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LIMKOKWING UNIVERSITY EMPOWERS THE CREATIVE SECTOR

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Limkokwing University has been recognised for its tireless effort to empower people and the transformation of communities in developing countries worldwide. In 2017, it was named an UN Academic Impact University for its culture of intellectual social responsibility.

The University has been cited by the World Bank and UNESCO for its creative and innovative model of education which is embedded in every program. This success has led to the University being invited by the World Bank to share their model of education for the developing countries in Washington and Islamabad.

The Founder President of Limkokwing University Worldwide, Tan Sri Dr. Limkokwing has been driven by his strong belief that youth should have access to high quality education relevant to today’s globalised world. “Education changes lives, no young person should be denied the transformative power of a great education”, he has said many times. 

Following recently launched the 100 Tan Sri Limkokwing Scholarships worth P 17 267 340.00 by Honourable Tumiso Rakgare under the Limkokwing Foundation of Excellence in Education the University in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport & Culture Development (MYSC), the University extended its role in empowering the Creative Industries sector by announcing scholarships to 20 personalities within the arts industry last week Wednesday in partnership with MYSC. 

The scholarships which cover 100% Full Tuition ONLY were administered through various criterias by the University Scholarship Board in collaboration with the ministry and were distributed across various strategic sectors within the creative industry including artists, promoters, actors, choreographers, producers, A & R personnel, songwriters, engineers and disc jockeys amongst others. 

The Assistant Minister MYSC Honourable Buti Billy, who was the guest of honour at the scholarships beneficiaries official announcement event said, “This initiative is testimony of a good working relationship between MYSC and Limkokwing. As Government, we are committed to creating jobs for young people and always encourage the private sector to come on board to assist. I am elated to see the vision of Tan Sri Limkokwing and the entire leadership of the University adhering to this call of transforming lives. Tan Sri Limkokwing, what you are doing to promote the creative sector is extremely commendable and we thank you”, he highlighted. 

Also speaking at the event was Limkokwing Vice Chancellor Dr. Gape Kaboyakgosi who welcomed the awardees by sharing the founding philosophy of the University as espoused by the Founder President for raising young people which states that upon completion of their studies all Limkokwing Graduates should think beyond employability, skilled, highly tech savvy and enterprising. 

For her part, Ms. Zenzele Hirshfeld who spoke on behalf of the awardees stated, “This sponsorship comes at a time where our industry is highly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, thus we are now confident there is hope at the end of the tunnel for the Creative Industry. We are extremely grateful to Tan Sri Limkokwing & the University for partnering with MYSC on this life changing opportunity which will allow us to grow individually and collectively to empower other Botswana within this sector.  This sponsorship will go a long way in the development of the creative sector and assist in making our industry a professional hub which can proudly compete globally”.

The scholarships have been offered to upcoming and well known role players in the arts industry such as Scar, DJ’s Ricky Lamar, Fondo Fire & Colastrow, Massie Hule, Tshepo Lesole, Bofelo Segokgo, Exotic, Botho Mothudi, Fumani Tekere and Berry Heart among others. 

The official announcement event was graced by representatives from organisations of the creative sector such as, Thapong Visual Arts, Botswana Society of the Arts,  Botswana Musicians Union and Botswana Entertainment and Promoters Association.  

Limkokwing University strives to produce graduates who can contribute meaningfully to society and industry. The University produces global graduates who are industry ready, look beyond employability upon graduation and future leaders who will take part in decisions making that will contribute towards national developments in their countries