The University became operational in June 1968. The University started with the College of Agriculture and has gradually expanded into five Faculties- Agriculture, Engineering, Law & Management, Social Studies & Humanities and Science- to reflect the needs of the country. The Faculties are involved in teaching, research and consultancy. To enhance our traditional face to face mode of teaching the university is making use of Innovative Learning Technologies like distance education and online learning. The intake of students in IT and IT-related fields has been significantly increased.
The programmes of the University are internationally recognised and include quality assurance mechanisms such as the external examiner system and links with renowned Universities worldwide. There is a Quality Assurance Office which helps the University in maintaining and improving the quality of all its activities.The University has about 1000 staff members, academic and non-academic. The student population is around 7,000, with some 70 international students mostly coming from the region (African countries, India, Seychelles) and a few from Europe. Many international students choose the University of Mauritius to spend a semester abroad. There are various exchange agreements that have been established between the University of Mauritius and overseas universities.The University of Mauritius is located in Réduit, a small locality in the heart of Mauritius, the new educational hub of the island, and renowned for its historical buildings and its green environment. It is a pleasant place where one can easily mix leisure with studies. The University always tries to get the best environment and provide excellent facilities to its students. While expanding and extending its activities, the University tries to fulfil its role of strategic partner of the public and private sectors in the fields of higher education, research and service to the community.The University has a well-equipped Library and also houses the SYFED Centre, which provides access to mainly Francophone scientific, technical and literary databases. The construction of the Engineering Tower has almost been completed and will provide additional space for the increasing student population.The Admissions and Student Records Office is the main point of contact for all students of the University, including the international students. A Sports Unit on campus organises various indoor and outdoor sports activities. The University has a new multi-purpose gymnasium complex.The University Cafeteria and food outlets around the campus serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food at affordable prices. The University is non-residential. However, assistance is given to international students in finding a suitable lodging in the vicinity of the campus.
A private health clinic, banks and a post office are located in the vicinity of the campus. The University has a First Aid Post serviced by a full time nurse. Major shopping centres are close to Réduit.
The Students’ Union, established in 1971, is run by and for the students. It offers a wide range of activities. All students are members, the membership fee being included in the registration. Students are very dynamic in organising extra curricular activities supported by the Public Relations Office.