GIS – 18 September 2018: Government’s aim is to transform Mauritius into an Education Hub for the region and beyond. We are heading in the right direction and the presence of the African Leadership College is undeniably value addition to our Education Hub design.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement yesterday during the inauguration of the African Leadership College (ALC) in Beau Plan. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Terra Group, Mr Nicolas Maigrot, the Founder of ALC, Mr Fred Swaniker, and other personalities were present at the event.
In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that the ALC focusses on providing an environment that promotes the spirit of enquiry as well as research and pioneers a fresh approach to new forms of leadership through higher education. This, he underlined, will significantly contribute to the growth, emancipation and development of the African continent.
He underscored that Mauritius is aiming to triple its enrolment of international students in the years to come and an aggressive marketing strategy to enhance the visibility of the sector will help to achieve this objective. The ALC will no doubt help Mauritius become a beacon in the education sector of the region as the college has already built a reputation for itself in Mauritius and on the African continent, he added.
Prime Minister Jugnauth emphasised that academic depth is important but the skills required in the workplace as well as the competencies to become an entrepreneur should not be belittled. These soft skills, he stated, must be acquired at university level so as to avoid the need for retraining fresh graduates.
The Prime Minister recalled that Government, in a bid to ensure a conducive environment for the emergence of the Higher Education Hub, has enacted a Higher Education Act in December 2017, which is the first piece of legislation to regulate the higher education sector. He underlined that the reform will entail replacing the Tertiary Education Commission by a Higher Education Commission, thus creating a totally independent quality assurance authority aiming at laying the foundation for the internationalisation of the Mauritian higher education sector by ensuring that quality is present in all processes at institutional level.
For his part, the Founder of ALC, Mr Fred Swaniker, underpinned that the college is an educational institution with a purpose where students are asked to declare a mission and not only an academic major. He informed that students are encouraged to use their talents so as to address Africa’s grand challenges in healthcare, education, governance, infrastructure, climate change, job creation, urbanisation, art and design, natural resources, regional integration, and gender equality.
The CEO of Terra Group, Mr Nicolas Maigrot, for his part, explained that this inauguration is inscribed in Novaterra’s strategy, the real estate arm of the group. Its ambition, he added, is to create a value-added Education Hub in Beau Plan Smart City, thus creating a strong bridge between Mauritius and the rest of the African continent through the development of economic, cultural and social activities.