The textile, apparel and fashion industry is one of the most vibrant and dynamic industries, knowing barely any regression as there are fast-changing trends and great demand for diverse products. But the industry thrives at the expense of the environment; textile industry is a large consumer of scarce natural resources and thus puts high pressure on the environment. With climate change, ever-increasing water shortages, surging raw materials prices, and depleting resources, encouraging sustainable practices in the textile industry is no more just a cultural trend that is good for business. The International Textile and Apparel Sustainability Conference (ITASC) was held from 16 to 21 July 2012 at the University of Mauritius.
2012 has marked a year where the Virtual Centre for Innovative Learning Technologies (VCILT) has engaged into a series of Capacity-Building Workshops on Rapid e-Learning and Interactive Materials development for e-learning. The main targets were educators of the primary and secondary schools who are exposed to technology in the classroom but who cannot use them in innovative and creative ways.
The Technical Centre for agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture (FOA), University of Mauritius, and the Food and Agricultural Council (FARC) is holding two training workshops, from 9 to 13 July and 23 to 27 July 2012 on the use of Web 2.0 tools in the Agricultural and allied sectors. The aim of the workshop is to help stakeholders better manage information, improve its dissemination and enhance collaboration among institutions. The workshop was launched by Dr. The Hon. Rajeshwar Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology on Monday 9 July in the R Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre at UoM. Read the rest of this entry »
Countries in the ACP and in Small Island Developing States are highly dependent on the imports of fossil fuels to meet their energy needs and are hence seeking an alternate way to become self-sufficient through the use of renewable energies. But this sector cannot develop appropriately at present due to lack of expertise and little access to latest technologies. Therefore, Technology Transfer was the main aim of ICTTRE 2012. The conference, held on 21 and 22 June at le Meridien Hotel, thus promoted the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects and technology transfer activities on renewable energy in some ACP Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Read the rest of this entry »