ISSUE No. 4: May 2013
MINISTRY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, SCIENCE, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
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
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
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
H. What is your greatest strength? My
How do you handle stress and pressure as a student in Mauritius? Enjoying myself with friends at the beach!
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
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!
D. What is your favorite food? Egg rolls
E. If you could meet anyone in the world
international students? Choosing the right
dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them? I would like to
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”!
â€˜Study Mauritiusâ€™ Initiative could help focus job
Study Mauritius Office by phone 454-7112 or
skills on fields with better opportunities
Secondary school students can now avail Full-Fledged Undergraduate Medical Degree at
information about higher education prospects
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
students by reducing the fees needed to
undertake such studies. UOM will benefit from
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
interactive sessions involving sectors from
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.
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
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,
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
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,
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
Elizabeth College (Upper Secondary).
institutions required to benefit from the
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.
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 email@example.com for
(Full-Time, Part-Time and Distance Education
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
The new student loan scheme, details of which
WHAT’S NEXT: Advanced Medical Training at
Open University of Mauritius
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
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.
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
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.
Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research & Technology: E-Newsletter May 2013