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Zena Daysh Inaugural Lecture

We are pleased to sponsor this event which is organised by Commonwealth Human Ecology Council


India and the Commonwealth: Policies, People and Politics – can the media help with the future?

Speaker: Sir Mark Tulley KBE

Thursday 13 September 2018, 18:00-21:00 | Venue: Royal Overseas League, Princess Alexandra Hall, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR


Annual Conference 2018

Shared Commonwealth Values in Education: Where are we now?

Date: 22 May 2018 | Time: 10:05 – 15:00 | Venue: The British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1 A2BN

With the Commonwealth higher up on the British Government's agenda than ever before and a vigorous Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting behind us, this is a moment to look to the future with new determination.

We hear much uplifting talk about the Commonwealth being bound together by shared values, but apart from aspects of a common history, what exactly are these values and are they in good health?


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20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM)

20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM)
Fiji | 19-22 February 2018

Sustainability and Resilience: Can education deliver?

The Integrated Partners’ Forum (IPF) takes place alongside the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM).

The forum provides a platform for stakeholders to network and exchange ideas, and opportunities for representatives to meet and engage with ministers and
education policy makers.

The Annual Gladwyn Lecture 2017


Venue: Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Date: Wednesday 13th December 2017 | Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Speaker: Professor Lord Alderdice FRCPsych

Chair: Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Exiting the European Union and International Trade and Shadow First Secretary of State

When Lord Alderdice participated in the panel that wrote “Civil Paths to Peace” (the Commonwealth initiative chaired by Nobel laureate, Amartya Sen) he brought both his experience in the Irish Peace Process and that of working on a number of other violent political conflicts.

CEC Commonwealth Horizons: Student Voices – from home and abroad *** POSTPONED ***

We are sorry to have to announce that CEC has decided to postpone its ‘Student Voices’ conference scheduled for 1 November until the Spring. We are doing this following much deliberation as we have really excellent speakers lined up (including a strong group of students); institutions and organisations contacted also agreed that the topic is very relevant. However we have found it very challenging to attract student delegates for the event so early in the Academic Year. Additionally staff are under great pressure across the HE sector at present, and our potential university partners said they found it impossible to commit time to draw together staff and students to represent them as delegates.


We do intend to re-launch the event again in the Spring and will be seeking ideas from colleagues across the sector. We will be in touch with you in due course. 


Many thanks for your continuing interest ….


Students, both international and from the UK, pay considerable sums of money to attend universities and understandably they look for high quality support.

This year’s CEC Commonwealth Horizon focuses on students and the role of institutions - in terms of support for learning and teaching, research, living experiences and also preparation for future employment. The starting point for our conference is the students: we want to listen to them, to understand better their ever-evolving expectations and learn of experiences to date.

We will explore some best practice examples from universities and also consider how research can serve to highlight where gaps might be.


Hurricane Irma Appeal - Education Back in Action

Council for Education in the Commonwealth is launching an appeal to get children back to school in the Commonwealth Caribbean countries affected by Irma.

Many children across the Commonwealth have been preparing to return to school this week, but for those in the Caribbean, they have instead faced unprecedented destruction caused by the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history.

Leading the Elephant out of the Bush – Education and Business Together Bridging the Gap



Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia | 28 & 29 August 2017

In the lush surroundings of the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, over two hundred delegates together with VIPs from the Namibian Government, press and TV crews gathered for the Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) Annual Conference, jointly organised with the University of Namibia. Delegates came from Namibia, Southern and Eastern Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

This first venture for the CEC outside the United Kingdom was an ambitious undertaking for everyone involved. Its theme, essentially linkages between higher education and industry and their potential for development, took us out of exclusively academic terrain. We were basing ourselves in a young country, with only a handful of our own members able to be present. It is a pleasure, therefore, to report that the occasion was a great success. The conference was well covered in the local media and attracted highly qualified Namibian and international speakers.

Transformation in Southern Africa – What is the role of China?

Date: 10 October 2017 | Time: 18:00 to 20:00 | Venue: Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster

Speaker: Professor Stephen Chan OBE

Chair: Rt Hon the Lord Tom McNally

China has become increasingly engaged politically and economically with African nations and the nature of its involvement across the continent is highly varied – while it supports infrastructure development, the service sector, manufacturing and natural resources projects, it’s loans also increase African debt.

But what might be the Chinese motives behind these engagements – political influence or profit? Are they any different from those of Western nations?

Some countries are responding very successfully, as they learn that today, in a time of competition for resources, they can dictate or negotiate terms. But which are successful and which not? What might we all learn from these experiences?

Secretary-General to address Council for Education in the Commonwealth Annual Conference

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will deliver the keynote address at a major education conference in Namibia next week.

More than 230 people will attend the Council for Education in the Commonwealth’s annual conference in Windhoek from 28 to 30 August, the first time it has been held outside the UK.

In addition to ministers from the Government of Namibia, attendees will include The Association of Commonwealth Universities, the British High Commission, former UNESCO personnel, and a wide range of education stakeholders from across the Commonwealth. There will also be keynote speakers from South Africa, Kenya and Grenada.

The Secretary-General, who is on mission to the African nation for the first time, will also be meeting with President Hage Geingob, as well as other senior figures, to discuss Commonwealth priorities and identify areas of possible collaboration and support.

Read the full article HERE

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Scotland confirmed as key-note speaker

Just a few weeks away from the CEC Annual Conference to be held for the first time in memory outside of London. Our hosts in Namibia, the University of Namibia (UNAM), have organised a splendid programme over the period 27th – 31st August and some 230 delegates are expected to join with Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Dr Joanna Newman, the Secretary General and CEO of the ACU, and colleagues from CEC to discuss the Conference Objectives: