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					Higher Education and
Economic Development


BROAD REFLECTIONS ON MAURITIUS
COUNTRY REPORT

Dr H Li Kam Wah
University of Mauritius
Most Interesting and Useful Findings (1)
     1. Confirmation of Limited Research
       Funding
       Government funding relatively low (p 110, Para
       2):
       Government funding for research remains very
       low and is becoming more difficult to access.

       Last Major Funding in 1995 from World Bank
       Loan

       Impacts on research as the equipment are
       outdated and poorly maintained
Most Interesting and Useful Findings (2)
 2. Private Sector not interested in R&D
   (p 104, Para 5)

   Main involvement in Curriculum devpt/review
   and work placement

   Investment in R&D is on an ad-hoc basis

   General Feeling: Government’s Role to invest
   in R&D
Most Interesting and Useful Findings (3)
  3. UoM part of Cluster 2
    In spite of low research funding

    High enrolment and graduation rate in SET

    Substantial growth in postgraduate enrolment

    High percentage of academics with PhD (45%)

    Satisfactory student/staff ratio
        Main Disagreements (1)
1. No Incentives and Rewards

 p79 Summary Para2:’….there do not appear to be any
 specific incentives or arrangements to encourage
 university staff to get involved in engagement or
 development related work’

 Research Publications, main criteria for promotion
 Staff get a share of 2/3 of income generated through
 consultancy
 Consultancy and service to community - criteria for
 promotion
          Disagreements (2)

2. Projects not in line   with   Institutional
   Strategic Objectives

  The ICT Business Pre-Incubator Project -
  Strategic Direction 2:Knowledge Diffusion,
  Goal No.3: Inculcate Entrepreneurial Flair
      General Observations (1)
1. New  Ministry of Tertiary Education,
  Science, Research and Technology (since
  May 2010)

 Weekly Meetings of Minister with CEOs of
 Tertiary Institutions
 Earmarked approx 3.3 million US$ for
 Research. Modalities not yet defined.
 Creation of National Research Chairs
 All funds generated through consultancy will go
 wholly to the staff concerned and none to the
 University for one year.
       General Observations (2)
2. Research output (ISI database)

    Is it a true reflection of the total no. of
    publications?

    Many UoM Staff work published in Conference
    Proceedings and also in books/chapters in books.
.
  General Observations (3)

3. Selection of flagship projects

  Better selection of projects could have
  been carried out, e.g. medicinal plant or
  compost project could have been
  included.
    General Observations (4)
4. Modification to Output data provided

  No MPhil/PhD graduates for the years
  2004/2005 and 2005/2006 should read as 8 (5
  PhD + 3 MPhil) and 11 (8 PhD + 3 MPhil)
  respectively.

  In the data provided by UoM these figures have
  been lumped in the ‘Masters’ figure - typing
  error when inputting data.
      General Observations (5)
5. Method of computation of the FTE for P/T
   Academic staff

  UoM assumed 90 hrs per P/T academic staff in
  its submission but some of them may have
  lesser contact hrs.

  A more appropriate formula would have been:
  FTE =Total No of contact hours serviced /270
  hrs.
     Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge the
contribution of our former Director, QA,
the late Dr B K Baguant who passed
away in May 2010, who coordinated the
data collection for the UoM.

				
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