Middlesex University, in partnership with JSS Mahavidyapeetha, will welcome students from Mauritius and the surrounding region in January 2010. They will study for British degrees in Business and Information Technology-related subjects.
Located in Bonne Terre, a suburb of Vocaos, the 7,800 sq metre Middlesex University campus features spacious classrooms in a range of sizes, an impressive Learning Resource Centre, open access and specialist computer suites, and dining and social spaces as well as on-site accommodation for up to 190 students. Lecturing academics based at the Mauritius campus will work in partnership with the academic programme team based at Middlesex's London campuses to ensure the quality standards of the UK programmes are maintained in curriculum delivery, teaching styles and assessment.
The Right Honourable Sir Anerood Jugnauth, President of Mauritius says: "I am thankful to Middlesex University London for inviting me to be associated with the establishment of its campus in Mauritius. I have no doubt that students in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean region will be very happy to learn that this prestigious University is setting up here to run its high quality degree programmes at affordable costs. The world recognised degree programmes run by the University will bring added value to the fast-developing Mauritian education system. Education is high on the agenda of the Mauritian Government: our vision is to develop Mauritius into a knowledge hub for the region. I wish Middlesex University plenty of success in its future endeavours".
Middlesex University's arrival in Mauritius will mean that students from this region will be able to access a British university education at a fraction of the cost of travelling to the UK to study. The cost of living in Mauritius is estimated to be approximately a third of that in the UK, and the fees for local study will reflect this. However, students will be assured of the same reputable, professional and high-quality courses that are delivered at Middlesex's campuses in London and Dubai.
It's not just Middlesex's well established and thriving campus in Dubai that demonstrates the University's status as a successful international university. Middlesex currently teaches 35,500 students, and about 30 per cent of these are international students. 22,000 study on the University's London campuses and 20 per cent of these students are from overseas. A further 5,000 study on programmes validated by Middlesex but provided by the University's partners in the UK. And there are 8,500 Middlesex students studying overseas of which 1,200 are based on Middlesex's Dubai campus (opened in 2005) and 7,300 study on programmes validated by Middlesex but provided by the University's partners overseas.
The Quality Assurance Agency, which is the UK Government body responsible for quality and standards in higher education, has awarded Middlesex University the highest possible rating for the quality of its education in both the UK and Dubai. This rating also applies to the higher education programmes validated by Middlesex in the University's partner institutions the world over.
Professor Michael Driscoll is the Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University. He says: "All my colleagues at Middlesex and I are honoured by the welcome we have received from Sir Anerood Jugnauth and the enthusiasm for British higher education we have experienced in Mauritius. We feel very fortunate to be welcomed as the first British university to this friendly yet ambitious island nation as an integral part of the development of Mauritius as a centre of excellence in higher education for the Indian Ocean region. Middlesex is starting with just six undergraduate degree programmes on offer, but our plans include increasing this number and offering Masters programmes in the not too distant future".
The University is proud that each year approximately 75 students from Mauritius study at Middlesex's London campuses. One such student is Kamini Surat who gained BA Honours International Management at Middlesex and is now a consultant at Ernst & Young in Paris. She says: "My time at Middlesex University was the most amazing experience for me. I made lots of friends and now as a graduate I am making a lot of progress in terms of career. My best memories of Middlesex are all the fun we had living in the halls of residence".
Middlesex University's partner in its new Mauritian campus is JSS Mahavidyapeetha, known as JSSMVP. It is one of the top private educational institutions in India, and the largest. Established for 50 years, JSSVMP provides education from kindergarten to higher education, running over 300 institutions in India, Mauritius and Dubai. JSSVMP owns the campus from which Middlesex University will provide higher education to students from Mauritius and beyond.
Initially, Middlesex University will provide degree programmes in the following subjects at its Mauritius campus:
* BA International Business
* BSc Business Management
* BA Business Management
* BSc Information Technology
* BSc Business Information Systems
* BSc Information Technology with Business Information Systems
All programmes now and in the future are subject to accreditation by the regulatory bodies.