The University of Mauritius created the Consultancy and Contract Research Centre (CCRC) in its endeavour to strengthen Industry-University links and to boost innovation. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Research, Consultancy & Innovation established a Consultancy Watch Unit (CWU) as from July 2006 to help faculty staff identify and develop consultancy opportunities.
A watch is carried out by the CCRC on all invitations to tender bids (local, regional or international. A selection mechanism has been established to select a project team to respond to the bids.
Since its creation in 1998, the CCRC has successfully managed to completion over 500 projects including studies, reports and training programmes commissioned from the University by the private sector and public sector as well as regional and international organisations. These projects vary from consultancy projects to multidisciplinary contract research projects of national importance. The projects cover a wide range of disciplines that constitute the expertise and regional relevance of the University.
To respond effectively to the needs of its various clients, the CCRC draws from a high-calibre pool of intellectual expertise and professional resources available on campus. Local resources include over 300 academics, researchers, and technicians supported by state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, and wide experience in project management supplemented, as required, by a network of links with universities and research & development institutions abroad. The CCRC draws on specialized expertise from the following Faculties / Centres on campus:
- Faculty of Agriculture
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Law & Management
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Social Studies & Humanities
- Virtual Centre for Innovative Learning Technologies (VCILT)
- Centre for Information Technologies and Systems (CITS)