Frequently Asked Questions

  • Section A – GENERAL INFORMATION
  • What is Open University of Mauritius?

Open University of Mauritius, also referred to as “OU”, is a public university established on 12 July 2012 under the Open University ACT 2010.

OU became the first ISO-Certified public university in Mauritius in July 2015.
 
OU delivers courses through the Open Distance Learning mode (ODL – explained below as from Q6).
 
With flexible study options, OU students can study from home, work, or anywhere in the world.
 
Courses range from short Employability Skills courses to Undergraduate and Postgraduate ones, including PhD and DBA.
 
OU conducted its first graduation ceremony on 8 July 2015 and the Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature (2008), Dr J M G Le Clézio, was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Open University on that day.
 
  • Are OU programmes/courses recognised?
The University is a public university set up by an Act of Parliament (see Q1 above) and has full awarding powers. The Academic Council of the Open University of Mauritius oversees and approves all programmes.
 
OU (like all public universities) does not need TEC accreditation.
 
OU is a member of:
 
(i) International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE),
 
 
(ii) African Council for Distance Education
 

(iii) Association of Commonwealth Universities

 

  • Where are the headquarters of the Open University of Mauritius situated?

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.

  • Where is the Campus of OU situated?

OU campus is at Curepipe at: Louis Pasteur Street, Forest Side (near stadium).

The campus is fully WIFI enabled and has a number of classrooms to enable face to face sessions. OU branch Library and a gymnasium are also situated there.
 
Face to face sessions are also conducted in selected classrooms in OU’s headquarters at Réduit.
 
  • What are the main objectives of the OU?

The objects of OU are to:

  • advance and disseminate learning and knowledge through a diversity of means, with emphasis on information and communication technologies;
  • provide wider opportunities for education and training to the population, through open and distance learning, and promote lifelong learning;
  • encourage the use of open and distance learning at all levels of education and training.
(Please consult OU Act 2010 for full details)
 
  • What is distance education?

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.

  • Which other terms are associated with distance education?

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

  • Is E-learning different from distance education?

E-learning is also a distance learning process whereby you learn through the mediation of such technologies as computers, mobiles, tablets, connected to Internet.

  • What are the main advantages of studying at a distance?
  • The flexibility of ODL enables you to continue your personal as well as your professional activities. You learn where and when you want at your own pace.
  • Through distance learning, the problems associated with physical distance are overcome for learners not wishing to travel and attend daily lectures.
  • Distance education can help in solving time or scheduling problems for learners busy with family commitments and full-time work.
  • Distance education systems can accommodate large number of learners. There is no limit regarding the number of learners to be enrolled in Open and Distance Education programmes/courses.
  • The fees for Open and Distance education programmes/courses are usually more affordable.

 

  • How do you learn at the Open University of Mauritius?
You essentially learn on your own, interacting with the learning materials and with Tutors and peers.
 
The learning materials are in electronic format (available on the OU learning platform) and also on Tablet PCs offered to students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
 
Printed versions may be made available upon request and an additional fee is charged for the prints.
 
Face to face sessions on campus are organised to facilitate live interactions and sharing of learning experiences. Interaction with Programme Managers and Tutors are through email as well.
 
  • What kind of study materials are provided by the OU?

When you enrol in an OU programme, you receive your study packs in soft copies (unless otherwise stated).

These course materials are written to meet the requirements of a specific syllabus and direct you throughout the whole semester, preparing you to succeed.
 
Depending on the subject, programmes/courses may also include media materials, access to password-protected internet resources, glossaries, appendices, case studies and other resources.
 
The programmes/courses are developed and written by subject experts to ensure that the course covers the ground at the right pace and level, as well as fulfilling the requirements of the syllabus.
 
Course materials are especially designed with built in support for self-directed study.
 
E-Library facilities are also available (see Q 13).
 
  • What is the general system of assessment at OU?

The OU system of assessment is based on:

  • Self-assessed activities - These activities are meant to help you in your learning process. Guidelines are provided for these activities and you do not need to send them to your tutors.
  • Tutor –marked activities namely assignments, portfolios and dissertations.
  • Examination - However you are advised to check on the assessment approach of the course in which you are enrolling.
 
  • How does OU support learners?

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.

 
In one word, the grooming process for ODL starts at Induction.
 
Support throughout the semester includes:
  • The organisation of FACE TO FACE sessions
Face to face sessions are organised on the campus of OU to offer learners direct contact with tutors and peers. At these sessions, tutors will help learners clarify areas of difficulty in relation to course   materials. Attendance at these sessions is optional depending on needs but may also be mandatory   in a few specific instances. Face to face sessions are organised on cohort basis and not on individual basis. OU cannot guarantee the availability of face to face sessions if you have not completed some courses. It will depend on the exigencies of time tables.
 
  • Tutorial support
You will benefit from the support of a tutor who will be available at the face to face sessions and will give you guidance for your assignments as well discuss your difficulties. Your tutor will also   interact with you online on OU’s e-learning platform.
 
  • Facilities for peer group interaction
For each course there will be an online forum for discussion.
 
Learners will also have peer group interaction during face to face sessions.
 
  • Study skills resources

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.

  • Employability skills’ courses

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.

  • Access to a user-friendly learning platform

OU learners are required to login to the e-learning platform MOODLE which provides access to various resources.

  • Library facilities

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.

Opening hours 

Monday-Saturday: 09:00 - 16:00

The opening hours can be changed by the Head, Learning Resources Centre.

 
The library catalogue is available on the OU’s website. Registered learners will also have access to e-books as well as online journals from EBSCO and Emerald. Learners can access E-Library from the internet at any time. The e-books library may be consulted through a laptop, a pc, a tablet or even a smartphone. The e-books library consists of textbooks, audio-visual programmes, past exam papers, dissertations and projects.
 
  • Photocopying facilities
At the study centres, photocopying facilities are available at the rate of Rs1.00 per sheet (rate may change).
 
  • What are the different levels of programmes available at the OU?

The following are available at the OU:

  • Doctoral programmes - PhD and Doctor in Business Administration (DBA)
  • Master’s level Programmes
  • Undergraduate Programmes
  • Foundation Courses
  • Employability Skills Courses
 
Section B – FOUNDATION COURSES
  • What foundation courses are offered by 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.

Foundation Courses
1 Biology
2 Chemistry
3 English
4 French
5 Physics
6 Sociology
7 Spanish
8 Economics
9 Accounting
10 Mathematics
11 Travel and Tourism
12 German

 

  • How many foundation courses should I take?

To enrol in a degree programme at the OU, you should take 4 foundation courses including English.

  • Why should I enrol in the foundation courses?
  • For your own personal development
  • To enhance your career prospects
  • For further studies

 

  • Which courses should I choose?

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.

  • What are the minimum qualifications to enrol in Foundation Courses?
  • SC/GCE O - level with 3 credits + 1 A-Level (for applicants under 25 years old)
  • Mature (25 years old or above) candidates will be considered on their own merit

 

  • What is the general structure of the Foundation Course?

Each foundation course consists of 2 modules. Each module will be covered during one semester.

  • How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through

  • Assignments 30%
  • Examinations 70%
  • Overall pass 40%

 

  • What is the duration?
  • The minimum duration is one year
  • The maximum duration is two years

Section C – UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

  • Which are the undergraduate programmes on offer?

Undergraduate Courses
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)

 

 

  • What are the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree?

​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.

Otherwise, you may be asked complete 4 Foundation Courses to upgrade your competencies to the level required.
 
  • What are the entry requirements for Top Up programmes?

These are meant primarily for learners who completed IGNOU’s BA English and BCom programmes as well as those having a Diploma in Management.

  • What is the duration of the Top Up programmes?

The Minimum duration is one year. Maximum duration: 2 years (This varies depending on the Top-Up programme.

  • How do I choose which undergraduate degree to study?

You may consider your abilities, personal interests and career prospects.

  • Are payment facilities available?

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

  • Which Master’s degree programmes are on offer?

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)
5 MBA General
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

 

  • Who should enrol in the OU’s Master’s degrees in the field of Finance?

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.

  • What is the general program structure of the Master’s degrees in the field 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.

  • What are the different exit points for the Master’s degrees in the field of Finance?
  • A postgraduate certificate
  • A postgraduate diploma
  • An MSc

 

  • Who should enrol in an MBA programme?

The MBA programmes of the OU have been designed to develop leaders who want to advance personally and professionally.

  • How to choose my area of specialisation for the MBA?

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.

  • What is the general structure of an MBA programme?

An MBA programme comprises 15 modules as follows:

  • Eight of the nine Core Modules
  • Two Specialist Compulsory Modules
  • Three Elective Modules
  • Two Required Modules

 

  • What are the minimum qualifications required to enrol in the Master’s degree in Finance programme and the MBAs?

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.

  • What is the duration for the MBA and MSc programmes?
  • A minimum of 2 years (4 semesters) and a maximum period of 4 years for the MSc programmes.
  • A minimum of 2 years and a maximum period of 5 years for the MBA programmes.
 
 

​Section E – DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES

  • Which Doctoral programmes are on offer?
  • Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)
  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

 

  • What is the difference between a DBA and a PhD?

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.

  • What are the entry requirements for a DBA?
  • A Master’s-level degree, either an MBA or a specialist MA or MSc in a related area.
  • Evidence of substantial management or professional work experience, including within the academic profession.
  • Prior Learning and Prior Experiential Learning may be considered by the Open University of Mauritius for admission to this programme.

 

  • What are the entry requirements for a PhD?

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.

  • What is the Programme Duration for DBA and PhD?  

  Minimum Maximum
DBA 3 years 6 years
PhD 3 years 8 years
  • What is the Course Structure for DBA?

The structure consists of five taught modules aimed at developing learners’ expertise in the use of research in order to explore professional practice.

  • What are the special support structures for doctoral programmes at OU?

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.

  • What is the course structure for the PhD programme?

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

  • What are 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.

  • What are the employability modules offered by OU?
Employability Skills
1 Body Language
2 Interview Skills
3 Job Search Skills
4 Presentation Skills
5 Public Speaking Skills
6 Fundamentals of the Principles and Practice of Quality Management
7 Time and Priority Management
8 Negotiation Skills
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

  • Are Employability Skills courses examinable?

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.

  • Who is eligible to receive free employability skills courses?

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.

Or else, Employability Skills Courses are available at a fee, as indicated in the list of fees on OU’s website.
 

 

​Section G – APPLICATION/ADMISSION & PAYMENT

  • Is there an age limit for application?

There is no age limit. The Open University operates within a framework of opening access to education through the use of distance learning.

  • What must be done if I am not too sure whether or not I satisfy the entry requirements?

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. 

  • Can I apply if I am not in Mauritius?

Yes you can do so online at http://www.open.ac.mu . (Application is online at OU)

  • Where are examinations held?

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.

 

Open University learners in Rodrigues have a dedicated Examinations Centre.

 

  • Will my application be considered if I miss the deadline by a few days?

It could still be considered if all other applications have not yet been processed. Additional processing fee may be charged.

  • What are the procedures for application/registration?

You will need to apply online when enrolment opens, generally as from the beginning of February and around mid August, every year.

 

 
Prospectus and application forms will be available on OU’s website at www.open.ac.mu.
 
In case you are having difficulties to access the online forms, please contact Admissions Office on 403 8222 OR 5449 0620 or email the Marketing and Public Relations Unit at university@open.ac.mu.
 
A non-refundable application fee of Rs 700 (subject to change) is payable at the time of application.
 
Once your application has been processed, you will receive a letter requesting you to provide relevant documents for verification.
 
After verification you will get a firm offer and registration will follow.

 

 
  • Exemption: will my previous study count towards an OU qualification?

This will be as per the rules and regulations of the OU.

The criteria for exemption are given on our website. Click Here.
 
  • Can I enrol in a programme without sitting for an examination?

Yes but the fees will be the same.

  • What are the facilities and procedures for the payment of fees?

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.

  • Are there facilities for the payment of fees?

Yes. Fees are payable on a semester basis and for a particular semester, you can pay in 4 instalments.

  • How much are the fees for the programmes/courses?

See our fee structure on our website at http://www.open.ac.mu, by clicking on “Prospective Students” and on “Fees in detail”.

 
For example, our MBAs are around Rs 130,000 and MSc Finance and Investment are around Rs 105,000 (total fee for the whole programme, inclusive of exam fee).
 
  • Will I get a refund if I change my mind after enrolment?

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

  • What happens after the payment of fees?

You will be invited to attend the Induction Session and this marks the beginning of the programme/course.

  • Further information on the OU Programmes/Courses

Detailed programme documents for each programme can be downloaded from http://www.open.ac.mu, by clicking on “Prospective student”.

  • Does OU offer any scholarship?

Scholarships are offered to ONE undergraduate and ONE postgraduate students after first year of studies at OU, based on merit.

  • Who is eligible to receive a free tablet?

Students enrolled either in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.

  • Does OU offer any discount if I pay the full programme fee?

A 5% discount is offered on the total fee, to anyone who pays the full programme fee at registration time.

  • How to contact the Open University of Mauritius?

You may contact or visit OU at:

 
Open University of Mauritius Réduit
MAURITIUS
Tel No: (230) 403 8200
Fax No: (230) 464 8854
 
Specific contact points:
 
Director-General’s Office
 
 
 
For detailed application and registration procedures, payment of fees and for applicants who wish to follow their application and registration at Open University, please contact:
 
Admission Office
 
Tel: (230) 403 8222
 
(230) 5449 0610
 
(230) 5449 0620
 
Fax: (230) 467 2508

 

For general information about OU, programmes available, fees, general procedures and invitations for Advertisement, participation in Events/Exhibitions/Fairs and for Media Relations opportunities contact:
 
Public Relations and Marketing Unit
 
SMS: 5802 8432
 
Facebook: “Open University of Mauritius”
 
Tel: 403 8200 - Ext 8038/8033/8415
 
 
Registered OU students should contact
 
Student Affairs Unit
 
Phone number: 403 8200 - Ext: 8416/8400/8248

 

 

August 2015

 

Note:

The contents of this FAQ is dynamic and may change due to continuous developments at the Open University of Mauritius. Updated version will always be available at http://www.open.ac.mu