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ISSUE No. 4: May 2013

MINISTRY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, SCIENCE, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY

E-NEWSLETTER


TABLE OF CONTENTS

EDITORIAL With a view to provide students with information on career and employment in various fields, the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology has

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been hosting interactive sessions between resource persons of key emerging sectors and students of secondary schools every 2 weeks.

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Another interesting development is the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Mauritius and the University of Geneva for

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undergraduate studies in Medicine. Under current programmes, students enrolled in Medicine programmes

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Editorial International Student of the Month ‘Study Mauritius’ initiative could help focus job skills on fields with better opportunities Full-Fledged Undergraduate Medical Degree at your Doorstep Making Science Fun for Students Courses begin August 5 at Université des Mascareignes Child Allowance Scheme Student Loan Schemes Protecting Intellectual Property – Learn how to What’s Next?

at the University of Mauritius have to travel either to South Africa or to France to complete their MBBS. With

EDITORIAL TEAM

the collaboration with University of Geneva, students will

Mr. Vikash Beelatoo Ms. Shaina Woodun

be able to complete the whole programme in Mauritius itself.

CONTRIBUTORS Mrs. N. Nababsing We are also delighted to portray the ‘International Student of the Month’ feature. Stay tuned!

Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research & Technology

Ms. A. Bajnath Tertiary Education Commission

Editorial Team Prof. P. Guillon Université des Mascareignes

Dr. K. S. Sukon Open University of Mauritius

Mrs. S. Juwaheer Fashion & Design Institute

Dr. A. Maulloo Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre

Dr. A. Suddhoo Mauritius Research Council

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F. What do you find are the most difficult

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Raj Kumar

decisions to make as a student? Managing

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

time, studies and resources G. What is your most irritating habit? Sleeping

Country of Origin: India Studies

Enrolled:

BEng

a lot!

Electronic

H. What is your greatest strength? My

Communications Engineering

honesty! I.

How do you handle stress and pressure as a student in Mauritius? Enjoying myself with friends at the beach!

J.

Favorite place in Mauritius? Flic en Flac. Amazing beach!

K. Favorite Mauritian dish? Upside-Down Bowl (Bol Renversé)! L. Favorite leisure activity in Mauritius?

Raj Kumar (left) with his friends

Bowling. M. In one word, how would you describe

A. For how long have you been studying in

Mauritians? Cool!

Mauritius? 3 years

N. Your best memory of Mauritius so far? We

B. What, according to you, are the 3 most important items you brought with you

had this outing together with our college

when you came to Mauritius? My passport,

seniors. It was real fun, we really enjoyed ourselves playing beach volley.

my culture, and myself!

O. In one word, what’s your experience of

C. What is your greatest boast? My height!

Mauritius? Spicy!

D. What is your favorite food? Egg rolls

P. A

E. If you could meet anyone in the world

word

of

advice

for

prospective

international students? Choosing the right

dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them? I would like to

tertiary

education

institution

that

is

meet Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor,

registered with the Tertiary Education Commission of Mauritius is very important.

and I’ll tell her “You did very well in Aashiqui 2”!

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‘Study Mauritius’ Initiative could help focus job

Study Mauritius Office by phone 454-7112 or

skills on fields with better opportunities

email studymauritius@mail.gov.mu

Secondary school students can now avail Full-Fledged Undergraduate Medical Degree at

information about higher education prospects

your Doorstep

in Mauritius. Fortnightly interactive sessions are

Medical students will no longer have to travel

organized on a regular basis, with the

abroad to complete their degrees, with the

collaboration of resource persons from various

signing of a memorandum of understanding

industry sectors, for Lower 6 students since

between the University of Mauritius (UOM) and

May 2013. The aim is to create awareness

the University of Geneva. This project will assist

about educational and career prospects in key and

emerging

sectors

of

the

students by reducing the fees needed to

Mauritian

undertake such studies. UOM will benefit from

economy.

the support of University of Geneva for the first year of postgraduate clinical training, and an additional year of training added each year. It is expected that UOM will be able to provide complete medical training in Mauritius on its own.

To date, over 200 students from a number of secondary schools have participated in these

The

interactive sessions involving sectors from

signing

of

the

memorandum

of

understanding between UOM and University of

advertising and communications, engineering,

Geneva was held on 21 May 2013 at the RĂŠduit

ICT/BPO, science, textile and fashion, export

Campus in the presence of Hon. Dr. R. Jeetah,

processing, and architecture.

Minister

of

Tertiary

Education,

Science,

Research & Technology, and Hon. L. Bundhoo,

Secondary schools interested to participate in

Minister of Health & Quality of Life.

forthcoming ones are invited to contact the

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Making Science Fun for Students

Courses begin August 5 at UniversitĂŠ des Mascareignes Affiliated with UniversitĂŠ de Limoges in France, UniversitĂŠ des Mascareignes (UDM) offers a broad variety of degree courses across many disciplines,

such

as

Civil

Engineering,

Computer

Multimedia,

Management,

and

Electrical

Sciences

and

Marketing

and

Primary and secondary school students in

Finances, to promote the graduates to deliver

Mauritius have been given the opportunity to

their best in their jobs. UDM will also develop

investigate issues related to science and

research

technology using the scientific method, through

collaboration with industry, in the fields of

the Science Adventure 2013 which received the

energy, ICT and economic sciences. Located in

participation of more than 900 students.

two campuses in Rose Hill and Pamplemousses,

and

innovation

activities

in

courses will begin on 5 August 2013 at UDM. From 28-30 May 2013, about 400 students gathered under one roof and put themselves in

Child Allowance Scheme

the shoes of scientists to display some 100

Students at tertiary level up to 23 years of age

projects to the public. Assessed on originality of

from families earning less than Rs. 6,200 per

work, scientific content of project, project

month can now avail of the Child Allowance

displays, and ability to explain the science of

Scheme, which provides support of Rs. 750 per

their projects, first prize winners are St Jean

month. The families should be registered with

Baptiste de la Salle RCA (Primary), College

the Social Register of Mauritius, and the

Pierre Poivre (Lower Secondary) and Queen

minimum

Elizabeth College (Upper Secondary).

institutions required to benefit from the

attendance

at

tertiary

level

allowance is 90% (75% for students with disabilities). The scheme is being implemented

by the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity & Reform Institutions and the Tertiary Education Commission is acting as Focal Point for tertiary level students.

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Student Loan Schemes

the approach and process of dealing with

Not requiring any parental guarantee, loans of

protection of Intellectual Property through the

up to Rs. 100,000 per annum for 3 years will be

Intellectual Property Tribunal. Any person

provided by Commercial Banks to Mauritian

interested in attending the next session of the

resident citizens willing to pursue their studies

Inventors’ Open Day may contact the MRC by

at undergraduate level either locally or abroad

phone 465-1235 or email mrc@intnet.mu for

(Full-Time, Part-Time and Distance Education

details.

course). The loan will be at Repo Rate plus 3% (currently 7.9%) and will be repayable with the

The 3rd Inventors’ Open was held on 3 May

capitalized interest one year after completion of

2013.

studies.

The new student loan scheme, details of which

WHAT’S NEXT: Advanced Medical Training at

can

Open University of Mauritius

be

accessed

on

http://www.studymauritius.info/download/Ne wStudentLoanScheme.pdf, was announced in the Budget Speech 2013.

Protecting Intellectual Property – Learn how to

A specialized university programme leading to

Innovators, researchers, SMEs, entrepreneurs,

the award of a Diplôme Inter-Universitaires

creators and users of Intellectual Property

(DIU) Paris 13 et Paris 5 en Prévention de

assets from different sectors can avail of regular

l’obésité,

sessions of “Inventors’ Open Day” organized by

cardiovasculaires may shortly become a reality

the Mauritius Research Council (MRC), as part

at the Open University of Mauritius, which will

of the outreach activities of its Technology

also work in close collaboration with the

Transfer Office, for practical explanations and

Cardiac Centre of Mauritius.

guidance

on

Intellectual

Property

du

diabète

et

des

maladies

issues

relevant to their concepts and inventions.

The programme will be run on blended mode,

Attendees to these sessions can learn about the

thus, allowing a large number of doctors to

different issues that can arise at the interface of

follow the programme without major disruption

Intellectual Property and Competition Laws, and

in their work. It will help in meeting the local

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training

needs

of

medical

practitioners,

especially in the field of Diabetes and Cardiovascular diseases in light of the alarming prevalence of these diseases in Mauritius.

The first intake for the very first cohort of Medical Students at the Open University of Mauritius is envisaged to occur as from 3 July 2013.

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