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ISSUE No. 12: February 2014

MINISTRY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, SCIENCE, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EDITORIAL Study Mauritius continues its outreach activities by organizing interactive sessions for secondary students,

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with a view to increase their knowledge of the tertiary education sector and future career prospects.

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The construction of a New University Campus at Montagne Blanche starts!

The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre kick-starts year 2014 with a series of activities to promote science and technology.

Who is the ‘International Student of the month’? Find out more in this edition!

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Editorial International Student of the Month Interactive Session by Study Mauritius Mauritius International University Career and Job Expo at SVICC MoU between Microsoft and Université des Mascareignes Handing Over Ceremony for the Construction of new University Campus at Montagne Blanche UoM Alumni – Building the Future Launching of Junior Mobile Science 2014 Science on the Move at Quartier Militaire Caravane de la Science at Ebene SSS Girls Courtesy Calls and Photo Gallery

EDITORIAL TEAM Ms. Shaina Woodun Mr. Nehrroy Seechurn

Editorial Team

CONTRIBUTORS Ms. B. Kamudu Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre

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D. Have you been going out for leisure since

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Patricia Khonje

you came? Not often but I go to church

Country of Origin: Malawi

every Sunday! E. What is your favorite food? I love nsima

Studies Enrolled: BSc Computer Science with

(local food), though the Mauritian biryani is

Network Security

delicious. F. If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Nelson Mandela. Nothing can compare to listening to him! G. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you? 1. Food 2. Books to read 3. My toothbrush H. What is your most irritating habit? I tend to think too much about unimportant things. Patricia Khonje

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A. For how long have you been studying in

How do you handle stress and pressure as a student? By listening to Gospel music.

Mauritius? It’s been more than 1 year now. B. How did you come to know about Mauritius as a destination for tertiary education? I had a friend who was already studying here and she encouraged me to pursue my studies in Mauritius. Information I got from the website enabled me to choose the correct course of study. C. And how do you find life in Mauritius? I have not been to many places yet, but I really enjoyed going out and visiting the

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How do you see yourself in 10 years,

cities. There is a language barrier on the

professionally? As the manager of my own

campus but overall it’s been nice.

IT company!

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Interactive Sessions by Study Mauritius

Study Mauritius Office by phone 454-7112 or email studymauritius@mail.gov.mu.

The Mauritius International University Career and Job Expo at SVICC

The first interactive session of this year held on 18th February 2014 brought together students from Loreto Convent, Rose-Hill, St Mary`s College and La Confiance College. The resource persons were Mrs. Y. Sibartie-Taukoor from ACCA Mauritius and Ms. S. Issemdar from RT

The annual Mauritius International University

Knits. Students were encouraged to ask

Career and Job Expo organized by Rotary Club of

questions regarding career prospects.

Grand Baie was held at SVICC Pailles on 15th to 17th February 2014. Some 80 institutions from various countries such as USA, Canada, China, Malaysia, Australia, Reunion, France, UK and India were present. The event provided a proper forum for students to obtain guidance and advice to enable them to

Interactive sessions are organized on a regular

make the right career choice..

basis, with the collaboration of resource persons from various industry sectors, for Lower VI students since May 2013 to create awareness about educational and career prospects in key and emerging sectors of the Mauritian economy. Over 200 students from secondary schools have participated in these interactive sessions.

The opening of the event was held on 14th

Secondary schools interested to participate in

February 2014 by the Hon. Dr. R. Jeetah,

forthcoming ones are invited to contact the

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Minister

of

Tertiary

Education,

Science,

Handing over Ceremony of the site for the

Research and Technology.

construction of the New Montagne Blanche University Campus

MOU between Microsoft & UniversitĂŠ des Mascareignes A memorandum of understanding was signed between Microsoft Indian Ocean Islands Ltd and UniversitĂŠ des Mascareignes on 20th February 2014 in the presence of the Honourable Minister

Construction work for the University Campus at

of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and

Montagne Blanche started on 28th February

Technology Dr. R. Jeetah.

2014.

Paul Bunting, the Country Manager of Microsoft and Mrs F. Driver, Chairperson of the Board at the University agreed to a partnership to facilitate access to the latest, innovative and sophisticated software at an affordable price. The collaboration will also enable students and academic staff to be well versed with those software. With a land area of 50 arpents, the University

The MoU will enable the university to dispense

campus will have a 7 floor building with a total

high quality IT courses, its academic staff to be

area of 4950 m2.

trained on the latest Microsoft tools. Students will also be able to benefit from this training by paying a small fee. This will open new avenues for research in different fields and will also create a paradigm shift in the tertiary education sector.

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UoM Alumni: Building the Future

Science on the Move at Quartier Militaire The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre was present at

Alumni are fundamental to the life of

the Quartier Militaire Post Office on Friday 06

universities as they encourage the participation

February 2014 for the ‘Science on the Move’.

of members in the growth and development of

This science-based activity is a travelling

the University. The University of Mauritius held

exhibition destined for the public to have the

a special event entitled "UoM Alumni - Building

opportunity

the Future" on Thursday 13th February 2013 at

conduct

experiments

by

interacting with staff.

The CORE located at Ebène which now forms part of the campus

to

of the University of

Mauritius.

Caravane de la Science at Ebene SSS Girls The first ‘Caravane de la Science’ was held at Ebene SSS Girls on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February 2014.

Launching of Junior Mobile Science 2014 The Junior Mobile Science, is a new initiative of

‘Caravane de la Science’ is a set of science

the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, which aims at

activities comprising of demonstrations, talks

demystifying

and exhibitions

Science

and

Technology

for

aiming at

triggering the

Primary School Pupils. It consists of a series of

enthusiasm of students for Science Subjects.

mobile interactive exhibits tailor-made for

The opening ceremony was held in the presence

primary school pupils of standard IV, V and VI.

of Dr the Hon R. Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology.

The first edition of Junior Mobile Science was held at M. Parsad Government School, Piton on 20 and 21 February 2014.

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Courtesy Calls and Photo Gallery  Meeting with representatives of Harvard Business School

 Meeting

with

Middlesex

International

Students Association Mauritius (MISAM)

 Open Day at UoM

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