Vice Chancellor of University of Botswana Will Visit Daemen College April 21-22

Visit Follows Signing of Memorandum of Understanding Agreement between Daemen, University of Botswana

April 3, 2012



Contact:    Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472



           Daemen College will welcome Dr. Thabo T. Fako, Vice Chancellor of the University of Botswana, and Director of Institutional Planning Dr. Phonan Jackalas to the Daemen campus April 21-22, 2012. Dr. Fako and Dr. Jackalas’ arrival follows a visit April 16-21 to Daemen by students and faculty from the University of Botswana Department of Visual Arts and Performing Arts, to participate in the 2012 Daemen College Academic Festival. 


           The back-to-back visits to Daemen represent the first stages of a collaboration between Daemen and the University of Botswana, centered on academic mutually beneficial areas.


           “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Fako and Dr. Jackalas to Daemen College,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “This visit is symbolic of the collaborative relationship that now exists between our two institutions. Our partnership is wide-ranging, and involves faculty & student exchanges; research; teaching; and experiential programs beneficial to both the University of Botswana and Daemen.


           “This visit, and the earlier performances at the Daemen College Academic Festival by University of Botswana arts students and faculty are indicative of the real potential of the collaboration between our two institutions. It fits very well into Daemen’s quest to have students really understand and be comfortable with the world in which we live.”  


           “It is an honor to welcome Dr. Thabo Fako, Vice Chancellor of the University of Botswana, one of the leading institutions of higher education in Africa today,” said Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Africa Initiative at Daemen College. “Under his leadership, and the leadership of Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen we are confident that the Daemen/University of Botswana partnership will grow to the highest levels of excellence.”


           In August, 2010, Daemen administration and faculty representatives visited the University of Botswana to explore the possibility of forging a partnership of mutual interests between the two institutions. Meetings were held in three major academic areas of the University of Botswana, including the Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of the Sciences; and Faculty of Sociology & Development Studies. The current Memorandum of Understanding was forged following additional discussions.   


           Key areas of interest for the collaboration between Daemen and the University of Botswana now include linking Daemen’s new Global & Local Sustainable Communities Program to the Development Studies Program at the University of Botswana; Gender Studies; Sociology of Health Studies; Political Sociology; Service Learning; and Environmental & Energy Studies. Also discussed were African & Black Studies; English Literature; Arts; Theater; Library Studies; and History and Political Science, among others.


           University of Botswana officials have stated that their effort to promote and market the University worldwide is focused on attracting more international students and establishing partnerships with colleges and universities around the world.


           The University of Botswana and Daemen College share goals in this regard, which include creating an environment characterized by diverse cultures emanating from global student exchange programs, which allow students to gain valuable skills and knowledge that can be used in the economies and workplaces of the future.

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