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Philippe Boname

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Training at tertiary level has for a great many years been a subject of interest to Mauritians. Already in the 1830s, Adrien d’Épinay mentioned the need for a university. In the sugar industry, which was the country’s main economic activity, attention was paid to training as early as 1884, when the Mauritian chemist Clare Bernard taught chemistry to a few students. In 1887 Léon Diard, a French chemist, followed on from Clare Bernard with courses to aspiring chemists at a time when the industry numbered 138 sugar factories, few of which produced more than 1,000 tonnes a year. The premature passing away of Léon Diard in 1891 put an end to the training.

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