GIS – 13 December, 2018: A graduation ceremony for some 170 students of the Fashion and Design Institute (FDI) and the University of Technology, Mauritius, was held yesterday at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium, in Réduit. These students have successfully completed their studies in the fields of art and design, fashion and design and interactive media, amongst others.
In his address, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Ashit Kumar Gungah, who was present at the ceremony, lauded the graduates for their dedication, hard work and sacrifices that have enabled them to successfully complete their studies. By way of the acquired lifelong knowledge and experience, he emphasised, graduates are now well-prepared to bring their contribution to the economy through their creativity and artistic talents.
Graduating, said the Minister, epitomises a significant milestone in the lives of graduates who are at the crossroad of stepping into the professional world, adding that various job opportunities are available in the field of fashion and design.
The Minister underscored the commendable work being carried out by the FDI , which since its creation in 2009, has trained over 1,500 students and continues to remain at the forefront by providing quality education and relevant training by meeting required excellence in the field of design. The FDI, he indicated, is fully assuming its role of positioning Mauritius as a competitive producer of fashionable products and is contributing to the development of a fashion industry as well as ingrain fashion and design in the public sphere. He also dwelt on the FDI’s recent innovative projects and courses such as jewellery making and design with the aim of addressing skill mismatch and boosting the jewellery sector.
Moreover, Minister Gungah reiterated Government’s aim of promoting the development of a creative industry and fashion hub in Mauritius. The FDI, he pointed out, is called upon to play a significant role in its socioeconomic transformation, by rising to the global market exigencies by providing the country with an adequate pool of highly-skilled, competent and versatile professionals. Government, he also announced, is collaborating with international training institutions to allow best performing students to pursue further training and broaden their experience through international exposure.
The Minister elaborated on Government’s objective of transforming Mauritius into a high-income economy, which he said, requires the imperative adoption of latest technology such as artificial intelligence and robotics for survival on the global market. For Mauritius to compete in the global market of the manufacturing sector, it is crucial to embrace an innovative approach through research and development, design and marketing, since the focus nowadays is more on high-end products, he added.
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