research process is incomplete if it does not comprise the dissemination
of research findings. In order to cater for this important component
of the research process, since 2007, the Research Week has been organised
almost every year by the University of Mauritius. This annual event
aims to provide opportunities for researchers in different disciplines
to present their work at the same forum and to foster an environment
for staff and students to learn about ongoing research conducted on
the new challenges facing the tertiary education sector in Mauritius,
the University of Mauritius is also bound to evolve to meet these changing
needs and therefore has to be properly tooled to address this goal.
this regard, as far as research is concerned, with the restructuring
of the University of Mauritius, more emphasis is being laid on Research
and Development namely through the appointment of a Pro-Vice-Chancellor
(Academia), the adoption of a system of independent peer reviews in
the areas of research, a policy for patenting inventions from university
research and brokering these patents to business and start-ups, the
setting up of a UoM Research and Development Fund to finance advanced
research activities and to develop the appropriate infrastructure on
the campus, amongst others.
are also several other ways of dissemination of research findings which
need to be fully explored by University staff and students. More importance
has to be given to applied research in order to come up with solutions
with respect to practical problems encountered by the public at large.
in connection with funding available for research at the level of the
Tertiary Education Commission, thirty-four (34) research proposals namely
six (6) from the Faculty of Agriculture, eleven (11) from the Faculty
of Engineering and seventeen (17) from the Faculty of Science amounting
to a total of some Rs thirty five (35) million were submitted to TEC
for consideration in November 2012. However, TEC has recently (31 May
2013) informed us that there is no provision in its budget to fund the
said research proposals.
the high turnout of participants for the last edition of the UoM Research
Week, this year also, there will be a dedicated Research Day for each
encourage all staff and students to seize this opportunity to demonstrate
their research capabilities and I hope to get a positive response. I
thank the Organising Committee for the excellent work done so far.
wish you all fruitful interactions and deliberations for this sixth
edition of the UoM Research Week.
H C S Rughooputh
UoM Research Week 2013