indiana University (IU). Timothy Smith, Director of International Relations and Business Development at the Kelly School of Business (IU) and Rex Stockton, Chancellor’s Professor at IU were in Gaborone from 23rd – 28th January 2018 to strengthen collaboration between the two institutions, as well as enhance IDM’s programmes through capacity building activities and program review and design.
Dr Onalenna Seitio-Kgokgwe, IDM Botswana Country Director said the visit reaffirmed their commitment and collaboration to a partnership they have enjoyed over the years. “IDM continues to establish and maintain solid relationships with international institutions of repute to enhance our product offering and learner experience.
Indiana University has been our partner for many years and out of this partnership we have seen collaborative projects and programmes, and enhanced our teaching-learning processes. We have further strengthened our research capacity through collaborative projects that generated evidence that informed programs and policy decisions for the betterment of our country,” she said. For the past few years, IDM/IU partnership has focused on strengthening public health and entrepreneurship programs. In the area of Public Health, the two institutions collaborated in developing robust public health programs which offer learners an exciting opportunity to innovate, develop and implement concepts that play a pivotal role in influencing positive change in the Health and Wellness sector in Botswana. In addition IDM/IU conducted a number of research studies in the area of HIV/AIDS, and disseminated the results through various approaches including publishing.
The Kelly School of Business in Indiana has contributed significantly by supporting not only our teaching staff but also entrepreneurs in Botswana “Our collaboration with IU and in particular the Kelly School of Business also offers a window of opportunity for the youth and women entrepreneurs. We are beginning to see transfer of skills that will enable entrepreneurs to improve performance of their businesses. While in Botswana, IU faculty conducted coaching and mentoring training for IDM core team that is currently mentoring a group of 30 young entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs also had a golden opportunity to be trained by the Director from the Kelly School of business. Their training focused on the role of networking in building and growing their business which I belief is critical in development of these young people’s businesses.”
These activities form part of IDM’s Entrepreneurship Incubation Hub which was born out of the partnership with IU. Dr. Kgokgwe said IDM is a home-grown institution that strives to develop programmes with a positive impact at national level, adding that they continue to respond to the needs and aspirations of government to maintain relevance in the local market. For his part, IDM Coordinator, Tebatso Paul said the recent increase in the number of non- communicable diseases has the public health programme so that more focus is done around prevention than treatment. Paul said IDM has a strong team in public health, with highly experienced health practitioners. He said they are proud of their achievements so far, adding “there is the need for more research that is more contextual in order to redefine our area in public health and deal with other challenges that Botswana encounters in regard to public health,” IDM also offers short training courses including Monitoring and Evaluation, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Counselling, Health Care Leadership and Management and quality improvement.