The education landscape in the Kingdom of Lesotho will never be the same as it witnesses the transformation of its tertiary education and the empowerment of its young generation with creative learning.
The official opening of the Limkokwing campus in Maseru today is set to usher in dramatic, welcome changes on the education scene. It will lend support to the country’s realisation of its Vision 2020 and economic development.
Officiating at the historic opening was Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Mr Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili. The occasion marked the first entry of a Malaysian university into Lesotho – and the establishment of Limkokwing’s second campus in Africa.
According to the university’s president, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kok Wing, the landmark event was the result of “letsema” – a form of smart partnership with the Lesotho Government mooted during the Langkawi International Dialogue last year.
“Your Excellency I have taken your words to heart and here we are, one year later, working together in the spirit of “letsema” to benefit all young Basotho so that they are empowered and able to contribute to build this country,” he said in his speech.
Tan Sri Lim thanked the Lesotho Government for its full support. He acknowledged that Africans are among the most creative people in the world.
Tan Sri Lim hoped that the first batch of 1,200 students enrolled in 54 programmes would create a new generation of prime movers, leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs who posses qualifications in design, branding, e-commerce, information communication technology, architecture and others.
“We seek to empower them with the skills in this new era of digitised functions and global connectivity,” he said. “We are empowering them with the ability to think creatively so they may be outcome-driven and innovative in mindset.”
At the event, the Prime Minister also launched the Limkokwing Lesotho website, www.limkokwing.ac.ls. It is linked to the university’s main website that has attracted more than four million surfers monthly.
Students at the new campus will be given an opportunity to own a laptop through a flexible package with Acer and Hewlett Packard.
The university is setting aside 20 scholarships for its graduates to do their master’s studies at its campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and London.
Besides the flagship campus in Malaysia, the university runs campuses in Phnom Penh, Beijing, Jakarta, Gaborone and London. Its 25,000 students worldwide hail from 144 countries.
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