Mauritius: A batch of 200 students received their diploma and degree certificates for completing their respective programmes yesterday at the University of Technology Mauritius (UTM) during a graduation ceremony held at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Auditorium, Moka.
The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Jagutpal; the President of the Board of Governors of the UTM, Mr Raj Makoond; the Director General of UTM, Dr Dinesh Kumar Hurreeram; and other personalities were present.
The students graduated in various fields, including an MSc in Climate Change, Health and Disaster Management, an MSc in Mental Health, a BSc (Hons) in Tourism and Hospitality Management, a BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, and Diploma in Bioanalytical Laboratory Technology.
In his address, Minister Jagutpal congratulated the graduands and their families, the management, Heads of Schools and departments and the entire staff of the UTM for their unwavering determination, resilience, and long assiduous work over the years.
The UTM, he underlined, embraces the Government’s vision of empowering the youth to become professionals in different fields. ’’In a world that is increasingly faced with health challenges, your knowledge, skills, and expertise are vital to contribute in making Mauritius a knowledge and medical hub,’’ he stated.
Underlying the Governmental measures aimed at fostering an inclusive and holistic approach to education, the Health Minister indicated that Government is investing some Rs 1 billion in setting up the Mauritius Institute of Biotechnology and a manufacturing plant for the local production of vaccines and other pharmaceutical products.
He said the AYUSH Centre of Excellence, besides alternative treatment, will also offer research in traditional medicine.
The graduands have a crucial role in shaping a sustainable future for the country by promoting a greener and more resilient Mauritius, he underpinned. He observed that Government envisions acquiring the ‘Green Destination’ status for Mauritius by 2030 and expressed his optimism that the graduates will contribute towards achieving the set targets.
The programmes offered at the UTM are tailor-made for the Mauritian landscape, such as the MSc Climate Change, Health and Disaster Management and the BSc Sustainable Urban Planning, and they are in line with government initiatives to promote sustainable development goals, pointed out the Minister.
As for the Director General of UTM, he expressed gratitude to the staff of UTM for their commitment to meeting the organisation’s objectives. UTM, he stated, aspires to be a leading internationally recognised university driven by innovation for a sustainable future and has consequently reviewed its mission in line with the strategic plan 2023-2028 to be part of a new phase of development.