University of Mauritius: Dr Louis Jean Claude Autrey nominated new Chancellor
The nomination of Dr Autrey to the prestigious post of Chancellor is due to his hard work and devotion to the research field, as also his long-standing association with the University of Mauritius which dates back to 1978. (Image: Dr. Louis Jean Claude Autrey)
The University of Mauritius turned a fresh page in its history on February 11, 2015 with Dr Louis Jean Claude Autrey being nominated by Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag as the new Chancellor of the University of Mauritius.
Dr. Louis Jean Claude Autrey holds a Degree in Botany from the University of London, a Master Degree in Phytopathology and a Doctorate in Virology from the University of Exeter.
He attained global fame in sugar and agricultural research, when in 1994 the prestigious title of Doctorate in Science (DSc) was awarded to him by the University of Exeter, making him one of the few Mauritian, together with Dr Octave Wiehe, to have received this distinction.
Dr Autrey is a member of the Society of Biology in London and is a Chartered Biologist. Once again, he happens to be counted among the few Mauritians that have been elected members of ‘The World Academy of Sciences’ (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing coun-tries.
The nomination of Dr Autrey to the prestigious post of Chancellor is due to his hard work and devotion to the research field, as also his long-standing association with the University of Mauri-tius which dates back to 1978.
Until his latest appointment, Dr Autrey was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of Budget and Infrastructure at the University of Mauritius.
Being a part-time Lecturer at the School of Agriculture, Member of the Senate for a decade and Member of the Council since 1998, he has served on various committees at the University of Mauritius through the years.
Last year, he served as the President of the Organizing Committee formed for the centennial cel-ebrations of the School of Agriculture, a task he carried out with honor and grace.
He was also on the Board of several others Institutions namely the Mauritius Institute of Educa-tion, the Mauritius Research Council and the Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology and also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Mauritius Standards Bureau from 2002 till 2005.
During his career, Dr Autrey has served on various boards of institutions connected to the re-search field, not only in Mauritius but also overseas. He is the author of about 150 scientific pub-lications and more than hundred survey reports.
He has always favoured training in and conduct of courses on sugarcane at Regional Training Centres in the Mauritius Sugarcane Industry Research Institute (MSIRI), since its creation in 1980 till date.
Dr. Autrey’s professional career was dedicated to the MSIRI where he has spent 40 years from 1967 to 2007.
His tenure as the Director of MSIRI may have drawn to a close in 2007, as he has continued his career as researcher and juggles at least ten assignments across Mauritius and overseas.
He acts as Secretary at the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Science & Tech-nology Coordinator at the Omnicane Group, Committee Chairman of ‘Etats ACP’ on sugarcane research, President of the Scientific Advisory Group of the ‘Etats ACP’ and the Lead Consultant of the West African Sugar Development Programme, a United Nations project, managed by the International Sugar Organisation of London.
Finally, he acts as a consultant for several institutions as well as for the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), UNESCO, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and many others.