SEGi University formalised its collaboration with several Mauritius’ Optometric practices with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 31 August 2019 in Mauritius recently.
The agreement was signed by Professor Azrin Esmady Ariffin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, SEGi University, who is also Dean, Faculty of Optometry & Vision Sciences (FOVS), SEGi University, and the Mauritius’ Optometric practices representatives, Mr. Jaffer Patel (J Patel Optometrist), Mr. Gopee Yudisteeraj (EZIO Opticians), Ms. Diksha Sungkur (D. Sungkur Optometrist), Mr. Mohammad Rechad Nazir (R & S Nazir Optician), and Mr. Anoopum Gaya (Gaya Opticians), and witnessed by Mr. A.D. Akmal Mohamed Ali, Vice-Consul Education from Education Malaysia at the Consulate General of Malaysia, Dubai.
The MOU will elevate the existing collaboration between Faculty of Optometry & Vision Sciences, SEGi University and selected Optometric practices in Mauritius, namely EZIO Opticians (EZIO VISION LTD), D. Sungkur Optometrist Ltd., R & S Nazir Optician, and Gaya Opticians to strengthen friendship and co-operation through internships for FOVS’ students in Mauritius, a country with a regulated practice in Optometry outside of the British Commonwealth, during their internship period within their 4-year study of the Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) programme.
The clinical placement during this internship period is an important component in the Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) programme as it provides the opportunity for students to experience clinical, professional and business aspects of the Optometric Practice outside of the university environment, exposing the students to a real-life practitioner experience. This experience also provides opportunities for graduates to gain employment in Mauritius upon graduating as an Optometrist.
The Bachelor of Optometry degree from SEGi University is currently the only Malaysian University Optometric qualification that is registrable in Mauritius within the Mauritius Optometric Law.
The collaboration also coincides with the building of the foundation for the formation of the SEGi Alumni Association (Mauritius Chapter), sealing a long outstanding relationship between SEGi University and Ex-SEGians Mauritians.
“For more than 40 years, SEGi has been offering top-notch programmes that prepare students for successful careers and has grown into one of the largest and most dynamic private education institution in Malaysia, with strong industry linkages in Malaysia and internationally-recognised degrees in collaboration with renowned university and industry partners. I hope this partnership with the local Mauritian Optometric practices will culminate into a full embrace of the optometry culture by all local optometric businesses. With the local businesses’ validation in providing internships to our students, we would like to see our graduates obtain employment as soon as they join the workforce.” said Professor Azrin.