The Campus Director and Associates are individually responsible for steering different aspects of the Campus and its operations
Prof Mari Jansen van Rensburg joined Middlesex University Mauritius as Campus Director on 1st of May, 2018. Mari has extensive experience in multi-cultural and multidisciplinary settings with in-depth knowledge of Higher Education in Africa. She has a successful career history at the University of South Africa where she served as a Professor in Strategic Management and held several senior leadership roles and positions. She ended her career at Unisa as Academic Director of the Graduate School of Business Leadership. This is one of the largest Business Schools in Africa. Mari’s formal qualifications include a BCom (Marketing Management), BCom (Hons), MCom and DCom (Business Management). Mari specialises, publishes, and consults in the fields of strategic and relationship marketing as well as change and strategic management. As Campus Director, Mari leads the Mauritius campus on behalf of the Joint Venture partners. She is responsible for shaping and delivering the strategic plan for the Campus, meeting financial objectives and managing resources and budgets. It is her responsibility to ensure that the branch campus maintains the highest standards in student experience, academic achievement, academic excellence and staff wellbeing.
The associates support the Campus Director in carrying out our mission to transform potential into success
Dr Amar Seeam was promoted as the new Associate Academic Director on the 1st of August, 2018. Amar is originally from Scotland, UK where he was involved in several higher education activities spanning research, enterprise and knowledge transfer domains before moving to Mauritius. As Associate Director (Academic), Amar oversees and manages the teaching and learning, planning and assurance of programmes, and research and knowledge exchange aspects of the campus.
Previously Amar served as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and was the Campus Lead for Research. Prior to his appointment in 2015, Amar was a Research Associate for several Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK funded research grants, which included working on industry-led disruptive technology feasibility study projects with Cisco and GE (Aviation). He also served as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh/Scottish Enterprise in Electronic Markets at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and was a (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) KTP Associate at The University of Edinburgh.
He obtained his PhD in Smart Buildings at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Other qualifications obtained by Amar include a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and MSc in Information Technology conferred by the University of Glasgow as well as an MSc in System Level Integration from the University of Edinburgh. Amar has published widely on topics such as simulation assisted control, energy and environmental management, building information modeling, the internet of things and cyber-security. In terms of professional development, Amar also oversees the Cisco, Huawei and Redhat training academies of the University.
Ms Dominique Arlanda joined Middlesex University Mauritius in January 2013 as Campus Admin Manager and was promoted to Associate Professional Services Director in December 2016. Dominique was born in Mauritius and completed a BA (Education) through Edith Cowan University (Australia) followed by an MA (Sport Management) degree conferred by the University of North London. She worked in the UK retailing industry for five years before returning to Mauritius. Her experience on the island includes being a Planning Manager at the local Curtin University Branch Campus and Deputy Headteacher at a private English school. In her current role, Dominique is responsible for the proper running and maintenance of our Campus and the non-academic student experience on campus. She also manages support services which includes IT support, student support, human resources and security.
Behind every director you'll find an organised, efficient personal assistant
All senior leadership communications go through the Personal Assistant (PA) Sabina Joomye. As PA, Sabina works closely with the SLT to provide executive support and assistance, usually on a one-to-one basis. She helps the SLT make the best use of their time by dealing with administrative duties.
Sabina has extensive knowledge of both the campus, its personnel, and a clear understanding of the Middlesex vision. As a result, the SLTs often rely on her expertise, trusting that work will be handled efficiently in cases of their absence.