Aim and Rationale:
The growing importance of Entrepreneurship, both as a full-fledged academic discipline in itself and as a driver of economic growth and democratisation of the economy cannot be underestimated. The Open University of Mauritius (OU) is offering the above programme with inputs by the Commonwealth of Learning (C.O.L).
The aim of this programme is to address the lack of entrepreneurship skills locally and support the creation and growth of small businesses. Small business success will lead to a better quality of life for the entrepreneurs and their families and will result in a stronger domestic and regional economy. The graduates produced can thus create start-up businesses. Moreover the above programme will produce business leaders and entrepreneurs who are visionary, realistic and driven to develop innovative business ventures.
Today Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role in the development of the Mauritian economy. According to statistics, SMEs contribute to 37 % of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), produce some 120 billion rupees worth of output annually and employ 250,000 men and women. Therefore, it is essential to maintain the long term sustainability of our country which can be achieved by ensuring the largest number of participation in these types of businesses in the economy.
General Entry Requirements:
- EITHER “Credit” in at least three subjects at School Certificate or General Certificate of Education O-Level or equivalent and “Pass” in at least two subjects at Higher School Certificate or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level or equivalent;
- OR An appropriate equivalent Diploma/Certificate/Foundation Courses acceptable to the Open University of Mauritius.
- Learners who do not qualify under options I and II may register for Foundation Courses offered by The Open University of Mauritius. Those who complete the Foundation Courses successfully will be eligible for registration for the relevant degree programmes.
- OR Qualifications awarded by other universities and institutions, which are acceptable to the Open University of Mauritius as satisfying the minimum requirements for admission.
- Mature candidates having a strong background of work experience and uncertified learning may be assessed for entry to programmes through the Accreditation of Prior learning (APL) and the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Please consult the General Rules and Regulations of the Open University of Mauritius for further details.