The Research and Analytics Department is the connector between industry and Polytechnics Mauritius with the bold objective of aligning programmes to market demand. As part of our commitment towards our students, we ensure that our programmes are evidence-based, sustainable and future-focused while keeping our institution competitive.
Polytechnics Mauritius is committed to build long-term sustainable partnerships in key markets with like-minded institutions and industry partners to establish integrated research and academic activities. Similarly, as a Unit mandated to promote research and innovation the Research and Analytics Department endorses joint research activities among our staff, both academics and non-academics, along with our students and supported by the industry with the aim of enhancing our students’ analytical and critical thinking, a value-added feature in a world where demonstrated skills and competencies are the main currency of employment and career progression, not necessarily knowledge for knowledge sake. There also lies our competitive advantage as a Polytechnics.
To demarcate itself in the High TVET ecosystem, Polytechnics Mauritius engages into action-based research to churn out qualitative and quantitative data across sectors and sub-sectors of the economy. The research triggers an empirical based loop that ties back in the needs and demands of industry. Through consulted action, it does simply allow us to draw up an action list of what programmes to launch but rather why, what and how to launch it so that it addresses the skill gaps. After all, the proof is in the pudding! The devil is in the detail not simply thinking that launching a programme solves all problems. This initial foray is met with multiple touch points with industry throughout the lifecycle of the student and the programme to constantly tweak and re-energize the fault lines that will inevitably appear during the implementation of the programme, classes, simulations, internships, traineeships etc.
More specifically, action-based research allows us to collect data through Stakeholders meeting, workshops and forums and through the Industry Advisory Council. These data give way to curriculum development and forecast the immediate and future needs of the job market. Such an approach also gives us an indication of where we need to readjust our syllabus and channel our investment in the high-tech environment that new emerging industries would require in the future. Over all, Polytechnics is here to work on high-skills environments that demand a practice-led approach where students, mentors and facilitators roll up their sleeves and get into the action. Not just lecture from a whiteboard or a PowerPoint! Certainly not.
Call to Action
As an industry partner, if the above speaks to you and compels you for action, we are but a phone call away.
Feel free to drop in a line or have a chat with Narvada Boisemo Naiko on 460 0705 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Narvada will be pleased to assist you with the process to follow and based on your scale and scope of engagement, craft a unique partnership route for us to explore together.
As Nelson Mandela said, the time for action is now and we are waiting!