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:


Lancement de la 2e édition du Diksioner Morisien

October 5, 2011

Le lundi 12 septembre 2011, la créolistique mauricienne a sans doute vécu l’un de ses moments les plus historiques, après celui du 25 mai 2011, lorsque le Ministre de l’éducation et des ressources humaines, le Dr Vasant Bunwaree, avait officiellement lancé le document Lortograf Kreol Morisien, reconnaissant par la même, le Kreol Morisien comme langue écrite, dotée d’une orthographie officielle.Ce 12 septembre, l’événement avait une charge symbolique encore plus forte, car c’est le Premier Ministre, l’Hon. Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, qui s’est déplacé en personne, accompagné de plusieurs ministres (Éducation et ressources humaines, Enseignement supérieur, Arts et culture, Intégration sociale, Famille et égalité de genre, Industrie et coopérative), de PPS et autre députés, pour le lancement de la seconde édition du Diksioner Morisien (du Dr Arnaud Carpooran), premier dictionnaire créole unilingue, parvenue à une forme aboutie. Read the rest of this entry »

“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.

International Conference: Slave Trade, Slavery and Transition to Indenture in Mauritius and the Mascarenes 1715-1848

April 21, 2011

Researchers coming from interrelated historical backgrounds brought to our minds reminiscence of slavery and the indentured labourers in Mauritius and the Mascarenes, centres of a dynamic and substantial slave trading network in the region from 1715 to 1848, during the International Conference on Slave Trade held at the University of Mauritius from 11 to 13 April 2011. The Prime Minister, Dr the Hon Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, launched this three-day conference and a Slave Trade database and inventory on the archival records of the number of ships involved in slave trade at the opening ceremony on 11 April.

The Conference was organised by the Truth and Justice Commission in collaboration with the University of Mauritius, le Centre d’Etudes des Mondes Africains / Université Paris 1 and partner institutions. This international platform regrouped some 50 historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and many more researchers from Mauritius, Rodrigues, Réunion, France, Madagascar, South Africa and United Kingdom. Eminent scholars including Françoise Vergès, President of the ‘Comité pour la Mémoire et l’Histoire de l’Esclavage, consulting at the Centre for Cultural Studies, from the University of London were present.

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New course on Peace and Interfaith studies

September 27, 2010

The University has launched a new course on Inter-religious Studies, with the objective of enabling preachers and practitioners of different faiths in Mauritius to learn about the faith of other members of the community. This will help them to better understand and appreciate the religions of others, and thereby better preach their own religion. Since Mauritius is a multi-religious country, it is very important that our preachers do not trample over the toes of their neighbours, but with better understanding, have a broader view of their own practices. It is hoped that the course will be extended as a General Elective Module for students next year.

The course is meant to highlight the common values in all religions practiced here, and aim at promoting these values amidst the population at large. People need to get out of their self-imposed barriers, and appreciate the spiritual culture of the neighbours. Only through this can we bring greater mutual understanding and acceptance, and thereby harmony and peace.

This launch was made to coincide with the celebration of the United Nations Day on International Peace on 21st September 2010.

Prof S Jugessur

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman UoM Council

Virtual exhibition on Press Freedom

May 9, 2010

This year for the World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO has chosen the theme ‘Freedom of Information: the Right to Know”. In this context, Communication students have produced a series of material for a virtual exhibition. Their texts, photos and videos can be consulted at
This resource is listed on the UNESCO website
Cette année pour la Journée Mondiale de la Presse, l’UNESCO a choisi le thème de ‘La Liberté d’Information. Dans ce contexte, les étudiants en Communication ont produit une série de textes, photos et vidéos pour une exposition virtuelle sur le lien suivant:
L’expo est listée sur le site web de l’UNESCO

Semaine de la Francophonie à l’UOM

April 26, 2010

Voici une vidéo qui comprend un petit reportage sur la célébration de la Semaine de la Francophonie (19-26 mars 2010) à l’Université de Maurice avec:
– le lancement du site web du Groupe de la Recherche en Francophonie (GRF) en présence de Auguste Moussirou-Mouyama (Directeur de l’AUF-Océan Indien), Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, (Pro-VC de l’UOM), Sanjeev Sobhee (Doyen de la FSSH), Arnaud Carpooran (co-ordonnateur GRF), Navuth Tep (responsable du campus numérique), Shakuntala Boolell (Département de Francais)
– le lancement de l’exposition des meilleures thèses en langues et littérature,
– une interview avec Auguste Moussirou-Mouyama.

Colloque- “Frère de cœur, frère de plume : Auguste Lacaussade à Maurice”

September 1, 2009

Dans le cadre de la semaine du livre, un colloque international, sur le thème Frère de cœur, frère de plume : Auguste Lacaussade à Maurice, a été organisé les 15, 16 et 17 juin à l’Université de Maurice. Les coordonnateurs de ce colloque étaient Mme S Boolell et Mons P Eve de l’Université de la Réunion.

2 Colloque Frere de coeur Pg 4Les intervenants de la séance inaugurale, ont tous souligné les liens étroits entre Auguste Lacaussade et l’île Maurice : liens familiaux et culturels.

Les différentes séances portaient les thèmes suivants:

– Contexte historique de Maurice en 1842.
– Relations entre les deux îles sœurs au début du XIXème siècle.
– Lacaussade dans la presse mauricienne, réunionnaise et française.
– Analyse de la poésie lacaussadienne et de la fraternité lacaussadienne.
– Auguste Lacaussade, Auguste Brizeux, Marceline Desbordes- Valmore et Charles.
– Lacaussade et les poètes mauriciens.
– Lacaussade, traducteur d’anglais et de polonais.
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Zachariah Rapola Winner of the Noma Award 2008

September 1, 2009

Z Rapola winner noma award 2008Mr Zachariah Rapola, a South African born freelance writer and filmmaker, has won the 2008 Noma Award, for his book, “Beginnings of a Dream”, published in 2007 by Jacana Media, South Africa. 

The Award, under the patronage of the UNESCO was presented to the South African author at a special ceremony held on 20 June 2009 at the Grand Baie Conference Centre in Mauritius. 40 publishers, from 10 African countries, submitted titles in 6 languages for the 2008 competition. The Noma Award Jury was chaired by Mr Walter Bgoya from Tanzania, one of Africa’s most renowned publishers, with wide knowledge of both African and international publishing.
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Establishment of a Teaching Museum: A Historical Event

May 27, 2009

teaching museum

2 March 2009 was the date of the signature of an MOU between the University of Mauritius and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Human Resources in the presence of the Hon. Minister Dr V K Bunwaree at the Renganaden Seeneevassen Building, Port-Louis, concerning the maintenance of a teaching museum on the UOM campus. This agreement provides for the use of the ex-post office building located at Réduit and belonging to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Human Resources for a teaching museum.
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