MAURITIUS: Open University bill approved by government

The Mauritian government has approved legislation to set up an open and distance education university. The bill was due for presentation to parliament last week, reported Le Matinal of Port-Louis.

The new Open University of Mauritius will collaborate with government and inter-governmental institutions and the private sector to offer courses in a range of subjects leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees, as well as with institutions abroad for distance education programmes, said the paper. It will also include a Confucius Institute and a language institute.

Le Matinal said the university would be the "central point for developing the standards linked to open and distance education, in line with the government's policy of making Mauritius a regional knowledge hub".