African Ceremony Highlights Academic Achievement

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Date posted: 22 March 2012

Academics from the University of Derby swapped the cool British climate for the African heat when they attended the awards ceremony of students graduating from the Botswana Accountancy College (BAC), one of the University's international partners.

The University of Derby's Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, and Programme Leader, Dr Simon Dupernex, joined the 109 Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MSc Strategic Management (Online) graduates at the ceremony, which was held on March 10 at the College in Gaborone, Botswana.

The proud occasion was presided over by Michael Lesolle, Executive Director of BAC and Professor John Coyne, who were delighted to present each student, including BAC's very own UG Portfolio Manager, Aubrey Mbewe, with their awards.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "The ceremony was a great reminder of why higher education is so important. We had exceptional postgraduate students who had made huge personal commitments to complete our programme alongside very full professional lives.

"We were delighted to have as our guest speaker the Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank Botswana, Moatlhodi Lekaukau, and to have so many distinguished representatives of government and commerce in our audience. The University of Derby programme is clearly fully embraced by the community it serves."

Michael Lesolle added: "We're delighted that our partnership with the University of Derby continues to grow whilst generating such high calibre graduates towards Botswana's national strategy of skills capacity building and human capital development. Today's graduates take it a step further by raising the bar towards leadership and innovation. The ceremony marks the beginning of an exciting time for our graduates and we wish them the very best of luck for the future."

The BAC, which was established in 1996, is a well respected national institution characterised by a quality academic environment.

Students have on-site support and are taught directly by Derby staff in Africa; who they may also contact via email, Skype and video conferencing. They also have access to University electronic resources, such as library materials.

For further information on the University of Derby and its international partnerships, visit and Botswana Accountancy College and its other offerings visit

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