Welcome

John GrattanWelcome to Aberystwyth University in Mauritius!

Wherever you come from, and whatever your plans and hopes for the future, we are delighted you are considering studying with us.

Aberystwyth University was founded in 1872 and is a traditional university because we focus on both research and teaching. In our Strategic Plan, we aim for research with excellence that makes a real difference, and teaching that inspires. We want our excellent student experience to include being in an environment where we work together to find solutions to the world’s problems.

We are also a traditional university because we respect our history – but we also look forward and face new challenges in new ways. In 1885 my predecessor Thomas Charles Edwards, the first Principal of the University, made scholarships available to excellent students regardless of their nationality, religion or background – a revolutionary idea for the time! He wanted to encourage excellence and create opportunities, just as we do today; and he said 'Great Colleges become what they are by opening their gates to all comers'.

For the past 130 years we have been welcoming women and men from all around the world to Aber. It’s a beautiful, bilingual place with staff and students from more than 100 countries. But now we want many more students to be able to study for and gain an Aberystwyth degree even if this is not the right time for them to come to the UK. Our Mauritius campus is in another beautiful, bilingual place, and it shares values, aims and opportunities with our Aber home. Please join us here, and help us bring Aberystwyth to the world.

Professor John Grattan, Pro Vice-Chancellor

Message from the Dean

As the first Dean, it is an honour and a privilege to welcome you to Aberystwyth University Mauritius. As an Aberystwyth University alumnus, and a current member of staff, it makes bringing the oldest University in Wales to the beautiful island of Mauritius, all the more special.David Andrew PoytonThe educational philosophy at AUM will be guided by the University’s motto held close by all ‘Aber’ alumni since 1872: Nid byd, byd heb wybodaeth – A world without knowledge is no world at all.

At AUM we will honour that motto and add to it a uniquely ‘Mauritian’ twist. Your acquisition of knowledge and the development of academic and practical skills will be facilitated through high quality and innovative approaches to learning and teaching. With a combination of Aberystwyth, international and local faculty supporting your studies, I am confident that you will enjoy an exceptional student experience.

In the course of the campus’ development we have enjoyed incredible support from the Mauritian government, Mauritian businesses, local community and our fantastic Mauritian alumni. A cornerstone of AUM activity will be the continued development of close relationships with all sectors in order to contribute to the local community and provide our students with ‘real-world’ opportunities to develop their professional skills and employability.

We open our doors on 16th October 2015, and I look forward to welcoming our new students to AUM. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about opportunities available to you as a student, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I look forward to meeting you at AUM!

Dr David Andrew Poyton, Dean