The University of Mauritius
The University of Mauritius puts a high priority on research. One of Research Week’s mandates is sharing and disseminating research results. This event aims at bringing to the attention of the general public and researchers the University’s contribution to advancement of the frontiers of knowledge including its contribution to national development. Research Week gives faculty and students a chance to share some of their latest work with the university community and to provide new researching ideas to the world.
Research Week is an initiative of the University of Mauritius to promote Research & Development activities to create an innovation culture crucial for the future economic success of the country.
The event, sponsored by the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Research, Consultancy and Innovation, is open to all faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, technologists and affiliated researchers. The event is also open to the public.
The purpose of this symposium is to:
- bring the campus under one research umbrella;
- promote and encourage excellence in University research;
- provide a venue for students and faculty to share their work with the campus community;
- provide opportunity for university academics to link to the business world;
- provide opportunity for undergrads to prepare and present their work presentations, to learn about and become involved in university research efforts;
- provide opportunities for researchers in all disciplines to present their work at the same forum and innovate ideas in interdisciplinary fields;
- give a flavour of the different range of research technologies and resources available;
- provide opportunity for prospective students to consider UOM for their higher education;
- promote teamwork;
- provide opportunity to identify funding sources for specific awards;
- provide opportunity to undergraduate and postgraduate students to consider their career prospects.
Each year, the Organising Committee selects a theme to reflect major developments taking place (nationally or globally). Speakers are identified and invited to speak on selected topics. The themes chosen so far include:
2007: Research & Innovation Challenges
2008: Sustainable Development & Innovation
Components of Research Week
Research Week comprises of many activities, some running in parallel:
- Oral Presentations
- Poster Paper Presentations
- Doctoral Consortium
- Virtual Conference (next edition)
Presentations (Oral, Poster Papers, Poster)
We accept applications from all disciplines for paper readings and poster sessions on research, scholarly, creative and entrepreneurial activities. Faculty, students, and affiliated researchers are invited to participate in this prestigious university-wide research event! As the emphasis of the Research Week is to build links between service providers and researchers, we continue to encourage all interested community groups also to participate. Presentations typically are 15-20 minutes, grouped with other similar topics, with time for questions.
- Business and Economic Development
- Engineering Technologies
- Life Sciences
- Ocean, Marine, Coastal
- Physical Sciences and Technology
- Social Sciences
- Sustainable Development
- The Construction Of National Independence
The Doctoral Consortium provides an ideal opportunity for UoM MPhil/PhD students to explore their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop. The Consortium has the following specific objectives: to provide a supportive setting for feedback on participants' current research and guidance on future research directions; to offer each participant comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers of the UoM faculties; and to promote the development of a supportive and interactive community of scholars within a spirit of collaborative research and thus achieving the goal of the Research Week. Students from the various faculties and affiliated institutes participate in the Doctoral Consortium.
Workshops are meant to upgrade skills of researchers. These mainly attract participants from outside the university campus. Examples of workshops held include: SPSS Basics, Atlas-ti: an introductory workshop and Authoring and …
Peer Reviewing Process
All submissions are peer-reviewed by the Research Week Scientific Committee. Full papers appear in a Special Issue of the online Research Journal of the University of Mauritius, after a second peer reviewing process.
Companies and firms are invited to sponsor Research Week events. Our much valued sponsors are categorized as: Diamond; Platinum; Gold; Silver; Bronze. Our Sponsors are entitled to the following:
- free access to all RW presentations;
- lunch and refreshments for a selected number of persons;
- desk for marketing sponsor’s products/services;
- logo to be placed on CD, website, banners, programme and proceedings.
Ventilation of the Research Findings
The media, especially the MBC and the MCA, contribute enormously to the propagation of the Research Week.
RCI Innovations corner, appearing at the website, highlights the recent developments taking place at the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Research, Consultancy and Innovation. We also include relevant brochures here.
Research Week 2008 http://vcampus.uom.ac.mu/reseachweek/rw08
UoM Research Journal (Special Edition for RW 2007): http://www.uom.ac.mu/provcrci/researchjournal/Vol13Special/contents.html