A celebratory partnership

Our staff at the School of Education have been working with the Mauritius Institute of Education for over 25 years and the partnership is going from strength to strength.

This year we celebrated as Dr Mahend Gungarpersad, pictured here with his Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE) supervisor Dr Brinda Oogarah-Pratap, became the first MIE research student to be awarded a Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD).

Mahend’s thesis, Educators’ constructions of informal teacher leadership in three Mauritian secondary schools: a phenomenological study, reflects a strategic priority for MIE and its partnership with us, in focusing on leadership in education.

Another recent success has been Dr Tejwant Mohabeer (MIE) and the University of Brighton’s Dr Aly Colman securing funding from the Mauritius Tertiary Education Commission. Their three-year research project is entitled Internationalization and Education:  Exploring Quality Assurance and School Improvement in Mauritius’ Primary and Secondary School Systems.

On a recent visit to Mauritius, the School of Education team were able to celebrate these successes as well as attend the annual MIE Postgraduate Education Research Conference. The University’s Dr Ali Barnes gave the keynote entitled Leading learning: the key role of research and research skills illustrated through an action research approach. In addition, Senior Lecturer Rosie Moore has been working closely with Mr Somraj Dhunhoo at MIE in the development of a new Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education which was offered for the first time in April.

Dr Mark Price from the University of Brighton, who co-leads the partnership with Dr Hyleen Mariaye from MIE, said: “The partnership with the Mauritius Institute of Education is a very important one for the School of Education. I couldn’t be more delighted of the successes of the last 25 plus years and look forward to many more.”

The university recently carried out a periodic review of our partnership with MIE and it commended all those involved on the strength and longevity of the partnership, acknowledging rigorous quality assurance, high levels of student satisfaction, quality of provision and the ambition for further strategic development, reflecting the aims of the University’s Internationalisation Strategic Plan.

Plans are now being made to welcome the next cohort of students on to the Education MA and EdD programmes alongside further collaborative quality assurance, consultancy and research activity.

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