The Office of Staff & Student Outreach (OSSO) is made up of the Human Resources Department and the Students and Alumni Affairs Department – SAAD. The OSSO provides centralized services to the staff, students, alumni and community. The broad spectrum of services in this office is implemented through the Human Resources Department and Student and Alumni Affairs Department. This office espouses the spirit of positive social change for development of individuals and the community at large.
Providing quality educational experience is the primary mandate of the SAAD Department. The departments offer services such as counseling, career development and guidance, internships, job placements, sports, culture and recreation, student's grievance handling and resolution etc. Botho University continues to value the never ending relationship with its graduates, hence the continued network with all our alumni through the Botho University Alumni Association (BUAA).
OSSO is an intrinsic part of the community; therefore we value the mutual partnership that exists between BU and the community. In light of the above, our staff, students and alumni are actively engaged in community support initiatives. These initiatives exist through partnerships with local, regional and international stakeholders. In a nutshell, OSSO exists to nurture raw talent into morally upright, well rounded and employable graduates!!
STUDENTS AND ALUMNI AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT – SAAD
It is a student centered department that ‘enhance out of classroom education through quality support services and programmes’. Services offered by the department are:
Counseling Services :
The unit is available to provide students with psychosocial support, career counseling and academic advising.
The student relations unit is responsible for ensuring good relations between the students and the university at large as well as promoting student governance, by overseeing Student Representative Council (SRC) operations.
The unit provides students with a platform to lodge complaints when they feel that they have been unfairly treated.
Special Needs Support
The special needs unit is responsible for managing the welfare of students with special learning needs. The services include: special accommodation during exams, classroom support and resource lab/centre among others.
Internships, Graduate Placement & Career Development
The unit deals with connecting students with appropriate internship opportunities and assisting graduates in seeking employment. The unit is also responsible for helping students determine and fulfill their career goals through a variety programs, services, and resources.
The Alumni Relations Unit aims to foster a lifelong relationship between the university and its graduates. Its intention is to build strong networks with graduates through Career Development Support, Lifelong Learning and Career Fairs.
Health and Wellness
The unit manages the health and wellness of students and staff. It manages the operations of the University clinic and medical emergency evacuations. Some of the services provided include: assistance with minor illness, referrals to major clinics and hospitals, management of HIV and AIDS interventions and campaigns as well as other wellness programmes.
Personal Development & Leadership Initiatives
SAA is mandated to teach students life skills. These skills will enable students to cope with tertiary life and life beyond the university, by managing and administering the following: Development Workshops, First Year Experience (FYE), Mentorship, Motivation Sessions and Leadership Trainings.
Sports, Culture and Recreation
The unit seeks to contribute to academic performance and personal success by promoting welfare and wellness through talent enhancement and management. This unit has a variety of sporting and non-sporting clubs which seek to contribute to the development of each student in relation to the Botho Graduate Profile. The clubs include but are not limited to: Sporting Clubs (soccer, netball, volleyball, basketball, athletics etc) and Non – Sporting Clubs (drama, Christian movement, debate, choir, bridge etc.)
Botho University is committed to the improvement of people’s lives in various communities through skills development, entrepreneurship and community empowerment. This division encourages students to interact with communities in planning and implementing programmes and/or activities aimed at addressing the current demands and situations they are facing, emphasising on instilling the values of volunteerism, Botho, spirit of giving and compassion.
Allocation of residences and it is responsible for all welfare aspects of residents in the student accommodation..
Welfare of International Students
Keep a database of all international students and attend to all welfare matters and to ensure that all newly enrolled international students are provided with all the relevant information. The unit is also responsible for managing all logistics of student exchange programmes.
The Entrepreneurship Laboratory (eLab) is an initiative was established to provide a supportive ecosystem for students aspiring to harness their innovative skills and turn them into entrepreneurial activities. It serves to help Botho University students to identify practical applications to current issues, problems and needs. The eLab focuses on promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship on a more experiential interactive note.
SERVICES UNDER HR:
- Staff Welfare
- Training & Development
- Recruitment, Selection & Placement