U.S. and Mauritian Education Experts Discuss Collaboration on Technical Education

Ambassador Jardine discusses educational reforms with officials from the Mauritian Ministry of Education.

November 28, 2023: U.S. Embassy Port Louis and the Mauritius Ministry of Education held the first in a series of online discussions on curriculum development in technical education.

On November 27, the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs hosted on online forum to connect Ministry of Education officials to expertise at U.S. community colleges, with a focus on developing technical education for the Institute of Technical Education and Technology (ITET), an initiative that provides students with alternative pathways to complete their secondary education and encourage young people to tackle science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Ambassador Jardine joined representatives from the Ministry of Education in Mauritius, the University of Technology of Mauritius, the Mauritius Institute of Education, the Mauritius Qualifications Authority, Polytechnics Mauritius, and the Mauritius Examinations Syndicate at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Center for the first in a series of discussions on U.S-Mauritius partnership in areas of curriculum development.  Dr. Mark Thomas, Chief of Staff from the Madison Area Technical College, and Ms. Zepur Solakian, Executive Director at the Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges in the United States, also joined the discussion via videoconference.

“I was encouraged in my discussion with the Vice Prime Minister to learn of the interest in opening a conversation with U.S. community colleges and drawing on their deep-seated expertise in curriculum development.  I envision this online forum as the first step in an ongoing dialogue between the Mauritius Ministry of Education and colleagues and partners in the United States,” Ambassador Jardine said during brief remarks.

In the United States, community colleges fill a vital role in training students to fill roles in STEM fields and upskilling the workforce. Nearly 1,000 community colleges across the United States offer programs at a cost that is within reach and in technical fields that are directly applicable to Mauritius, including marine science, maritime security, and medical tourism.

In the United States, community colleges fill a vital role in training students to fill roles in STEM fields and upskilling the workforce.  Nearly 1,000 community colleges across the United States offer programs at a cost that is within reach and in technical fields that are directly applicable to Mauritius, including marine science, maritime security, and medical tourism. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for facilitated this program.