The Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC) officially launched its app on 31st January. In collaboration with UniSey, an app will be developed for the SNYC to accomplish the goal of uniting the youth of Seychelles on a common platform. The app will be able to send notifications on various activities happening within or outside the organization. The users of the app will also be able to interact by posting comments and exchanging their ideas on various topics.
The Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy had its first Steering Committee meeting on Monday 30th January, 2pm, at the Guy Morel Institute, Ma Joie. The committee consists of representatives from UniSey and other organisations in Seychelles. The role of the Steering Committee will be to provide guidance and support for the centre. It will take the form of an advisory rather than a management body. President Danny Faure has also set up a committee to consider and make recommendations on actions that could be taken to honour the memory of the Late President James Mancham and the committee met on Monday 30th January 2017. The chairperson of the committee, Ambassador Bernard Shamlaye, met with representatives of the Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy on Thursday 2nd February to further discuss the role of the centre in implementing the proposed actions that the committee will recommend to President Faure in March 2017.
The Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy had its first Steering Committee meeting on Monday 30th January, 2pm, at the Guy Morel Institute, Ma Joie.
The Confucius Institute of the University of Seychelles participated in the Chinese Bazaar held on Saturday 21st at the ICCS car park. A variety of items, such as books , magazines, cultural goods, festival celebration items , lanterns, Chinese “FU “characters symbolizing “HAPPINESS”, and other Chinese commodities, were on sale. The activity aimed to educate the public about Chinese New Year and to further the relationship between our two countries. In attendance was the Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, Idith Alexander and the Chinese Ambassador, Yu Jingsong.
On Thursday 19th January 2017, the BSc Environmental Science cohort 4 set out for a bird field trip accompanied by Dr. Rocamora at the Jardin du Roi forest on Mahe. The trip, which was part of the “Introduction to Geo Informatics and Field Studies” course, demonstrated various ways of studying the different bird species in Seychelles, and their densities, by using methods such as point counts and transects.
A meeting was organised for all staff on Friday 13th January, at the Anse Royale campus; to welcome them back on campus and to provide information on recent developments at UniSey.
The passing of Sir James Mancham, the founding President of the Republic of Seychelles, is a matter of deep regret for his family and nation alike. At the University of Seychelles, we have lost a good friend, a welcome figure on our campuses, and a respected dignitary at official events. Last year the university established the Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies & Diplomacy.
Sir James’s message of peace and reconciliation has never been more timely and, in honour of his memory and all that he has achieved, we will renew our efforts to preserve and build on this legacy.
Prema Micock recently returned to UniSey after pursuing an MSc Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation course in Birmingham, UK. She is the currently working as the Project Development Manager in the Faculty of Business and Sustainable Development at the Anse Royale campus.
Natachia Pierre, a previous BSc student has joined the UniSey Island Biodiversity & Conservation centre as the Biologist Project Officer as of Monday 9th Jan 2017.Natachia has a good background in the environmental science field and had recently conducted forest research work at La Réserve.
We wish her all the best in her new post.
At the request of CCATS, Ministry of Education, a two-day fieldwork workshop was conducted by Indra Persaud, to help teachers carry out IGCSE geography investigations. This is one area where secondary teachers requested training, and so UniSey agreed to support the teachers through a special Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The two-day workshop, which was held on 10th & 11th January, covered physical geography fieldwork (a coastal enquiry) and human geography fieldwork (an urban settlement enquiry)