Conferment of Honoris Causa upon Eminent Personalities

July 14, 2011

Ceremony of Conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law honoris causa upon Professor Robert Louis Garron, Professeur Honoraire, Université Paul Cézanne (Aix Marseilles III), on Wednesday 29 June 2011 followed by a talk delivered by Prof Garron on “Le Code de Commerce et le Droit des Activités Commerciales”

Ceremony of Conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law honoris causa upon His Excellency Mr S R Nathan, President of the Republic of Singapore, on Tuesday 07 June 2011
Ceremony of Conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law honoris causa upon Her Excellency Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of the Republic of India, on Thursday 28 April 2011

“Potted Plants in Greenhouses”: A Critical Reflection on the Resilience of Colonial Education in Africa

July 13, 2011

The Communication Studies Unit of the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities invited Professor Francis B. Nyamnjoh, external examiner at the unit since two years, for a talk on 20 June 2011. Francis B. Nyamnjoh is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and he is a prolific writer of both research papers and novels focusing on African identity.

His talk drew on Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Lawino and other critical voices arguing that education in Africa is victim of a colonial and colonising epistemology, which takes the form of science as ideology and hegemony. Postcolonial African elite justify the resilience of this epistemology and the education it inspires with rhetoric on the need to be competitive internationally. The outcome is often a devaluation of African creativity, agency and value systems, and an internalised sense of inadequacy. Education has become a compulsion for Africans to “lighten their darkness” both physically and metaphorically in the interest of and for the gratification of colonising and hegemonic others. Prof. Nyamnjoh called for paying more attention to popular systems of knowledge, in which reality is larger than logic. He also appealed for listening to ordinary Africans who, like p’Bitek’s Lawino, are challenging the prescriptive gaze and grip of emasculated elite.

Workshop on “Quantum fields and Cosmological inflation”

July 13, 2011

The University of Mauritius (Department of Physics, Faculty of Science), UOM Theoretical Physics Group, and the National Institute of Theoretical Physics, Stellenbosch, South Africa, organised a workshop on Quantum fields and Cosmological inflation from 6 to 17 June 2011. The workshop consisted of 6 lectures, together with problem solving sessions and two public talks delivered by Prof. Robert De Mello Koch and Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam.

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Faculty Communication Seminar Series and PR Event at FLM

July 13, 2011

The 9th of June marked the beginning of a series of Faculty Communication Seminars organized by the Faculty of Law and Management (FLM). For the launching of the event, were present the Honourable Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Dr. Rajeshwar Jeetah, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Konrad Morgan, and other eminent guests from the Industrial sector. The Faculty Communication Series was programmed over four days and a PR Event was organized to mark the end of this wonderful experience.

The main purpose of the whole event has been to strengthen communication at Faculty, university and industry level. All academics in each of the three departments of the FLM as well as support staff had the possibility to express themselves; talking about their qualifications, duties and their aspirations in view of offering a better output to the FLM and University. Read the rest of this entry »