Transit of Venus observed at different places by staff and students of UoM

June 6, 2012

Sky conditions were not ideal this morning for the observation of this rare alignment of the sun, venus and earth but even the cloudy weather could not defeat the enthusiasm of University staff and students. The transit of Venus was observable today, 6 June 2012, in Mauritius from sunrise up to around 8.52 am. Arrangements were made for safe observations to take place near the Faculty of Agriculture and at the Mauritius Radio Telescope, Bras d’Eau. On the campus, telescopes were set up on the lawn and those who crowded early there viewed the phenomenon by projection and saw a tiny black dot (Venus- 32 times smaller than the Sun’s disc) gliding slowly on the bright face of the sun. University physicists had previously given clear instructions not to gaze directly at the sun which could cause permanent eye damage. Read the rest of this entry »


Cloud Computing

June 6, 2012

Le “Efficient Computing Research Group” et le “Computer Club” de l’Université de Maurice ont organisé conjointement un séminaire sur le “Cloud Computing” mardi le 29 mai dans l’amphithéâtre Paul Octave Wiéhé. Durant ce séminaire, des professionnels de Microsoft et Bhumishq Technologies Ltd entre autres sont intervenus et ont donné un aperçu des différents axes du Cloud Computing. Pour rappel, le Cloud Computing est un concept où l’on utilise des serveurs distants et virtuels  pour le traitement des données ou le stockage des informations. Ceux-ci étaient traditionnellement localisés sur des serveurs locaux ou le poste de l’utilisateur. Read the rest of this entry »

SKA awarded to Africa

June 4, 2012

Square Kilometre Array Bid Announcement

At a meeting in Amsterdam, on the 25th May 2012, the independent Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Site Advisory Committee (SSAC), composed of world class astronomers and engineers, has decided that Africa will be hosting the SKA.

The African bid consortium consists of Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. Mauritius’s involvement has contributed to this success.

The UoM has taken part in this bid for the SKA since 2004. It has also contributed to this by maintaining an active radio astronomy programme: MRT helical array, CALLISTO and MITRA. Two UoM academics, R. Somanah and G.K. Beeharry, have maintained an active presence in the International SKA Working Group committee. This situation gives Mauritius a unique opportunity to participate in an international cutting edge endeavour.

Square Kilometre Array

The SKA will be about 100 times more sensitive than the largest existing radio telescope on Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

Quality Audit exercise on campus

May 25, 2012

Quality Audit is the most common and widely used process which lays emphasis on continuous improvement. Audit scans are tools that ensure accountability of organizations and enable them to fulfill their actions in transparency.

All public-funded Tertiary Education institutions in Mauritius are required to undergo verification of their institutional quality assurance systems and this exercise had been conducted for the first time at the UoM in May 2005. The University has been preparing for the follow-up evaluation since 2011 and the second cycle audit was held from 8 to 11 May 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

University of Mauritius partners with University of Cape Town initiative to boost profile of local research

May 18, 2012

This week, the University of Mauritius has partnered with a University of Cape Town (UCT) programme to boost the profile of local research and enhance our collaborative opportunities with scholars around the world.

In conjunction with the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP) at UCT, the UoM launched a pilot initiative, called Profiling Academics Online (PAO), which uses Web 2.0 technologies to promote university scholarship and international collaboration. It was launched to ensure that Mauritian research continues to contribute to the global marketplace of ideas in the Internet age. Read the rest of this entry »

Sustainable Marine Environment Special Issue

May 9, 2012

The UoM Research Journal special issue on “Sustainable Marine Environment” Vol 18A published in 2012 was cited in the Nairobi Convention & UNEP Marine & Coastal news round-up of May. The news round-up helps disseminating information on news, events, activities and publications on the Western Indian Ocean region.

This issue compiles the findings of several UoM researchers and international experts. Their scientific contributions put in evidence the great potential of the Mauritian sea flora and other unexplored utilization of the resources in our vast ocean. They also raise the pertinent issue of global warming and its related impacts on the oceans such as ocean acidification and degradation of the coral environment among others. Addressing this issue, the scientific community proposes the creation of a coral nursery to encourage conservation and rehabilitation of the reefs.

“This Special Issue is aimed at improving scientific knowledge to promote a sustainable marine environment. It will hopefully foster further knowledge generation in the coming future to inform ‘Maurice Ile Durable’ concept in the Republic of Mauritius” Editorial on Sustainable Marine Environment of Mauritius- Dr Ranjeet Bhagooli and Prof Theeshan Bahorun from the Department of Biosciences, UoM, and Okezie I Aruoma, School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Pharmacy, American University of Health Sciences, USA

 The Research papers are available on the UoM Research Journal website: Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Fusion among Cultures for the Independence Day

April 4, 2012

This year marked the 44th Anniversary of Independence and the 20th Anniversary of the Republic of Mauritius. The celebrations of the Independence Day, orchestrated by the Public Relations Office, were for all a precious moment to share in unity amongst the staff, students and the UoM community in the Paul Octave Wiehe Auditorium on Friday 9 March 2012.

The podium was adorned with the colours of the National Flag: red, blue, yellow, green roses and lush overhung the scene and was surrounded on each side by columns of candles. “March 1968 is a day to be engraved in the memory of each of us as that was the date when each citizen could freely and proudly say they were Mauritians!” resounded the voice of Kishan Bugul, accompanied by the lighting of the candles by UoM boys, symbolising the flame of patriotism. A cultural show on the theme ‘Fusion among Cultures’ was held in line with the national theme on Maurice Ile Durable. Read the rest of this entry »