I express my sincere appreciation to all the participants, distinguished experts from the academic world, education policy makers and ministers, for sharing their experience and knowledge with all of us. As the Minister responsible for tertiary education, science, research and technology, I particularly appreciate the intense debates on post-secondary and higher education over the last three days at the University of Mauritius. The Government of Mauritius will continue to play an active role to bridge the gap in education and will support the initiatives of the Commonwealth Secretariat. In this respect, I am pleased to state that in response to the invitation from the Commonwealth Secretariat, the University of Mauritius has agreed to host and waive the tuition fee for one Commonwealth scholar and the Open University of Mauritius will offer 54 scholarships to students from the Commonwealth for distance education post graduate courses. We may come from distant lands and have different cultures and traditions. But we share common goals. Education is central to all economic and social models. We are therefore, bound to work together for the future of our younger generations. I thank the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, all the Ministers, vice chancellors and delegates for their presence. I wish to thank them all for their friendship and honouring us by their presence in our country.
- Rajesh Jeetah
- Dr Jeetah was elected Member of the National Assembly in December 2003 for the first time for Constituency No.7 (Piton/Rivière du Rempart), and remained so until April 2005. Dr Jeetah was re-elected as: • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.11 (Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle), in 2005 and became Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce & Cooperatives (2005 to 2008).He became Minister of Health & Quality of Life (2008 to 2010). • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.10 (Montagne Blanche- GRSE)in 2010 and became Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology till 2014. Education and Qualifications: a. University of Cambridge (2002 -2003) - ACU Research Fellowship b. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (1984-1993) • BSc (Hons) – Textile Technology • PhD – Textile Technology