18 Feb, 2010
Mauritian students in the pursuit of higher education are spoilt for choice by the wide range of study programmes that are now being offered in the country. One of these is the Business Administration Diploma Programme offered by SIAST in collaboration with MITD.
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, SIAST, of Canada has signed a partnership with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, MITD, (ex-IVTB) to provide diploma courses in Business Administration. Launched last year, the programme has currently 24 students taking the course either on a full time or part time basis.
The next intake has been scheduled for April and to explain the programme to the aspiring students about SIAST, Bob McCulloch, President and CEO of SIAST and David Harvey, SIAST Director of Business Development & International Partnership were in Mauritius last week. They also explained the advantages of taking the course in Mauritius.
“Whatever career path you choose, it will surely involve some aspects of business. Studying business prepares you to work in administration, accounting, banking, human resources, and assists those who wish to operate their own business. It is also an excellent preparation for further studies,” says McCulloch.
He adds that a SIAST Business Administration diploma is a passport to the global workforce.
“Being a graduate of the SIAST Business Administration diploma programme will provide numerous opportunities such as further study at a Canadian University to successfully read for a Canadian degree and the potential to work in your country and abroad,” he explains.
Harvey explains that having a diploma from SIAST will be much easier for those who wish to pursue their studies in any institution in Canada.
“The course is exactly the same, and once the course is over, the students will get the same certificate as those following the course in SIAST in Canada. There will be no difference,” adds Harvey.
The courses in Mauritius are being offered by Mauritian lecturers at the Knowledge Based Training Centre of MITD in Port Louis.
Reshmee Kaleeka, local representative and Programme Coordinator, explains: “Before recruiting any lecturer, their curriculum vitae were sent to Canada for the SIAST board to approve it.
“Once the programme was launched, we have received several visits from SIAST to ensure that the programme has been well-implemented and that the couse is up to the level and standard of SIAST.”
She adds that the course consists of four semesters and includes 35 hours of classes per week.
“The course is offered three times during weekdays and on Saturdays. After the 7th week of the course, there is a mid-term exams and seven weeks later, that is on week 14, there are the final examinations. There are also term works and projects that the students will have to submit. The course as well as the exam papers are prepared by SIAST and are then sent to Mauritius. The correction is done here and then sent back for a double check by SIAST. The students need to get 60% to pass.”
During their visit, McCulloch and Harvey also hosted a talk on the “Canadian Education and skills training system and the importance of global education.”
“The purpose of our visit is to get a feedback from the cohort of 24 students who are already following the course and we have got a positive response. We intend to provide further courses in partnership with MITD and most probably a course in Hospitality will follow,” says McCulloch.
Ashvin Ramdin, Chairman of MITD, says several financial aids are being offered to help those who want to enrol in the programme.
He says: “The person has the choice to pay the fees in one or more ininstallments. We have an agreement with banks for such payments and soon the MITD will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Employees Welfare Federation to help in the finance, that is they will be able to take loans from the EWF to finance their Business Administration Diploma offered at KBTC by SIAST Canada.”
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, SIAST, is located in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada. It is the primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training of the Canadian province. SIAST is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in developing and delivering career-oriented programming.
SIAST offers 159 programmes in a variety of high-demand fields and provides training to apprentices in almost 30 trades. It offers courses in other countries like Vietnam (Business Administration) and India (Engineering).
Saskatchewan covers an area of around 650 000 square kilometres but has a population of only one million. Over the years, the population of unskilled workers has changed from 87.5% to 35% thanks to the foundation of SIAST which has provided professional courses and enhanced the standard of living of the inhabitants.
SIAST has currently a student population of 120%, that is an excess of students on its campus. Hence, the need to offer courses outside the campus has been a necessary step for the institution.
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