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Message from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academia)

There is a broad consensus on the importance of the dissemination of scientific knowledge, in the academic and scientific community as well as society at large and the growing awareness of the importance of research and the dissemination of its findings has been the driving force behind new studies and further research.

In this perspective, since 2007, the University of Mauritius has been organising almost every year the Research Week with the aim of providing a forum to researchers in all fields of study to present their work and achievements as well as encouraging UoM staff and students to conduct research. Through these events, the excellence of the research carried out at the University is being acknowledged and the research capacity is also being consolidated thereby furthering the development of the institution's research potential.

Research Week is indeed a key event in the Calendar of Activities of the University of Mauritius. For this 7th Edition, as for the last Edition of the UoM Research Week, wider participation has been encouraged through a dedicated Research Day for each Faculty and the Centre for Innovative and Lifelong Learning. The main theme for this Edition is “Advancing Research for Sustainable Nation Building” and the topics that will be debated during the event are as follows:

  • Innovation in Food and Agricultural Development,
  • e-Education – Futuristic Thinking for Sustainable and Innovative Teaching and Learning,
  • Sustainable Engineering,
  • Development Perspectives in Management, Finance and Laws,
  • Progress and Innovations in Pure and Applied Scientific Research – Paving our Way to the Future.
  • Mauritian Economy, Society and Culture.


Following online submission of abstracts and consideration by the respective Faculty Research Week Organising Committees, 203 abstracts have been accepted for oral presentations and poster sessions namely 31 for the Faculty of Agriculture, 25 for the Faculty of Engineering, 45 for the Faculty of Law and Management, 43 for the Faculty of Science, 43 for the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities and 16 for the Centre for Innovative and Lifelong Learning.

I would therefore like to acknowledge all the participants, the UoM Research Week Organising Committee and the Faculty Research Week Organising Committees for their significant contribution to the event.

I am confident that the Research Week will give rise to very fruitful and productive sessions.

Professor A H Subratty

UoM Research Week 2014