Shaheen Motala-Timol


Institutional Contact

Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius


Dr Shaheen Motala-Timol holds a PhD (Polymer Chemistry) from the University of Mauritius and has been engaged in research and quality assurance in higher education for the last 12 years. Her doctoral thesis focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel biodegradable (co)polymers, mainly polylactones. During her postdoctoral time, Dr Timol worked on the synthesis of water soluble polypeptides which formed nano-sized micelles in solution. Her scientific work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and her contribution to research was acknowledged and rewarded by her peers in the Workshop on Advanced Topics in Chemistry organized by TWAS Regional Office for Central & South Asia, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in India, in June 2011.

Following her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Mauritius, Dr Timol joined the Tertiary Education Commission in 2009 and, as part of the senior management team, has been actively involved in quality assurance and auditing of higher education institutions. She has also been engaging in distance education both from as a regulator and as a learner. To pursue her interest, she has recently completed a Certificate in Designing and Facilitating e-Learning at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, with the support of the Commonwealth of Learning.

Dr Timol has a keen interest in sustainable development in the education sector and as an autonomous practitioner, she was sponsored in 2011 by the United Nations University – Institute of Advanced Studies for a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development Practices in Public Policy, awarded by TERI University.