The University of Mauritius is a member of the five-year DRUSSA (Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa) programme led by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID). It groups 22 African Universities.
As part of this programme, the University of Mauritius organised a Symposium on the 27th November 2015, with the aim of bringing together senior academics, policy makers and other stakeholders to promote a Science-Policy dialogue. The Symposium, driven by discussions on available examples of good research uptake practice already taking place in Mauritius, helped to stimulate both the supply of and demand for development focused research and the wider adoption of research uptake practices within the higher education sector. Additionally, the interaction helped members of the academic community to better understand the policy directions and questions that the ministries are focusing on, enabling them to consider potential developmental outcomes of their own research and, where appropriate, establish research agenda that can also support national policy agendas. It also contributed to a better knowledge and understanding among the policy community of the quality, relevance and potential of research undertaken at universities.