Higher education in Mauritius
Higher education in Mauritius includes colleges, universities and other technical institutions. The sector is managed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) which has, inter alia, the responsibility for allocating public funds, and fostering, planning and coordinating the development of post-secondary education and training.
- 1 Universities
- 2 Other institutions
- 2.1 The Mauritius Institute of Education
- 2.2 The Mahatma Gandhi Institute
- 2.3 The Mauritius College of the Air
- 2.4 Rabindranath Tagore Institute
- 2.5 Technical School Management Trust Fund
- 2.6 The Industrial and Vocational Training Board
- 2.7 The Mauritius Institute of Health
- 2.8 Private Institutions/Distance Education
- 2.9 University of the Indian Ocean
- 2.10 Institut de la Francophonie pour L’Entrepreneuriat
- 2.11 Sir Seewosagur Ramgoolam Medical College
- 2.12 Mauras College of Dentistry
- 2.13 Anna Medical College & Research Centre
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The University of Mauritius
Starting as the College of Agriculture, the UoM, established in 1965, dominates the Tertiary Education Sector locally. Originally, it had three Schools, namely Agriculture, Administration and Industrial Technology. It has since expanded to comprise five Faculties, namely Agriculture, Engineering, Law and Management, Science, and Social Studies & Humanities. It has also a Centre for Medical Research and Studies, a Centre for Distance Education, a Centre for Information Technology and Systems, and a Consultancy Centre.
The UoM has undergone rapid expansion over the last decade and is continuing to expand with a student growth rate of about 10% annually. Programmes have changed steadily from sub-degree certificate/diploma levels to undergraduate and taught masters Programmes, as well as research at postgraduate level.
University of Technology, Mauritius
The University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM) Act was promulgated in May 2000 and became operational in September 2000. The UTM works closely with government, business and industry and operates from 3 Schools, namely, the School of Business Informatics and Software Engineering, the School of Public Sector Policy and Management, and the School of Sustainable Development Science.
The Mauritius Institute of Education
Founded in 1973, the MIE was initially charged with responsibilities in the field of teacher education, research in education and curriculum development. The role of the MIE as a curriculum development centre was over time (1993) been phased out such that it was predominantly involved in training teachers and educational research. However, it continued to play an active role in curriculum planning and development so that the MIE has been entrusted with the responsibility for Curriculum Development as from October 2010.
There are currently five Schools at the MIE, namely Applied Sciences, Education, Science and Mathematics, Arts and Humanities and a Centre for Open and Distance Learning.
The programmes offered have over the years slowly increased in diversity and levels. To-date, it has offered training to school teachers from pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, as well as managerial cadres in programme ranging from Certificate, Diploma, the Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Post Graduate Diplomas. Presently, it also offers B.Ed as well as Masters programmes in Education, in collaboration with the University of Mauritius and the University of Brighton, UK respectively. It also offers Doctoral programmes in association with University of KwaZulu Natal,South Africa and University of Brighton,UK.
The MIE, through its Centre for Open & Distance Learning, is involved in the Sankore Project that consists of digitalising all curriculum materials for primary and secondary schools, and the introduction of interactive white board technology in schools.
The Mahatma Gandhi Institute
The MGI was established in 1970 as a joint Government of Mauritius – Government of India venture for the promotion of education and culture in general with emphasis on Indian culture and traditions. It has responsibilities, within the tertiary set-up, for running Programmes in such areas as Indian Studies, Performing Arts, Fine Arts, Chinese and Mauritian Studies.
The MGI currently has three main schools operating at the tertiary level, namely the School of Indian Studies, the School of Music and Fine Arts, and the School of Mauritian and Area Studies. Since the last few years it has been running, besides diploma and certificate level programmes, degree level programmes in Languages, Fine Arts and Performing Arts, in collaboration with the UoM. A Secondary School and the Gandhian Basic School also operate within the ambit of the MGI.
The Mauritius College of the Air
The MCA was established in 1971 to promote education, arts and science and culture in Mauritius through mass media. When the MCA statute was re-enacted in 1985, distance education was maintained as a major strategy to meet these objectives. Merged with the Audio-Visual Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science in 1986, the MCA has until recently been catering mainly for the primary and secondary education sector through the production of educational programmes for broadcast on radio and television. The MCA has also been producing educational materials for non-formal or continuing education, for non-broadcast use. Since the beginning of 1995, it has been involved in dispensing tertiary level programmes in collaboration with overseas institutions through the distance mode.
The MCA is currently being reconfigured as the Open University of Mauritius.
Rabindranath Tagore Institute
Set up in December 2002, the Rabindranath Tagore Institute has a cultural vocation and operates under the aegis of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. It is still in an early phase of development. The Polytechnics
The Polytechnics occupy a prominent place in the tertiary education landscape in Mauritius. Two of these institutions currently exist in the country. The Swami Dayanand Institute of Management (SDIM) runs diploma level Programmes in Information Technology, Administration and Accounting; such diploma Programmes were formerly provided by the UoM. The Institut Supérieur de Téchnologie (IST) offers diploma level programmes (Brevét de Téchnicien Supérieur) in Electro-Technics, Mecatronics and Building Engineering. All the Programmes are run on a full-time basis.
Plans are currently underway to expand this sub-sector and the creation of Institut de Formation et d'Education Tertiaire in priority areas.
Technical School Management Trust Fund
The TSMTF was created in 1990 to manage the Polytechnics. It is administered by a Board. Industry Advisory Committees, composed of representatives of both the public and private sectors, are appointed in respect of each programme that is being run. These committees have responsibilities for: establishing programme objectives, curriculum content and delivery modes; establishing terminal standards and certification; prescribing training equipment, hardware and software; prescribing training facilities and environment; advising on industrial training attachments; reviewing programme results and diploma holders’ employment performance; monitoring and reviewing market demand; and reviewing and upgrading programmes.
The Industrial and Vocational Training Board
The IVTB was set up in 1988 to promote vocational education and training with the purposes of supplying a properly trained workforce for the industrial, services and domestic sectors. Most of the programmes that are being run are of a vocational nature leading to the National Trade Certification (levels 3 and 2). However, as from 1998 the IVTB has also started running selected tertiary level programmes at the levels of certificate and diploma in selected areas including Hotel Management, Automation and Information Technology.
Since 2004, the IVTB has introduced the National Trade Certificate Foundation Course for students who have completed their Prevocational Education Level 3. The aim of this course is to introduce students to Craftsmanship.
The IVTB has also introduced other courses such as IC3 for students of National Trade Certificate Level 2 and 3.
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The Mauritius Institute of Health
The MIH was set up in 1989 to cater for the training needs of health professionals, local and regional. As per identified needs it organizes courses and programmes, mostly of short duration for medical and para-medical personnel.
Private Institutions/Distance Education
A number of private institutions and organisations have entered the tertiary education market in the past few years. These institutions, which amount to more than 35, are offering mostly “niche” Programmes in such disciplines as Management, Accountancy and Information Technology. Most of these private institutions are local counterparts of overseas institutions and are offering programmes ranging from sub-degree to postgraduate ones through a mixed-mode system, encompassing both distance learning and face-to face tutorials. A majority of the examinations are conducted by the Mauritius Examinations Syndicate (MES) and a few are organised and invigilated by the overseas institutions themselves in collaboration with the local partner. Key players include the Charles Telfair Institute, MALEM, the Mauritius Employers Federation and the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
University of the Indian Ocean
The UIO, established in January 1998 under the aegis of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), is essentially a network of tertiary education and research institutions of the five member states, namely Comores, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles. It offers tertiary level programmes of a regional vocation in the five member countries. During its three-year pilot phase, the secretariat of the UIO was based in Reunion. In line with a recent decision, the seat of the UIO will now be a rotating one among member states.
Institut de la Francophonie pour L’Entrepreneuriat
The IFE came into operation in 1999, within the context of an agreement signed between the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research and the “Association des Universités Partiellement ou Entièrement de Langue Française et L’Université des Réseaux d’Expréssion Française”. It offers Masters and Doctoral programmes and undertake research in entrepreneuriat and related fields with a regional vocation.
Sir Seewosagur Ramgoolam Medical College
The SSRMC was created in 1999 and is affiliated to the University of Mauritius. Situated at Belle Rive, it caters for both local and overseas students namely from India, South Africa, Malaysia, Gulf and other Indian Ocean Rim countries. With this development, Mauritian students now have opportunities to pursue their medical studies locally and at much lower cost than they would incur elsewhere, the 5-year degree costing approximately US$20,000. Approximately 20% of all available seats are allocated to local students on the 5-year MBBS program. The minimum entry requirement to this course is completion of both Cambridge SC and Cambridge HSC examination, with a minimum requirement of AAB at HSC level.
Mauras College of Dentistry
Mauras College of Dentistry which is managed by the R.F. Gandhi A.K. Trust Limited, is operational since 2003. Affiliated to Bhavnagar University, Gujarat, India, Mauras College of Dentistry, aims to be a key provider of dental education in the region. It is currently providing the BDS programme.
Anna Medical College & Research Centre
Anna Medical College & Research Centre is starting its operations in Mauritius in 2011 in affiliation with University of Technology to offer MBBS program. The College is Registered and Accredited by Tertiary Education Commission in Mauritius to offer the MBBS program. It is a four and a half year program, and the student population consists of mostly South African and Indian citizens.