Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius
Professor Dhanjay Jhurry was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius in March 2017. He held the post of National Research Chair in Biomaterials and Drug Delivery under the Mauritius Research Council from 2012 to 2016 while directing the Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR), a centre attached to the University of Mauritius.
Prof. Jhurry studied at Bordeaux University (France) and received his PhD in Polymer Chemistry in 1992. After spending three years as Research Chemist at Flamel Technologies Company in Lyon, France working on biomedical polymers, he joined the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Mauritius as Lecturer and was appointed Professor in 2005.
Prof. Jhurry worked on sucrose-based polymers for his PhD. His mainstream research in polymer science, biomaterials and tissue engineering, nanotechnology/nanomedicine and drug delivery has led to over 75 papers in scholarly journals. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Polymer International.
He has received various national and international awards and recognition including the first Best Mauritian Scientist Award in 2011, the ‘Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean’ insignia by the Rep. of Mauritius in 2012 and the ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques’ insignia by the Rep. of France in 2007. He was designated ‘Mauritian of the Year 2011’ by local newspaper l’Express.
Prof. Jhurry is an elected member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) since July 2017 and he was also Vice-President of the COMESA Innovation Council from 2013 to 2015.