Mauritius, Tanzania sign MoU on education and research
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of higher education and research has been signed by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology of Mauritius, Dr Rajeshwar Jeetah, and the Minister of Education and Vocation Training of Tanzania, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, in Ebène.
The Minister of Education and Vocation Training of Tanzania, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, was on a visit to Mauritius with a delegation comprising the Director of Higher Education, Prof. Sylivia Shayo Temu, the Head of the Legal Unit at the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Tunu Temu, and the Private Secretary to the Minister, Alfred Israel Kilasi.
The MoU follows the visit in March of the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Dr Jeetah, to the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda, where the Board of Investment, in collaboration with the Ministry organised an export promotion mission. The objectives of the mission were to showcase the Mauritian higher education sector, encourage students from the two countries to choose Mauritius for further studies, and get an increased market share of international students for Mauritius.
The MoU provides for mutual recognition of qualifications and equivalence of qualifications, inter-university linkage, staff and student exchange, accreditation and quality assurance and exchange of information and expertise in view of the setting up of Centres of Excellence in various fields.
The signing of the MoU is in line with Government’s vision to make of Mauritius an education hub attracting not only new universities but also foreign students. Since 2011, there has been steady progress in the recruitment of international students in Mauritius. Hence in 2011, 500 foreign students were registered in universities in Mauritius; in 2012, the figure was 1,200 students and in 2013, it stands at some 2,000. In addition, a number of foreign higher education institutions have also started to operate in Mauritius either on their own or in partnership with other institutions. Two new public universities have also started operating since 2012 – the Open University and the Université des Mascareignes. Government is presently in the process of building three new campuses in different parts of the island to offer some 8,000 additional seats.