Textile technology and innovation showcased to Mauritian trade delegation

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A high-profile delegation from the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius visited Manchester Metropolitan this week to learn more about the University’s role in textile and fashion technology.

The delegation has toured the UK to act as a catalyst to create a competitive manufacturing sector with a focus on textiles, taking in the expertise in Manchester School of Art and Manchester Fashion Institute during an extensive tour.

The University welcomed the Honourable Minister Ashit Gungah, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Arvind Radhakrishna, Head of Global Outreach and Mr Geerish Bucktowonsing, Division Manager – Manufacturing (Traditional Sectors), Investment and Trade Development.

They led a delegation of eight textile businesses from the country that were keen to learn about the role universities play in developing textile technology.

Professor Jennifer Watling, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International at Manchester Metropolitan, said: “We were delighted to welcome the delegation to the University and to show them our innovative research and practice, particularly in textile technology. Their visit was an affirmation of our fantastic reputation in this field.

“The delegation was impressed with our expertise and our ability to translate this into industrial impact. As an ambitious international University, we’re always keen to welcome delegations to showcase our innovation, helping to further our global partnerships and tell the brilliant story of Manchester Metropolitan.”