GIS - 18 November 2014: The International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IITRA) has been allocated the Montagne Blanche campus which is set to become a full-fledged IIT in 2015.
The decision was announced following the cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, on Friday 14 November 2014. The IITRA, launched on 23 July 2014, is presently located at Bel Air University Campus. It operates with the support of the Mauritius Research Council and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, to offer a world class research platform in this side of the world in the field of scientific and technological research.
Regarding the status of construction of the new University campuses across the country, the new campus being built in Pamplemousses will be dedicated to courses in medical engineering and instrumentation courses. They will be run by the Université des Mascareignes in collaboration with the Université de Limoges, France.
It is to be noted that the Université des Mascareignes and the Université de Limoges signed a Convention d’Association that provides, amongst others, for the Université de Limoges to support the Université des Mascareignes in setting up its governance, pedagogical and research programmes following the European System LMD – Licence, Master and Doctorat. The partnership agreement paves the way for the issuance of French "Diplômes Nationaux" to students and the setting up of a team of academics to ensure the proper operation of juries and examinations as well as advise on academic programmes at degree and postgraduate levels. Under the agreement, the Université de Limoges will also put at the disposal of the Université des Mascareignes its continuous professional development facilities for the upgrading of staff while Masters and PhD programmes will be established to upgrade the local academic staff.
The Université de Limoges will, in addition, be using, together with the University of Mauritius, the centre for nanotechnology which will be housed at the new Reduit campus. The campus is being set up on the boundary of Réduit, Ebène and Moka. Other international universities will also be collaborating in this endeavour. They are namely the IIT Kanpur, the University of Southern Denmark, the Wright State University, USA, the University of Tokyo and the Imperial College, London.
The new Reduit campus will moreover accommodate a centre for space studies to be used by the University of Mauritius in collaboration with IIT Delhi and Peking University. The Open University will for its part operate a data centre at the new campus in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego.
As for the Piton Campus, it will house a Centre of Biotechnology.
It is to be recalled that University campuses are being built across the country in line with Government’s vision to transform the country into a knowledge based economy. The purposes of the new campuses are to decentralise access to higher education and bring universities within the reach of the people.