- 08 December, 2016:
An Open Dialogue meeting on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality was held yesterday at the University of Mauritius (UoM) in Reduit in the context of the first anniversary of Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) set up in 2015 in line with the UoM Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
The Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Etienne Sinatambou and other eminent personalities attended the opening ceremony of the meeting. The theme of the meeting was “Paving the Way Forward”. It was organised at the initiative of the UoM in joint collaboration with the KTO and the International Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality.
The KTO eventually aims at becoming a research-led university and innovation-driver for industries and a research dissemination platform for knowledge transfer between UoM and other stakeholders for a sustainable society.
Several stakeholders from the Government and parastatal bodies, hotels, NGOs and training centres participated in the Open Dialogue meeting. The objective was to discuss the findings of researchers, on emerging issues and upcoming needs of the tourism sector and keep participants updated on the several research works currently undertaken by researchers at the UoM.
Moreover, it aimed at strengthening the link between researchers and external stakeholders for an enhanced collaboration and for more consultations in the tourism sector.
In his address, the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, stressed on the fundamental role of the KTO which has changed to a model of innovation from a traditional one consisting of the Public and Private sector. According to him, we have moved from that dual-approach to a triple elite model consisting of the Public, Private and Academic institutions.
Furthermore, he pointed out that we should identify potential use of research work to improve the socio-cultural and economic sustainability for the better future of the country. In this regard, he underpinned the importance of the Business Process Outsourcing as a valuable sector amongst others that can contribute to the economic growth of Mauritius.
For her part, the Vice-Chancellor of the UoM, Mrs Romeela Mohee, recalled that KTO has been established as one of the key actions of the strategic directions to promote excellence in Research and Innovation by assisting researchers in knowledge transfer, research uptake and Intellectual Property Rights issues.
She underlined the importance of research which over the past decades has multiplied. KTO will strive to assist researchers in protecting, disseminating and commercialising their research output, she added.
A UoM Doctoral Graduates Booklet (1992-2016) was also launched on the occasion. The booklet is dedicated to all female PhD holders from UoM and aims at building awareness about women’s academic position and achievement in Mauritian Society and ensures that the research undertaken by women PhD holders from the UoM gets the necessary exposure and raises the visibility of their work.
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