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IORA Virtual Open University

Human resource development is recognized as a key requirement to enhance regional cooperation within the Indian Ocean Rim region.

At the IORA Council of Ministers' meeting in Gurgaon on 2 November 2012, H.E. Mr. Salman Khurshid had in his address mooted the idea of an "Indian Ocean University". The proposal was further developed to become an IORA Virtual Open University (IORAVOU) to be hosted in Mauritius, connecting all open universities of IORA Member States.

The proposed institute would have as its objective to provide capacity building opportunities in order to establish a competent human resources development base which will facilitate effective interaction between Member States to examine and address the developmental concerns of the Indian Ocean region. However, it is proposed that the IORA Virtual University in Mauritius will provide capacity building opportunities in the six priority areas of the Association namely Maritime Safety and Security, Trade and Investment Facilitation, Fisheries Management, Disaster Risk Management, Academic, Science & Technology, and Tourism & Cultural Exchanges.

A feasibility study is commissioned to be carried out.