Dr. D. Tau

Dr. D. Tau Vice Chancellor - Botswana Open University

Website: http://bou.ac.bw

Email: vc@staff.bou.ac.bw

Dr Daniel Tau was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL). Armed with a doctorate degree in Education, he was instrumental in the development of initial systems and processes required for effective Open and Distance Learning (ODL) provision in line with the Botswana Revised National Policy on Education. He transformed BOCODOL into a globally reputable ODL institution. BOCODOL was consequently conferred with an Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement in Distance Education by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in 2006.

The College has since 2005 hosted Southren Africa Development Community s Centre for Distance Education (SADC-CDE) which is mandate by both SADC and COL to build ODL capacity accross the SADC Region. Dr Tau has successfully steered the transformation of BOCODOL in the Botswana Open University.

A Teacher by profession Dr Tau served the Botswana Education system for 19 years prior to joining BOCODOL in 1999. His service record includes headship of Secondary Schools for a total of 15 years.

Parallel to his service as an Educationist, Dr Tau has between 2000 and 2012 served as a Member of the Botswana Vision Council appointed by His Excellency the President of Botswana. He served the Vision Council as Chairperson from June 2005 to June 2012. In addition he has served as Chairperson of the Botswana National Sports Council from 2008 to 2011. He currently serves as a Member of the Botswana Examinations Council. He is a sports enthusiast and is certified by FIFA for Soccer Refereeing and Coaching.

Dr Tau is a strong advocate of life-long learning and has obtained his Masters of Education (Management) (1997) Certificate in Open and Distance learning Policy (2003) and Doctor of Education (2006) while working full-time.

Dr Tau was conferred with the Presidential Order of Meritirious Service in September 2011, African Education Leadership Award in November 2012 and Commonwealth of Learning Honorary fellow in December 2013.

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