The BIUST invited the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) Chief Executive Officer Stefan Festival as the Guest speaker at the three day program which included a guest presentation form BITRIs CEO, Professor Shedden Masupe. Other key activities included exhibitions and displays, seminars, talk shows, symposia, demonstrations/shows, and one on one interactions between inventors, interested members of the public and the media.
Officially opening the 2016 STEM Festival Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) Chief Executive Officer Stefan Schwarzfischer said the STEM festival is an opportunity for organisations in the industry of science and technology to network with their future human resource. It is also an opportunity for parastatals and government institutions to motivate students and demonstrate areas through which research, science and technology has contributed to the improvement and growth of the country’s economy.
BPC’S CEO Schwarzfischer stated through BIUST, the Government of Botswana has ensured that research, science and technology programs offered by the institution addresses the local demand for skills in science and technology based industries, thereby meeting the demands of ever changing economic environment.
Driving a point home to BIUST students the BPC CEO said, they were all empowered with exclusive training considering the scarcity of skills they will acquire upon completion of their programs. “These skills will benefit Botswana to remain relevant and globally competitive in as far as research, science and technology are concerned. BIUST students consider yourself a rare charm and do nurture the skills that you will acquire from here into the future,” he said.
He pledged support for BIUST objectives to become a vehicle for science and technology development through research and technology transfer by making BPC resources available for employment creation and investment.