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February 08, 2012

Maurice: To Become the Knowledge Center of the Indian Ocean

Knowledge Hub: A term that is heard more and more. Education has always been important in the life of Mauritians. With the highest literacy rates across Africa, Mauritius now wants to position itself as an international center of knowledge in this part of the Indian Ocean.

With over 1.724 educational institutions, including 1.048 pre-primary schools, 305 primary schools, 179 secondary schools, 124 vocational schools and 61 pre-tertiary institutions, the Knowledge Hub vision is on track.For some years now, through intense promotions, several big names in international education have settled in Mauritius. One other reason, between Middlesex University, the Hotel School Vatel (France), the Birla Institute of Technology, the NIIT, Limkokwing University (Malaysia) and JSS Academy (India). 

Mauritius also had partnerships between local providers and international institutions like the University of London, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), Curtin University of Technology (Australia), University Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (France), Birmingham University, the University of Lille (France), Visvesvaraya Technological University (India), University of South Africa, University of Poitiers (France), University of Surrey, University of Sunderland, University Paris-Dauphine University Anamalai (India), Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Southern Queensland (Australia). 

The number of children admitted to pre-primary level is approximately 34,000. Each year, about 20,000 children are admitted at the primary level and 16,000 at secondary level, while the pre-vocational sector accommodates about 2,700 students annually. Some 504 technical centers offer courses to 6,000 students, while at the tertiary level, the number of students is around 40,000. Note that there are also about 11,000 Mauritian students abroad. By cons, one thousand foreign students chose to continue their studies in Mauritius. They come mainly from India, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and other islands of the Indian Ocean as well as some sub-Saharan countries. According to Unesco, SSA has enrollment highest in higher education. The objective of the Mauritian government is to attract at least 100,000 foreign students by 2020. To achieve this, the country must implement the necessary infrastructure. With this in mind, a ministry dedicated to higher education was established in 2010. 

Investment Opportunities

 With the enlargement of the middle class and the growing number of expatriates living in Mauritius, there is a strong demand for private schooling, so much so that in many cases, we must make a seat reservation months in advance. Thus, the education sector offers investment opportunities as there is room for more private schools at all levels. 

Then, with the development and expansion of various economic sectors of the country, there were an acute shortage of properly trained people, hence the urgency for various business owners to turn to foreign labor, to find professionals. But gradually, institutions have begun to train people in various disciplines: ICT-BPO, hospitality, financial sector, high technology, etc.. Thus there are opportunities for the establishment of vocational schools in several areas. 

Mauritius has also built a solid reputation in the training so much that it is now possible to export our expertise in the region, especially in Africa. Indian institutions have already grasped the scope of this deal and want to use Mauritius as a platform to serve the African students. Key areas have been identified: the creative arts, communication, design, architecture, biotechnology, nanotechnology, medical services and pharmaceuticals, among others. Moreover, Mauritius has the advantage of playing on the English and French. The country wants to attract students from francophone African countries like Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, Niger and Ivory Coast. 

Study Mauritius 

The Mauritian destination attracts! To further encourage foreign students to come here, and facilitate administrative procedures for admission and residence permits on a "Study Office Mauritius" was established. This office operates as a single window for providing various services under one roof. And this organization will also promote the various programs offered by public and private institutions in Mauritius. In the same breath, the government also decided to allow foreign students to work part time in Mauritius. This measure will also benefit emerging sectors that are having difficulty finding employees, especially for night operations, such as ICT-BPO. 

Approved Representations

Also represented in Mauritius, recognized organizations and the many international certifications, such as the Association Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Institute of Bankers (Bankers), the British Institute of Administrative Secretaries (ICSA), the System Administrator and Microsoft Certified Network (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Engineer (CCNE), the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

 

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