Following the organisation of a conference on Poverty organised by ISDP and MACOSS last year at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, a book was launched on the 3rd October on campus. The book features various contributions of presenters at the conference on the theme ‘Poverty in Mauritius: An Agenda for Reflection and Action – Articulating the Local and the Regional’. The launching was done by Mr Jacques de Navacelle, Chairman of Transparency Mauritius in the presence of the former President of the Republic, Mr Cassam Uteem and Mrs Manda Boolell, Chairperson of MACOSS. The ISDP founders Dr R. Kasenally and Assoc Prof S. Bunwaree hosted the event.
The National Oceanographic Committee was launched on 12 September 2008 at the University of Mauritius by Dr Patricio Bernal in the context of a high level mission of UNESCO Delegates to the country. Dr P Bernal, Assistant Director General of UNESCO & Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) also gave 2 interesting talks on the themes:
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The Students Orientation Week was held from 4 to 8 August at the POWA. The Orientation Week offered first year students an apercu of University life to facilitate their integration on campus. The Pro Chancellor & Chairman of Council, Prof S. Jugessur, GOSK, and the Vice Chancellor, Prof I Fagoonee, addressed the students through video presentations.
The latest book of Prof S Jugessur, GOSK, Pro-Chancellor, Chairman of the University Council and of the Mauritius Research Council, was launched at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre on 12 September. His book entitled “Science-Based Development, Policy Issues” examines the economic development challenges and the need to promote an appropriate application of science and technology.
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This event was organized from the 1st to 5th September 2008 by the Pro VC’s Office for Research, Consultancy and Innovation and was open to all faculties, students, experts and the public and coincided with the 40th year of the Independence Celebrations of the Republic of Mauritius and also the 40th year in terms of University of Mauritius Graduands.
The Young Ambassador for Chemistry Workshop was held from 31 July to 2 August 2008. Prof M. H. Chiu, Dr L. Schoen and Dr E. Steenberg conducted the workshop which was attended by 30 local Chemistry teachers. This workshop has been launched in line with the Science across the World (SAW) project, which aims at exploring the practical implementation of SAW and promoting international exchanges.
7th Society For Free Radical Research/ 28th African Health Sciences Congress/4th Africa Rotavirus International ConferenceOctober 9, 2008
The 7th International Conference of the Society for Free Radical Research–Africa (SFRR-Africa) / 28th African Health Sciences Congress (AHSC) / and the Fourth African Rotavirus Symposium was organised in collaboration with the University of Mauritius from 14 to17 July 2008.
Prior to the conference, an online forum brought together 371 participants from 44 countries and 45 papers were presented. The presentation entitled “Chemistry in Daily life: Good Reasons to Opt for Chemistry” from the second year BSc (Hons) Chemistry students from UOM was well appreciated by the participants. 200 participants from 40 countries attended the Conference in Mauritius and it attracted 140 oral and 50 poster presentations on research findings, thoughts and approaches in using ICT in Chemistry and Science education.
The 4th Edition of the Sports Week, held from 1st to 6th September 2008, was organised jointly by the Sports Unit / Sports Committee in close collaboration with the Students’ Union. Since its inception, this Sports Inter Faculty Meeting has gained momentum. Some minor changes have been brought to the overall program to enhance participation. It is indeed the first time that the Sports Week is being held in the first semester in order to satisfy the great demand of final-year students, who are too busy with their project and thesis in the second semester. Moreover, women’s football was added so as to bring equity in sports activities.