Starting as the College of Agriculture, the UoM, established in 1965, dominates the Tertiary Education Sector locally. Originally, it had 3 Schools, namely Agriculture, Administration and Industrial Technology. It has since expanded to encompass 5 Faculties, namely Agriculture, Engineering, Law and Management, Science, and Social Studies & Humanities. It has also a Centre for Medical Research and Studies, a Centre for Distance Education, a Centre for Information Technology and Systems, and a Consultancy Centre.
The UoM has undergone rapid expansion over the last decade and is continuing to expand with a student growth rate of about 10% annually. Programmes have changed steadily from sub-degree Certificate/Diploma levels to Degree and taught Masters programmes, as well as research at postgraduate level.
The University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM) Act was promulgated in May 2000 paving the way for the creation of a second university in the country. The UTM, which started to operate since September, 2000, works closely with government, business and industry and operates 3 Schools, namely, the School of Business Management and Finance, School of Innovative Technologies and Engineering, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism. Its programmes range from Foundation to PhD through Research. It also provides a number of part-time courses thus providing studying opportunities to a wider range of people.
Founded in 1973, the MIE was initially charged with responsibilities in the field of teacher education, educational research and curriculum development. The role of the MIE as a curriculum development centre has since 1993 been phased out such that it is at present predominantly involved in teacher training and educational research.
There are currently 5 Schools at the MIE, namely Applied Sciences, Education, Science and Mathematics, Arts and Humanities and Distance Education. The programmes have over the years slowly increased in diversity and levels. To-date, it has offered training to school teachers in programmes ranging from certificate, diploma and the PGCE. It also offers B.Ed as well as Masters programmes in Education, in collaboration with the UoM and the University of Brighton, UK respectively.
The MGI was established in 1970 as a joint Government of Mauritius – Government of India venture for the promotion of education and culture, in general, with emphasis on Indian culture and traditions. It has responsibilities, within the tertiary set-up, for running programmes in such areas as Indian Studies, Performing Arts, Fine Arts, Chinese and Mauritian Studies.
The MGI currently has 3 main schools operating at the tertiary level, namely the School of Indian Studies, the School of Music and Fine Arts, and the School of Mauritian and Area Studies. It is now running Certificate, Diploma, Degree level programmes in Languages, Fine Arts and Performing Arts and Master level programmes in Languages in collaboration with the UoM. A Secondary School and the Gandhian Basic School also operate within the ambit of the MGI.
The Rabindranath Tagore Institute was set up in December, 2002 with a cultural vocation and works under the aegis of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. The Institute is now offering Tertiary level programmes in Arts and Craft.
The MCA was established in 1971 to promote education, arts and science and culture in Mauritius through mass media. When the MCA statute was re-enacted in 1985, distance education was maintained as a major strategy to meet these objectives. Merged with the Audio-Visual Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science in 1986, the MCA has until recently been catering mainly for the primary and secondary education sector through the production of educational programmes for broadcast on radio and television.
The MCA has also been producing educational materials for non-formal or continuing education, for non-broadcast use. Since the beginning of 1995, the MCA is involved in dispensing tertiary level programmes in collaboration with overseas institutions through the distance mode. It also runs programmes in collaboration with the University of Mauritius and University of Technology, Mauritius.
The Open University of Mauritius (OUM) has now taken over the activities of the former MCA.
Université des Mascareignes - UdM
The Université des Mascareignes (UdM) Act was proclaimed in May 2012 to inter alia, provide tertiary education and develop and promote excellence in life, natural, applied and social sciences and humanities.
The Institut Supérieur de Technologie and the Swami Dayanand Institute of Management which were under the aegis of the University of Technology, Mauritius were integrated into the UdM. These two institutions were offering courses on a full-time and part-time basis at diploma level in: Information System, Business Administration, ‘Génie Civil’, ‘Génie Electrique et Informatique Industrielle’, ‘Maintenance et Automatismes Industriels’ and ‘Informatique Appliquée’.
The Université des Mascareignes will operate 3 Faculties, namely a Faculty of Sustainable Development and Engineering, a Faculty of Business and Management and a Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, in a first instance.
The MITD, formerly known as the IVTB was set up in 1988 to promote vocational education and training with the purposes of supplying a properly trained workforce for the industrial, services and domestic sectors. Since Most of the programmes that are being run are of a vocational nature leading to the National Trade Certification (levels 3 and 2). However, as from 1998 the MITD also started running tertiary level programmes at the levels of certificate and diploma in selected areas including Hotel Management, Fashion and Textile Design, Automation and Information Technology.
The MIH was set up in 1989 to cater for the training needs of health professionals, local and regional. As per identified needs, it organizes courses and programmes, mostly at post graduate level of short duration, for medical and para-medical personnel.
The Fashion and Design Institute set up in 2008. The Institute is now offering Tertiary level programmes e.g Fashion and Textile, Graphic Design with Animation.