Mauritius Institute of Education -
About Us
Om Varma
Associate Professor, Education Studies Department, MIE 
By Om Varma
Published on 22/07/2007

Mandate of the MIE
 The mandate of the MIE, as per its Act (1973), is:
 'to provide facilities and to engage in educational research, curriculum development and teacher education and thereby to promote the advancement of learning and knowledge in the field of education and, in particular, to provide a teacher education responsive to the social, economic, linguistic, administrative, scientific, agricultural and technological needs of Mauritius." (MIE Act, 1973:2)

Our Principles & Core Values

Principles & Core Values

In working to meet the above-mentioned objectives, the MIE is guided by the following principles and core values


In our quest for excellence, we believe that ethical considerations and behaviour should permeate every aspect of the Institute's functioning.


We value the principles of good governance and transparency to ensure accountability at all levels.E was inaugurated by


Rigour and professionalism

In pursuit of our mandate, we set high standards in terms of the programmes and service offered to all stakeholders.

Service to our clients
We recognise 'customer satisfaction1 as our core pre-occupation.

Fairness, equality and inclusiveness

We believe in offering opportunities to all our staff and students to grow professionally by recognising their individual needs.

Team spirit

We value loyalty, collaboration and teamwork as essential ingredients to fulfill our mandate.

Respect for diversity

We recognise and view diversity as an asset to create a stimulating and enriching learning environment.


Freedom, creativity and innovation

We are committed to the creation of an environment where individuals feel free to think, express themselves, innovate and develop a fresh outlook on key issues.


Our Roles

  MIE at a glance


In our 33 years of existence, we have trained over 20,000 teachers, educational cadres and other resource persons at all levels of the education system. Over the years, the range of programmes offered has broadened in response to emerging needs of all stakeholders in Mauritius, »-   Rodrigues and the outer islands

In Mauritius, the government's philosophy is to empower the nation through lifelong learning and quality education. This national vision of education is deeply rooted in the belief that education promotes equity, justice and social inclusion.
With the new vision of education, the MIE is being called upon to empower the educational community in effecting the desired paradigm shift from a subject-centred to a child-centred curriculum by:

Transforming pedagogical practices in the classroom context
Providing more opportunities for lifelong learning
Intensifying its initiatives in research and creating a
database to inform policy
Strengthening collaboration and partnerships with local stakeholders,
regional and international institutions
Engaging in curriculum renewal, development, monitoring and implementation

The MIE, as the only Institute of Education in Mauritius, will also:
Continue to act as the major consultant on educational matters
Develop research links with schools and other partners in education
Promote a culture of quality

Teacher Education



18 programmes of study (both pre-service and in-service) are available at Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Post-graduate levels, including the MA in Education.
Our programmes have been diversified to cater to the emerging needs of the education sector, e.g.: Special Education Needs including Pre-Vocational, ICT, Social Work, Value Based Education, Environmental Education .
In the recent past, pre-service courses have gained momentum. In addition to the Teacher's Diploma Primary (TDP), we also run Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Teacher's Diploma courses for prospective secondary school teachers.


Lifelong Learning


The credit-laddering system enables professionals in education to engage in Lifelong Learning and, at the same time, gain social mobility. Those who enter the profession with a HSC can move up with the acquisition of a Diploma and eventually a B.Ed and MA. We run courses specifically designed for Rectors, Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers, and Inspectors at Certificate and Diploma levels as well as Induction courses for Mentors and newly recruited Education Officers


Democratizing Access 


The DE mode has gained prominence and we trained over a thousand primary school teachers in 2005-2006.
In line with new trends, we aim at developing online courses to reach out to a larger number of people.
Many courses initially run part time, such as the Teacher's Diploma and PGCE, are now available on a full time basis.
Teachers from the Outer Islands, namely Rodrigues and Agalega, can enroll on any course being run and attend special workshops conducted for their benefit.
We also offer a structural and flexible pathway for continuous professional development from induction onwards through a system of accreditation.




To achieve international standards, we have established links with regional and international partners, e.g.: UNESCO/BREDA, UNICEF, SADC, OIF, IGNOU, IUFM Reunion Island, Institute of Education (London, Singapore), University of Brighton, University of Bangor, Deakin University, Edith Cowan University.




We provide professional and consultancy services at national, regional and international  levels such as Ministry of Education & Human Resources,  National Centre for Curriculum Research & development, Mauritius Examinations Syndicate,  Mauritius College of the Air, Mauritius Institute of Health, Non Governmental Organisations, SADC, NEPAD, UNESCO, OIF.

Research & Publications


Over the years MIE has developed a strong research culture. The number of research active staff has increased considerably. Staff publications include books, research and position papers in peer reviewed journals.
Research at MIE is increasingly being carried out by teams, often through a multi-disciplinary approach, at both national and international levels.

The Action Research Network and the Annual Research Conference are two key features of the foray into research with trainees and other tertiary institutions. The focus is placed on carrying out action research in collaboration with schools with a view to producing contextualised findings.


Educational Reform & Curriculum Development

MIE has always been a key player in all educational reforms since 1973 as shown through its participation among others, in the Richard and Glover reports, Master Plan, Action Plan, White Paper, Nine-Year Schooling.
As a central player in the educational field, we are at present fully involved in curriculum planning, development and evaluation. The National Curriculum Steering committee is currently chaired by the Director of the MIE.
We have always provided expertise in the writing of curriculum materials at primary and secondary levels. Most subject panels are headed by MIE staff.


Our Vision & Mission

Vision & Mission






To excel as a renowned institution of higher learning, committed to the empowerment of educators and professionals in related fields through research, scholarship and pedagogical innovations



ME is committed to:

Promoting advancement of knowledge and innovation in education through research

Informing educational policy

Improving access to initial and continuous professional development in education

Providing quality service in education

Leading the process of curriculum development


 Our Uniqueness


"Not only has the MIE enabled thousands of  teachers to aspire to a better professional status, it has also done so by providing opportunities to all those who could not, or would not, leave the country for further education abroad.

The movement of Mauritians to foreign countries for further education would have cost the country heavily not only in terms of foreign exchange but also in terms of increased likelihood of brain drain... provision of opportunities for professional development locally is a significant salutary facility for secondary school leavers, especially women who have traditionally had less opportunity for studies abroad." (Ambassador Dr. Olusegun Akinluyi, Commonwealth Abroad Service Project, in MIE The Way Forward, 2003)


The MIE was inaugurated by

MIE was inaugurated by
Rt. Hon. Sir Sewoosagur Ramgoolam,

Prime Minister of Mauritius, on 5 July, 1975


Directors of the Mauritius Institute of Education

1974- 1981: Frank Richard

1981-1997: Ramesh Ramdoyal

1997-2000: Preeaduth Chitamun

2000-2002: Prem Saddul

2002 - 2004(July): Sheela Thancanamootoo (Acting Director)

 2004(August) to 14 Feb 2007:  V.K. Pritam Parmessur (Director)

15 Feb 2007 to 2008: Sheela Thancanamootoo (Acting Director)
2008 to date: Sheela Thancanamootoo - Director


Address: Reduit, Mauritius


Tel:: (230) 401 6555
Fax: (230) 454 1037

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