This is the first time that young researchers from Mauritius, Miss Naziah Jaufeerally and Miss Aazra Oomayya Pankanis (currently studying in Malaysia and whose parents were present) have the opportunity to participate in such a meeting which brings together young researchers selected from around the world and distinguished Nobel laureates. This participation of Mauritian students in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Council meeting is an important aspect of our strategy to promote science and technology. We are encouraging more students to study science and technology as we need more specialized skills in all fields and want to encourage innovation. This is equally an opportunity for us to promote research, which is one of the main criteria to improve quality and the ranking of our universities. The two candidates from Mauritius should be seen as role models by younger students. I would say that they are getting an exciting and unique chance. I understand that an alumni directory is being constituted and they will be the first Mauritians to feature in the database. I encourage them to interact with the scientists and colleagues students from other countries and come back with new ideas and research projects. They have our full support and encouragement.
- 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