GIS - 29 August, 2019: A three-day workshop in line with the European Union’s (EU) objective of promoting sustainable development in the Higher Education sector opened, yesterday, at the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa in Balaclava. On this occasion, the Senior Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mr Swaminathan Ragen, and the Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim of the Delegation of the EU, Mr Michal Golabek, were present.
In his address, Mr Ragen recalled that the EU has been a strategic partner to Mauritius in the field of education since 2007 and has facilitated several projects in the upscaling and capacity building of various stakeholders. The European Development Fund (2014-2020), he added, gives financial aid for supporting initiatives with regard to tertiary education, research and innovation.
He spoke of the Higher Education Act 2017 which provides for the setting up of a Higher Education Commission to monitor the performance of public higher education institutions as well as a Quality Assurance Authority with the power to do regular quality audits in any tertiary institution operating in Mauritius. In this context, he added, a consultancy assignment has been financed under European Development Fund to help design an action plan for the improvement of the Quality Assurance Framework of the Tertiary education.
Mr Ragen expressed gratitude to the EU for its positive contribution to achieve the vision of transforming Mauritius into an innovative knowledge hub. He stated that the workshop will also help in enhancing higher education along with the reforms that have already been engaged in the education sector.
For his part, Mr Golabek, reiterated the EU’s support in providing requisite tools and resources which will help unlock the potentials of Mauritian youth. With regard to the consultancy assignment, he highlighted that it has been instrumental in compiling findings and coming up with appropriate recommendations for the Mauritian education context.
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