Australian Alumni in Mauritius: Building a better future together, the first publication to celebrate the achievements of Mauritians who have studied through Australian education institutions either in Australia or in Mauritius, was officially launched today in the presence of the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, the Hon Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun at Curtin Mauritius.
Mauritius is home to thousands of Australian alumni recognising that Australia is one of the most popular international student destinations in the world with over 2,300 Mauritian students enrolled in Australian education institutions, and a significant number also choosing Australian distance education or Australian diploma or degree courses offered in Mauritius through partner education institutions.
Australia’s High Commissioner to Mauritius Ms Jenny Dee praised the achievements of the Mauritians profiled in the publication and the many others who were leaders in their field and contributing to the development of Mauritius including in priority sectors like the ocean economy, advanced technologies, agriculture, sustainable development and gender.
“Australian education institutions prepare students from all over the world to excel in their chosen careers. People-to-people links are at the heart of the Australia-Mauritius relationship and our education links – across vocational training, university and research sectors - continue to deepen and grow as Mauritius establishes itself as a regional education hub,” she said.
As part of the launch the High Commission organised a high-profile panel discussion sponsored by the Australian Alumni Association focusing on education and the labour market in Mauritius and how to develop and attract the right mix of skills.
The panel was moderated by Mr Raj Makoond and included Mr Ken Poonoosamy (Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Board), Mr Cedric de Speville (President, Business Mauritus), Ms Lilowtee Rajmun (Director, MEXA), Dr Sarita Hardin-Ramanan (Head of Faculty of IT, Design and Communication, Curtin Mauritius), Prof Sanjeev Sobhee (Pro-Vice Chancellor – Academic, University of Mauritius), Mr Yamal Matabudul (Polytechnics Mauritius) and Ms Cindy Rey (Head of People & Culture, Ceridian Mauritius Ltd).
“We are also pleased to be hosting the first panel speaker series with our Alumni Association with leading contributors across government, industry, academia and our alumni discussing the range of challenges countries face around the globe to support the drivers of economic growth and ensure our greatest assets – our people – have the skills required to be positive contributors to the economy and society more broadly,” she said.
18 July 2018