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ISSUE No. 11: December 2013 – January 2014

MINISTRY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, SCIENCE, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY

E-NEWSLETTER


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

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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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events. 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

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

Technology

The Mauritius Scholarships to 50 African

The University of Mauritius and the Canberra

Students exercise was launched in March

Institute

2013.

of

Technology

signed

a

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,

Her

Excellency

Ms.

Sandra

Vegting.

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,

joint

research

projects,

identification of common mutually tangible objectives as well as capacity building for public officials from Mauritius and the African region.

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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

in

these

interactive

sessions

Secondary schools interested to participate in forthcoming ones are invited to contact the Study Mauritius Office by phone 454-7112 or email studymauritius@mail.gov.mu

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

focus

participated in the prestigious Lindau Nobel

job

skills

on

fields

with

better

Laureates Meeting- Ms. Naziah Jaufeerally, who

opportunities.

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

degree

6 students since May 2013 to create awareness

in

Chemical

Engineering

with

Environmental Engineering at the University of

about educational and career prospects in key

Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

and emerging sectors of the Mauritian economy.

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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 – Signing of MoU with the Government of

contribution of 2.7 % of GDP to about 10% by

Tanzania

2025.

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 – widening access

Jeetah and the Minister of Education and

and ensuring equity, improving quality and

Vocational Training of Tanzania, Dr. Shukuru

relevance,

Kawambwa.

internationalisation

of

tertiary

education, promoting research and development and

improving

governance

and

financial

sustainability

The strategic paper is available on the link: The MoU provides for mutual recognition of

http://tertiary.gov.mu/English//DOCUMENTS/ST

qualifications and equivalence of qualifications,

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inter-university linkages, staff and student

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exchange, accreditation and quality assurance

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September – Inauguration of Université des

make this University different within the tertiary

Mascareignes

education sector.

The

Université

des

Mascareignes

was

inaugurated on 2 September 2013 by Dr. the

October – Les Assises de L`Enseignement

Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime

Supérieur

Minister of the Republic of Mauritius. The

Ministry

L’Enseignement

organised Supérieur”

“les as

Assises a

de

national

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

Retail

Shipping,

Operations,

Company

Financial

Operations,

services,

The objectives of the forum were to obtain the

Managing

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

to

labour

market

needs

and

employability; (ii) ensure that quality and standards of tertiary education are responsive to the national and international needs; and UdM,

with

close

collaboration

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

country.

across these disciplines. Its bilingualism and Double-Degree formula are specificities which

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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

education

researchers

and

institutions, students

academics,

representatives.

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

http://tertiary.gov.mu/English/Pages/Presentati

in general to start up a small-scale wheat

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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

Phase II

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

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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

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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.

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Events and Courtesy Calls 

ACCA Mauritius Career Fair

Bazar an Fet, organised by the Fashion and Design Institute

Forthcoming events 2014 

Mauritius

International

Knowledge

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

Open Days 

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

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Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology

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