“WIU did not put out the red carpet for me and my delegation … they put out the purple carpet, and in my country, purple is the color of royalty!” … Her Excellency Ambassador Ms. Tebelelo Seretse of the Republic of Botswana.
Ambassador Seretse’s concluding remarks came after a whirlwind two-day tour of Western Illinois University late in the spring to continue discussions on educational partnerships and missions between WIU and the University of Botswana.
These meetings included Dr. Rick Carter, executive director of the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach. Dr. Carter recently returned from a 10-day educational mission to the country, where he worked with the Botswana Ministry of Education to visit with schools and colleges.
“It is truly a privilege to represent Western Illinois University in Botswana. The people and organizations that I have met are extremely warm and friendly, with a strong desire to build educational bridges with Western,” Dr. Carter said. “We have made much progress during these meetings and I have high expectations.”
Dr. Carter and Ambassador Seretse are working with the University of Botswana to establish student and faculty exchanges between the two schools.
WIU President Jack Thomas noted that the delegation’s visit to the Macomb campus serves not only to further enhance internationalization efforts, but provides even greater educational opportunities for WIU students and Botswanan students, as well as faculty and staff.