MAURITIUS THE SCIENTIFIC HUB OF AFRICA

 

 
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MAURITIUS THE SCIENTIFIC HUB OF AFRICA

Mauritius is an African country that is an Island strategically positioned in the Indian Ocean. It is famous for its many magnificent beaches and five-star hotels that are a favourite for tourists. It is a fairly large country with a population of 1.3 million inhabitants. With all these wonderful attributes, Mauritius has the ability to be one of the technological hubs in the continent.

mauritiousRecently, Mauritius held her elections which saw the new president, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, being elected to power. The president is more of a researcher than a political figure as she is a famous scientist. She aims to make Mauritius not only a diplomatic nation but also a scientific hub. She is intent on making good her manifesto by increasing the number of technological centres and bio-parks. The centres will consequently lead to job creation for the many learners in the country. Eventually, the jobs created and the technological advancement will steer the country’s economic growth. 

Dr. Ameenah Gurib is not the only one who has seen the potential of Mauritius, the chairman of the Planet Earth Institute, Dr. Alvaro Sobrinho recently wrote in a Business Journal concerning Mauritius’ capacity for economic growth. Dr. Alvaro says that Science and Technology are the most effective way for the country to attain its much needed economic spontaneity. The Chairman believes that Mauritius has the capabilities it requires to become the science and technology hub in the continent.

Dr. Alvaro is famed for his philanthropy in matters of science and technology. It, therefore, is no wonder that he is creating a scholarship fund with the aim of helping higher education and science. He argues that setting aside money to educate graduates with the necessary scientific and technological skills will go a long way into helping the country actualize its economic capability. Equipping graduates with the necessary skills will provide labour which is required to fill up the science and technology needs of the country.

The Planet Earth Institute, with Dr. Alvaro being the chairman and Dr. Ameenah the vice chairperson, is planning to open a local office in Mauritius. The aim of this venture is the promotion of Higher education, to encourage Policy and Advocacy and advance Technological innovation. The aims of the PEI are in line with the World Bank’s report in which it says that Mauritius can advance her development further by improving the quality and relevance of higher education. 

Non-Governmental organizations are also on the forefront to realize Mauritius potential. The Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) is one such NGO. Since its launch in 2007, it is serious about promoting the understanding of science and technology among young learners in Mauritius. The organization is very instrumental in economic advancement as it provides an avenue for many like-minded professionals to meet and discuss matters pertaining to science and technology. It also ensures that science and technology students are taught the relevant information in institutions of higher education. Equipping learners with the right skills is instrumental in the scientific field as these skills are highly needed for sustainable growth.

Conclusion
With the steps that Mauritius is taking, she will certainly attain her goals.

Sources:
http://scienceconsortium.co.uk/Science-and-Technology-and-Mauritius.html
http://scienceweb.org.uk/Island-Life-on-Mauritius.html
http://onestep4ward.com/mauritius-as-scitech-hub/
https://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Mauritius/blog-919405.html


 
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