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: 4.9% (2018)
Total employment: 29,965 (2018)
Pre-primary schools: 851 (2019)
Primary schools: 319 (2019)
Secondary schools: 180 (2019)
Training institutions: 521 (2019)
Publicly funded tertiary educational institutions: 10 (2019)
Private tertiary educational institutions: 43 (2019)
Gross Tertiary Enrolment Ratio: 46.4% (2018)
The number of international students in Mauritius has increased from 2900 in December 2018 to 3,740 in September 2019, representing an increase of 29 %. The students come from more than 70 different countries, mainly India, Nigeria, South Africa, Madagascar, France, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania amongst others.
International students are mainly enrolled in management, information technology, computer sciences, law, hospitality management and medical programs.
Mauritius serves 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;
- Technical and vocational institutes;
- Specialised institutions/university campuses offering courses in fields such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, fintech, renewable energy, ocean economy, creative arts, high tech engineering, biotechnology, life sciences, computing, healthcare among others;
- Centres of excellence;
- Executive education;
- Sports academies;
Attractive package of incentives
- Exemption on income derived by a branch campus of an institution which ranks among the first 500 tertiary institutions worldwide, for a period of 8 successive income years starting from the income year in which the institution has started its operations.
- Exemption on VAT on Information technology system and information technology related materials and equipment, for the purpose of online education at the time of the setting up of the branch campus in Mauritius
- VAT exemptions on construction of purpose-built building for the provision of tertiary education
- Land conversion tax exemption for the construction of a purpose-built building for the provision of pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary education
- Registration duty exemption on purchase of land and building to be used to provide primary, secondary and tertiary education
"I am privileged to be welcomed to live, intern and study at such a diverse and welcoming country. My living and working in the education and training sector in Mauritius have helped me learn how to integrate well with the Mauritian culture and people. I even wrote my final thesis on Mauritian higher education! I am constantly awed by the beauty of the country and its people. The Mauritian youth are some of the most talented youth I've met and I'm excited to continue working with their learning development."
Elizabeth Kitange, Tanzania | African Leadership University of Mauritius