College of medicine robes students
Education and training are critical to capacity building, citizen economic empowerment as well as social and economic development, the senate chairperson of DDT College of Medicine (DDTCOM), Mr Ralph Chepete, has said.
Mr Chepete said at the college’s event where the first intake of 130 students were robbed white coats and also took their oath.
“There is need for the private educational institutions like DDTCOM to offer programmes and skills that are more responsive to the needs of the labour market,” he said.
He said DDTCOM had gone a long way in being part of fulfilment of the country’s NDP 10 and its national strategy on human resource development for Botswana to produce its own high end medical professionals and positioning Botswana as a health innovation hub region.
He added that there was continued collaboration with all stakeholders, including Ministry of Education skills and Development and Ministry of Health, which provided confidence in the funding and eventual employ ability on completion.
Mr Chepete said DDTCOM was citizen owned and that made them have much interest in providing quality education.
“Let me congratulate the students here today for being part of the ambassadors of DDTCOM. You should also demonstrate that you have been admitted to the noble profession of medical sciences," he expressed.
He also thanked government for prioritising education as the integral part of Botswana's development. “The current government has demonstrated their commitment by allocating P10.6 billion to the education sector in 2016 budget, which had been the case in the past where substantial resources were invested in the development of skills for the country's workforce. On her part, the vice chancellor for DDT, Dr Tumelo Tlhoiwe, said DDTCOM was aspiring to graduating health professional teams critical to the health system. She said the white coat ceremony was a rite of passage in welcoming the new medical students into the medical profession. “The white coat itself serves as a symbol and reminder to health professionals of their duties as prescribed in the DDTCOM hyppocratic Oath. Dr Tlhoiwe said the DDTCOM from its inception had focused on technology based instruction and learning such as taking Electronic exams, adding that such innovations were in order that graduates will march the best world and have a far reaching impact such as in post graduate continued medical education, research, electronic learning and specialisations. “DDTCOM opened its doors for its first intake in August 2015. It is dedicated to transforming the lives through health education and world class product development research and innovation globally.