ISSUE No. 11: December 2013 – January 2014
MINISTRY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, SCIENCE, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
EDITORIAL 2013 was a great year for the Tertiary Education Sector with the coming into operation of the Université des Mascareignes and the opening of new campuses at
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Curepipe and Bel Air, offer of 50 schoalrships to African Students, the presentation of the Tertiary Education Sector
Strategic Paper 2013-2025, the visit of the Ministers responsible for tertiary education of Tanzania and India and the signing of MOU’s with various universities.
The Editorial team presents a retrospective of the main
Editorial MoU between UoM and Canberra Institute of Technology Mauritius Scholarships to 50 African Students The Fashion and Design Institute (amendment) Act enacted
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Launching of Open University Curepipe Campus Study Mauritius could help focus job skills Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2013 Signing of MoU with Government of Tanzania Tertiary Education Strategic Paper 20132025 Inauguration of Université des Mascareignes Les Assises de L`Enseignement Supérieur Wheat Cultivation by MRC Visit of H.E. Dr. Pallam Raju, Misnister of Human Resource Development of India Talking about Science Graduation, Award Ceremonies and Courtesy Call
EDITORIAL TEAM Mr. Nehrroy Seechurn Ms. Shaina Woodun
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FEBRUARY - MoU between University Of
MARCH - Mauritius Scholarships to 50
Mauritius and Canberra Institute of
Deserving African students
The Mauritius Scholarships to 50 African
The University of Mauritius and the Canberra
Students exercise was launched in March
Memorandum of Understanding on 20
The Scholarship made provision for Rs.
February, in the presence of the Minister of
100,000 (USD 3,205 approx.) yearly towards
Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and
meeting tuition fees and related course
International Trade, Hon. Dr. A. Boolell, the
costs, and an all-inclusive monthly living
Minister of Tertiary Education, Science,
allowance of Rs. 8,300 (USD 266 approx.).
Research and Technology, Hon. Dr. R. Jeetah, 20 Scholarships were awarded in 2013.
and the High Commissioner of Australia to Mauritius,
The Fashion and Design Institute (amendment) Act enacted In April 2013, the Fashion and Design Institute (amendment) Act was enacted to give awarding powers to the institute. The Act has not yet been proclaimed.
The MoU establishes a framework for cooperation on students and academic staff exchanges,
identification of common mutually tangible objectives as well as capacity building for public officials from Mauritius and the African region.
APRIL - Launching of Open University Curepipe Campus The new Open University campus was officially inaugurated in Forest Side, Curepipe on Monday 22 April 2013.
Over 200 students from secondary schools have participated
Secondary schools interested to participate in forthcoming ones are invited to contact the Study Mauritius Office by phone 454-7112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Open University is also affiliated to the Commonwealth of Learning, and is a member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education.
JUNE - Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting“Educate. Inspire. Connect”
MAY - ‘Study Mauritius’ Initiative could help
For the first time, two students from Mauritius
participated in the prestigious Lindau Nobel
Laureates Meeting- Ms. Naziah Jaufeerally, who
is currently doing her PhD in Computational Fortnightly interactive sessions are organized on
Chemistry at the University of Mauritius, and Ms.
a regular basis, with the collaboration of resource
Aazra Oomayya Pankan, enrolled in a master's
persons from various industry sectors, for Lower
6 students since May 2013 to create awareness
Environmental Engineering at the University of
about educational and career prospects in key
Nottingham Malaysia Campus.
and emerging sectors of the Mauritian economy.
AUGUST - Tertiary Education Sector Strategic Paper 2013-2025 The Tertiary Education Sector Strategic Plan 2013-2025 was presented on 15 August 2013. The objective of the Plan is to transform the country into a knowledge based economy by 2025 and develop the knowledge sector as a new pillar of the economy and increase its current JULY â€“ Signing of MoU with the Government of
contribution of 2.7 % of GDP to about 10% by
A memorandum of understanding between the Government of Mauritius and the Government of Tanzania was signed on 11 July by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Dr. the Honourable Rajeshwar It focuses on 5 strategic goals â€“ widening access
Jeetah and the Minister of Education and
and ensuring equity, improving quality and
Vocational Training of Tanzania, Dr. Shukuru
education, promoting research and development and
The strategic paper is available on the link: The MoU provides for mutual recognition of
qualifications and equivalence of qualifications,
inter-university linkages, staff and student
exchange, accreditation and quality assurance
September – Inauguration of Université des
make this University different within the tertiary
inaugurated on 2 September 2013 by Dr. the
October – Les Assises de L`Enseignement
Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime
Minister of the Republic of Mauritius. The
consultative forum on Tertiary Education, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 October 2013.
Established in 2012, the university provides training in business-related activities such as International Business Transactions, Distributive and
The objectives of the forum were to obtain the
views of all stakeholders in order to identify new
Information Systems and ICT operations.
and innovative strategies to: (i) address the issues of relevance of tertiary education
employability; (ii) ensure that quality and standards of tertiary education are responsive to the national and international needs; and UdM,
from (iii) create a synergy to ensure that research and
l’Université de Limoges, offers a variety of
higher education fulfill their roles in society, the
courses such as the ‘European and International
economy and the ecological transition of our
LMD’ (Licence, Maitrise, Doctorat) programmes
across these disciplines. Its bilingualism and Double-Degree formula are specificities which
Following promising results for the first phase of the project in 2011, a second phase was launched in 2013 at St Aubin, St Antoine and Petit Merlot.
The forum grouped stakeholders from the private sector, ministries, departments, NGO’s, tertiary
Distinguished international resource persons have been invited to be the keynote speakers.
The objectives of the programme were to:
Presentations are available on the following link:
Encourage women entrepreneurs and women
in general to start up a small-scale wheat
plantation as a means of empowerment; Impart knowledge in wheat cultivation to fight against unemployment of women; and
NOVEMBER - Wheat Cultivation and Harvest
Contribute in attaining food security.
Programme by the Mauritius Research Council – About 20 women have been trained in Wheat
Cultivation, Harvest and Artisanal Processing. An A three-week Wheat Cultivation and Harvest
exhibition of products from the harvested wheat
Programme, starting on 18 November 2013 was
made by the trained women was also organised.
organised by the MRC in collaboration with the National Women Council, Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.
NOVEMBER – Visit of H.E Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, Minister of Human Resource Development of the Republic of India His Excellency Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, Minister of Human Resource Development of the Republic of India visited Mauritius from 19 to 20 November
with a delegation including the Director of IIT Delhi.
The Aims & Objectives are
To provide opportunities for schools to acquaint the students & staff with the services and contribution of science in their life.
Signing of MOU with IIT Delhi
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed
the pursuit of scientific knowledge
between the Mauritius Research Council and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi towards
the setting up of an IIT in Mauritius.
To boost up the number of students taking science subjects for a career
To create interest in scientific facts and events related to one's surroundings.
JANUARY 2014 Talking about science
To provide an incentive and inspiration for
The first Edition of the programme was held at
the College du St. Esprit at Quatre Bornes on 30 January.
“Talking about Science” is a programme that provides a platform to learn and develop an understanding of science and the role and impact it has in our lives, understanding of what it means to know science and make sense of the world around us.
Events and Courtesy Calls
ACCA Mauritius Career Fair
Bazar an Fet, organised by the Fashion and Design Institute
Forthcoming events 2014
Forum organised by BOI – 4 March 2014
Start of construction works campus Montagne Blanche – March 2014
National workshop on science and technology policy - 20 March 2014
Courtesy Call of the Minister in the
Presidency in charge of Special Economic
Assises de l’Enseignement Superieur September 2014
Zones of the Republic of Congo, Mr. Alain Atipault
University of Mauritius –13 -15 February
Universite des Mascareignes – 20 February
Fashion and Design Institute – 20 – 22 February
University of Technology, Mauritius – 15 April (tentative)
Open University – Career Expo 2014 (14 – 16 February) at SVICC