Graduation Ceremony 2011

Paul Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Reduit

Grad 2011

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT travelled its Client Service Manager (Membership) Mrs Sharon Hurd to Mauritius for the Higher Education Qualifications graduation ceremony which was held at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Reduit, on 15th Octoberr 2011. 

Minister Rajeshwar Jeetah (Minister of Tertiary education, Science & Research) was present to congratulate the graduates. The event which was attended by an estimated 400 people including course providers, representatives of educational Institutions, parents, press and Mauritian TV station MBCTV was a clear demonstration of the BCS's far reaching influence in its commitment to meeting the demands of a dynamic and growing industry. The Director, University of Technology, Mauritius, Mr Dharam Fokeer, The CEO of Ceridian Mauritius, Mr Vidia Mooneegan, Course Providers and Members of the Managing Committee of the BCS (Mauritius) section also attended the function.

The ceremony presented 100 successful students with awards at the three levels of the examinations, Professional Graduate Diploma, Diploma and Certificate. Over the last seven years Mauritius has seen more than 10 000 sitters take the examinations.

The Regional Manager, M Iqbal Boolaky opened the ceremony by highlighting the challenges of a true Professional in IT. He talked about the value of the Higher Education obtained from the Institute and the expectations of employers from the new graduates. He made a pressing appeal to the Minister to refer to various reports from the UK where emphasis are laid on the teaching and learning of ICt at secondary school level.

Mr vidia Mooneegan who was the Guest Speaker, applaused the efforts of the BCs in the production of the necessary ICT resources for the ICT Industry. He talked mainly on the needs of the Industry and the challenges of new recruits in the world of ICT. He also proposed ICT practitioners to become more professional and highlighted the vast scope of employment in this field.

"I am given to understand that BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT  actually started off in Mauritius way back in 1988 with a first batch of about 32 students appearing for the Part 1 examinations of the then BCS, The British Computer Society.  I am happy to note that the Institute has rolled out new modules, the latest being GREEN IT and also new syllabi every now and then in order to fulfill the demands of the evolving world.  I rejoice over the fact that hundreds of BCS graduates are now involved in the different economic activities of the country.  It would be interesting to know the number of these alumnae as at a date. I also note with great pleasure that Mauritius has moved one step ahead from being the third biggest territory of the Institute after Sri Lanka and Hong Kong to the 2nd position.  Let me also congratulate members of the Section for taking time to look after the Continued Professional Development of its members and also for being a dynamic and innovative entity that functions as a catalytic tool for promoting co-operation". 
Minister R Jeetah congratulated all the graduates wished that they become the essential resources in the making of ICT as the fifth pillar of the Mauritian Economy. 

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