Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials research achieves excellence

November 22, 2011

The Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials research (CBBR) was proclaimed as Centre of Excellence (CoE) by the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) on 24 October 2011 at the 4th ANDI Stakeholders and Donors Meeting in Addis Ababa. The focus of CBBR is on the health and medical sector. The Research centre will look into more ambitious research problems, pertinent issues that are crucial as Mauritius aims at becoming a medical hub. This major milestone in the history of the University was announced at a press conference held by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Konrad Morgan, on 17 November 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Professor Jugessur appears in Mail & Guardian – 4 November 2011

November 21, 2011

Mail and Guardian recently published an article on Prof Soodursun Jugessur,

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University council, who was the finalist of the Drivers of Change Award 2011 in the individual award category. This prestigious award is organised by the Mail and Guardian and the South Africa Trust ‘to recognise companies/individuals from across the Southern Africa region that are making a real impact on the lives of people living in poverty, through the development and implementation of effective public policies and strategies, to overcome poverty’.

Prof Jugessur’s contribution to the country is acknowledged in a supplement to the Mail and Guardian, which portrays his career path as a scientist and engineer. Prof Jugessur also served at the United Nations as chief of science and technology for the African region in 1982. Wanting to change the mindsets in a society oblivious of family values, Prof Jugessur launched the movement Sukhi Parivaar – Happy Family in 2006, with the aim of bringing peace and harmony at home.

Changing societies by Alf James, Mail & Guardian online (4 November 2011) Read the rest of this entry »

Setting-up of an Endemic and Medicinal Plant Garden on Reduit campus

November 11, 2011

The University of Mauritius inaugurated its first Endemic and Medicinal Plant Garden on Wednesday 9 November 2011 at the University Farm. Dr the Hon Rajeshwar Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, the initiator of this project, was invited to launch the garden.

Initially, some 30 indigenous species have been planted and in the long run, it is expected to showcase the 315 species which are endemic in the Mauritian flora. The launching was held for the occasion under a traditional tent made up of palm leaves, bamboo shoots and other natural on-site resources which enhanced the endemic scenery of the tropical island. Read the rest of this entry »

SAWYERs victorious of the Youth Excellence Award 2011

November 11, 2011

The Students At Work (S.A.W.) team won under the “Youth in Leadership and Community Work” category against 37 other teams who had been nominated for the Youth Excellence Award (YEA) 2011. The fourth edition of the YEA was held on Saturday 5 November 2011 in the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture (IGCIC) in the presence of the Minister of Youth and Sports, the Hon. Devanand Rittoo and the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius, Prof Soodursun Jugessur. The award ceremony was the culmination of one year of hard work and effort for this team engaged in fighting taboos in the Mauritian society. Read the rest of this entry »

Semaine de L’étudiant

November 11, 2011

The University being fully supportive of this laudable event has officially earmarked the seventh week of the first Academic Semester to be dedicated to the ‘Semaine de L’étudiant’ annually, an event which marks the lives of students at the university. This year’s event took place from 19 to 24 September. The main aim of the ‘Semaine de L’étudiant’ is to develop and strengthen sports culture among students and staff of the University, whereby it provides a solid platform to have fun, excitement and motivation and on which they can express their talents and abilities. Read the rest of this entry »

Acknowledgement: UOM academic, Ranjeet Bhagooli collaborative research publication on the prestigious online PLoS ONE journal

November 4, 2011

Dr Bhagooli collaborated with 23 other international experts on a research paper on the “Development of Gene Expression Markers of Acute Heat-light Stress in Reef-Building Corals of the Genus Porites”. The paper was published in PLos ONE journal on 26 October 2011, granting open access to all readers.

As part of his research work for the UoM, Dr Bhagooli, senior lecturer at the department of Biosciences, has been involved in Marine science and was led to study the impact of climate change on coral reefs and related degradation effects. Elevated temperatures have given rise to massive coral bleaching events worldwide, a major concern in the field of Marine science. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Outreach: A short incursion into the life of Yogeesh Patroo

November 4, 2011

Sixteen year old Yogeesh Patroo suffers from muscular dystrophy, an incurable and rare disease. A group of students of the University accompanied the Public Relations Officer, Amreeta Nivault, to visit Yogeesh at his residence in Vacoas. The volunteers composed of students coming from Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy fields, were mobilised on Friday 21 October 2011.

Yogeesh was diagnosed with Muscular dystrophy at the age of four. His musculoskeletal system is now so weakened that he relies completely on electric wheel chairs and the support of his parents, family and friends.

Yet Yogeesh is a determined young boy whose disease has not refrained from pursuing studies and his dreams.

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