Institute of Development Management prides itself in a world–class product offering, helping the Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (BLS) governments meet their management needs through management development activities by way of research, training and consultancy services.
In an interview with Global Business during the just ended Business Botswana Northern Trade Fair held in Francistown, IDM Marketing Officer Kaelo Ranku said when the institution was established in 1974, “there was a serious shortage of managers in the young and developing economies of the BLS countries and IDM was mandated to train them to lead their development and today the institute provides learners with relevant solutions being Business and Information Resource Management, Human Resource and Organizational Development as well as Public Health programmes which are fully accredited by regulators to help training providers meet their quality standards,” said Ranku.
IDM has campuses in Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland and also operates a satellite campus in Francistown.
According to Ranku, IDM also offers short-term Executive Development Programmes aimed at empowering leadership teams with development skills to enhance and support their roles within organizations.
Through existing partnerships with international institutions around the world, IDM has set itself apart from the rest by developing a variety of franchises, aligning itself to some of the globally recognized courses such as Association of Accounting Technicians, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, National Computing Centre as well as Masters Degree programmes in Project Management and Supply Chain Management. The institution also offers home–grown programmes that have a local, regional and global reach.
The annual Northern Trade Fair was held under the theme ‘Is tourism Botswana‘s hope amidst dwindling mining fortunes?’ Ranku is of the view that the theme was ideal as it recognized the need to diversify the economy away from mining, which is declining due to falling commodity prices and mines reaching the end of their life spans.
He said IDM as a tertiary institution gives clients an opportunity to apply for its programmes such as travel and tourism, among others which are offered on flexible modes of study and has intakes in July and January of each academic year.
Ranku said IDM is the right institution for Batswana to study in order to achieve the objective of diversifying the economy.