ISSUE No. 13: March 2014
MINISTRY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, SCIENCE, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
EDITORIAL 1 2 3
The highlights for the month of March are
the workshop on National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Strategy 2014-2025. 4
The start of construction of the University
Campus at Montagne Blanche .
Who is the ‘International Student of the month’? Find out
more in this edition!
Editorial International Student of the Month Workshop on National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Strategy 2014 -2025 Mauritius International Knowledge Investment Forum (MIKIF) 2014 Launching of workshop on “Coral Reefs under Anthropogenic & Climate ChangeDriven Disturbances National Day Celebrations at the University of Mauritius Sky Observation Programme at Quatre Bornes Events and Courtesy Calls
EDITORIAL TEAM Mr. Nehrroy Seechurn Ms. Sajeda Budaly
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE MONTH
C. And your first impressions about the island?
Name: Samuel Ekonem
It is a really interesting country. It has a very
Country of Origin: Nigeria
nice environment, the fresh air and natural
beauty of the island is appeasing.
Business Information System D. Was it difficult to adapt to the environment and the people in Mauritius? The diversity of the people is very appealing. However, I had some problems getting along with other Mauritian students. It is probably because of the language, as they tend to speak to each other in Creole. But the majority of the population is English-literate, hence communication is not a big issue.
E. Have you been able to visit the country? Well yes! I’ve been to Port-Louis – The blend of sights and sounds is simply amazing!
I’ve also been to two beaches, and they are fantastic! The beauty of the island is remarkable.
A. How did you come to know about Mauritius as a destination for higher education? My institution, where I was pursuing my secondary studies informed me of the alternative of obtaining a higher degree in Mauritius.
B. Why did you choose Mauritius when you had the choice of studying in your own country and enjoy the comfort of living with your parents and seeing your friends? I think that obtaining a UK degree at a lower cost was my best reason for choosing Mauritius.
Ocean economy as well as increase the
Technology and Innovation Policy and
The Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science,
International experts participated in the event
Research and Technology in collaboration with
as keynote speakers, namely:
the Mauritius Research Council organised a
Professor James Wilsdon, Professor of Science
national workshop on Thursday 20 March 2014
and Democracy, Science Policy Research Unit,
at La Canelle, Domaine les Pailles for national
University of Sussex, UK;
consultations on a science, technology and
Dr. Peggy Oti-Boateng, Senior Programme
innovation policy and strategy.
Technology, UNESCO; and Mr William G. Kepner, Research Ecologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The purpose of the workshop was to define the policy and strategy for Science and Technology up to 2025, as these are vitally important to address
development, disaster management and the
Mauritius International Knowledge Investment Forum (MIKIF) 2014 The
Investment Forum (MIKIF) is an annual event organised by the Board of Investment (BOI) to showcase opportunities and latest trends in the education sector. MIKIF 2014 was held on 4 March at The Waldorf Hilton, London, United Kingdom. The main areas Jointly organised by the University of Mauritius
of focus of MIKIF 2014 were as follows:
and the Shizuoka University, Japan, and with the
Internationalisation of Higher education and student mobility in Africa
Addressing the growing human resource requirements in Africa
Mauritius: The Higher Education Platform of Africa
Developing meaningful collaborations – Success Stories
stakeholders identify and adopt means and ways to protect our national coral reef ecosystem can.
Research and Technology of Mauritius, Dr the Hon. Rajesh Jeetah.
Launching of workshop on “Coral Reefs under Change-Driven
Disturbances” A one-day workshop on “Coral Reefs under Anthropogenic
ecosystem in a changing environment, helping
and the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science,
was to help raise awareness on coral reef
of Mr Mark Simmonds, UK Minister for Africa
Environment Institute, the aim of the workshop
The one-day event was graced by the presence
Disturbances” was held on Friday 21 March 2014 at the University of Mauritius.
46th Anniversary of Independence Day and the
Sky Observation Programme at Quatre Bornes
22nd Anniversary of the Republic of Mauritius at the University of Mauritius Theme : ‘Enn Pei, Enn Nasion, Enn Destin’. The Sky Observation Programme was organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre on Friday 14 March, at La Source Community Centre, Quatre Bornes.
The University of Mauritius organised the official flag raising ceremony on Tuesday 11 March 2014 at the Paul Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Réduit. The RGSC set three telescopes to allow visitors to view celestial objects, craters on the surface of the moon and even planets such as Venus.
Events and Courtesy Calls •
Open Day at the University of Technology, Mauritius – 4 March
Reception by the British High Commission in Mauritius in the context of the UK Professional Development Fair – 4 March
Meeting with International Students from the Middlesex International Students Association Mauritius (MISAM) – 3 March
Handing over Ceremony of the site for the construction of the New Montagne Blanche University Campus â€“ 1 March