Middlesex University and Medine Group have announced a joint venture partnership to construct a state-of-the-art university campus within Medine Smart City in Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius.
The development, which will replace the existing Middlesex University Mauritius campus, is scheduled to be completed in September 2017 and will provide students with the finest higher education facilities in the country.
Designs for the new campus, which will be at the heart of Medine Smart City, include cutting-edge IT laboratories, classrooms, lecture theatres, a learning resource centre and extensive student study and leisure spaces. Construction work is scheduled to begin in July 2016.
Dr Karen Pettit, Campus Director Middlesex University Mauritius, said: “We’re delighted to announce this joint venture with Medine. Students come first in everything that we do and our students will gain the maximum benefit from this new partnership with fantastic new facilities opening next year.
“Medine have a strong track record with indispensable experience of developing new educational facilities in Mauritius. We have been working closely with Medine on the new campus designs and are looking forward to an exciting new chapter for Middlesex University Mauritius.
“The high standard of the Middlesex University London student experience will continue to be replicated at the Mauritius campus with the added bonus of studying in a sun-soaked island paradise.”
Medine’s Smart City development in Flic-en-Flac includes modern facilities and infrastructure aimed at enhancing the lives of the students on campus as well as local residents.
Additional facilities, which are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017, include a student restaurant on campus, a brand new sports complex hosting a 50-metre Olympic-sized pool, football and rugby pitches, gym and fitness centres, an arts and festival station located within a green park, and new student residences attached to the existing phase.
The masterplan also features a transport hub next to Cascavelle Shopping Mall, around 500 metres from campus, to improve public transport connectivity to the Smart City.
Medine will be liaising with the local authorities to implement this project and the group has already designed cycling and pedestrian tracks through the entire city allowing students, residents and professionals easy access along interconnecting pathways.
Thierry Sauzier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Medine Group, said: “I am sure these facilities will be instrumental in the success of the campus and development of students. We are creating the Island’s first integrated and international campus on the west coast of Mauritius which will be within a city in the making.
“We are confident that this partnership serves our vision and fully supports our ambition to be a high-calibre tertiary education hub for Mauritian as well as African and Indian students.”
Medine Group, has diversified into education from its original property and leisure activities. The Group has a strong grounding in education through its partnerships with west coast Primary and secondary schools and with world-ranked tertiary institutions like Université Panthéon-Assas, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes or ESSEC Business School.
Middlesex University Mauritius offers an inspiring selection of courses that match the same high standards which the London courses adhere to. These standards recently earned the highest possible endorsement from the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
The development of this new campus will not impact on current students and staff at the existing campus who will move across to the new facilities when completed.
Middlesex University has previously had a successful working partnership with JSS Educator Providers around its Mauritius campus, this agreement has now come to an end.