International Student Mobility in the Commonwealth: Benefits, Barriers, and Opportunities

Glasgow Conference 

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Date:  2 April 2014 from 10:00 hours to 17:00 hours

Venue: School of Education, University of Glasgow

To celebrate Glasgow’s hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the CEC’s  Regional Conference will be held at the University of Glasgow on 2nd April 2014.  and will explore student mobility in the Commonwealth.  Themes addressed will include Commonwealth student mobility in a global context, experiences from Scotland and other parts of the UK, and their direct and indirect implications.

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Global student mobility has been growing fast and there are now probably 4 million higher education students studying outside their home country. Commonwealth countries engage directly in this, acting as both destination and source countries for international students. This conference will examine specific contemporary Commonwealth perspectives on mobility, including its  impact on small states, the implications of the changing patterns of destination countries (for example Ghana, Malaysia and Mauritius), financing mobility and the cultural and learning experiences of students. The Conference proceedings and outcomes will be published and emerging themes identified for future study and consideration. 

Commonwealth Theme 2014

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The theme for 2014 is #TeamCommonwealth, which expresses the spirit of friendship and motivation towards the shared goals and values that exist between Commonwealth members.

The Commonwealth is an extraordinary team; 53 widely differing countries united in shared values working together to further common aims. As competitors from around the globe gather in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, team spirit will be on display not just within nations, but also between them.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: “The Commonwealth, in its unmatched diversity, shows the power and potential in acting together. Team spirit brings the enormous strength of solidarity, unity and of collective striving for greater achievement. We draw inspiration and understanding from one another, and our combined efforts build resilience. Working together, we win.”

CHOGM 2013

Education De-Brief

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The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15 to 17 November 2013, on the theme Growth with Equity: Inclusive Development.  There were  several parallel meetings alongside the main CHOGM, including the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF), and the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF).  Following a critical year for Commonwealth education, the CEC looks at how education faired in  the various meetings.*

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