Beyond University campus: Challenging the frontiers of Science

December 19, 2011

The ANDI Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR) settles itself on the premises of the historic Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute at Reduit, where it aims to spearhead innovation and scientific research on a national level. The building which now houses the CBBR was formerly the Cane Breeding Unit of the MSIRI. “Since its setting up in 1953 and throughout the years, the MSIRI has shown excellence in sugar-cane research and it is for us a matter of great pride to be given the opportunity to work on its premises in the pursuit of research excellence” said the Head of the CBBR, Prof Dhanjay Jhurry. The CBBR was inaugurated on Thursday 15 December 2011 by Dr the Hon. Rajeshwar Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, in the presence of the Hon. Lormus Bundhoo, Minister of Health and Quality of life, Prof Konrad Morgan, Vice-Chancellor of the University, and key partners from the private and medical sectors. Read the rest of this entry »

Photos captured by Journalism students on New York Times blog

December 19, 2011

Journalism students of first year have done a great job in photography under the supervision of their lecturer and Fulbright scholar, Theo Lipfert, who taught them ‘Digital Imaging’. Some of their pictures have been selected to appear on the New York Times blog to illustrate the theme Pictured: A World at 7 Billion.

Their photos can be seen on the NY Times blog at: or may be accessed through the links posted on the Communication Studies Unit blog at:


UoM selected for the Tuning Africa Project: a new framework to harmonize African Higher Education

December 15, 2011

Africa is called upon to reflect on ways to review its Higher Education system towards more harmonization among degree-awarding institutions across the continent. The European Union has established a strategic partnership with Africa on a collaborative project ‘Tuning Africa’ to enhance degree comparability, graduate mobility and employability. The Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Mauritius has been selected in December 2011 to participate in the Tuning Pilot Project for Africa. Mr Kamlesh Bhoodhoo, FoA lecturer and Officer-in-Charge of the Agricultural Production & Systems Department, will be representing the University at the project meetings in Cameroun and Cape Town. The selection process was carried out by specialist reviewers and the steering committee spent two full days reviewing the applications with the advice of the Association of African Universities and Directors of Regional Associations. Read the rest of this entry »