About UB



 Why UB


  • Well-resourced University enrolling over 15,000 students.
  • World-class science and engineering laboratories equal in quality to those at many European and North American universities.
  • There is a major research station on the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world spreading over 15 000km² of the Kalahari.
  • Visiting international students may enrol in regular classes for a semester or year.
  • International students may enrol for three credit hours in research and obtain an academic staff advisor.
  • All lectures are in English.
  • Special classes offered in Setswana, the national language.
  • The University maintains an international student office to provide special services like handling of visas and advising on a wide range of non-academic matters.
  • Safe and secure campuses
  • An on-campus clinic providing free medical service and referrals is available to all registered students.
  • Extensive recreation facilities that include indoor and outdoor sports courts, olympic-size pool, sports stadium and exercise facilities.
Priority Area No Strategic Priority Areas
1 Extending Access and Participation
2 Providing Relevant and High Quality Programmes
3 Intensifying Research Performance
4 Strengthening Engagement
5 Improving the Student Experience
6 Enhancing Human Resources for Excellence in Delivery
Fast Facts About UB
  • 15 146.00 Distributed students across various programmes of study
  • 35 Years of Educating the Nation
  • 115 Hectors – Main Campus
  • 67 Hectors – Maun Campus
  • 827 Academic staff – 65% Batswana; 35% International



Historic Background

The University of Botswana was established in 1982. It was formerly part of a tri-country university, known as the University of Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland (UBBS), established in 1964. After Botswana and Lesotho became independent in 1966, the University was renamed the University of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland (UBLS). In 1975 Lesotho withdrew from the partnership and established its own national university and UBLS transformed into the University of Botswana and Swaziland (UBS). The University existed with two separate University Colleges of Botswana and Swaziland (UCB and UCS) until 1982 when the University was amicably divided into two separate national universities. Batswana (People of Botswana) and other stakeholders made contributions of all types (including cash, cattle, grain, etc.) towards accomplishing the set target to build the new national university. As a result, many citizens have a personal sense of ownership with respect to the University and its students.


Contact Details :
Student Centre Building, Block 139, Office 127