GIS - 13 October, 2014: The Université des Mascareignes took a significant step in its endeavour to be a model in the region in terms of provision of higher education of European standards and delivering degrees which have dual recognition with the signature of a Memorandum of Association with the University of Limoges from France.
The Memorandum aims to strengthen existing relationships between the two partners and defines the terms of a structured partnership to provide for the further development of the Université des Mascareignes and to raise its profile. The document was signed on 10 October 2014 at the seat of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology in Ebène by Professor Hélène Pauliat, President of the University of Limoges, and Professor Pierre Guillon, Director General of the Université des Mascareignes, in the presence of the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology.
Under the agreement, four focus areas of collaboration have been identified namely training, research and innovation, international mobility and governance. It is expected that research collaborations as well as faculty and students exchange programmes will be developed to further enhance partnership. The agreement also makes provision to extend collaboration to the International Institute of Technology Research Academy of Mauritius (IITRA) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Delhi for joint research into the development of a nano-satellite.
The Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Dr Rajeshwar Jeetah, hailed the Memorandum as a significant milestone as it will further consolidate ties between academic partners. Speaking on the forthcoming establishment at the University of Limoges of a cluster of universities and institutions (la Communauté d’universités et établissements – COMUE) as per French Law, Dr Jeetah said that the agreement thus sets the stage for broader partnerships with other French universities and research institutions. The COMUE, to be established by the University of Limoges, will comprise Universities of La Rochelle, Orléans, Poitiers and Tours as well as the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique).
The Minister also commended the University of Limoges for its contribution to Government’s vision of transforming Mauritius into a Knowledge-based Economy. He expressed his appreciation on the continued mutual collaboration and the sharing of experiences, know-how and professionalism.
The President of the University of Limoges, Professor Hélène Pauliat, deemed it a historic day and an important step in the twenty years of collaboration between University of Limoges and Mauritius. Speaking on the interests of the University of Limoges to become a privileged partner and to link with institutions from India and the United Kingdom, she stressed the common objectives for dynamic collaborative research, development of exchange programmes as well as internships.
For his part, the Director General of the Université des Mascareignes, Professor Pierre Guillon, stated that the signature is a further step in strengthening working relationships and cementing links between the two institutions with a view of offering a series of programme of studies. Prof Guillon highlighted the uniqueness of the Université des Mascareignes in the region, the only institution incorporating a dimension of the French system of education and offering programmes in both English and French. “The Université des Mascareignes is set to become a university of interdisciplinary competences and can serve as model for further implementation in Africa”, he said.
It is to be recalled that the Université des Mascareignes was set up in 2012 as the fourth Public University in Mauritius with the primary objective of providing an education of international standard for students to operate at middle and higher levels in the services and industrial sectors of the economy.
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