University of Botswana is the latest higher education institute to be accredited by the RTPI, Europe’s largest professional organisation and the UK’s only accreditation body for town planners.
Accredited status means that the scope and quality of Botswana’s full time Bachelor degree in Urban and Regional Planning (with Professional Masters Degree) have met the RTPI’s requirement for initial planning education and that its graduates are well taught in the competency areas deemed necessary to become a Chartered Town Planner.
Those who have completed a fully accredited RTPI degree can join the RTPI as a Licentiate Member and apply to become a Chartered Member, an internationally recognised status demonstrating to clients, peers, the public and employers that the individual works to the highest professional and ethical standards.
Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive said: “I wish to congratulate Botswana University on their accredited status. It is one of the institute’s core aims to help educate the next generation of town planners and nurture in them a shared set of principles and values when tackling the common challenges facing the world today. Helping universities around the world to attain a certain standard and international recognition helps to strengthen the profession as a whole and bolster individuals’ careers.”
Prof A C Mosha, founding professor of the university’s Architecture and Planning Department and the Urban and Regional Planning programme, said: “After the first output in the late 1990’s I set my sights at getting the programme accredited by the RTPI to elevate its status. Together with my colleagues in the department we navigated the accreditation path for which we received Provisional Accreditation in 2004 and today, we finally got our full accreditation. To me it has been a labour of love which has produced excellent results as accreditation attests to the quality of an educational programme that prepares for entry into a recognised profession.”
Peter Moalafi, a Director at Botswana’s Ministry of Lands and Housing, said: “This is good news not only to the University of Botswana but to the planning profession in Botswana. It instils more confidence on the University of Botswana’s planning programme but also pride and confidence on the men and women who leave the University to seek work country wide and beyond.”
T V Mosweu, student representative of the university’s Town Planning Society, said: “As the student community we are gratified as the long road to accreditation has been very much fruitful in refining our programme and ensuring that students receive excellent quality education. We are sure this will ultimately give the urban planning profession the much needed relevance in Botswana as well as regionally and globally.”
The RTPI currently accredits 25 planning schools in the UK and 6 outside the UK – in Ireland, Hong Kong, Cape Town and now Botswana.
Its 23,000 members come from over 80 countries, underlining the fact that planning is an international profession and why the institute has an International Committee active in developing strong external relationships with sister institutes, and promoting good planning practice wherever it is undertaken.
The RTPI provides on-going support for accredited university planning schools. This support includes sharing good practice in provision of planning education, information about planning education, and information about research that planning schools are engaged in.