Open University of Mauritius, also referred to as “OU”, is a public university established on 12 July 2012 under the Open University ACT 2010.
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The headquarters of OU are in Réduit and they comprise the Academic Affairs Division, Admissions Unit, Examination Unit, Graphics, Printing and Publishing Dept, Marketing and Public Relations Unit, Central Administration, Library, Finance, Stores and Procurement Dept, Audiovisual Production Unit, Engineering Services Unit, IT Unit, Student Affairs Unit and HR Unit.
OU campus is at Curepipe at: Louis Pasteur Street, Forest Side (near stadium).
The objects of OU are to:
It is the acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated information and instruction. This process is carried out through print medium and/or other technologies to transmit content, to provide tuition and to conduct assessment or measure outcomes.
Open & distance learning, flexible learning, home study, independent study, distributed learning, self-study, technology-based education, mediated-education, e-learning, on-line learning, correspondence, education, electronic learning, blended learning, technology enhanced learning (TEL)……etc
E-learning is also a distance learning process whereby you learn through the mediation of such technologies as computers, mobiles, tablets, connected to Internet.
When you enrol in an OU programme, you receive your study packs in soft copies (unless otherwise stated).
The OU system of assessment is based on:
At the start of each academic year, OU organises Induction Sessions to offer registered learners necessary information about the university, giving them study techniques, outlining procedures to be followed and also providing relevant guidelines to enable learners to progress successfully at OU during their studies. Learning materials are also distributed at the Induction Session.
Study skills are the skills you need to develop in order to reach your learning objectives as a distance learner and materials will be provided to raise your awareness and to develop your skills.
Employers are looking more and more for people with the necessary soft skills to adapt themselves to the world of work. Undergraduate as well as postgraduate OU learners will benefit from free access to the OU employability skills’ courses.
OU learners are required to login to the e-learning platform MOODLE which provides access to various resources.
When someone enrols as a learner, he/she will benefit from the facilities of OU’s physical library as well its e-resources. Registered learners can consult books or access media materials during opening hours. Library facilities will also be available at our study centre.
Monday-Saturday: 09:00 - 16:00
The opening hours can be changed by the Head, Learning Resources Centre.
The following are available at the OU:
Foundation courses aim at upgrading the knowledge and skills of learners who do not have the pre-requisites to enrol in degree programmes. Through their learning experience, learners are prepared to face the challenges of higher education. On successfully completing four foundation courses (8 modules) including English through Open Distance Learning (ODL), you can join degree programmes at the OU.
|11||Travel and Tourism|
To enrol in a degree programme at the OU, you should take 4 foundation courses including English.
This will depend on the reasons for which you are enrolling in the courses. However you must also take into consideration your areas of interest and your own strengths. You may discuss with OU staff in case you wish to have some advice regarding your choice of subjects. However, English course is compulsory.
Each foundation course consists of 2 modules. Each module will be covered during one semester.
You will be assessed through
Section C – UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES
|1||BA (Hons) Business Accounting and Finance|
|2||BSc (Hons) Finance and Taxation|
|3||BSc (Hons) Business Management|
|4||BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management and Development|
|5||BA (Hons) French|
|6||BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Multimedia|
|7||BA (Hons) Library and Information Science (entry at Certificate, Diploma and Degree levels are possible)|
|8||BA (Hons) English|
|9||BSc (Hons) Marketing Management|
|10||BSc (Hons) Business Entrepreneurship|
|11||BSc (Hons) Correctional Services Management|
|12||BSc (Hons) Business Management with Specialisation in either Human Resources/Marketing/Tourism Management/ Financial Services/Financial Risk Management/ Investment/Taxation/Real Estate/Hotel Management|
|13||BA (Hons) Communication, Media and Journalism|
|14||B Ed (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care|
|15||BSc (Hons) Applied ICT with Specialisation in Networking/ Software Engineering/Business Informatics/Security/Web Development|
|16||BSc (Hons) Finance and Law|
|17||BSc (Hons) Management with Law|
|18||BSc (Hons) Criminology|
|19||BSc (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking|
|20||BSc (Hons) Management (Top-Up)|
|21||B Ed (Hons) Primary Education (Top-Up)|
In general, 2 HSC/A-levels or equivalent are required. Please see specific programme documents online at http://www.open.ac.mu for more detail.
These are meant primarily for learners who completed IGNOU’s BA English and BCom programmes as well as those having a Diploma in Management.
The Minimum duration is one year. Maximum duration: 2 years (This varies depending on the Top-Up programme.
You may consider your abilities, personal interests and career prospects.
Payment may be made in instalments. Please, refer to detailed payment facilities at http://www.open.ac.mu under “Prospective Student” and “Fees in detail”.
Section D – THE MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES
|1||MSc Finance and Investment|
|2||MSc Financial Management and Taxation|
|3||Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA)|
|4||Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CEMPA)|
|6||MBA with Specialisation in Marketing Management/HRM/Financial Services/Tourism Management /Financial Risk Management/Public Administration/Investment/Taxation/Property Management/Hotel Management|
|7||MBA Educational Leadership|
|8||Master of Public Health (to be launched soon)|
|9||Postgraduate Diploma in Web and Mobile Applications Development|
These programmes have been designed to meet the needs of graduates who wish to develop their skills in applying appropriate techniques to face the challenges of a career in the world of finance.
These programmes consist of 13 modules with 7 modules to be covered during the first year and 6 modules including the dissertation during the second year.
The MBA programmes of the OU have been designed to develop leaders who want to advance personally and professionally.
Your choice of MBA will be determined as much by where your career is now as where you want it to go in the future. Obviously you should consider your interests, skills and your academic strengths before taking a decision.
An MBA programme comprises 15 modules as follows:
A Bachelor’s degree with at least second class from a recognized university or alternative qualifications, including professional qualifications, acceptable to the Open University of Mauritius. Candidates must have a good mastery of English Language. Prior Learning and Prior Experiential Learning may be considered by the University for Admission to this programme. Applicants may be asked to pass an entry test.
Section E – DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES
The DBA differs from a PhD. The DBA is a professional doctorate that focuses on business issues and contributes to workplace practice, policies and strategies through research carried out in the context of professional practice. A PhD aims at making a significant contribution to an area of knowledge.
A Master’s-level degree in the related area. Applicants with undergraduate degrees may be considered but they would only be allowed to register for an M.Phil/PhD degree. They can eventually request for a transfer from M.Phil/Ph.D to PhD.
|DBA||3 years||6 years|
|PhD||3 years||8 years|
The structure consists of five taught modules aimed at developing learners’ expertise in the use of research in order to explore professional practice.
You will have a personal supervisor/mentor who will guide you during the whole process and you will also benefit from the administrative support of the university.
The programme starts with Research Methodology and Literature Review modules during the first semester to help the learner embark confidently in the development of a Project Proposal and further planning of research activities for the development of a thesis during the following years of study.
Section F – EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
These are the competences, aptitudes and attitudes beyond academic know-how which enhance employee behaviour and performance. Some of these skills are: communication, presentation, public speaking and negotiation etc… These courses are run in the open distance learning mode as well. A specific Induction session is conducted for those enrolled in Employability Skills Courses.
|3||Job Search Skills|
|5||Public Speaking Skills|
|6||Fundamentals of the Principles and Practice of Quality Management|
|7||Time and Priority Management|
|9||Internet & Social Media Course for Beginners|
|10||Education in nutrition : Healthy Eating Habits|
|11||Education in Nutrition : Non-communicable Diseases and Nutrition|
|12||Education in Nutrition : Food Safety and Hygiene|
|13||Education in Nutrition : Nutrition and Life Stages|
|14||How to write and read Mauritian Kreol|
|15||English for Effective Communication|
Currently some are examinable while others are not. However, as from January 2016, all Employability Skills Courses shall become examinable. A certificate is awarded at the end of any examinable course.
Students enrolled in Undergraduate or Postgraduate programmes at OU are eligible for TWO free Employability Skills Courses of their choice (one per year) and they must indicate their options at the time of Induction.
Section G – APPLICATION/ADMISSION & PAYMENT
There is no age limit. The Open University operates within a framework of opening access to education through the use of distance learning.
Do not feel discouraged. Just contact the staff of the Admissions Office of OU (on 403 8222) and you will be given the proper advice.
Yes you can do so online at http://www.open.ac.mu . (Application is online at OU)
OU conducts its own examinations which are generally held on its campus at Curepipe. If you are an international student, arrangements will be made by OU so that you can have your exams in a recognised Exams centre in your own country.
It could still be considered if all other applications have not yet been processed. Additional processing fee may be charged.
You will need to apply online when enrolment opens, generally as from the beginning of February and around mid August, every year.
This will be as per the rules and regulations of the OU.
Yes but the fees will be the same.
As soon as you receive your letter of offer, you will also receive a link to register for the first semester modules. You need to print your payment voucher and produce this voucher to effect payment either at the Cash counter of the Open University in Réduit or at any SBM branch.
Yes. Fees are payable on a semester basis and for a particular semester, you can pay in 4 instalments.
See our fee structure on our website at http://www.open.ac.mu, by clicking on “Prospective Students” and on “Fees in detail”.
Refund shall be as per OU regulations for refund of fees. It will depend on when you decide to drop from the programme/course. For our full refund policy, refer to Appendix 7 (pg 41) of the General Rules and Regulations of the Open University of Mauritius
You will be invited to attend the Induction Session and this marks the beginning of the programme/course.
Detailed programme documents for each programme can be downloaded from http://www.open.ac.mu, by clicking on “Prospective student”.
Scholarships are offered to ONE undergraduate and ONE postgraduate students after first year of studies at OU, based on merit.
Students enrolled either in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.
A 5% discount is offered on the total fee, to anyone who pays the full programme fee at registration time.
You may contact or visit OU at: