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An island off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a small state of the Commonwealth, with a population of about 1.2 million.


COL’s current work in Mauritius is primarily in the areas of open and innovative schooling, technologyenabled learning, and higher education, including through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. It benefits from programmes under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community Centre for Distance Education. Learners from Mauritius have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Mauritius include:

  • Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology (formerly Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research)
  • Global Rainbow Foundation
  • Mauritius Institute of Education
  • Mauritius Institute of Training and Development
  • Open University of Mauritius
  • University of Mauritius

Key Contacts

COL Board of Governors

Mr Armoogum Parsuramen GOSK
Global Rainbow Foundation


Focal Point

Mr Vassoo Putchay
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research

Notable Mention

Prof Goolam Mohamedbhai, Honorary COL Adviser

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