July 17, 2023: Madison Area Technical College, based in Madison, Wisconsin, in the United States, and the University of Technology in Mauritius officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen, promote, and develop co-operation in education, training, development and innovation based on equality and mutual benefit.
The MoU signing ceremony took place at the University of Technology (UTM) this afternoon, Monday, July 17, in the presence of U.S. Ambassador Henry Jardine, UTM Director-General Dr. Dinesh Hurreeram and UTM President Raj Makoond. The President of Madison college, Dr. Jack Daniels, and the Executive Vice President, Dr. Mark Thomas, joined the ceremony virtually. As part of the initial five-year MoU, Madison College and UTM committed to promoting international student enrollment at Madison College leading to rematriculation to UTM; professional development programs for faculty and students; sharing of teaching resources, strategies, and best practices; joint online projects and peer-to-peer student online learning; exchange programs; efforts to collaborate and innovate on joint projects, grant proposals, and other mutually beneficial initiatives.
During remarks at the event, U.S. Ambassador Henry Jardine said, ‘We are excited to support this partnership between UTM and Madison college. Initiatives like this not only advance opportunities to strengthen the aptitude and skills of young Mauritians, but also reinforce the ties between U.S. and Mauritian academic institutions. Leveraging American expertise in various fields like Business, Management and Finance; Sustainable Development and Tourism; Engineering; and Health Sciences will advance the country’s continued economic success and contribute to the “Mauritian miracle.”’
UTM Director-General Dr. Dinesh Hurreeram said, “This is the first collaborative venture between UTM and an institution in the United States. It provides for exchange of students and staff. More importantly we are working on joint recognition of credits between two institutions. Students from US will be able to join our programs and earn credits and students from UTM can earn credits by following modules from Madison College. The MOU also allows for joint recognition of Academic programs so that students can pursue further studies at Madison College and its affiliated institutions. We also intend to offer opportunities for joint supervision of research projects leading to Professional Doctorate and PhD. It’s a unique offer in Mauritius and hopefully students and staff from both institutions will benefit. No need to add the cultural dimension to the collaboration.”
Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, President of Madison College, said, “Madison Area Technical College is extremely pleased to collaborate with the University of Technology Mauritius. Both of our institutions are globally engaged providers of cutting-edge ICT, business, and technology skills. This partnership will expand opportunities for students in both Wisconsin and Mauritius for international credential attainment, study abroad mobility, and cultural learning and exchange. Through our international collaboration we can both help our students connect to the world and foster sustainable economic growth for our communities.”