03 November 2015
Students welcome high profile visitors
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students studying in Mauritius have recently enjoyed a successful string of events including Welcome Week and visits from the President of Mauritius and the British High Commissioner.
On 26 October, President Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim visited UCLan in Mauritius following an invite from the Women in Networking group, which exists to promote equality for women in Mauritius, and was welcomed by more than 120 delegates.
The President used the opportunity to discuss her passion in promoting women in science in Mauritius and the wider African continent and gave the delegates an opportunity to ask questions about her experience as an academic and entrepreneur in the field.
The new students were able to take advantage of a myriad of activities and talks including team building adventures, treasure hunts, a talk on HIV-AIDS and survival skills and gender equality.
Photo: The President of Mauritius welcomes new students
The British High Commissioner, Jonathan Drew, also visited UCLan and gave a guest lecture on law and diplomacy on 19 October. Given the diplomatic issues Mauritius is currently experiencing, the first and second year law students were given insight and personal experiences from Mr Drew into dealing with diplomacy on a local and international level.
During Welcome Week, which ran from 28 September to 2 October, the new students were able to take advantage of a myriad of activities and talks including team building adventures, treasure hunts, a talk on HIV-AIDS and survival skills and gender equality.
Current students were also encouraged to take part in the week’s festivities to integrate with the new arrivals. Many of the students enjoyed talks from dignitaries and entrepreneurs from around the world. The Rotary Club of Phoenix hosted former UN Ambassador Mr Milan Meetarbhan who gave an inspiring speech to get the law students into the right frame of mind for the year ahead. The Women in Network’s director Georgina Ragaven presented a series of thought provoking videos, questionnaires and debating activities to help students understand the unconscious biases towards women.
“We wanted to give the students in Mauritius a quality student experience whilst studying for their UCLan degree in Mauritius."
Jackie Day, Academic Head of UCLan in Mauritius, commented: “We wanted to give the students in Mauritius a quality student experience whilst studying for their UCLan degree in Mauritius. The activities were to help create a positive learning environment and from the feedback we received from the students this I believe we were successful in creating.”
The new starters were able to celebrate the highly successful week with a ball at the Altitude Private Club in Ebène, a first time experience for many of their students.
This year 82 new students will join a university dedicated to providing top-class programmes in law, quantity surveying and project management and will be actively involved in seminars and conferences for the local professional communities.
UCLan’s collaboration with the UOM Enterprise allows students to study on UCLan programmes in Mauritius at a new facility in Ebène in the areas of law and construction at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
UCLan’s partnership with the UOM Enterprise has been responding to the training needs of the African continent with great success. In 2015 it celebrated its third graduation ceremony and is delighted to be supporting the Mauritian government’s objective to welcome over 100,000 international students to Mauritius and to UCLan.