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Prof Konrad Morgan: Vice-Chancellor at UoM

Prof Konrad Morgan

Currently in the news and in the blogosphere, we can read that Prof. Konrad Morgan will be the new UoM Vice-Chancellor. My first reaction: ‘Euhh….a Foreigner for the first time at the head of the institution (academic)’

Sadly for Pr Ameena Gurib-Fakim, we read her reaction:

Je suis quant même déçue car j’ai fait plus de 20 ans à UoM. Ce que je ressens peut être ressenti par n’importe qui d’autre, qui, comme moi, aurait fait carrière, dans une institution, car on s’attend tous à ce que notre contribution soit reconnue’

Upon Googling for the new UoM Vice-Chancellor, we find that Morgan has his own Professional Online Presence: www.konradmorgan.net . That’s Great! 😀

My first reaction: I am hyper happy that we have a Computer Scientist at the head of UoM Academics. Personally I feel that there will be a new wind of change at the Réduit Campus. We truly hope that there will be positive outcomes like: re-inforcing International Education standard at UoM, upon the appointment of the new VC.

Amongst many innovative projects that I have, one has been close to me: unimauritius.com. The idea is to have a platform for all Mauritian Students studying at Tertiary level. The use of various platforms like e-learning, e-commerce, social networking by both the Students, Alumni, Academics etc.

We hope that the new VC’s administration will have a no-nonsense philosophy maybe backed by: “Putting Students first” or “Transforming UoM into a world-class University 2.0”

Let’s wait and observe the wind of change…

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11 responses

  1. Hello Ashesh!

    Thank you for your positive remarks. I was especially interested to see your thoughts about my appointment as you are a student at UoM. Congratulations on your choice of a great institution!

    I am looking forward to working with the entire academic community at UoM – especially the students who are the core of academic life. I have noted the speculation about the many challenges that separate the UoM community and concern that the new VC is an “outsider”.

    Instead of dwelling on the issues that divide and separate us it will be my goal to work with everyone at UoM to focus on the many things that unite us in shared aspirations for a great international university. We can achieve these aspirations but only by recognising that there are more things that unite us and make us strong than divide us and make us weak. My priority on my arrival will be to talk to as many people as I can within UoM to understand their hopes, challenges and how I can work best with them to improve the organization.

    Sadly my free time is limited so I will not be able to come back to your site to answer comments but I look forward to meeting everyone and listening to their views about the strengths of UoM and where our shared vision can take us.

    Thank you again for your positive attitude and good luck with your studies and your future career.

    Konrad

    3 November, 2009 at 2:58 am

    • Thank you for the best wishes, Professor.
      It feels a great honour to have your comment in my blog.
      I would like to invite you to continue do so for blog posts concerning University of Mauritius…
      Thanks
      and congrats for your new post as Vice-Chancellor of the prestigious institution of Mauritius, a major milestone in your career!

      23 July, 2010 at 9:43 am

  2. Mauritian students from foreign universities are always bent on lowering the level of students of UoM .. But, at some point in time, we also tend to think like them whilst being subject to some of the excess of fines at UoM or the excess of Regulations.
    Which are not the case in other universities.

    Wish all the best for the new V.C of the U.o.M, Pr Konrad Morgan, and loads of expectations too. Let’s hope something can be done to take the U.o.M from the 30s to top 10 in Africa.

    Nice article.

    Ashfaq.

    8 November, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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  6. tegally mushiirah

    as for me, last yr in August for my orientation 2010, one of the best things that i loved that day was the speech by Prof Konrad. it was simply awesome. i am happy as well for his appointment as VC. and i am saying it quite l8 than nver 😉

    nice article.
    keep it up.

    18 May, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    • I like the practical tips of Prof Morgan in his speech

      18 May, 2011 at 6:17 pm

  7. Kiran

    So, It’s been 2 years no? Where’s the great wind change you were all hoping? There was not even a whiff. The situation is still the same for us students. What we need is a person who is ready to listen to the problems of students in this institution.
    The guy never receives students who have problems with the administration in his office. What was all the fuss about in your article. This guy isn’t worth all the praise you made. He’s just sitting on his high horse aloof and oblivious. With all those incompetent pedants we have here at the UoM, student life is very hard

    24 August, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    • Hello Kiran.
      If you read my recent blog post: http://asheshr.com/2011/07/15/university-of-mauritius-2011/, you will be able to see that ‘the guy’ has done something.

      Nevertheless, still the things that I mention in this original blog post, has not yet seen the day. http://www.uom.ac.mu is still an old crapy website and the web servers/database servers at CITS have an alarming rate of down time.

      24 August, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  8. Kiran

    “re-inforcing International Education standard at UoM” For this to happen my friend, we still have a long way to go.

    Forgive me for my attitude but it’s very frustrating sometimes to be a student at the UoM. And i think those people at the top are not realising this.
    How on earth can the UoM appoint part-time lecturers who don’t have a clue about the module they are supposed to teach? That’s hilarious no? But it is a fact. Students are asked to make presentations on chapters they were not even taught. No materials no guidance on where to start or stop on the subject. What’s the point of having a lecturer if i’m doing the lecture myself? I could set the exam paper and get paid in his place too. I’m not saying students should be spoon-fed either, but let’s not get into the extremes.

    Quality of Education at the UoM is just not their priority. Money is.

    24 August, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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