On Wednesday 30th November, Mrs Wang Dongxia, the Confucius Institute Director, donated some books to UniSey Library. The short presentation was held in the Confucius classroom in the presence of all the Chinese lecturers and two student representatives. The books, which cover most aspects of the Chinese culture and languages, will surely be of great interest to anyone wishing to learn about China.
Gibran Haider Rizvi who was studying BSc Computing and IT has received the award for academic achievement (£100 prize) and is a top scorer. UniSey congratulates him and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.
A group of 3rd year Diploma in IT students presented a mobile application on Monday 31st October as part of their final year project. The primary objective of the mobile app is to reduce copies and replace leaflets and prospectuses. It will also enable students to browse any courses on offer at the Anse Royale Campus and will allow them to communicate with any lecturer. This app will be ready by the end of December 2016 however, for the time being, only android mobile phones will be able to use it.
Dr Ashton Berry attended a conference held last week in the British Virgin Islands entitled ‘Diversification and Resilience: a blue, digital and green future for small islands and micro-states’. The conference aimed to begin to map out a pathway for policymaking, investment and sustainable growth in potentially fragile conditions. This collaboration between states facing similar conditions on opposite sides of the world could build a community of best practice that can share challenges and solutions in an innovative way.
Following the donation by the SOS Foundation and other sponsors the University of Seychelles is now able to offer for the first time proper courses in “Microscopy and Traditional Morphometry” with high quality ZEISS Primo Star microscopes.
A training session for Skype for Business was organised on Friday afternoon for all Anse Royale and Mont Fleuri staff. Participants were able to start conversations with IM, voice, or video calls as well as presenting their screens with one or two contacts. Skype for Business can also be used with other Office programs to chat, call, or join a meeting with a click.
The conference was organized from 18-22 July 2016 on Terceira Island of the Azorean archipelago (Portugal) in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It brought together interdisciplinary experts to share, exchange and expand knowledge and generate in-depth discussions in topical areas of island biology. Over 400 participants from 46 countries were in attendance including Gérard Rocamora and Elvina Henriette - two members of the Island Biodiversity and Conservation Centre of the University of Seychelles (IBC-UniSey). Our participation was funded by the Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB).
A series of scientific talks was presented by a group of European ecologists who have conducted long-term terrestrial ecological research across several island groups around the world, including the Galapagos, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, São Tomé and Principe in the Gulf of Guinea, and Seychelles islands. The symposium, held on Friday 18th was organised by The Blue Economy Research Institute of UniSey in collaboration with the Island Biodiversity Conservation Centre.
The annual job fair organised by the Ministry of Employment, Entrepreneurship Development & Business Innovation was held on Friday at the Anse Royale campus. The main objectives of this activity are to showcase the various employment opportunities available in the country and to promote local human resource development programmes available. The job fair also enables students to assess which skills and expertise are most in demand locally, and this will assist them in making informed decisions about their future career.
The annual SBSA recruitment was held on 7th November at the school’s premises with the participation of several banks and private organisations amongst other participants. The event provided the students with the opportunity to make professional connections in preparation for entering the world of work or further studies once they complete their studies. The students were presented with various programmes for which they can apply.