GIS – 10 December, 2015: The major contributions of the University of Mauritius (UoM) in the economic and social development of Mauritius throughout the past five decades, were acknowledged by the Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, today at Octave Wiehe Auditorium, in Le Réduit.
The Prime Minister was speaking during an official ceremony organised to mark the 50 years of existence and of excellence of the UoM in tertiary education. A commemorative plaque was unveiled and a book entitled ‘Parliament in Mauritius’ launched by the Prime Minister on that occasion. Several personalities including the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, as well as faculty staff members, alumni students, present students, benefactors and other stakeholders were present at the event.
In his speech, Prime Minister Jugnauth stated that if we look back in history, we will find that at every step of our country’s development the University of Mauritius has supported Government’s agenda with the creation and building up of each successive economies’ sector be it agriculture, manufacturing and textile, tourism and hospitality, financial services, and ICT. UoM has always responded promptly to the needs of the country in line with the Government’s programme, he pointed out.
The Prime Minister noted with satisfaction that from the University’s recent strategic plan, the UoM has espoused the same core values prized by Government amongst which values of good governance, intellectual freedom and social responsibility. He expressed confidence that the UoM will continue to play an important role in the transformation of Mauritius and contribute in making the country a knowledge hub of excellence in the region and will respond to the challenges that characterise the higher education landscape today.
For her part, Minister Dookun-Luchoomun said that there is a lot that can and has been said about the UoM as premier tertiary education institution. It has indeed acted as a steward of half a century tradition of higher learning under the able leadership of its different Vice-Chancellors and Council Chairs, she pointed out.
According to the Minister, over the past five decades of its existence, the UoM has trained a substantial palette of the intelligentsia of the country. Indeed, not only has it expanded physically, as an institution, but it has also gone a long way towards truly asserting itself and assuming its place in Mauritian society as an intellectual leader, a driver of national development and a shaper of the Mauritian identity, she stressed.
In his speech, the Chancellor of the UoM, Dr Louis Jean Claude Autrey, elaborated on the history of the UoM and spoke about how the UoM envisions to position itself as a University for the real Mauritius. ‘We recognise that we are in a state of fundamental change and need to anticipate the major impact of change and adapting ways to ensure that we meet the needs of students and serve more effectively the professions and the industry’, he added.
It is recalled that the UoM has a historical role in providing tertiary level education in the country since the 1960s. Its vision is to be one of the leading international tertiary education providers and a research-led university. The UoM has as mission to provide quality education to students and promote knowledge creation and dissemination through research and innovative teaching while responding to the developmental needs of the country and the global community
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