Studying an MBA with UniSey and UWS via the distance learning mode is a challenge. I have to adopt a very disciplined approach towards study, work, family and social time but I am determined to achieve the best.
Being a student once more is exciting!
We welcome Mrs Christine Pejakovic to the UniSey team. Mrs Pejakovic will be the new Director for Campus Development effective, from Wednesday 15th March 2017. She will be based at the Anse Royale campus in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. We take this opportunity to congratulate her on her new appointment and wish her success in her new job.
The Chinese culture series continued last Friday with the topic “About Chinese Characters”. The participants tried writing Chinese characters using Chinese brushes and were curious about the origin and development of Chinese characters. Join the Confucius Institute next Friday at 12:20 to learn about Zheng’s voyage.
Professor Asha Kanwar, president and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning, visited the Anse Royale campus on Tuesday. The tour included the Computer Lab 1, Environmental Science lab and the library. Her visit coincided with the launching of the Massive Open Online Course.
Following a 3-day election period from 6th to 8th March, UniSey students have elected a new Student Union President. Arnaud Henriette emerged victorious with 65 votes placing him as the favourite candidate who will become not only the student’s voice but also a leader. Congratulations to Arnaud!
The Commonwealth of Learning in collaboration with the University of Seychelles, James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute (BERI), launched an introductory Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Blue Economy on Tuesday 7th March. The Blue Economy concept is relatively new to many people around the world and this course is intended to introduce the concept to beginners. It will be a self-study course; the self-study method will allow individuals to take the course wherever and whenever they want. This project falls under the initiative of the Virtual University of the Commonwealth (VUSSC).The idea to develop courses related to the Blue Economy was proposed at the 19th Commonwealth of Education Ministers in The Bahamas in June 2015 by President Faure, then Vice -President of Seychelles and COL Board member, and approved by Commonwealth Education Ministers.
Having completed and graduated with a Certificate in Office Management in 2015, I took on the challenge to further my knowledge and skills by embarking on the Access to BSc Business Administration in September 2016. The road has not been easy so far, considering my role as a single mum, a busy career and other life challenges in the way. Despite it all, with support from colleagues at work, close friends and family members, I hope I will be able to make it through and complete my studies with success!
BERI is privileged to host a high level Master’s student, Mr Christophe Delpont, from the University of Montpellier, France. Mr Delpont is currently completing his Master’s programme in Aquatic Bio-Resources in Tropical and Mediterranean Environments. The internship opportunity is from February-July 2015 during which time Mr Delpont will conduct his research in Seychelles. His specific area of interest, ecosystems management (fisheries ecosystem-based approach, ecology, project management), aligns with the research strategies of the Blue Economy Department and BERI to develop baseline assessments and evidence-based decision making protocols in the area of coastal and marine systems.
Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Seychelles (EbA), Vegetation Rehabilitation of Water Catchments GOS/PCU, in collaboration with UniSey and ETH Zürich, Switzerland, held a workshop on the Assessment of Forest Light Climates, on Tuesday. As one of the main drivers for plant invasions in the Seychelles forest light plays a crucial role with regards to the susceptibility of environments to invasions by alien plant species. The workshop provided a forum for the exchange of ideas relating to the topic.