State House

Office of the President of The Republic of Seychelles


UNISEY And TERI Join Forces For Education And Research

February 4 2011 -- The University of Seychelles (UniSey) and the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI)  University of  New Delhi have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop joint proposals for collaborative research and training/educational programs as well as introduce the exchange of faculty, scientists and students in the areas of mutual interest.

President James Michel witnessed the signing ceremony in New Delhi, which was conducted by the UniSey Vice-Chancellor Dr Rolph Payet and the TERI Director General, Dr Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, at the first day's closing session of the Delhi Sustainable Developing Summit in New Delhi.

This partnership will further consolidate the collaboration between the University of Seychelles and TERI; a partnership which we will develop in many aspects through our common goal to fighting climate change. ....It is important for the University of Seychelles to develop a research department, according to world standards, and through this mechanism to help Seychelles acquire the research needed for its development. The signing of this MOU is another victory for Seychelles in our vision to build a knowledge based society," said President Michel , who is also the Chancellor of the University of Seychelles.

The MOU will also enable the exchange of information, publications, and training materials between TERI and UniSey as well as provide for opportunities for collaborative research and development through appropriate technology transfer agreements.

"This partnership with TERI University will further strengthen cooperation in research among developing countries. We need good science to address climate and a partnership with UniSey will help us to look at island issues as well, said Dr Pachauri following the signing.

Students of TERI and students of UniSey will be able to participate in short-term training courses, internships as well as attend workshops, seminars, and conferences in order to exchange information. Students will also be able to benefit from long-term training and degree programs as well as online and distance learning courses. They will also be able to exchange information, books, journals, and electronic resources. The two institutions will also share technical advice, consultation on research, policy and management issues.

"TERI's mission and objectives are very close to that of UNISEY and it is exciting that today we have brought the two organisations together. This partnership will enable us to develop our research capacity and support the Seychelles in its development, especially in adaptation to climate change," said Dr Rolph Payet following the signing ceremony.