Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) has established a new campus in Sierra Leone, which has already started operating with 1,200 students.
The campus was established last month making it the fourth LUCT campus on the continent after others in Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana, which is the biggest and oldest LUCT campus in Africa.
Since the Botswana campus is the biggest LUCT campus on the continent, Batswana staffers were recruited to help with the logistics at the new campus.
“The Botswana staff has been helping with the establishment of the campus since they are more familiar with the vision and ethos of Limkokwing. They will definitely play another part in the establishment of the Namibian campus,” said LUCT Regional Vice Chancellor Professor Cedric Bell.
He noted that due to past work that LUCT has done, governments in other African countries have invited them to establish campuses in their respective countries.
The Sierra Leone campus was supposed to be established in 2014, but due to the Ebola crisis they had to postpone plans of opening the campus.
Apart from the new Sierra Leone campus, LUCT is planning on opening another campus in Namibia before the end of this year. “We are here to make change in the tertiary education landscape. Locally we are planning on opening a campus in Francistown,” Bell said.
He stated that with the creative courses offered at LUCT, their objective is to produce graduates with an entrepreneurial mind who will help in boosting the economic system through creating jobs in Botswana and Africa as a whole.
LUCT has played a role in introducing creative academic courses and also having classes for students living with special needs and disabilities. The Botswana campus recently received 15 Namibian students living with disabilities, who will be studying at the campus.
“Working with students living with special needs and disabilities is part of our academic DNA. We have the care and passion of working with these students. We want to give them hope that they can be someone in life despite living with disabilities,” he said.
On his recent visit to the Gaborone campus, President Ian Khama was impressed that the tertiary institution catered for students living with disabilities.
By Duminasi Ncube