Created in 1965 University of Mauritius is today a modern University.
Set at the heart of the tropical island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, the University of Mauritius provides quality education to students and promotes knowledge creation and dissemination through research and innovative teaching, while responding to the developmental needs of the country and the global community.
The UoM is the the oldest University in the country and also the largest, in terms of student enrollment with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered in a wide range of areas. Its main campus is located at Réduit, Moka. The University was officially established in December 1965, incorporating the existing School of Agriculture and then on 24 March 1972, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, inaugurated the University of Mauritius.
Growing to be a world-class International University, the UoM is committed to enhance its research and consultancy outputs, whilst at the same time exploring various avenues to increase student access and provide quality education. To achieve high standards UoM has diversified undergraduate programmes of studies, offers more postgraduate research programmes, and invests in collaborative research projects with reputed overseas Universities and Institutions to respond to local and international challenges and to develop intellectual advances and resources.
The university now includes six faculties, Agriculture, Engineering, Law and Management, Ocean Studies, Science, Social Studies and Humanities, six further research centres and a doctoral school. There are more than 1,000 employed by the university. The student population is around 11,000, with a small, but increasing, number of international students mostly from regional countries (Madagascar, Seychelles, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya) and also from Bangladesh and India. The University welcomes exchange students every year, mainly from German Universities.
The UoM’s primary obligation is to contribute to national development and, as Mauritius is completing its transition towards a service-oriented economy, the UoM has recently restructured. It is now even better equipped to meet the challenges of making the island a true knowledge hub, and endowing the country with an institution that commands international interest and respect.
The University of Mauritius also emphasises e-learning technologies to respond to the urgent need to reduce delivery costs, increase access, improve the quality of learning materials and ensure relevance to meet the requirements of the new learners in the 21st century.