Open University of Mauritius Offer of Scholarships from The People’s Republic of China 2020/2021 Academic Year

By | June 24, 2020

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Mauritian nationals for the award of 26 scholarships offered by the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the Academic Year 2020/2021 at Masters, PhD, General Scholar and Senior Scholar
levels.

Course of Study
(i) Preference will be given to candidates whose Fields of Study are specific to
the prevailing scarcity areas and market demands of Mauritius and to
courses that also appear on the List of Indicative Priority Fields of Study
2017-2019, available for consultation on the Notice Board of the Ministry of
Education, Tertiary Education Science and Technology, Ground Floor, MITD
House, Pont Fer, Phoenix and on the following website:
http://ministry-education.govmu.org
(ii) Candidates must also ensure that the course they apply for is available in
the Universities/Institutions of their choice by consulting the
“Directory of the Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students
under Chinese Government Scholarship Programme” available on the
following website:
http://www.csc.edu.cn/studyinchina
or
http://www.campuschina.org
NOTE: Scholarships for Specialisation in Medicine and Medicine related
fields will not be available under this scheme.

Eligibility Requirements
3.1 Qualifications
A. Master’s Degree
(i) SC/GCE ‘O’ Level with credits in at least five subjects at one and the same
sitting;
(ii) HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level in three subjects at Principal level obtained at one and
the same sitting;
(iii) A minimum of Second Class Honours Bachelor’s degree.
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B. Doctoral Programs
(i) SC/GCE ‘O’ Level with credits in at least five subjects at one and the
same sitting;
(ii) HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level with three subjects at Principal level obtained at
one and the same sitting;
(iii) A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in the relevant field; and
(iv) A Master’s degree.
C. General Scholar Programs (non-degree)
(i) SC/GCE ‘O’ Level with credits in at least five subjects at one and the
same sitting;
(ii) HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level in three subjects at Principal level obtained at one
and the same sitting; and
(iii) Successful completion of at least 2 years full-time of undergraduate
study.
D. Senior Scholar Programs (non-degree)
(i) SC/GCE ‘O’ Level with credits in at least five subjects at one and the
same sitting;
(ii) HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level in three subjects at Principal level obtained at one
and the same sitting;
(iii) A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the relevant field; and
(iv) A Master’s degree.
OR
An alternative qualification acceptable and equivalent to the above.
It is the responsibility of candidates to provide any relevant
documentation relating to the equivalence of certificates.
Other Requirements
(i) Applicants must submit as part of the application two letters of
recommendation in Chinese or English from Professors or Associate
Professors or from the Institution/Organisation where the students studied
or worked. The letters of recommendation should bear an official stamp and
should focus on the student’s ability to study or research.
(ii) Applicants for Music Studies are requested to submit a CD of their own
works. As for applicants for Fine Arts programmes, they must submit a CD
of their own works comprising two sketches, two colour paintings and two
other works.
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(iii) Applicants with Admission letters from designated Universities should
enclose the letter in the application package. Candidates should indicate in
the application forms the names of the University in China where they
intend to proceed for studies.
(iv) A motivation letter of up to 250 words must be included for all
applications. Applicants should submit a Study Plan or Research
Proposal in Chinese or English (a minimum of 500 words for nondegree programs and 800 words for postgraduates).
Note 1: General Scholar and Senior Scholar Programs are typically non-degree
courses of short term duration providing the incumbents the opportunity to
engage in further academic studies or research activities in Chinese
Universities.
Note 2: As an indication, the duration of the courses are as per table hereunder:
Supporting
Categories
Major
Study
(Year)
Chinese
Language
(preparatory
study year)
Duration of
Scholarship
(years)
Master’s Students 2-3 1-2 2-5
Doctoral Students 3-4 1-2 3-6
General Scholars up to 1 up to 1 up to 2
Senior Scholars up to 1 up to 1 up to 2
Note 3: Students opting for English-taught programs may not be required to follow the Chinese language (preparatory study year). This language requirement exemption is specific to the course of study being opted for, and varies from University to University.
Note 4: Students who are holders of a valid HSK 4 or higher certificate in Chinese language proficiency may be exempted from the Chinese preparatory year – This language requirement exemption is specific to the course being opted for, and varies from University to University.

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Age Limit
Candidates should be:
(i) under the age of 35 (born after 1/1/1984) when applying for master’s
programs;
(ii) under the age of 40 (born after 1/1/1979) when applying for doctoral
programs;
(iii) under the age of 45 (born after 1/1/1974) and having completed at least
two years of undergraduate study when applying for general scholars
programs;
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(iv) be a master’s degree holder or an associate professor (or above) under the age of 50 (born after 1/1/1969) when applying for senior scholar programs.

General Conditions
5.1 The scholarship covers tuition fees and allowances as approved by the
Chinese Authorities. International airfares are not provided.
5.2 Beneficiaries will not be allowed to change their courses, their institutions or extend duration of their courses.
5.3 Laboratory costs or internship costs beyond the Institutions’ arrangements would
be borne by the students.
5.4 Applicants are reminded that, being nominated by the Ministry, does not
automatically guarantee final selection for an award. The final decision
to award the scholarships rests with the donor country.
5.5 Applicants are also reminded that the final decision of allocation of
University rests with the donor country.
5.6 Only the best-qualified candidates will be nominated. Candidates who have not been informed of their shortlisting within six weeks as from the closing date for application should consider that they have not been nominated.
5.7 Self-financing Mauritian students who are currently studying in universities
registered with the China Scholarship Council may also apply for the scholarship.
However, they will have to submit a letter from their university to certify the course
duration that remains to be covered.
5.8 Beneficiaries of scholarships will be required to sign an ‘Undertaking’ of the the
Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Science and Technology, (Scholarships
Section), thereby committing themselves to return to Mauritius immediately after
completion of their studies and work for at least two years in the public or private
sector.

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Mode of Application
6.1 Applications must be made on the prescribed form available at the
Scholarships Section, the Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Science and
Technology, 1
st Floor, MITD House, Pont Fer, Phoenix, or downloaded from the
Ministry’s website:-
http://ministry-education.govmu.org
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6.2 The completed Application Form along with all supporting documents should be
submitted to the Scholarships Section of the Ministry by Friday 10 January 2020
at 14.00 hours at latest.
6.3 Candidates should ensure that originals along with certified copies of certificates,
transcripts of final university results/marksheets and all other relevant documents relating to their qualifications are submitted to the Scholarships Section by the closing date. Non-submission of these documents by the closing date
may result in their elimination from the selection exercise. Certification of
documents may be done at the Scholarships Section of the Ministry or at the Career
Guidance Service in Rose Hill.
6.4 Responsible parties of applicants not in Mauritius may apply on behalf of their
wards.
6.5 Applicants already in employment, whether public or private, must fill in the
application forms in duplicate. One copy thereof along with the relevant supporting
documents should be submitted to the Scholarships Section, and one copy to the
applicant’s employer to enable the latter to decide on the release of applicant for
the course, and if so, on what terms and conditions. Such information should
be made available by the closing date.
6.6 All documents/supporting evidence should be in English, or accompanied by a
translation in English.

A Communiqué will be placed on the website in due course to inform applicants
that the selection exercise has been completed.

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