Press release

University of Seychelles signs MoU with the High Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi

December 21, 2011

Dr Rolph Payet, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Seychelles, last week signed an agreement with Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice-Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, the largest University in the United Arab Emirates. Dr Payet also met with His Highness Sheik Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, the Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research of the UAE. The agreement was signed in the presence of Seychelles ambassador to the UAE, Mr Dick Esparon.

The MoU covers exchanges between the two universities and also offer Seychellois students opportunities to study engineering and other subjects at this reputed university. The UAE Higher Colleges of Technology (or HCT) has over 20,000 students and spread over 17 campuses. It offers more than 90 different, English-taught programs, from undergraduate to PhD, in areas such as Applied Communications, Business, Engineering, Information Technology (IT), Health Sciences and Education at various levels. Many organizations have also entered into partnerships with the HCT to provide training and development programs – including the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services, UAE Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi Police Force, Standard Chartered Bank, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and the Sheikh Khalifa Funds through SME training.

Dr Rolph Payet also attended the Eye on Earth Conference which was organized under the patronage of the The President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Dr Payet was an invited speaker, representing the University of Seychelles among the world most eminent scientists, entrepreneurs and policy makers, which included President Bill Clinton, Philippe Cousteau and the heads of several global environmental agencies – the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Conservation International, the International Conservation Union and others. At the conference Dr Payet spoke about the relevance of blue carbon and the blue economy to small island developing states. During that conference, Dr Payet also held talks with the GEF and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concerning the development of a Blue Carbon project for the Seychelles, and support for the University of Seychelles in the development of it new degree programme in environmental sciences.

For further information contact: Sheryl Barra, University of Seychelles