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Study in Mauritius

Location and Geography

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The main island, from which the country derives its name, is of volcanic origin and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs; former home of the dodo, a large flightless bird related to pigeons, driven to extinction by the end of the 17th century through a combination of hunting and the introduction of predatory species.
The country of Mauritius is in the Africa continent and the latitude and longitude for the country are 20.1625° S, 58.2903° E.

Mauritius is an Island nation and some of its nearest neighboring countries are 

Reunion
Madagascar
Mayotte
Comoros
Seychelles

Climate

The local climate is tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; there is a warm, dry winter from May to November and a hot, wet, and humid summer from November to May. Anti-cyclones affect the country during May to September.

Cyclones affect Mauritius during November–April. Holland (1994) and Dina(2002) were the worst two last cyclones to have affected the island.

History and Population

After a brief Dutch settlement, French immigrants who came in 1715 named the island Île de France and established the first road and harbor infrastructure, as well as the sugar industry, under the leadership of Gov. Mahe de Labourdonnais. Blacks from Africa and Madagascar came as slaves to work in the sugarcane fields. In 1810, the British captured the island and in 1814, by the Treaty of Paris, it was ceded to Great Britain along with its dependencies.


Indian immigration, which followed the abolition of slavery in 1835, rapidly changed the fabric of Mauritian society, and the country flourished with the increased cultivation of sugarcane. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 heralded the decline of Mauritius as a port of call for ships rounding the southern tip of Africa, bound for South and East Asia. The economic instability of the price of sugar, the main crop, in the first half of the 20th century brought civil unrest, then economic, administrative, and political reforms. Mauritius became independent on March 12, 1968.


The estimated resident population of the Republic of Mauritius was 1,261,208 as of 1 July 2014. The female population was 637,032 compared to a male population of 624,176.


Mauritius population density is 647.0 people per square kilometer as of March 2015. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Mauritius divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Mauritius. The total area of Mauritius is 2 040 km2according to the United Nations Statistics Division.

Society and Culture

The culture of Mauritius involves the blending of several cultures from its history, as well as individual culture arising indigenously.
Indeed, Mauritius' true gem lies not only in its natural beauties but in its cultures and traditions. Moreover as Mauritians are deeply attached to their ancestral roots, religious influences are still very present.

Beneath the natural beauties of Mauritius's landscape, lies another, but sometime forgotten, gem: the Mauritian Culture, better yet, cultures. Going to its discovery can be a journey into some of the most fascinating and refined thousands year old ancestral traditions. It would be too simple to classify Mauritius as having one culture as so many unique and distinctive parts forms this whole. It is made up of the different customs and traditions of those who, during the last 400 years, have settled on these shores. Here Europe meets India, China, Africa and so on. Who would imagine that such unique and diversified customs thrives on such a small place?

Another proof of this rich diversity is in the variety of Mauritian dishes (cuisine). There are traditional western dishes coming from the colonial past of the island; alongside someone can discover delicate new taste and aromas of the more exotic, oriental dishes brought by the Indian and Chinese migrants. Some are unique to Mauritius, as various delicacies have also been adapted to suit the Mauritian taste, which combines the flavors of the East and finest of the West.

Mauritian folklore is another living tribute to the variety and depth of the islanders' culture. This is illustrated by the many different sound and rhythm. See and hear the beautiful sophisticated Indian dances or the Chinese spectacular lion and dragon ones. Or dance to the frantic rhythm of the Sega, the most typical folkloric dance of Mauritius.

Economy

Mauritius has a mixed developing economy based on manufactured exports, agriculture, tourism, and financial services. Government efforts to diversify the economy after 1980 have been successful, and the island is no longer as completely dependent on sugar production as it was throughout most of its history. The gross domestic product, among the highest of African countries, grew more rapidly than the population in the 1990s and 2000s

 

Government

Mauritius became independent on March 12, 1968. Under the constitution adopted that year, the country was a constitutional monarchy with the British monarch as head of state. In 1991 a constitutional amendment was passed providing for a republican form of government, with a president as head of state; the amendment went into effect in 1992. Legislative power is vested in a National Assembly, elected every five years and consisting of 62 elected members and up to an additional 8 members drawn from the pool of candidates who were not elected but who may be appointed to broaden representation among minorities or underrepresented parties. Executive power is exercised by a Council of Ministers headed by a prime minister (appointed by the president), who assembles a government from members of the National Assembly. The president and vice president are elected by the National Assembly for a term of five years.

Education System in Mauritius

Primary Education

The Mauritian education system is based on the British model and has remained a priority since independence. It is also free in principle at state institutions. Children enter primary school at age 5, where they study for 6 years towards their certificate of primary education in languages that include English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics and Science.

Secondary Education

The 6-years of secondary schooling adhere to the British model too. After the first 4 of these, students write their O-Levels in at least 6 subjects. If they wish to, they may remain on for the final 2 years, in preparation for the A-Level examinations administered by the University of Cambridge.

Vocational Education

The industrial training board is an ISO9001-Certified para-statal that provides training, consulting and train-the-trainer services throughout Mauritius. It exists to enhance the island nation’s skill base.

Tertiary Education

There are a number of tertiary institutions on Mauritius, including institutes of education, and of traditional studies. Other facilities include distance learning centers and polytechnics. 

The most venerable of all is the University of Mauritius founded in 1965 and depicted here. It has undergone rapid expansion recently, and now boasts faculties of agriculture, engineering, law & management, science, and social sciences & humanities. There are also centers for distance education, medical research & studies, information systems & technology, and consulting services.

Living Conditions and Cost of Living

All students also benefit from free public transport. Tuition fees in Mauritius are relatively lower than in western countries and are affordable. The tuition fees start as from US $ 1,500. Estimated cost of living (including accommodation, food and pocket money) - US $275 per month.

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