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Comme il l’avait annoncé à sa prise de fonction, le personnel non académique aura droit à des sessions d’interaction, avec des intervenants extérieurs afin de parfaire leurs connaissances.
Ces conférences auront lieu mensuellement. Un planning a été déjà mis sur pied jusqu'au fin décembre 2017.
Meeting with Mr Shridhar Nagarajan,CEO MauBank and Mr Vishuene Vydelingum, Executive Head Corporate & Institutional Banking, together with
Prof R V Sannassee, Faculty of Law and Management.
The main objective of the meeting was to discuss about collaborating with MauBank to mount a Graduate Programme under the Graduate Training and Employment Scheme (GTES). The proposed MauBank Graduate Programme is expected to target 10 unemployed graduates registered with HRDC on the GTS Scheme on a yearly basis.
The interesting feature of this programme is that MauBank will be committed to employ the graduates upon satisfactory completion of the programme, which will be assessed by UoM.
The Vice-Chancellor welcomed this initiative and expressed his wish of using this model to showcase and invite other companies to provide similar programmes for other fields.
He also emphasized on the need to work closely with Industry to be able to bring the country to greater heights.
The idea of setting up of an incubator at UoM was also discussed and both parties were agreeable to work together and look into the possibility of signing a general MoU.
The Vice-Chancellor thanked Mr Shridhar Nagarajan and Mr Vishuene Vydelingum for their visit and reiterated the interest of the University to collaborate with MauBank on various projects.
Les points saillants du message du Vice-Chancelier à la première activité de la faculté d’ICDT
Ayant pris note de l’évolution dans le monde digital et dans tout ce qui se fait à L`université dans ce domaine, en particulier, le fait d’avoir une adresse IPv6 déjà réservée, le vice-chancelier a mis l’accent avec beaucoup d'ardeur sur les points suivants:
-Le fait que l`université devrait se démarquer en proposant des formations innovantes dans le domaine des TIC.
-Que les TIC constituent un domaine de prédilection pour des collaborations secteurs privés et publics et que L’université possède le capital humain indispensable pour faire avancer des projets.
-Que les recherches entreprises à la nouvelle faculté devraient impacter sur la population mauricienne, par exemple, dans le domaine des apps pour le diabète.
-Que l’Université se doit de voir ses partenaires institutionnels plus souvent comme des collaborateurs que des compétiteurs. De ce fait le support matériel, pédagogique et financiers de L`Agence de la francophonie est très apprécié.
Professor Jhurry meets RUFORUM Vice-Chancellors
Professor Jhurry met with Vice-Chancellors from 4 African Universities (Senegal, Uganda and Cameroon), who are Members of RUFORUM and the Deputy Executive Secretary of RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture). The Vice-Chancellors were participating in the African Economic Platform held in Mauritius from 20 to 22 March 2017,organised by the African Union Commission with the main mission of fostering policy dialogue between government,the private sector and the academia in African countries.
The objective of Vice-Chancellors participating in the AEP was to use the platform to put forward key messages from Academia to the attending Heads of States to champion development of Education Science Technology in Africa. They shared with Professor Jhurry the main issues discussed during the forum.
Although he could not participate in the AEP due to time constraints, Professor Jhurry reassured his Vice-Chancellor colleagues of his full support of the ideas put forward by them. He shared with them some of his own ideas for the promotion of research and innovation for Mauritius through positioning of the University of Mauritius as a provider of intellectual capital working closely with the Government and Industry.
Professor Jhurry also talked about the concept of a Corporate Scientific Responsibility Scheme as part of the current Corporate Social Responsibility dedicated for the development of research and innovation.
The visiting Vice-Chancellors found the concept very interesting and innovative and agreed to bring it to the knowledge of African leaders and governments.
To conclude, the Visiting Vice-Chancellors extended an invitation to Professor Jhurry to join them at the next Meeting of the 10 Heads of State scheduled for October 2017 in Malawi.
VC’s First Council Meeting
The Vice-Chancellor attended his first Council Meeting. He was introduced to Council Members by the Chairperson of the Council. In his PowerPoint Presentation, the Vice-Chancellor expounded his vision for the University and how he intends to achieve the goals thereby set up.
He emphasised on the Triple Helix Model which he intends to use to make the UoM play fully its role in terms of diffusion and production of knowledge and of being a leader in the field of Innovation. Members were apprised of strategic actions that he would take and of actions already taken upon assumption of duty.
He reassured Council Members that he wants to uphold the image of University by instilling trust among staff, students and other stakeholders.
Council Members commended his priorities and gave full support to his vision of transforming the University of Mauritius into a leading international tertiary education provider and a research-led University.
Meeting with the University of Mauritius Academic Staff Union (UMASU)
The Vice-Chancellor met with Executive Members of the UMASU in his office.
He reiterated his vision for taking the University of Mauritius to greater heights, through quality curriculum, vibrant research, stronger impact on the national level and closer service to the community.
Issues discussed at the meeting pertained to the adoption of the Total Workload Model for academics and its pilot implementation, the proposed mechanism for allocation of research funds and the introduction of a Research Assessment Exercise to gauge the research status at the UoM before considering the Research Credit policy.
Both Management and UMASU have agreed on working together in the interest of the institution and in enhancing academics’ contribution to research.
VC Meets Chairman of Convocation
Professor A Parsuramen, GOSK, Chairperson of the University of Mauritius Convocation paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor. The latter welcomed the significant initiatives took by the Convocation towards the advancement of the University mainly in terms of Fund Raising Activities.
The Vice-Chancellor further discussed projects like the setting up of incubators and the transformation of the UoM to an eco-friendly campus where collaboration with the Convocation would be much appreciated. The Vice-Chancellor assured Professor Parsuramen of all the support of the University to the UoM Convocation.
He also took note of other proposals of the Chairperson to cater for specific needs of students with a disability on campus as having a dedicated room for them.
The meeting ended on the willingness to collaborate at both levels for the advancement of the University.
Vice Chancellor's Speech
Dr Matthew Gerdin, Ms Kevina Poolay Mootien, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.
It is a pleasure for me to speak at this half day conference on human trafficking organised by the Department of Law.
What is human trafficking? Well, it is described by the U.S. Department of State as the "act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud or coercion." It is nothing else than modern slavery.
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Les rencontres du lundi 13 mars
Dans la matinée, le vice-chancelier adresse le personnel administratif de l`Administration Centrale.
Il motive ses collaborateurs proches, il les écoute, les informe de ses attentes et leur explique la façon dont l’université doit fonctionner afin d’améliorer l`image, la productivité et l’efficacité a tous les niveaux et de faire que l’Université de Maurice soit une fierté nationale jouant pleinement son rôle sur la scène nationale, régionale et internationale.
Dans l`après-midi, il rencontre tout le personnel de l`université, enseignants-chercheurs, techniciens, personnel administratif et personnel des services. L`Auditorium Paul Octave Wiehe est au complet. Le vice- chancelier démarque de tous ses prédécesseurs. Il s'exprime en créole, la langue nationale, d`une façon très simple, logique et avec un remarquable sens de l’humour. Pour la première fois dans les annales de notre Université, le VC présente sa vision et ses grandes orientations : Ou en sommes-nous? Que voulons-nous réaliser ? Comment réaliser les objectifs fixes? Comment peut-on aider la communauté et enrichir notre sens d`appartenance à notre propre institution. Les thématiques prioritaires au centre du discours du VC sont : l’enseignement, la recherche, la vie communautaire, les finances, la performance et la responsabilité, l’investissement dans les infrastructures et l’internationalisation.
Dr Louis Jean Claude Autrey, Chancellor; Mr Preeaduth Chitamun, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council; Associate Professor Thanika Devi Juwaheer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Mrs Aisha Timol, GOSK, Chief Executive, Mauritius Bankers Association and Guest of Honour for today’s National Day Celebrations; Mr Mohammad Saahir Dawood Goolfee, President of UoM Students’ Union; Chief of Facilities and Services, Registrar, Deans of Faculty & Directors; University Colleagues and Students; All Protocols observed