Students’ degrees threatened at ‘substandard’ foreign universities

More than 120 students are waiting to find out if their qualifications will be recognised, following a ruling by the Tertiary Education Commission, or TEC, that some foreign higher education institutions based in Mauritius do not conform to its regulations.

The TEC was considering last week whether the 125 students who attended the foreign institutions could complete their studies in one of the country’s own universities in order to qualify, reported L’Express of Port Louis.

TEC board Chair Surendra Bissoondoyal said there were four foreign universities with a presence in Mauritius that did not conform to its standards, and he had been trying to find a solution to the problem since he took over as head of the commission.

Mauritius is currently carrying out an ambitious plan to become an international higher education hub.

Bissoondoyal, who took up the TEC post in March, explained that the supplementary courses could last between three months and a year, and students would have to pay extra to complete their studies.

He said the non-conforming foreign institutions would be required to revise their programmes, or “pack up and go”.

L’Express reported that he gave an example of a French university which offered engineering courses at Medine Education Village, which hosts foreign educational institutions in Mauritius.

The university had been asked to tell students that after studies in Mauritius they would have to go to France to complete their studies to gain degrees. “It is only after this university has complied with this demand that we will give it the go-ahead to operate in Mauritius,” said Bissoondoyal.

He did not name the other institutions, but The Times of India reported last week that nearly 60 Indian students at the DY Patil Medical College campus in Mauritius faced an uncertain future because recognition of the college was under question.

* This article is drawn from local media. University World News cannot vouch for the accuracy of the original reports.