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    Description: Compared to other countries, Mauritius is still lagging in terms of research. We are a multicultural population, where our main resource is the human resource. This is our biggest strength in the research world. Mauritius is not equipped enough to promote research. While some research institutes have been opened, access to them is very limited. In order to perform research, one has to be affiliated to such institute or to be part of a tertiary sector. This can prove very difficult for young aspiring researchers as it is very competitive. If one wants to pursue a research career, most of the time, he/she needs to go abroad to gain the proper experience and maybe he/she can get a research post in Mauritius. This has led to a brain drain and a huge disinterest in the research sector. Some aspiring youngsters have had to reconvert their field of education so as to be employable in Mauritius. It is really sad to see that Mauritius with so much potential, is not putting in much effort to promote research among youngsters and to create more opportunities for them to pursue research.

    Potential solutions: More independent research institutes should be implemented. Grants should also be made available to individual scientist without any association to any institute or tertiary sector. Grants should also be made available for an aspiring scientist to open their own research institute with the commercial aspect. Individual aspiring scientists’ new ideas should be encouraged and given a platform to implement their ideas. A big research facility could be opened as a public/private affiliation. International research companies could be encouraged to carry out research in Mauritius, with the help of BOI.

    Benefits: Employment rate would increase and with better research quality, our universities, institutes will gain more recognition. There will be less brain drain and youngsters will have a wider range of field to specialize in. Being more research focused, more international research companies would be interested in coming to Mauritius, which will contribute to the economical growth. Also, with young scientists will come new ways of thinking and more innovation.

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