The decision to open a branch of the Welsh tertiary educational institution, Aberystwyth University, in Mauritius is criticised by professor Derec Llwyd Morgan, an ex-vice-chancellor of the university. In an interview to the BBC, he described the endeavour as a bad idea.
The Mauritian is located at Quartier-Militaire. The official opening ceremony occurred back in October 2015.
According to Derec Llwyd Morgan, who managed the university from 1994 to 2004, initiating activities in a far-away country does not constitute a good decision. Rather, he believes the university should have focused on improving the quality of the personnel, and attracting more local students. The fact is only 40 students have registered at the university from September 2015 to May 1 while it can accommodate 2,000 students. Professor Derec Llwyd Morgan says that the institution should not have opened another one in another country without ensuring that there were enough students on the Aberystwyth-based campus.
It is to be noted that this 1872-university is among the list of 400 best universities of the world, as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is now the third British university to have opened a campus in Mauritius.