Two representatives from the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), Sasha Jesperson and Cathy Haenlein, met with Professor Hardy and Ms Diana Benoit last Thursday at the Anse Royale campus. The discussions were about a possible collaboration between RUSI and the Peace Centre in terms of research, education, training and mediation in peace and diplomacy studies. RUSI is an independent think-tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research. A unique institution, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters.
A training of trainers (ToT) in Marine Protected Area (MPA) Law in the Western Indian Ocean course was hosted by BERI from the 26 to 30 September 2016. The course was facilitated by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) on behalf of the Biodiversity Project of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) with funding from the European Union. Participants were from Seychelles, Kenya, Mauritius and Tanzania. The aim of this ToT was to improve the understanding of the importance of MPA related laws and their implementation, including enforcement and governance arrangements.
Taking part in this year’s “Clean up the World” programme, Terence Vel and Dillys Pouponeau, from Eco Academia, together with UniSey BSc Environmental Science staff and students, organised a mangrove cleaning day on 24th September. They collected over 150 kg of rubbish: 80% of the garbage comprised plastics; 15% glass (mainly bottles); and 5% aluminium cans, textiles and other rubbish.
Participants for the Data Analysis Using R, CCNA 1 and IT Essentials Workshops, received their certificates in a short ceremony on Friday. The Workshops were organized so that participants could receive training in key components of their field of work.
UniSey has received some new sophisticated water research equipment from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in the United Kingdom. They include a CTD (conductivity, temperature and depth sensor), nitrate, phosphate and Ph sensors, desktop photo spectrofluormeter and nitrate sensor packages. The NOC is providing the equipment as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economics Programme (formerly Project Neptune).
UniSey has received two microscopes and additional equipment to the value of SCr 75‘000.
This donation is a gift from the Swiss Rotary Club, Am Greifensee in Zürich. Along with other donations from the Save our Seas Foundation, Soroptimist International, the Australian Government & the Swiss Embassy, UniSey is now able to offer proper courses in microscopy and traditional morphometry. The items of equipment were handed over during a short ceremony on Wednesday.
The National choir of Seychelles, left for Beijing, China on Tuesday to participate in a cultural exchange programme and annual choir music show. This trip was organized by the Confucius Institute of UniSey
All freshers who will be starting their classes in September were welcomed and introduced to UniSey and its services at a 3-day induction programme. The sessions were organized from 14th to 16th September and also featured presentations by various stakeholders in a mini expo. The inclusion of a mini expo was to integrate the activities of the University and its students with local businesses.