India and Mauritius sign agreement on tertiary education
The education sector is fast emerging as an area of focus for the island economy, as Mauritius aspires to be an education and training hub in the Sub-Saharan region. (Image: Wikimedia)
In a big boost to their education sectors, India and Mauritius have signed an agreement for mutual recognition of educational qualifications.
The agreement will ensure that both nations facilitate the mutual recognition of higher education qualifications awarded to students in Mauritius and in India with the aim of facilitating academic mobility and cooperation.
The transformation and expansion of the island economy’s tertiary education sector, a crucial skill development platform to feed economic growth, will be fast tracked by roping in a renowned knowledge center in the form of India.
The education sector is fast emerging as an area of focus for the island economy, as Mauritius aspires to be an education and training hub in the Sub-Saharan region. The government of Mauritius has allocated Rs 14.8 billion to the education sector under Budget 2014, representing an increase of 11.2% over the amount spent in 2013.
The agreement with India will help meet an important national priority of the island nation – a five-year target of increasing participation in tertiary education from a gross enrolment rate of 42% in 2009 to 72% by 2015.
Both countries’ tertiary education representatives, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) of Mauritius, would advise higher education institutions in their countries on the comparability of qualification.
They will make available information on currently-recognized higher education institutions in their respective countries, said a statement issued by the Human Resource Development Ministry in India.
The agreement was in the form of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between AIU and TEC, signed during the recent visit of Indian HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju to Mauritius.
Besides, an agreement was also signed between IIT, Delhi, and Mauritius Research Council for setting up an International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IITRA) in Mauritius.
In a related development, the finance minister recently announced the allocation of Rs 228 million over the next five years for the setting up an IIT Delhi Research Academy, in collaboration with the University of Mauritius.
Source: Press Trust of India, Government of Mauritius