Commonwealth SG pushes for more scholarships

The Commonwealth Secretary General, Ms Patricia Scotland, challenged universities to increase the number of scholarships they offer to Commonwealth students when she spoke to top academics at a universities conference in Accra yesterday.

A statement issued by the Communications Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat said the Secretary General focused on the value of public and private sectors, as well as international and grassroots organisations, working together to address issues such as funding and access to higher education.

The statement said the Secretary General, who joined high level speakers, including former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan in addressing the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Conference of University Leaders in Accra, “also stressed the importance of ensuring students are fit to lead on solutions for global crises such as climate change.”

The theme of the three-day event is “Defining the responsible university: society, impact and growth.”

As part of the conference, Secretary General Scotland would sit on a ministerial panel which would discuss a range of Commonwealth Secretariat education initiatives, one of which, an Education Hub, facilitates inclusive online collaboration between professionals and policy-makers in Commonwealth member states.

Congratulating the ACU for their ongoing efforts to improve education in the Commonwealth,Ms Scotland said “the ACU, the world’s first and oldest international university network, exemplify Commonwealth spirit and value by connecting vice-chancellors and other university leaders in our 53-member states, together with international organisations and advocates at the highest level such as Kofi Annan, and alumni of Commonwealth universities so that we can work together on tackling emerging challenges in education for the benefit of all our citizens.”

The ACU Secretary General, Professor John Wood, expressed delight that the conference had attracted some 250 delegates from across the Commonwealth.

“The size and diversity of our membership provides a wonderful platform to discuss how universities can address the major issues facing Commonwealth countries, such as economic prosperity, governance, equity and intolerance.” he said.

By Times Reporter


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