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Successes, Milestones and Landmarks

1965

Creation of the University of Mauritius

 

 

1966

First Vice-Chancellor (Dr L J Hale)

 

 

1967

The College of Agriculture became the School of Agriculture and part of the University

 

 

1968

Setting up of the School of Administration

 

First Mauritian Vice-Chancellor (Dr P O Wiehe)

 

 

1969

Unveiling of the foundation stone of the Library

 

Setting up of the School of Industrial Technology

 

 

1970

Inauguration of the School of Industrial Technology Phase I building

 

Enrolment of first direct entry degree students at the School of Agriculture

 

 

1971

Completion of the School of Administration building, Library and new building for the School of Agriculture

 

First University Diploma Award Ceremony

 

Coming into effect of The University of Mauritius Act

 

First meeting of Senate and Council

 

Appointment of Sir H R Vaghjee as Pro-Chancellor

 

 

1972

Completion of a second block of building (Phase I) for the School of Industrial Technology

 

Inauguration of the University by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

 

 

1973

Appointment of Mr R Burrenchobay as Vice-Chancellor

 

First undergraduate degree awards conferred by the Schools of Agriculture and Industrial Technology

 

Start of the Medical Laboratory Technology Programme

 

 

1974

Establishment and first meeting of the Court

 

Installation of the first Chancellor of the University (H R H Princess Alexandra)

 

Appointment of Mr Justice D Ramphul as Pro-Chancellor

 

First Honorary degrees conferred on H R H Princess Alexandra and Sir S Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius

 

 

1975

Inauguration of the Auditorium by Mr P Abelin, French Minister of Cooperation

 

Launching of the BA (Hons) Administration course

 

First enrolment in MPhil/PhD Programmes at the School of Agriculture

 

 

1976

Start of 4-year BTech (Hons) degree programmes in Civil and Electrical and Electronic Engineering

 

 

1977

First batch of graduates from the School of Administration

 

First Postgraduate Diploma programme (Sugar Technology)

 

Appointment of Mr Justice R Lallah as Pro-Chancellor

 

 

1979

Appointment of Prof J Manrakhan as Vice-Chancellor

 

Completion of Phase II building of the School of Agriculture and extension of the Library

 

First MPhil degree award (Mr T Vijiaraj from Sri Lanka)

 

 

1981

First award of a PhD (Mr D R Vencatasamy)

 

Inauguration of the R Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre

 

 

1982

First degree awards (BA (Hons) Indian Music) offered in collaboration with MGI

 

 

1983

Relinquishment of the post of Chancellor by H R H Princess Alexandra

 

 

1985

Setting up of a Computer Centre

 

Creation of a Department of Law

 

Appointment of Mr Maurice Rault and Mr A K Gayan as Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor respectively

 

 

1986

Inauguration of the SSR Centre for Medical Research

 

 

1987

Hosting of the Council Meeting of the Association of Commonwealth Universities

 

Setting up of the Department of Textile Technology

 

Manraj Visitorial Report on the University

 

 

1988

Appointment of Mr S Bissoondoyal as Pro-Chancellor

 

 

1989

Creation of the School of Science

 

The School of Industrial Technology became the School of Engineering

 

The School of Administration became the School of Law, Management and Social Studies

 

Establishment of an “Antenne Universitaire” in Rodrigues

 

First offer of BEd (Hons) Programmes

 

First awards of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree

 

 

1990

First awards of BSc (Joint Hons) degrees in Pure Science

 

Start of the BA (Joint Hons) Humanities, Diploma/degree in Computer Science and Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA)

 

 

1993

Creation of the Faculty of Law and Management and the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities

 

The Schools of Agriculture, Engineering and Science became Faculties

 

Setting up of a Centre for Extra-Mural Studies

 

Start of modularisation of programmes on a semester basis

 

Completion of the Textile Building (4000 m2)

 

Creation of two posts of full-time Pro-Vice-Chancellors in Curriculum Development and Distance Education and in Research and Consultancy

 

First MBA graduates, in collaboration with the Business School of the University of Bradford

 

 

1994

Inauguration of New Academic Complex by the Prime Minister

 

Relinquishment of the post of Chancellor by Sir Maurice Rault

 

Start of the application of the credit system

 

Launching of the Otto-Essien Young Professionals Programme

 

 

1995

Appointment of Prof G T G Mohamedbhai as Vice-Chancellor

 

Launching of the World Bank Higher and Technical Education Project of the Students’ Centre

 

 

1996

The University became a member of the Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium (CUSAC)

 

Launching of the website of the University: www.uom.ac.mu

 

 

1997

The Computer Centre was split into the Centre for Information Technology and Systems (CITS) and the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering

 

Mounting of the BSc (Hons) Medical Science Programme in collaboration with the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle

 

 

1998

Setting up of a University Quality Assurance Team (UQAT)

 

Setting up of a Consultancy Centre

 

 

1999

Launching of the Strategic Plan 1999-2004

 

Introduction of Transferable Outreach Skills Programme (TOSP)

 

Launching of the University of Mauritius Student Work Experience Programme (SWEP)

 

 

2000

Mock Institutional Audit

 

First awards of BSc (Hons) Medical Science

 

 

2001

Completion of the extension works to the former Students’ Common Room

 

Setting up of the Virtual Centre for Innovative Learning Technologies (VCILT) and the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR)

 

 

2002

Setting up of the School of Advanced Computing

 

Setting up of the Quality Assurance Office

 

First awards of BA Library and Information Science (joint award with Charles Sturt University)

 

 

2003

Organisation of the Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents (COREVIP) of the Association of African Universities

 

Setting up of the Lifelong Learning Cluster (LLC)

 

First awards of BSc (Hons) Nursing (joint award with Middlesex University) and BSc (Hons) Police Studies in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth

 

 

2004

Hosting of the Council Meeting of the Association of Commonwealth Universities

 

Completion of the University Gymnasium

 

First awards of MBChB in collaboration with Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2

 

The Department of Humanties was restructured into three Departments: English Studies, French Studies and, History and Political Science

 

 

2005

Completion of the extension works at the Faculty of Agriculture

 

Institutional Quality Audit of the University

 

Appointment of Prof I Fagoonee as Vice-Chancellor

 

Inauguration of the Engineering Tower

 

Appointment of Sir R Jeewoolall and Prof S Jugessur as Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor, respectively

 

First awards of MBBS in collaboration with SSR Medical College

 

The University became one of the founder members of the University Consortium of Small Island States (UCSIS)

 

 

2006

Launching of the Strategic Directions 2006 – 2015

 

Setting up of Multidisciplinary Centres of Excellence (MCEs)

 

Installation of Sir R Jeewoolall as Chancellor of the University

 

Visit of His Excellency Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, President of Republic of India, to the University

 

 

2007

Setting up of an Examinations Office

 

Offer of new MRes in Research Methodology (RM) Programme

 

First awards of BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

 

Introduction of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) concepts in UoM undergraduate programmes in collaboration with the University of Bradford and the British Council

 

Participation in the Government Empowerment Programme 2007

 

Launching of the University of Mauritius Trust

 

Launching of the Mauritius International Business School (MIBS) and the Centre for Organised Markets (COM) under the aegis of the UoM Trust

 

Inauguration of the Campus Numérique by the Ministry of Education & Human Resources at the University

 

Launch of the Eco-Campus Initiative

 

Naming of a “Planète Mineure” Somanah by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in recognition to the continuing contribution to the field of Astronomy by staff of the Faculty of Science

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