The University of Botswana Foundation (UBF) will on September 9, 2022, host its Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner which will be held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).
The gala dinner is an annual event which is now on its 20th year and remains a tool through which the UB Foundation raises funds to sponsor graduate students who enrol for Master’s degree programs thereby contributing to the overall mission of the University to be a research-intensive institution.
This year, the gala dinner coincides with the UB 40th anniversary where the institution celebrates academic excellence and imparting knowledge to the society as well as contributing to the nation’s economy through human capital development and innovation.
Founded in 2000, to demonstrate commitment towards education, the UBF has to date sponsored 318 graduate students and looking to add more following this year’s call for applications. We therefore appeal to the corporate, government departments as well as ministries to support this noble endeavour by purchasing tickets or sponsorship in kind. Any donation will be highly appreciated. The proceeds of this event go into the Graduate Endowment Fund.
Known for attracting high profile speakers and guests, to celebrate the 40 years milestone, the event will this year be graced by none other than Professor Salim Abdool Karim, who is a South African clinical infectious disease epidemiologist. He is also widely recognised for his leading scientific research and contributions to HIV prevention and treatment and COVID-19. He was the chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19. He is a member of the African Task Force for COVID-19, the African Union Commission on COVID-19 and the Lancet Commission on COVID-19. Amongst the many hats he wears, Professor Abdool Karim is the Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban, and CAPRISA Professor of Global Health at Columbia University, New York, Adjunct Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard University, Boston, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Cornell University, New York, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. He has previously served as President of the South African Medical Research Council.