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March 29, 2013

Tertiary Education in ICT : Public-Private Committee to Tailor Courses

A few years ago, at the launch of sector Information Technology and Communication (ICT) in Mauritius, many jobs were unskilled.

But today, we're going more towards upmarket where jobs tertiary qualification. Rajesh Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, in the framework of a graduate per family would like to set up an advisory committee in order to have better collaboration between public institutions and representatives of companies ICT sector. It must include representatives of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the Mauritius Research Council (MRC). Among the objectives, Rajesh Jeetah cites the fact that graduates are productive as soon as possible at the end of their studies.

Rajesh Jeetah spoke on Wednesday to Ebony during a visit to the company TNT Ebony Tic organized by the Department of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Mauritius (CCIFM). "I want to understand how I can have a day of young Mauritians who produce successful applications for the latest smartphones as young Briton who has sold to Yahoo for tens of millions of dollars," asks Rajesh Jeetah. "To move upmarket in the services we produce, I think we need a special school as is done abroad a lot," replied Denis Lacour, director Mundocom.

ICT operators advocate inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in the field of ICT for young people. They also discuss the brain drain and the low attractiveness of experienced expatriates in Mauritius. The Minister replied that there are many thousands of highly skilled expatriates in Mauritius and the Mauritian departure brain is not a problem in itself especially since there are more and more foreign tertiary students in Mauritius.

The ICT sector is still too often seen as an area where jobs are not stable and only a sector call center. It repels many prospective employees. Operators argued instead that there are many opportunities to do business and make careers. Recall that, according to Statistics Mauritius, the ICT sector employees have up to 25,000 by 2015, and its growth is estimated at 8.6% in 2013 to a contribution of 6% of GDP in the same year.

 

Text by Patrice Donzelot, Defi Media
 

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