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UMIOR

UNIVERSITY STUDENT MOBILITY PROGRAM FOR THE INDIAN OCEAN REGION

BACKGROUND

The proposal on the University Student Mobility Programme for the Indian Ocean was made by the Council of Australian University Presidents [AVCC] at the 7th Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG) held in Maputo, Mozambique 2000. The proposal was supported byMauritius,Malaysia,Thailand andSultanateofOman.

The proposal envisaged the exchange of staff and students and in the process, contributing to the human resource development in each Member State of the IORA region.

A Foundation Meeting of the University Mobility in the Indian Ocean Region (UMIOR) programme was held in Perth, Australia, in June 2000 to consider the Draft Constitution for the programme, including proposals for the Membership, Governance, Financial Arrangements and Student Exchange Procedures.

LAUNCH OF THE PROGRAMME

The First General Conference of the University Mobility in the Indian Ocean Region [UMIOR] was held at the University of Mauritius on 9-10 July 2001. Participants from fourteen Member States of IORA, agreed to launch a new university student and staff mobility programme for the region.

The meeting elected Mauritius as the Chair of UMIOR and India as Deputy Chair for the next two years. Australia was elected Secretary of UMIOR.

The meeting agreed to an interim Constitution for the UMIOR Programme and approved a Work Plan for the UMIOR Secretariat.

GENERAL CONFERENCES OF THE UNIVERSITY MOBILITY IN THE INDIAN OCEAN REGION [UMIOR]

To date, six General Conferences of the University Mobility in the Indian Ocean Region [UMIOR] were held in different IORA Member States.  At these conferences various decisions were taken on University Staff and Student Mobility and Exchanges across the Indian Ocean Region; consideration of an Interim Constitution; Work Plan and promoting wider participation and membership in UMIOR.  In the Fourth General Conference, India showed willingness to host the UMIOR Secretariat at the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).  Since then, the draft constitution of UMIOR has been under active consideration.
 

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

At the 16th Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group, India briefed the meeting on the current status of the Draft Constitution and proposed various amendments to be made. India undertook to host a meeting of the Sub-Committee comprising of India, Indonesia, I.R. of Iran, Sultanate of Oman and Yemen to consider the Final Draft which would then be presented for consideration to the next meeting of the Academic Group and CSO/COM for approval in India, September 2011.