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La Tour, Mauritius

The University of Technology, Mauritius is a public university in Mauritius. The main campus lies in La Tour Koenig, Pointe aux Sables within the district of Port Louis. It was founded following the Government of Mauritius approval of the setting up of the University of Technology, Mauritius in January 2000 and the proclamation of the The University of Technology, Mauritius Act on 21 June 2000.UTM has a specialized mission with a technology focus. It applies traditional and beyond traditional approaches to teaching, training, research and consultancy. The university has been founded with the aim to play a key role in the economic and social development of Mauritius through the development of programmes of direct relevance to the country’s needs, for example in areas like technology, sustainable development science, and public sector policy and management.UTM is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and is listed in the Commonwealth Universities Handbook and in the International Handbook of Universities. UTM is also a member of the Southern African Regional Universities Association - A network of public universities in the SADC region. Wikipedia.

Bekaroo G.,Middlesex University | Bokhoree C.,University of Technology, Mauritius | Pattinson C.,Leeds Beckett University
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

As human beings are becoming increasingly dependent on technology, the relationship of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with the natural environment is continuously degrading. In the past, ICT was often regarded as a low-carbon enabler but its widespread adoption has adversely turned it into a power drainer. The negative consequence is climate change, which is a complex social problem with rebound effects on human beings. Taking cognizance of this problem, it is becoming vital for each and every computer user to contribute and reduce the growing carbon footprint of ICT. This work identifies and analyses the key contributors in diminishing the carbon footprint of ICT before investigating into the adoption process by end users via a proposed Knowledge-Implementation-Effect Cycle. The relationship between the key contributors and the adoption process by end users is studied via nine research questions to identify key limitations and finally recommend potential solutions to further help in reducing the ICT carbon footprint. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Panchoo S.,University of Technology, Mauritius
Proceedings - 2012 International Conference on Advanced Computer Science Applications and Technologies, ACSAT 2012

No doubts subsist with regards to the capabilities of the Internet with its ever growing online communities. However, if the Web has provided fertile grounds for researches and collaborations, the education sector has not yet experienced threshold developments and dependencies on technology with matters relating to online teaching and learning. This paper is based on a doctoral research and the aim of this research is to study the tutor-students' interactions in order to unfold their way of interactions and their learning needs. The methodology used was based on the content analysis of the logged tutor-students textual interactions. Qualitative analysis based on the activity theory of Engeström at macro level, and the Panchoo/Jaillet grid at micro level, were used to analyze a thousand lines of interactions pertaining to a particular module at Master's level in the UNIV-Rct online campus. Surprisingly it has been found that the students interact less on cognitive issues and more on matters pertaining to rules and procedures. Considering the students' learning needs and the tutor's manner of supporting them at real time in their studies, it is desirable to exploit further the technological and the social network capabilities to help enhance the educational processes. For quality learning to take place, not only students should be given adequate pedagogical supports, but tutors should also be assisted to enable them give relevant feedback and guidance in time. © 2012 IEEE. Source

Saib A.A.E.F.,University of Technology, Mauritius | Tangman D.Y.,University of Mauritius | Bhuruth M.,University of Mauritius
International Journal of Computer Mathematics

A new radial basis functions (RBFs) algorithm for pricing financial options under Merton's jump-diffusion model is described. The method is based on a differential quadrature approach, that allows the implementation of the boundary conditions in an efficient way. The semi-discrete equations obtained after approximation of the spatial derivatives, using RBFs based on differential quadrature are solved, using an exponential time integration scheme and we provide several numerical tests which show the superiority of this method over the popular Crank-Nicolson method. Various numerical results for the pricing of European, American and barrier options are given to illustrate the efficiency and accuracy of this new algorithm. We also show that the option Greeks such as the Delta and Gamma sensitivity measures are efficiently computed to high accuracy. © 2012 Taylor & Francis. Source

Panchoo S.,University of Technology, Mauritius
Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE 3rd International Conference on MOOCs, Innovation and Technology in Education, MITE 2015

We are witnessing a learning community who is always willing and eager to be associated to innovative practices online. With the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), developing countries are given new opportunities to be part of the global community with access to a wider range of resources and expertise from leading universities around the world. But these resources cannot be integrated in programmes without investigating on their pertinence and their value added factor. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to analyze the actual distance education systems in Mauritius and to outline strategies on how MOOC can be used effectively in order to revitalize higher education and lifelong learning by giving access to quality complementary resources. As methodology, the evolution of distance education in Mauritius is analyzed as well as the growth of MOOC. Furthermore a framework of the integration of MOOC in a new form of education that transcends boundaries is proposed for a developing country like Mauritius. It is found that, for innovation to be effective, it needs to find its way in the existing valued solid foundations that were inbuilt. © 2015 IEEE. Source

Foolmaun R.K.,University of Mauritius | Chamilall D.S.,Staffordshire University | Munhurrun G.,University of Technology, Mauritius
Resources, Conservation and Recycling

In Mauritius, solid waste disposal has been a cause for concern since the 1980s. Currently, there is no segregation of waste and some 1200 tonnes of solid waste are generated daily by the 1.24 million inhabitants of the island. As processes such as recycling and composting are still in their infancy stage, most of the waste generated have to be disposed of at the sole landfill. The solid waste management practices of 1980s and early 1990s are no longer compatible with the changing composition and quantity of wastes now generated. As a result, there is an urgency to review the whole waste management system and come forward with sustainable solutions. This paper presents an overview of the disposal of non-hazardous solid waste in Mauritius and provides recommendations for improving the current disposal system. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

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