Faculty of Agriculture - Dean's Message
I am pleased to welcome you to the Faculty of Agriculture (FoA). You are now part of a family that has a long history of about 102 years! A family composed of academic staff, technical staff, administrative staff, farm staff and above all, the students.
The Faculty of Agriculture, originally founded as the School of Agriculture in 1914, plays a vital role in the development of agriculture and allied fields in the country, and in the promotion of organic agriculture (biofarming) in particular. We provide the trained manpower that the nation needs, from high calibre graduates and post graduates to technically oriented Diploma and Certificate holders. We also organise short, tailor-made training courses for specific stakeholders. We ensure the high standard and quality of our degrees through a system of moderation by external examiners from top Universities in UK, Australia, India, South Africa, Malaysia, etc.
The Faculty has always been proud of its students, many of whom today are in key positions in Government, parastatal bodies, private sector, and even in regional and international agencies. At the Faculty, we ensure that you get a good mix of the hard core science, the hands-on experience, as well as the soft skills such as verbal, written and visual communication, information technology, scientific writing, team work, meeting deadlines, etc., and we encourage you to take on leadership roles, as Faculty Representative, Class Representative, team leader for assignments, etc., all of which will contribute to developing your personality, and will help you in the employment market and in society. We encourage all our students to develop their individuality, their critical analytical and creative thinking abilities, and to work independently. Gone are the days of spoon-feeding and rote learning.
I urge all new students to familiarize themselves with the University rules and regulations available from our website and from your very own Students Union. Pay particular attention to those relating to student conduct and discipline, plagiarism, module enrollment, among others. Develop the habit of reading notice boards and checking your emails regularly. We are increasingly using web platforms for our teaching, assessment and communication.
You have much more freedom than before, but with freedom comes responsibility. Learn to manage your time, your work and your resources, so that you can live your campus life to the full, with a good balance of studies, extra-curricular activities, interactions with your peers and University staff, and your social life.
Professor Sunita Facknath
Dean of Faculty
Faculty of Engineering - Dean's Message
WELCOME MESSAGE TO FRESHERS
To begin, I wish to congratulate you upon securing a seat at the University of Mauritius. Today, you are here as a result of your hard work and dedication and it is the first step of many of you along your career-path. That path will be determined not only by the power of your logic and intellect but equally by your aspiration and determination.
This campus will over the coming academic years be witness to your learning and achievements. Learning never stops and it gets better with effort and application, something that I hope this cohort will uphold.
How to sustain learning over the next 3-4 years? May I suggest that you become totally paranoid about your current state of learning. Am I learning today, or am I faking it? Or worse am I falling behind?
Learning at University is different from any previous structured formal education you have previously encountered. The transition from college to University is bumpy to say the least for many. Learning is your responsibility at University. Taking effective notes during lectures, keeping track of due dates and scheduling plenty of time for study outside of class (two to three hours of study time for every hour of class) are essential skills that you will have to master.
As you join the Faculty of Engineering, a little bit of history is important. The Faculty was established in 1968 and its aim is to provide a world class education in Engineering, Sustainable Product Design and Computer. The Faculty was originally called the School of Industrial Technology. During its first years, it focused on running courses at certificate and diploma levels. The Faculty evolved at a reasonable pace with the first engineering undergraduate courses offered in 1978, the first taught MSc courses in 1997 and the first PhD awarded in 1984. The Faculty of Engineering is composed presently of six Departments and offers undergraduate BEng (Hons) programmes which satisfy the academic requirements of the Council of Registered Professional Engineers. The Faculty also offers three-year BSc (Hons) programmes in the various fields of IT, ICT, and Sustainable Product Design. Two-year part-time MSc programmes in various fields are also offered mainly for working professionals.
The generation joining the Faculty today was born with the end of a millennium and brought up in a new millennium. You have been called the "millenials, GĂ©nĂ©ration Y, NetGen, MHBG (Mutants Hybrides BionumĂ©riques GĂ©olocalisĂ©s) or the IKWIWAIWIN (I Know What I Want And I Want It Now) tribe. You are characterized by two traits unknown to previous generations:
- The Digital Culture from internet to smart-phones through e-business, FB (facebook) and e-music.
- The Global Climate Change impact which you are the first generation to suffer from and the last and only generation in a position to do something about it, that is, adapt and mitigate its impacts.
Youâll be a generation facing unprecedented challenges. Our duty is to prepare you for a world which is not ours, but yours. The above traits require that timeless values that have been the bedrock of human civilization need to be "re-engineered". Altruism, solidarity, generosity, empathy... love in the true sense; unselfish dedication to others, need to be crucial part of your education. Education cannot be just a means to something (job, position, status), it has to be about working towards a shared vision, for the common good.
This is possible through initiatives like crowd-funding, co-ownership, peer-to-peer sharing, open source access, "Uber"-type services which not only allow "personalized" attention to each and every one but also lead to optimization of scarce resources and their access to those in need.
Energy, information, production, consumption, health, environment, land, transport, leisure, economy and people are all connected. Through virtual reality, Artificial Intelligence, digital ubiquity and emergence of prosumers i.e. producers and consumers being one and same (for example for use renewable energy through smart grids.
This is where the new generation will have to fit in, or as it is said LIVE, WORK and PLAY. But is that enough? To give a true meaning to life, more is needed surely. A good knowledge of history, ethics, morals, philosophy and spirituality will be essential. This brings us to the need of embracing a trans-disciplinary approach. All students are NOW embarking on teaching and learning within a given discipline, be it mechanical engineering, computer science or ocean studies. But the world is not fragmented. Even interdisciplinary approaches like learning Maths in Engineering will not be sufficient tomorrow. Trans-disciplinarity is about having a real systemic, integrated, holistic approach in looking at the interdependence of different disciplines. Engineering is the perfect place to start such an adventure in the pursuit of scientific, technological, economic, environmental and ethic-related objectives.
This has the potential to lead to real empowerment. Give yourself the power by using your brain, your body and your heart together. It can happen financially in terms of start-ups...create your own business based on a very specific idea or service which is your own, but which can be of service to others. Build your own micro-enterprise, develop customized products or services for niche markets, make the most of new areas of investment like the energy-net (comparable to the internet which is for data), health care, new forms of entertainment, consulting, etc.
By 2030 it is estimated that more than 40 million people in the USA will work for themselves. This is not about freelance sales or tele-work, it is about managing your own tiny business (does not mean it is not lucrative) in the most intelligent way whilst also enjoying what you do. It will involve ICT and may also help address climate change as well as so many other laudable goals.
The boss who is now paid to ensure that you work will disappear and the pyramidal power structure will crumble. You work because you are deadly motivated and you see the difference you make not just to yourself, but to others as well. It is the age of "soft transversal power" as called by some today. The peer-to-peer vision of the emerging digital economy is probably just a beginning.
It should be the end of "indiscipline" hopefully, the scourge of today's world.
So I wish you all well and may your stay at the University be fruitful, successful and most memorable. Thank you all.
Associate Professor (Dr) Satyadev Rosunee
Dean of Faculty
Faculty of Law & Management - Dean's Message
The Faculty of Law and Management (FLM) welcomes you and above all congratulates you on obtaining a much sought-after seat on one of the several programmes offered by FLM. I am sure you feel somewhat edgy since you are about to embark on a new journey and embrace University education. Please rest assured that you are definitely not alone.
Today marks the commencement of our journey together, a three-year long journey. It will not be an easy journey, neither for you nor for me, but since I know I can count on your support and since you can count on mine and that of all staff of FLM, we can together steer the FLM ship to our mutually availing destination where your success is also our success! And if you have any doubts as to your ability to climb this mountain, cast that thought out the window immediately. Trip, stumble or fall you may, but true strength and unflinching will and determination shine through when you learn from your mistakes and âget upâ with renewed passion and drive to finish that journey and earn your degree.
Whether you may have chosen a law, management or finance degree programme, you shall learn an array of principles and skills which cut across several key disciplines, all of which are included, some to a greater and others to a lesser extent, in all programmes offered by the departments of management, law and finance and accounting respectively headed by Mrs Oogarah-Hanuman, Mr Narsinghen and Mr Lamport. These include management skills, quantitative skills, communication skills, legal skills and finance skills. If we are to succeed in this ever changing world, the more versatile we are, the more employable we shall become. And at FLM, we are proud of the links nurtured with industry and given that most undergraduate programmes require compulsory industry placements, our students have a privileged insight into the world of work and the additional set of soft skills, namely, discipline, self-learning, professionalism and team work necessary in sustaining a personâs career path. Enjoy your studies and let us agree to meet up again formally in three yearsâ time to celebrate your graduation. Thank you for your kind attention.
Professor Raja Vinesh Sannassee
Dean of Faculty
Department of Management
As Head of the Department of Management, I wish all new students a very warm welcome. With a team of 18 dedicated full-time academics supported by a large pool of expert and experienced professionals from industry, we are pleased to offer a wide range of carefully developed courses, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level to prepare your journey towards the world of work and professional practice. We strive to provide you a learning environment that is conducive to your personal and intellectual development.
Wishing you the very best in your studies.
Mrs Vanisha Oogarah-Hanuman
Head of Department
Department of Law
The Department of Law welcomes you on board for this exciting academic programme. You will have the unique advantage of studying Mauritian Law with a lot of comparative perspectives from English, French, Indian, American Law etc. and very often through a bilingual medium, which will give a competitive edge on the labour market. You will also have the advantage to study a lot of innovative subjects, which are in tune with our âservices economyâ.
Mr Hambyrajen Narsinghen
Head of Department
Department of Finance & Accounting
The department of finance and accounting welcomes you and above all congratulates you on obtaining a seat on one of the 7 undergraduate programmes of the faculty of law and management. To succeed in this global market often characterised by fierce competition not only amongst companies but also in the job market, one needs to be versatile. And to meet the dynamic needs of both our students and employers, the department spares no effort in developing a teaching environment and nurturing a buoyant research culture which not only imparts technical knowledge spanning management, accounting, finance, legal and law fields but also critical thinking and communication skills which we believe are instrumental in sustaining the employability of our accounting and finance graduates. We must remember that Employers are quasi-shareholders of tertiary education institutions and harnessing long-lasting links with industry and conducting collaborative research with industry is central to the mission of the department. Our proximity with industry together with the relevance of our programmes is evidenced by the heavy student demand for accounting and finance programmes and the significant number of exemptions which our accredited accounting programmes enjoy with ACCA and ICAEW. Enjoy your studies dear students and let us agree to meet up again formally in three years' time to celebrate your graduation.
Mr Matthew John Lamport
Head of Department
Faculty of Ocean Studies - Dean's Message
Welcome to the Faculty of Ocean Studies. The Faculty of Ocean Studies (FOcs) has been set up to promote the ocean economy as one of the main pillars of development by optimising the opportunities available to the country as an Ocean State with an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 2.3million km2. The Faculty became operational in August 2014 and was structured so as to address the much needed multidisciplinary approach towards promoting the ocean economy. The Faculty presently comprisesof three departments; The Department of Ocean Engineering & ICT, that of Marine and Ocean Science, Fisheries and Mariculture and that of Maritime Trade and Finance. The Faculty aims at supporting the related existing and upcoming developmental sectors through undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, focused research and tailor made continuous professional development courses.
As from August 2015, the Faculty started offering its first postgraduate programme, the MSc Coastal and Ocean Management, to provide the skilled labour force for promoting sustainable development of the ocean economy. The MSc Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Reduction is the second postgraduate course which the faculty will offer as from August 2016, adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction being particularly important for coastal communities. As from the academic year 2016/2017, two full time undergraduate programmes, BSc(Hons) Marine Environmental Sciences and BSc(Hons) Geomatics will be on offer. These undergraduate courses are both of three years duration and during this period, research seminars, talks and open dialogues will be regularly organised to enable students to learn about the ocean economy sectors, the emerging developmental sectors and to network with the key stakeholders.
Staff and students will have the opportunity to show case their research work during the seminars and consolidate collaboration with key players in the ocean economy. Recognising that the way forward to develop the ocean economy will be through technopreneurs, we include modules on Entrepreneurship, Marketing and SMEs in most of our programmes. Furthermore, a postgraduate course on Ocean Economy and Entrepreneurship has been developed to promote small scale enterprise in the field of fisheries and aquaculture. In the near future, the Faculty is planning to provide capacity building in maritime law and on marine technology to cater for the professionals who will ensure that the country benefits to the maximum on new emerging developmental sectors of the ocean economy.
Academic staff are currently undertaking research on several aspects of coastal and ocean resources. Research related to the sector of aquaculture, and marine species such as molluscs, and fish taxonomy are being undertaken by staff from the Department of Marine and Ocean Studies, Fisheries and Mariculture, in addition to research related to resources conservation; coral farming, mangroves and marine habitats. A web portal, Oceanis, is being developed by academics from the Department of Ocean Engineering & ICT, to promote collaboration between local stakeholders, to promote community engagement in the coastal and ocean sector and to educate the community on the potential and importance of the ocean. This department also conducts research in the field of marine ICT, climate change and disaster risk reduction. The staff from the department of Maritime Trade and Finance is actively promoting a culture of entrepreneurship in students from the faculty. Students joining the faculty will have the opportunity to work with this multidisciplinary team of researchers.
Apart from the full-fledged programmes and research, the Faculty has since its creation offered several continuous professional development courses in the field of aquaculture, coastal zone management, coastal engineering, climate change, oil and gas management, cost and benefit analysis of coastal protection structures, disaster risk reduction in the coastal zone of Mauritius, coral reef diseases, integrated coastal zone management, remote sensing and GIS, open geospatial tools and ocean data collection and analysis. After two yearsâ of existence, the Faculty of Ocean Studies has positioned itself both at national and regional level through its collaboration with international partners, such as the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands, the Mauritius Oceanography Institute, the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster and Beach Management, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, University of Western Australia, Ocean Institute, the Scottish Association of Marine Science, the University of Aberdeen, UK, the University of Delaware, US and University of Stanford, US.
It is worth appreciating that the decision to contribute to the development of the ocean economy, an emerging economic sector is indeed a challenging one, especially at this point in time. We congratulate you for this. So on behalf of the staff of the Faculty of Ocean Studies, I once again extend a warm welcome to all those joining us to contribute to this privileged task - Shaping the Ocean Economy while Maintaining a Healthy Ocean.
âWith every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, youâre connected to the ocean. No matter where on Earth you live.â â Sylvia Earle - American Oceanographer.
Associate Professor (Dr) Manta Devi Nowbuth
Dean of Faculty
Faculty of Science - Dean's Message
Good morning to you all.
I congratulate you all for having secured a place at the University of Mauritius, an institution of very high standing in the tertiary education landscape in Mauritius.
The Faculty of Science hosts departments in the Mathematical, Physical, Natural and Health Sciences and the Academic membership comprises of dedicated lecturers and researchers of international repute.
Today starts a new phase of your education life, and an important one too, which is likely to shape the rest of your life.
The University offers you the opportunity to realize your full potential. It is important that you get focused right from the onset and take interest in your course. We encourage you to work hard and we have expectations from you: regularity at work and punctuality are essential requirements in order to have good performances in your studies.
Your programme coordinators, present this morning, will provide you with all the details of your individual courses.
I want to wish you all the best and as from next week, you will embark on a path which will have a strong bearing on your future professional career.
Professor Muddun Bhuruth, OSK
Professor of Computational Mathematics and Dean of Faculty
Faculty of Social Studies & Humanities - Dean's Message
As Dean of Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities and on behalf of all the academic and administrative staff, I welcome you all to the University of Mauritius and in particular to the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities. To begin with, I wish to congratulate you all for having secured a seat at the University in a course of your choice.
The aim of our Faculty is to provide for a high quality education in the domain of Humanities and the Social Sciences. Using interdisciplinary approaches, our programmes seek to enable students to acquire constructive and comprehensive understanding of their subject area and to produce graduates who are articulate, independent and keen learners, capable of entering the competitive world of work and/or progressing to higher levels of study and career paths while simultaneously contributing to the development of the country.
Being able to communicate with people from various cultural backgrounds; to learn languages; to think broadly, critically and creatively are all crucial skills for each leader, creator and citizen of a society. In a world of rapid cultural, political, social, and technological change, creative and critical thought and effective communication are vital. Thus, study of social sciences, humanities related subjects has never been more relevant. The Faculty of Social Studies & Humanities is committed to providing outstanding learning experiences, to integrating teaching and research across our curriculum and to the development of creative personalities, local and global citizens, humanistic in spirit and technological in practice.
The Faculty currently houses over 68 Faculty members in a wide range of disciplines, including literature, linguistics, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, international relations, public policy and much more. In line with the Universityâs aim to produce specialists who will not only excel in their technical expertise but also be equipped with a broad outlook on life and the world, the Faculty offers a diverse range of courses at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.
In history we study our past to secure a better future, at the same time as philosophy teaches us to treasure human values. We study languages to understand our culture, whilst literature serves us as a constant reminder of our heritage. Studying politics is studying everyday life, just as one studies communication to share ideas. We examine behavior by means of psychology; all the while we study the role of media to understand how society is shaped.
Students come to University with many different ambitions. Our fundamental objective is to help you think more clearly, rigorously and expansively than you ever have before. Whatever particular discipline or program of study you eventually pursue, we want you to leave us with the intellectual skills to not only succeed in life, but gain meaning and value from it as well.
While your lecturers and our administrative staff will provide you with the relevant assistance to enable you to enjoy your academic life to the fullest, we also expect you to abide by certain established practices. As a student of the university you will have to take responsibility of familiarizing yourself with regulations concerning online module registration, attending lectures, taking class tests, submitting assignments on time and examinations.
Your Programme Coordinator who is your focal contact person will inform you in details about these requirements. In addition you are requested to read the Student Handbook which gives you complete information on rules and regulations that you need to abide by. Of course, you are also concerned with gaining an education that prepares you for life beyond University. Our degrees will provide the foundations upon which your future careers will be built, as well as give you opportunities for international exchange, internships and work placements while you study. Our courses provide an engaging and experiential approach to the study of human societies, organizations, contemporary social and political issues.
In conclusion, I would like to express how delighted I am that you have chosen the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities to start your higher education journey. On behalf of the FSSH community, I would like to welcome you once again and wish you the very best in your educational and personal growth.
Associate Professor (Mrs) Uma Bhowon
Dean of Faculty
Centre for Innovative Lifelong Learning - Officer-in-Charge's Message
Welcome to the University of Mauritius and the Centre for Innovative and Lifelong Learning. The Centre for Innovative and Lifelong Learning is based in Ebene, at the CORE building. The Centre is responsible to promote e-learning and the use of ICTs in Education. It is a specialized Centre in Multimedia and e-Learning and itâs courses are run fully online.
As Associate Professor and the Officer-in-Charge of the Centre, I look forward for the CILL team including myself to working with you in an innovative environment and to empower you to face the challenges of the modern professional work culture.
In the 21st Century, Lifelong learning is a key recipe for success, and at CILL we will equip you with the necessary skills to be autonomous, and independent learner, where the lecturers are more as facilitators and guide to ensure you a high level learning experience. However, this implies responsibility and seriousness from your side to succeed.
On behalf of CILL staff and the University, I therefore wish you all the best for the future, and a fruitful experience on the campus of the University.
Associate Professor Mohammad Issack Santally