It is important to keep in mind that the world has defined for itself a roadmap for education and training that covers all levels of education, right from pre-primary to tertiary and technical Education as well as training. The message therefore is clear: Education is a condicio sine qua non to develop the new economic pillars that will uphold the vision of a modern Mauritius.
This statement was made yesterday evening by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, on the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of University of London External Programmes. The ceremony was held at the British High Commission in presence of the Minister of Education, Human Resources Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, the Vice Chancellor, University of London, Professor Sir Adrian Smith,the British High Commissioner, Mr Jonathan Drew and other eminent personalities.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth recalled that Mauritius has come a long way from the status of a country with a single university, the University of Mauritius since the 1960s, to one that has witnessed a vast expansion of higher education. He added that his vision is to ensure that the higher education sector will be promoted as a strong pillar for a robust growth of the Mauritian economy.
The Prime Minister underlined that in line with the enunciation of the Government Programme for 2015-2019, a Higher Education Bill will soon be introduced as a new legal framework for the development of quality education and research, in line with the objective of strengthening Mauritius as a knowledge hub. In the same vein, the Tertiary Education Act will be reviewed and the Tertiary Education Commission strengthened as a regulator, he added.
He underscored that the emphasis hence is on quality tertiary education to build the capacity to successfully implement the new growth poles that will place Mauritius as an upmarket entity and become a high income country.
The Prime Minister also seized the opportunity to highlight the privileged relationship shared between Mauritius and the United Kingdom.