Mauritius, a Centre of Excellence for Education
In view of developing Mauritius as an innovation-driven economy, the Government of Mauritius aims at positioning Mauritius as the leading education hub for the region. Mauritius is today a significant provider of quality education. Building upon this reputation, Mauritius is attracting an increasing number of local and international students.
The development of Mauritius as a regional hub for high quality education and training in the knowledge industry will act as a catalyst in broadening the Mauritian economy and in providing necessary support to the existing and upcoming sectors. From this outset, transforming Mauritius into a knowledge-based island would require the contribution of highly productive skilled and qualified workforce so as to attract new generation of investment and to maintain the country’s competitiveness.
GDP contribution: 4.8% (2017)
Gross Tertiary Enrolment Ratio: 46.6% (2016)
Total employment: 26,680 (2017)
Pre-primary schools: 883
Primary schools: 318
Secondary schools: 176
Training institutions: 507
Publicly-funded tertiary educational institutions: 10
Private tertiary educational institutions: 41
Mauritius also positions itself as an ideal investment platform for the development of the education sector and investment opportunities exist in attracting and in the setting up of:
- World-class pre-primary, primary and secondary schools;
- Pre-vocational and vocational schools;
- Specialised institutions/university campuses offering courses in fields such as maritime industry, renewable energy, ocean economy, biotechnology, biopharming and life sciences;
- Innovation and research centres;
- Executive education;
- Sports academy;
- Research – focused universities
Since 2007, the number of international students has been increasing from 528 to 2,900 in December 2017. The international students currently studying in Mauritius are from 80 different countries, mainly India, Nigeria, South Africa, Madagascar, France, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Uganda amongst others. The students are mainly enrolled in management, information technology, computer sciences, law, hospitality management and medical programs.