Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd and College Communautaire du Nouveau–Brunswick du Canada team up.
22.05.2017-Port Louis/ The Mauritius Polytechnics Ltd (MPL) and Le College Communautaire du Nouveau–Brunswick du Canada (CCNB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 18 may, at the MITD House in Phoenix in the presence of the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun.
The MoU between MPL and CCNB will provide for high-end technical trainings, bring awareness to all stakeholders on the importance of technical training. It will position Polytechnics as a well-defined and interesting alternative pathway to work in Mauritius.
The CCNB is a Canadian public secondary vocational and technical education institution. It has been a leader in the education sector for over 40 years, working closely with the industry to ensure continuous training in line with the labour market and training of current and future workers, companies and individuals concerned with specialising or re-entering the labour market.
In her address, Minister Dookun-Luchoomun stressed that one of the major project of Government is the development of Polytechnics in Mauritius for the advancement of the country. The main objective of Polytechnics in Mauritius, she said, will be to produce work-ready diploma holders of high quality to spearhead the development of the country into a knowledge-based and skills driven economy.
Speaking about the new pillars mentioned in the Economic Vision 2030, she highlighted that Information Communication and Technology (ICT) is one particular area which can be achieved through the provision of high-end technical trainings given that this collaboration will be based mainly in the domain of ICT. The industry, she added, often complains about untrained graduates and to do away with this major problem of mismatch, MPL in collaboration with CCNB and the private sector will come up with new adapted courses with high-end technical trainings taking into consideration the needs of the industry and the country at large in terms of manpower.
Moreover, the Minister outlined that the three polytechnics in Réduit, Montagne Blanche and Pamplemousses which deals in ICT related fields, tourism and hospitality, and nursing respectively will collaborate with foreign partners to provide trainings of international level. Polytechnics, she said, will help students upgrade their employability skills and enter the world of work easily with their acquired skills, trainings and experiences.
For his part, the representative of CCNB, Professor Efia Assignon highlighted the collaboration between the CCNB and the MPL which will help local students to acquire the know-how and skills required to achieve qualifications of international level. He called on the private sector to work in close collaboration with the MPL and the CCNB to address the labor market mismatch. He also pointed out that the local students will be awarded diplomas from the CCNB and be able to pursue further studies in Canada.
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