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Meet Miss. Petra Morel

The Mauritius Union Seychelles branch continues its process of sponsorship to facilitate the access of young Seychellois to higher education. Petra Morel, their first winner, was awarded a scholarship in September.

Article published on September 8, 2015 in TODAY IN SEYCHELLES

Petra Morel on her way to an LLB honours

The 22 year-old is the first beneficiary of MUA Seychelles Scholarship Programme. The initiative is part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility.

A delighted Petra Morel, signed her scholarship agreement in a ceremony yesterday at the Mauritius Union Assurance (MUA) Seychelles branch at the Oliajie Trade Centre, in the presence of the company's chief executive officer (CEO), Bertrand Casteres.

She is the first ever Seychellois student to benefit from an MUA Seychelles scholarship, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MUA Seychelles and the Agency for National Human Resources Development (ANHRD), last year.

Under the agreement, MUA Seychelles provides a full scholarship at undergraduate level to a Seychellois who has successfully completed his or her A - level studies. Petra Morel, who last year completed a two-year A-level course in Business Studies, Law and Travel Tourism, will be following a three-year Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) course, at the Middlesex University, Mauritius Branch Campus.

Petra Morel, a former Miss Seychelles contestant, said she chose law because "it's the best way to truly understand what goes on around us" and hopes to specialize in either civil or criminal law.

"Three years ago when I took part in the beauty pageant, I was asked what my choice would be between wealth, beauty or education. My answer back then was education, and it will always be my first choice, because it is one thing I believe will take you towards your goal", added a confident Ms Morel, who said she was looking forward to the new challenge.

For his part, the insurance company's Chief Executive Officer, Bertrand Casteres, said that the scholarship was part of the MUA's corporate social responsibility, "and our intention is to bring more Seychellois to pursue higher education so that as a company and two nations we can contribute to the improvement of the overall level of the youth in both countries".

Seychelles is the first regional country to benefit under the Mauritian-based company's Scholarship Programme. The insurance company opened its local branch more than five years ago. It offers all types of insurance cover except for Life Insurance. "We will follow Ms Morel's studies closely and will provide any support that she might need once she settles in Mauritius. We are sponsoring one scholarship at a time and once she completes her studies, we hope to sponsor a second student", confirmed local Manager, David Vidot.

ANHRD's CEO, Roselyne Hoareau commended MUA Seychelles' initiative and called on other private sector organisations "to follow this admirable effort" which she said, benefits the whole country.

According to the ANHRD, students who meet the required points are awarded scholarships based on the country's priority list. Organisations sponsoring scholarships are free to select their final candidates. The 22 year old from Anse-Etoile, who was accompanied at the ceremony by her mother, Jenna Dubignon and aunt Margaret Pittman is expected to leave for Mauritius later this month to pursue her dream.