I would like to thank the Southern African Regional Universities Association for the holding of this meeting in Mauritius within its five year programme for Climate Change Capacity Development. This programme which is endorsed by 61 universities is of significant importance to all our countries, and in particular to small island states. The aim of this programme is to strengthen and increase higher education research and innovation, through expanded inter-institutional collaboration and capacity building initiatives throughout the Southern African Development Community region. The forum is one of the instances that will contribute in identifying the issues, in analysing them and develop the way forward in the face of climate change.
- 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