Medical aid: University of Bordeaux grants 10 more seats to University of Mauritius
Under the agreement, Mauritius gets the benefit of French expertise in the medical domain, and also strengthens its standing in the field of higher education. (Image: Doctors Hangout)
As the island economy seeks to augment its health facilities with trained personnel, the agreement with the University of Bordeaux to increase seat capacity for University of Mauritius medical students by 10 could not have come at a better time.
The agreement between the University of Mauritius (UoM), the University of Bordeaux and Bordeaux’s ‘Centre Hospitalier Universitaire’ (CHU) is an important landmark in cooperation between the institutions, increasing the number of seats for Mauritian medical students from 15 to 25.
During his visit, Professor Dominique Midy of the University of Bordeaux, discussed the modalities of agreement renewal between both institutions, first entered in 2001.
He also met the different stakeholders of the project such as Mauritius health minister Lormus Bundhoo, Ambassador of France to Mauritius Laurent Garnier, as well as several officials of the health ministry.
“The agreement signed between the University of Mauritius and that of Bordeaux in 2001, and renewed in 2009, has for its main objective assuring that a certain number of Mauritian medical students are trained so that they can respond well to the needs of the local population,” said Professor Midy.
“More than 200 students have already benefited within the framework of this cooperation. Increasing the number of students in this field demonstrates our willingness and commitment toward this agreement, which is going to be renewed and consolidated in the future, of course,” he said.
This program comes as a fitting response to the request of the Mauritian authorities to shape good doctors and recognized specialists, where the training is dispensed by instructors at UoM and the quality of teaching is strengthened by Bordeaux faculty.
“This collaboration allows Mauritian students to study for four years at the UoM then continue their studies at the University of Bordeaux and at the ‘Centre Hospitalier Universitaire’ of Bordeaux,” said Marie France Lan Cheong Wah, Head of the Medical Department at the UoM.
“This initiative by the University of Bordeaux offers our students in Mauritius the benefit of French expertise in the medical field. We should also underline that our students are the only ones in Mauritius to have access to a medical internship in France,” she added.
It may be noted that the master degree students are adjudged according to the same criteria as the Bordeaux students.
Left to right: Professor Hussein Subratty, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academia) at UoM, Marie France Lan Cheong Wah, Head of Department of Medicine at UoM and Professor Dominique Midy representative of the University of Bordeaux and the ‘Centre Hospitalier Universitaire’ (CHU) at a meeting. (Image: UoM)