University of Mauritius partners with University of Cape Town initiative to boost profile of local research

This week, the University of Mauritius has partnered with a University of Cape Town (UCT) programme to boost the profile of local research and enhance our collaborative opportunities with scholars around the world.

In conjunction with the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP) at UCT, the UoM launched a pilot initiative, called Profiling Academics Online (PAO), which uses Web 2.0 technologies to promote university scholarship and international collaboration. It was launched to ensure that Mauritian research continues to contribute to the global marketplace of ideas in the Internet age.

The PAO initiative, which helps academics access a suite of powerful scholarly networking tools (such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley), is currently being tested by ten scholars in the UoM Faculty of Science. They are tasked with joining a host of global online networks, sharing their publications and reaching out to overseas colleagues so that they can enhance their academic profiles and chances for collaboration. This is a key component for the University of Mauritius’ research.

The SCAP coordinator at the UoM, Dr. Girish Kumar Beeharry, and research assistant Vinand Prayag, will oversee the progress of the initiative. Dr. Beeharry is the Head of the Mauritian Radio Telescope.

The University of Mauritius is confident that this pilot initiative will build capacity for greater utilization of collaborative technologies by Mauritian scholars.

* The Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP) is a research initiative partnered with the Universities of Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia and Cape Town. It is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.

For more information:

SCAP – www.scaprogramme.org.za

Dr. Girish Kumar Beeharry – UoM SCAP Coordinator : gkb@uom.ac.mu / 4037400 Ext 7362

Amreeta Nivault : UoM Public Relations Officer : pro@uom.ac.mu/ 4037400 Ext : 7535

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