University of Technology Mauritius

The University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM) was created in year 2000 by Act of Parliament as the Government implemented its plan to have a second University which would focus towards development of oriented sectors in particular. Two state institutions namely the Mauritius Institute of Public Administration and Management (MIPAM) and the State Information Training Centre (SITRAC Ltd) were merged to form the University of Technology, Mauritius.

This historic step in the field of higher education was prompted mainly by the need to cater more vigorously for the increasing demand for ICT and Management professionals in a country which is seriously committed to accelerate, by all means, the realization of its ambition to become a major service provider in the field of Information Technology, Management and Finance, Sustainable Development and allied areas. The University started operation by the end of year 2000. The Board of Governors (B.O.G), was in place and in year 2001, created its senior management personnel.

AfricaLive spoke with Dr Keith Robert Thomas, Director General of the University of Technology Mauritius, on the transformational journey he is taking the University on. Dr Thomas offers the benefit of experience from teaching in Europe, Asia and Africa, and puts forward an ambitious vision for the future of education in Mauritius and on the African continent.

“We have to ask ourselves what works in our context, and what we want to do with our higher education.

African regions must turn the education system on its head and confidently create their versions of higher education. Sadly our education system is based on what happened in ancient Greece and Rome. We have to revolutionise it in a way that takes stock of Africa’s challenges and opportunities”.

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