UDM research lab
The UdM Research Lab was launched on 28 June 2019 by Professor Nathalie Bernardie-Tahir during the Assises de la Recherche of the Université des Mascareignes. UdM Research Lab pulls together interdisciplinary research teams focussing on bringing sustainable solutions to address complex and challenging issues facing the industry and the small island developing states.
We study wide range of issues including renewable energy, climate change, artificial intelligence, robotics, cities and communities, business and lifestyles. We promote interdisciplinary research that brings together the faculties of UdM and industry leaders to develop new ways of understanding and approaching economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
The central connecting thread of our research revolves around:
- Sustainability and Social Inclusion
- Innovative solutions adapted to the Small Island Developing States context
- The Mauritian society as a privileged research field
The UdM Research Lab has three interrelated research streams, and researchers affiliated to the research lab fall within one or more of these streams:
Smart and Sustainable Campus Project
The Université des Mascareignes’ Living Laboratory
The Université des Mascareignes (UdM) is setting up a Smart and Sustainable Campus (SSC), which mirrors its endeavour towards adopting a fully integrated approach in educational developments. The setting up of this living laboratory starting at the Rose-Hill campus bears in mind Government’s vision to transform Mauritius into a Smart Digital Island and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with the strategic plan Digital Mauritius 2030 and the SDGs-2030 Agenda. The campus will be used as an incubator for fostering emerging innovative technologies.
- Technology and Innovation
- Social responsibility
The project focuses on four key areas:
Proof of concepts through this living laboratory will be used to drive future technologies and innovations for the socio-economic development of the country. This project, which will span over three years in its initial phase, will be an on-going process, comprising other phases. The Mauritian Government will be funding this project up to Rs 10 Million for the first three years.
We have embarked on a journey of innovation and systemic transformation is what we need to enable us achieve our goals. The UdM sees the SSC project as a commitment to future generations; a contribution to the national, regional and international initiatives for sustainability; and a statement to its stakeholders and fellow citizens. This University driven initiative will serve as ‘think tanks’ in order to continuously brainstorm and come up with new ideas to maintain the SSC. This will not only build confidence and commitment of staff, but also foster green attitudes and behaviours among our students, staff and neighbouring inhabitants.
The SSC project will act as a showcase. We will be able to share our best practices and know-how with other institutions. Indeed, we will be in a position to provide specific experience-based guidance for maximizing cost effectiveness of high performance building designs. As we lead the challenge in the implementation of our SSC, we will be able to constitute a database of a continually evolving and expanding library of successful approaches, technologies and lessons learned based upon our lived experience. By doing this effectively, the UdM will be able to further foster environmental responsibility and promote human well-being, while minimizing capital and operational costs in the long-run.
The living laboratory which the Université des Mascareignes is setting up will be used to:
- promote a research culture especially geared towards sustainability and innovative technology;
- create a healthy and environmentally sensitive campus for both students and staff;
- contribute to the Government’s Vision 2030 initiative by generating its own electricity and by managing its waste in a responsible way;
- showcase the potential of high performance buildings and contribute to a positive transformation of today’s building materials and technologies;
- reinforce its close collaboration with the industrial sector;
- enlist students as ambassadors to promote healthy living and environment-friendly lifestyle in the neighbouring residential areas;
- enhance its corporate social responsibility, by engaging the community through sharing of green initiatives; and
- showcase the positive impact of the SSC initiative which can serve as a model for other institutions.