Currently in the news and in the blogosphere, we can read that Prof. Konrad Morgan will be the new UoM Vice-Chancellor. My first reaction: ‘Euhh….a Foreigner for the first time at the head of the institution (academic)’
Sadly for Pr Ameena Gurib-Fakim, we read her reaction:
‘Je suis quant même déçue car j’ai fait plus de 20 ans à UoM. Ce que je ressens peut être ressenti par n’importe qui d’autre, qui, comme moi, aurait fait carrière, dans une institution, car on s’attend tous à ce que notre contribution soit reconnue’
My first reaction: I am hyper happy that we have a Computer Scientist at the head of UoM Academics. Personally I feel that there will be a new wind of change at the Réduit Campus. We truly hope that there will be positive outcomes like: re-inforcing International Education standard at UoM, upon the appointment of the new VC.
Amongst many innovative projects that I have, one has been close to me: unimauritius.com. The idea is to have a platform for all Mauritian Students studying at Tertiary level. The use of various platforms like e-learning, e-commerce, social networking by both the Students, Alumni, Academics etc.
We hope that the new VC’s administration will have a no-nonsense philosophy maybe backed by: “Putting Students first” or “Transforming UoM into a world-class University 2.0”
Let’s wait and observe the wind of change…