July 30, 2013

Worrying Situation for Our Graduates

The student population in our institutions is growing fast. In one year, the enrollment rate increased from 44 334 to 45 969. The programs offered by different institutions have also experienced a substantial boom. The latest figures show that the TEC for the year 2012, 772 programs were offered against 660 in 2011. However, a report of the TEC states that despite this growth, graduates come up against enormous difficulties.

The situation of 'degree holders' in Mauritius seems worrying. That at least is the conclusion made by the TEC. Through a survey of graduates of the University of Mauritius (UoM) and the University of Technology Mauritius (UTM) it was noted that 23.1% of those who won their degree are confronted with several challenges.

The first is the time required for these former students to find employment is a major problem. According to this report, Graduate Tracer Sudy, A Preliminary Report-Feb 2012, it takes two years to a person who has his graduation to find employment. This is especially those who were part of the faculties like Law and Management, Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities, Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Science of the UoM are most concerned.

The figures are as follows:

  • 91.1% Law and Management Faculty
  • 86.7% Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities
  • 84% Faculty from Faculty of Agriculture
  • 80.6% Faculty of Science.

The report, however, that the students of the Engineering Faculty have them easily able to find employment after graduation hook. 97.1% of them had a job within a year. In addition, several reasons why this time that students take to find employment: the saturation of the sector, the lack of responsiveness of employers, the lack of permanent post among others.

People who also studied at UTM also face the same difficulties. This is especially having been part of the Faculty School of Business Management and Finance (84.3%) and the Faculty of School of Sustainable Development and Tourism (81, 7%) are the most affected.

The Graduate Tracer Study report is also to highlight the phenomenon of 'underemployment' which affect 23.1 graduates. These are people who are forced to perform a job that happens to be below their qualifications.

This phenomenon affect people who studied in the following faculties:

  • School of Sustainable Tourism Development (SSDT) ??60.9%
  • School of Business Management and Finance (SBMF) 41.8%
  • Joint UoM / MGI 40%
  • Agriculture 39%
  • Social Studies and Humanities 28.6%
  • Law and Management 20.4%
  • Engineering 8.8%
  • Science 16.8%

More explicitly, the report indicates that the phenomenon of 'underemployment' affects those who have studied agriculture, Hindi and Indian Philosophy, Management, Economics Joint Degrees (with management or accounting), International Banking and Finance, Human Resource Management, History , Political Science and the Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Unemployment is also husked in the report. It is our responsibility and that it is those who have studied the following programs which are most affected by unemployment:

  • UoM / MGI graduates Joint 30.9%
  • Agriculture 17%
  • Social Studies and Humanities 16.8%
  • Science 15.5%
  • School of Sustainable Tourism Development (SSDT) ??12.9%
  • School of Business Management and Finance 9.3%
  • School of Innovative Technologies and Engineering 8.7%
  • Law and Management 7.2%
  • Engineering 3.5%

Again, more specifically, the report has clearly indicated that it is those who have studied agriculture, psychology, history, Hindi, Indian Philosophy and political science who are most affected by unemployment.

Satisfied with the coursesForeign students from Middlesex University - Mauritius Branch Campus is satisfied with their studies. "It's cheaper than studying in England. We have not had any false promises. "

Study MauritiusStudy Mauritius was established in February 2011 under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education. The organization was created to make Mauritius a regional center for higher education. It is intended to guide local and international students in their choice. It is expected that the number of foreign students reaches 50,000by 2022.

Tertiary institutions fingeredInstitutions offering post-secondary courses are under the control of the TEC. She has always worked to maintain the quality and if a postsecondary institution violated the regulations, she does not hesitate to make sanctions. Recently, the TEC has issued press releases to inform the public institutions whose registration has expired. Mauras College of Dentistry and Hospital and Oral Institute IOMIT's SSR Medical College, Isitech Ltd. Business School (IBS), School of Medicine Louis Pasteur, were all in the crosshairs of the TEC. Following the penalty imposed by the Commission, the School of Medicine Louis Pasteur closed.

In addition, two years of existence, the Commission has recorded an average of 100 complaints. The majority coming from the students and for outcomes, administration and courses taught by lecturers.
To teach courses, there are conditions to be met. They are: an application to the Commission for the grant of a name / company name.

To register as a post-secondary institution to the Commission should be the following: the legal entity, the business plan for a period of 10 years, MoUs with universities to which the institution is affiliated, infrastructure, among other programs. To ensure the quality of the level of public institutions, the Commission performs a quality check every five years.Public institutions have their own control mechanism.

For private postsecondary institutions, control begins before granting establish themselves as tertiary institution. Thereafter, if the Commission is satisfied, she grants him a year provisional accreditation program. During this year, the Commission will make visits to ensure that the institution complies with the standards set before granting full accreditation (3 or 4 years) program.

6255 Degrees For the year 2011/2012, the Publicly Funded Institutions (PFI) allocated 6255 degrees. This includes 943 Master Degrees, Degrees 2837Bachelor. The UOM diplomas awarded in 2706 while UTM awarded in 1396, the MIE has granted 142, OUM 92, 82 for the IDF, 301 for SDIM, 53 IST, 164 for MITD and 18 for the MIH.(Figures in the process of being finalized by the TEC 2012)
Higher education students - 49,625
(Mauritians and foreign)

  • International Students - 1200
  • Foreign Institutions - 49
  • Mauritian students abroad - 9 460 (2012), 11 248 (2008)

The MQA follows the case of OIBSThe MQA manages all institutions that offer courses in TVET (technical and vocational). The institution which wishes to operate must maintain a good level of infrastructure, courses and lecturers, among others. When an institution has sinned, sanctions are imposed and the case is reported to the police. In OIBS case, an officer of the MQA has assured us that the situation is being closely monitored. 


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