National Research Week for the Higher Education Sector

Preparing for the Future

Intercontinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort

2 - 5 April 2019

National Research Week for the Higher Education Sector

Preparing for the Future

Intercontinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort

2 - 5 April 2019

Keynote Speakers

Dr.Theng Yin Leng

Acting Executive Director at
Ageing Research Institute for
Society and Education, Nanyang Technological University

Dr.Theng Yin Leng

Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Acting Director, Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education

Research Director for Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, President’s Office, Nanyang Technological University

She is the Founding Director of the Centre of Healthy and Sustainable Cities (CHESS) at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, and Research Director at the Research Strategy and Coordination Unit (President’s Office), Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore).

In the area of research, Professor Theng’s philosophy is about doing worthwhile, scientifically-based experimental Human-Computer Interaction in understanding users and their interactions, especially for Information Systems, in her earlier research on the World Wide Web and Digital Libraries, and with recent focus on interactive systems/devices for Healthcare and Education.

Her main research interest is to develop innovative tools, techniques, methods and models to assist in the design and evaluation of interactive systems/devices, making research relevant and impacting society.

Archaya Pratishthaji Saraswat

Director of Indira Gandhi
Centre for Indian Culture

Archaya Pratishthaji Saraswat

She is an internationally acclaimed Indian Classical Dance exponent and a renowned Yoga guru hailing from a family of yogis

She has given more than 36 television shows on National and International TV channels, authored 5 books and 30 CDs and DvDs on her subject.

She has travelled widely for promotion and propagation of Indian Classical arts and yoga and has won many awards and honors for the same.

Professor Christine Ennew

Provost, University of Warwick University of Warwick

Professor Christine Ennew

Christine Ennew is Provost at the University of Warwick where she supports the Vice Chancellor in the academic leadership of the University.

A key aspect of her role is leading the development and delivery of the University’s academic strategy, ensuring that Warwick remains competitive and relevant within HE and beyond. She is responsible for the efficient and effective use of academic resources (including departmental resources, capital planning and space management, and information resources). In addition, she is Chair of the University’s Equality and Diversity Committee and is the Executive Board lead for the University environmental sustainability strategy and its implementation.

Christine graduated from Cambridge University and completed her PhD at Nottingham. She was previously one of Nottingham’s Pro Vice Chancellors and served as Provost and CEO of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. She joined the University of Warwick in August 2016.

She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a member of the Board of Directors for Common Purpose Student Experiences. She is also a Board Member for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and Chair of its Regulation Committee.

Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Kaviraj Sukon

Director General, Open University of Mauritius

Dr. Kaviraj Sukon

Founder Director-General of the Open University of Mauritius that he set up in 2012. Dr Sukon is also the Chairman of the Mauritius Museums Council. He also holds a honorary position at the prestigious Imperial College London, UK.

He has been a consultant for several organisations including UNESCO, ILO, UNDP and ADEA. He has published research papers and supervised several masters and doctoral theses.

He has also established the Research and Consultancy Division of the Human Resource Development Council in May 2005.He holds a PhD from University of Mauritius/University of Loughborough (1997), a MBA with distinction (ranked first) from University of Surrey UK (2011), and a B.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics and Physics from University of Mauritius (1993).

Dr Bharti Balambal

Dr Bharti Balambal

She holds an MBBS, MPH and PhD. She received her medical degree from the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry University, Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Pittsburgh, and PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics from the San Diego State University and University of California San Diego (UCSD) Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health.

Dr. Bharti is the Project Manager for the colorectal research program at the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD. Her research is community-based with the objective to improve colorectal cancer screening in the medically underserved populations.

In addition to her research work, Dr. Bharti teaches epidemiology and research methodology to medical and other graduate students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty at UCSD. Dr. Bharti is a visiting faculty at the Open University of Mauritius.

Debate

Dr K. Sukon

Director General,Open University of Mauritius

Dr K. Sukon

Founder Director-General of the Open University of Mauritius that he set up in 2012. Dr Sukon is also the Chairman of the Mauritius Museums Council. He also holds an honorary position at the prestigious Imperial College London, UK.

He has been a consultant for several organisations including UNESCO, ILO, UNDP and ADEA. He has published research papers and supervised several masters and doctoral theses.

He has also established the Research and Consultancy Division of the Human Resource Development Council in May 2005.He holds a PhD from University of Mauritius/University of Loughborough (1997), a MBA with distinction (ranked first) from University of Surrey UK (2011), and a B.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics and Physics from University of Mauritius (1993).

Mr K. Bhujun

Officer-in-Charge,University of Technology, Mauritius

Mr K. Bhujun

Kiran Bhujun is the Director of the Tertiary Education and Scientific Research Division of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education & Scientific Research of the Republic of Mauritius. Since July 2018, he is also the Officer in Charge of the University of Technology, Mauritius.

He is a Chartered Engineer from IIT Kanpur and further holds the PMP status from the Project Management Institute, USA.He has over 20 years of work experience, in an array of sectors and across several institutions, amongst which the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and the Council of Registered Professional Engineers of Mauritius.

His favourite quote is “A single candle can light up the world”.

Dr H Mariaye

Associate Professor,Mauritius Institute of Education

Dr H Mariaye

Hyleen Mariaye is Associate Professor and Head of the Higher Studies Cell at the Mauritius Institute of Education. She currently co-ordinates doctoral programmes run in collaboration with the University of Brighton and the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Her research interests are in Higher Education and Teacher Development Studies.

Prof L. Pelliccione

Pro-Vice Chancellor & President,Curtin Mauritius

Prof L. Pelliccione

Professor Lina Pelliccione is the Inaugural Pro-Vice Chancellor of Curtin Mauritius and commenced her role in January 2019. Prior to this role, Professor Pelliccione held a number of senior positions at Curtin University since she began in a full-time capacity in 2001.

She has had a wide range of experience serving on a number of internal and external Professional Committees and Boards

Her background is in education and innovation, in particular in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). She has researched and lectured in those areas that deal with the integration and effective use of ICT in teaching and learning.

In 2006 Professor Pelliccione was awarded a Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching citing her outstanding contributions to student learning.

Miss Verna Pillay

Senior Advisor in Regulatory Affairs, African Leadership University

Miss Verna Pillay

Verna Pillay comes from a diverse background in higher education. She taught literature for several years at the University of Mauritius, and then went on to dabble in policy work at the Tertiary Education Commission. For the last 4 years, Verna has been with African Leadership University, first as their Director of Public Affairs and more recently as Senior Consultant in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance.

Dr Gilberte Chung Kim Chung

Executive Director Service Diocésain de l’Education Catholique (SDEC)

Dr Gilberte Chung Kim Chung

Since 2007, Dr Gilberte. Chung Kim Chung is the Executive Director of Service Diocésain de l’EducationCatholique-SeDEC (then BEC), she leads a network of forty-six primary schools, eighteen secondary schools and one technical school in the Republic of Mauritius. In 2010, she was awarded Chevalier dansl’Ordre des PalmesAcadémiques, République de France.

She completed her doctoral thesis in 2016 whivhgives voice to mature students, focusing on their motivations and lived-in experience as adult returners, particularly those of the Creole community of Mauritius belonging to a minority group, characterised by low income and lack of school achievement. Her fields of interest and publication are in early childhood, special education needs, inclusive education, educational leadership, education policy, education for sustainability and adult education.

Panel Discussion Members

Avinash Meetoo

Avinash Meetoo

Avinash Meetoo is the Senior Adviser of the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation (TCI) since June 2017. In line with Vision 2030 of the Government, he proposes innovative ways to transform Mauritius into an inclusive high-income country by using the full potential of technology.

He has 20 years of experience in the IT Industry in Mauritius. He is also a Board Member of the National Computer Board. He is also a Red Hat Linux Certified Engineer and was a TEDx speaker in 2016.

Avinash is an avid programmer, amateur photographer and musician.

Me S Subbarayan

Legal Affairs Director, University of Mauritius

Me S Subbarayan

Me S Subbarayan has been called to the bar in March 2005 at the Lincoln’s Inn. He holds an LLB (Hons) from University College Northampton and and HE Dip in Journalism, University of Northampton. He is currently the Legal Affairs Director at UoM.

Dr Radhakhrishna (Dinesh) Somanah, CSK

Director General, Université des Mascareignes

Dr Radhakhrishna (Dinesh) Somanah, CSK

Dr D Somanahstarted his career as lecturer and researcher in Astrophysics and was the Director of the Mauritius Radio Telescope.

He is one of the pioneers of professional astronomy in Mauritius. He has won several awards one of which the award by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and NASA.The minor planet Somanah 19318 (found between Mars and Jupiter) in our solar system was named after his name “Somanah” in 2007 for his contribution to research in astronomy.

Mr Akhilalandjee Goolaub

Assistant Director (Extension and Training), FAREI

Mr Akhilalandjee Goolaub

Mr A Goolaub is the Assistant Director (Extension and Training) at FAREI. He joined the Ministry of Agriculture in 1992, AREU, now FAREI, in 1997 and now FAREI. He holds an MSc Crop Science with specialization in Plant Biotechnology.

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