Manzini: In a bid to boost media professionalism in the country, Botho University has launched Masters Scholarships which will be awarded to qualifying media personnel, within media houses.
This was revealed by Botho University assistant Dean Rosah Botlhoko, during the scholarship launch held at the Botho University campus in Manzini.
Botlhoko said The Botho University media scholarship initiative is geared towards making a meaningful contribution to the media fraternity by ensuring that the media professionals are well equipped with the 21st-century skill sets.
She explained that the scholarship opportunity is open to all media houses in Eswatini. “Applicants must have at least two years’ work experience,” she said.
She added that applicants will be expected to attend an interview with the Faculty Deans and Management.
The Maters programs which Botho University is giving to media houses include Master of Business Administration (MBA), MEd in Higher Education, MSc in Computer Systems Management.
The selection criteria according to Botlhoko will be based on the Academic Grades of the applicant, Personal Statement, Referee’s recommendation, CV/Resume
Botlhoko said the Masters Scholarships will be offered in Distance Learning mode, which will give the recipient time to do studies and work at the same time.
She emphasized that the scholarship is given to the media house than an individual, therefore, if the individual leaves the job, the scholarship falls off.
According to Botlhoko the scholarship covers tuition fees and students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to continue without paying anything. If the GPA drops below 2.0, the student pays for the retake.
Botho University is a leading multi-disciplinary high-quality education provider certified for quality education.
The University started in the Republic of Botswana in 1997 and has grown to be a regional Institution of higher learning present in four SADC countries; Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, and a dedicated Blended Distance Learning Campus. The University has a core mandate of providing teaching and learning, Training, Research, and Consultancy in the higher education sub-sector.
To date, BU enjoys the recognition of the Council on Higher Education as a private institution of higher learning in the country since July 2019.
Its qualifications range from Bachelors Degree, Honours Degrees and Masters programs offered on Campus and Distance Learning.