Faculty of Information, Communication and Digital Technologies - Dean's Message
WELCOME MESSAGE TO FRESHERS
I wish to congratulate you upon securing a seat at the University of Mauritius, the most prestigious tertiary institution in Mauritius. You have been admitted to the Faculty of Information, Communication and Digital Technologies (FoICDT), in the different programmes delivered by the three departments. The BSc (Hons) Information Systems and BSc (Hons) Software Engineering are offered by department of Software and Information Systems (SIS). The department of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) offers the BSc (Hons) Computer Science while the department of Digital technologies offers the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing. Our graduates are highly in demand in the job market and most of them get a job offer before they graduate.
FoICDT has been set-up to essentially respond to the significant human resource needs, in terms of quantity and quality, of the country to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector the main pillar of the economy. One of the core tasks of the FoICDT is to provide high quality ICT education and training of international standards so as to increase the global competitiveness of Mauritius. A larger pool of highly qualified IT manpower in different field of specialization will help to promote new national and multinational IT companies in Mauritius. You will therefore be the privileged students to work with latest technologies in diverse areas of the field.
The Faculty is expected to boost up opportunities for collaboration with stakeholders at both national and international levels. Moreover, the Faculty aims to adapt to the rapidly changing needs of the ICT sector in a timely manner. Several areas for research and consultancy have been identified for each department based on current and expected future development. The Faculty is additionally fostering multi-disciplinary and cross-departmental research in a range of IT disciplines. While the activities of the Faculty will adhere to international standards, special attention will be given to problems of national interests.
University life can become the most memorable and important moments of your life. You should therefore use the time spent at the University judiciously. While working in group projects, you will make several friends and job partners and some may even meet their life partners. Apart from the academic programme you register for, you will also get the chance to participate in various extracurricular activities which will shape your character and personality. You are therefore encouraged to participate in as many activities (Student Union, Sports, UoM Management) as you can.
As a student of the University you have several rights and privileges which I will let the Student Union tell you more about. I wish to draw your attention to your responsibilities and conduct as a student. It is extremely important that students have an acceptable code of conduct to maintain a conducive learning environment. Students must have a good Ethical behavior vis-a-vis their peers, UoM academic and supporting staff. There must be an environment of self-respect and proper use of language. Nowadays the Internet and Intranet has become a common means of communication which allows us to rapidly convey our messages. We should however not make misuse of such facilities. The UoM has strict regulations against misconduct and students going against regulations are liable to disciplinary actions. For example, you should know that UoM is No Smoking Campus/No Alcohol/No Drug Campus. Any act of vandalism or extreme behaviour will not be tolerated. Further details on student conduct can be read from the chapter 2 of the general regulations for students.
Transition to University is a new experience very much different from college life and you will discover new teaching methods and learn to study independently. As from this academic year, the University is introducing a new credit system called the LCCS, i.e Learner Centred Credit System which is equivalent to the ECTS system, i.e European Credit Transfer System. Your Programme Coordinator (PC) will give you further details about the modular system and credits associated with each module of your programme. The LCCS is a major shift from вЂњteacher centred modeвЂќ to вЂњLearner Centred modeвЂќ. The new credit system being equivalent to the ECTS, will allow for mobility of students between Universities following the ECTS. Thus a student may decide to spend a few semesters in another university and earn relevant credits from that institution. All these new systems may seem quite confusing, however, we are confident that, with some efforts, good discipline and commitment, you will all cope well. You should know your priorities well. Your aim should be to attend all the lectures, complete and submit all assignments on time. Without these basic principles, you may have bad surprises. You are advised to carefully read regulations on examinations, pass marks etc. I must draw your attention to the fact that bad performance in some modules adversely affect your overall performance and may lead to repetition of a year or even termination.
Our academics are very open and devoted and they are available to advise and guide you. So you should not hesitate to discuss about your academic problems with your lecturers. Your PC will guide you through all administrative procedures for your respective programmes. The PC may conduct regular meetings to discuss and resolve practical issues. However, classes normally elect a class representative to convey common problems to the PC. All issues must normally be resolved by discussing with your respective lecturers. However, if the issue needs the attention of higher authorities such as the Dean, then the class representative should write a letter to the Dean, through the Head of department (HoD), through the PC. The PC and HoD normally provide their feedbacks to help Dean take a decision.
I hope that no major issues affect your studies at the UoM. I wish you all well and may your stay at the University be fruitful, successful and most memorable.
Associate Professor (Dr) Sunilduth Baichoo
Dean of Faculty of Information Communications & Digital Technologies