The Rodrigues Office of the MRC was launched at Port Mathurin on 31st October 2011 by Dr the Honourable Rajeshwar Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology and the Honorable Louis Joseph Von-Mally, GOSK, Minister of Fisheries and Rodrigues in the presence of Gaetan Jabeemissar, Chief Commissioner of Rodrigues Regional Assembly.
Rodrigues is a semi-autonomous island that is part of the Republic of Mauritius. It is a mountainous island with a succession of valleys plunging to the 300 km lagoon, bringing an exhilarating feeling of weightlessness whilst meandering through steep escarpments and terraced fields towards its 80-km coastline. One of the most characteristic features of this enthralling though accessible island is its relief. The efforts of the most adventurous culminate in the joys of basking in one of the numerous deserted inlets, all the while gazing at white-tailed tropicbirds gliding through the air to and from their nests in surrounding cliffs.The objectives of the office are to:
1. Address potential research gaps in Rodrigues
2. Act as a platform for technology transfer between Mauritius and Rodrigues
3. Promote Capacity Building in research and research related sectors.