International and Local Engagement

Collaboration Schemes

The overarching priority is to build a global presence. Seychelles is a small island developing state, but the reach and aspirations of its university are international. The University operates on an international platform and this must be reflected in all areas of University life. Through its International Collaboration Schemes, UniSey aspires to:

a) build a strong network of partnerships across the world;

b) offer programmes, teaching and learning experiences that meet international standards;

c) create opportunities for staff and students to gain international exposure;

d) create a platform for staff to work alongside internationally known experts;

e) make provision to increase mobility of students and staff.


This entails the consolidation of agreements, with a move towards broader and multidisciplinary engagement. Partnerships include but are not limited to: twining programmes, collaborative research, and training cooperation with one or more institutions. One principal aim is to ensure that the engagement is beneficial to all parties.

Procedures for engagement

International institutions wishing to collaborate with UniSey will be required to complete the UICS Institution Form and provide all relevant documentation as specified on the form.

The form and documents must then be submitted to the Global Engagement Committee for approval. Once approved, a collaborative formal agreement must be generated by the UniSey International Affairs Office in liaison with the international institution.

Exchange Programmes

This includes the introduction of ongoing programmes for inbound and outbound students and staff, from a range of countries and backgrounds, in the field of environment, tourism, blue economy, and business. This scheme supports the creation of opportunities for students to travel abroad during their academic programme and gain academic credit for their involvement in overseas programmes; and the creation of opportunities for staff to travel abroad to gain international exposure.


Students from partner institutions can spend a few weeks to a year studying at the University of Seychelles, in order to experience a different culture while studying and still obtaining credits towards their degree. There are two options:

a) students continue as full time students at their home institution and continue to pay their tuition fees and other fees to their home institution but study modules approved jointly by UniSey and their home institution.
b) students enrol directly with UniSey on specific modules and pay the associated fees while remaining as full-time students at their home institution.

Procedures for engagement

External students who would like to participate in an exchange program must ensure that there is a partnership agreement between the University of Seychelles and the home institution they are enrolled with. All applications should come from the office responsible for student exchange program at the partner institution.

• Students wishing to come to UniSey must complete the Student Exchange Form which further specifies all other requirements. The form should be submitted at least one month before the proposed start date of the visit.
• An invitation letter from UniSey will be issued upon approval.
• Students should contact the International Affairs Office for accommodation options and arrangements.
• Students are expected to have sufficient funds to support themselves for the duration of their stay.


UniSey is in the process of developing a study abroad programme for its students. However, students with the required funding may choose to participate in study abroad programmes at international universities at their own expense.


UniSey encourages its staff to participate in staff exchange programmes. Currently this is being done on an individual basis. UniSey staff wishing to engage in exchange programmes should visit the International Affairs Office to discuss the way forward.


UniSey welcomes scholars from academic institutions around the world to engage with its students and staff for a period of one to twelve months. Engagements can be in the form of seminars, conferences, one-time lectures or consultancy. All activities will be agreed at the start of the visit.

Procedures for engagement

• Scholars wishing to come to UniSey must complete the UICS Visiting Fellow Form which specifies all requirements.. The form should be submitted at least one month before the proposed start date of the visit.
• Once requests have been received by UniSey, scholars must give a minimum of two weeks for approval and receipt of an invitation letter.
• The Global Engagement Committee has the final authority to determine whether the scholar’s proposed activities meet all criteria before issuing an invitation letter.
• Scholars will be required to have sufficient funding to cover all expenses such as insurance, medical, food, transportation and accommodation. According to Seychelles law international scholars should not be engaged in paid employment during their stay.
• Depending on the engagement, the University may charge a bench fee to cover expenses.
• For more information about visa entry requirements please go to
• Scholars should contact the International Affairs Office for accommodation options and arrangements.


This entails the development of a reputation-building strategy for research in targeted areas which will ultimately result in staff and student participation in international research activities and conferences. Any individuals, internally or externally, wishing to engage in research collaboration should contact the International Affairs Office to discuss the way forward.

Education Tourism

This includes the development of specific programmes that allow visitors from overseas to spend time learning about various aspects specific to Seychelles (for example, nature, environment, culture). Current programme on offer: Tropical Island Ecosystem.

Additionally, this scheme deals with the creation of space or opportunities for visitors to use Seychelles as a base for research.


Francis Marsac (PhD) is an oceanographer and fisheries scientist at the French Institute of Research for sustainable Development (IRD). His has a leading expertise in ecology and assessment of tuna fisheries and works closely with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, which he chaired the Scientific Committee for several years. His research also includes the impacts of climate variability and change on marine resources in the Indian Ocean. He played a coordinating role in two regional Large Marine Ecosystem projects funded by the UNDP and the World Bank in the South West Indian Ocean from 2008 to 2013. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Ocean Observing Systems of the IOC-Unesco and the Chair of the French National Committee of the 2nd International Indian Ocean Expedition. Working in the Indian Ocean since 1981, he was posted in different countries of the West Indian Ocean and in South Africa (University of Cape Town) where he led an international laboratory on marine and atmospheric sciences (ICEMASA, 2009-2018). He is currently the IRD Representative in the Seychelles. He has been a visiting academic at the BERI of the University of Seychelles since October 2020, where he supervised the research work of two students of the MSc Environmental Science and Sustainability. He has published over 60 research articles in international journals and has co-authored several books and book chapters on fisheries and climate in the Indian Ocean.

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Mrs. Prema Servina

Manager, International and Local Engagement

Anse RoyaleP.O. Box 1348Mahé, Seychelles

+248 4381243

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