Dr Hemant Bessoondyal is the Director of the Mauritius Institute of Education since 8 June 2022.

Dr Bessoondyal holds a PhD in Mathematics from Curtin University of Technology, an M.Phil, M.Sc and a B.Sc in Mathematics from the University of Poona, India. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the MIE, a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Education Studies from the University of Brighton, UK and a Post Graduate Certificate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education from the MIE.

He joined the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1994 as Lecturer and climbed the ladder to Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor. Dr Bessoondyal has shouldered various key responsibilities at the MIE, namely Head of Mathematics Education Department, Ag. Head of School of Science and Mathematics, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Head of Higher Studies Cell as well as Chair of MIE Award Committee for Programmes pertaining to Early Childhood Education and Primary Education.

In April 2023, Dr H Bessoondyal was nominated as UNESCO Chair in Higher Education with the objective of promoting an integrated system of research, teaching and training as well as community engagement and communication.

His Excellency, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, G.C.S.K., President of the Republic of Mauritius has on the occasion of the National Day Celebrations 2024 elevated Dr H Bessoondyal to the rank of Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (O.S.K.) in recognition of his contribution in the field of tertiary education.


Purpose and Objectives

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, teaching and training, as well as community engagement and communication. It will facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the Host Institution and other institutions in the country, as well as elsewhere in the region and in other regions of the world.

Our Objectives

  • reinforce teaching and learning in higher education through the professionalization of the academic staff in higher education institutions, both public and private;
  • exchange resources and share best practices by such means as the organization of conferences, symposium and seminars and setting up of a consortium of teaching and learning centres in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region;
  • increase research output and generation of publications in Higher Education in order to improve the ranking of Mauritian Universities in the international scene;
  • set up international partnerships with universities across the global North and South especially in the provision of post graduate studies in interdisciplinary fields like digital health and well-being;
  • ensure capacity building of academic staff of the Universities in developing and aligning curriculum, pedagogy and assessment within diverse learning contexts and develop joint research projects with universities in the region; and,
  • cooperate closely with UNESCO, other UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks on relevant programmes and activities.