For those of you dreaming of swapping the rain-sodden shores of the UK for an island paradise – today is your lucky day.
Aberystwyth University is planning to launch four undergraduate degree programmes and one MSc postgraduate programme in Mauritius in September 2014. The plans are still subject to approval, but the Welsh university wants to offer courses in Ebène, 15 km south of the Mauritian capital, Port Louis. There are also plans to open another campus for up to 2000 students in 2015.
The proposal is to offer BSc degrees in Accounting and Finance; Business Finance; Business Management; Management with Law and an MSc Masters in International Business, all of which currently run at Aberystwyth University.
Staff at the university will be given the opportunity to work at the Mauritian campus and vice versa. Equally, students who might wish to transfer to Aberystwyth from Mauritius would be able to do so – we wonder which destination will be the most popular?
Professor McMahon from Aberystwyth says that Mauritius, with its year-round sunshine and beautiful beaches, is an ideal location for international students across the world as it ‘lies at the cross-road between the African and Asian continents and is ideally positioned [for those] who wish to pursue a high-quality university education but might not be in a position to travel to the UK.’
By establishing a branch campus in Mauritius, Aberystwyth University would become the highest ranking overseas university to operate in the country.