Press release


February 4, 2011

The University of Seychelles (UniSey) and the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI)  University of  New Delhi have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop joint proposals for collaborative research and training/educational programs as well as introduce the exchange of faculty, scientists and students in the areas of mutual interest.

President James Michel witnessed the signing ceremony in New Delhi, which was conducted by the UniSey Vice-Chancellor Dr Rolph Payet and the TERI Director General of Dr Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, at the first day’s closing session of the Delhi Sustainable Developing Summit in New Delhi.

This partnership will further consolidate the collaboration between the University of Seychelles and TERI; a partnership which we will develop in many aspects through our common goal to fighting climate change. ….It is important for the University of Seychelles to develop a research department, according to world standards, and through this mechanism to help Seychelles acquire the research needed for its development. The signing of this MOU is another victory for Seychelles in our vision to build a knowledge based society,” said President Michel , who is also the Chancellor of the University of Seychelles.

The MOU will also enable the exchange of information, publications, and training materials between TERI and UniSey as well as provide for opportunities for collaborative research and development through appropriate technology transfer agreements.

“This partnership with TERI University will further strengthen cooperation in research among developing countries. We need good science to address climate and a partnership with UniSey will help us to look at island issues as well, said Dr Pachauri following the signing.

Students of TERI and students of UniSey will be able to participate in short-term training courses, internships as well as attend workshops, seminars, and conferences in order to exchange information. Students will also be able to benefit from long-term training and degree programs as well as online and distance learning courses. They will also be able to exchange information, books, journals, and electronic resources. The two institutions will also share technical advice, consultation on research, policy and management issues.

“TERI’s mission and objectives are very close to that of UNISEY and it is exciting that today we have brought the two organisations together. This partnership will enable us to develop our research capacity and support the Seychelles in its development, especially in adaptation to climate change,” said Dr Rolph Payet following the signing ceremony.


University of Seychelles

The University of Seychelles (UniSey), is a not-for-profit higher education institution established in September 2009, and is the only university in the Republic of Seychelles. It is currently offering 12 undergraduate degree programmes and one master degree programme in partnership with Universities in Europe and Australia. The University of Seychelles is a growing modern University focused on developing country and small island issues and challenges.

The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI): TERI is a not-for-profit, scientific and policy research organization working in India and globally in the fields of energy, environment and a whole range of issues related to sustainable development. TERI was established in 1974. The TERI established the TERI University in 1998. Initially set up as the TERI School of Advanced Studies, the TERI University received the status of a deemed university in 1999. The University is a unique institution of higher learning exclusively for programs leading to Ph.D and Masters level degrees.