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Education to support a Peace-Building Commonwealth

Venue: Palace of Westminster | Monday 13 March 1015 – 1230

Host: Lord (Tom) McNally, CEC Parliamentary Patron

Chair: Alastair Niven LVO OBE, Board Member, CEC

The year’s Commonwealth Day Westminster Seminar took its focus from this year’s Commonwealth theme: ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’. To address some of the education specific concerns the conference first considered the nature and impact of conflicts, their resolution and the important role of civil society groups within peacbuilding. Positive and negative factors associated with education were identified and some successful interventions suggested that might advise future peacebuilong initiatives.

Annual Conference 2017


Annual Conference “Leading the Elephant out of the Bush – Education and Business together Bridging the Gap

Organised by the Council for Education in the Commonwealth and the University of Namibia

Date: 28 – 31 Aug 2017 | Venue: Safari Hotel & Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

Registration Fee: International delegates N$5,000 or US$420 (Click HERE to register)


Conference Aim

To explore ways in which education, business and industry can work together to ensure financially sustainable and innovative approaches to education that will teach the new generation of entrepreneurs and teachers to thrive in the 21st Century workplace.


Annual 2017 Commonwealth Day Westminster Seminar

Education to support a Peace-Building Commonwealth

Date: 13 March 2017 | Time: 10:15 to 12:30 | Venue: Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster

Host: The Rt Hon Lord (Tom) McNally of Blackpool, CEC Parliamentary Patron


At a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth with its rich diversity of nations offers strength and hope for all its members.

This year’s Commonwealth theme, ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’ reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that ‘international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all’. This seminar will explore, with some examples, the role that education might play in peace building in countries and communities that have experienced conflict and/or are in the process of transformation.


The 2016 Annual Gladwyn Lecture


Re-establishing the glass ceiling!

Lorb Bilimoria, this year’s guest presenter of the Gladwyn Lecture, provided an eloquent and captivating presentation exploring the multiple likely impacts, on the UK generally and UK’s university and research sectors in particular, of two major government policy changes – Brexit and the restrictive visa regime that directly affected students and foreign academics. He illustrated and explained his arguments through many examples, including personal anecdotes.

Report: CEC Autumn Conference 2016: Skills for the 21st Century

Who needs a history graduate?

A great line-up of employers and education and training professionals debated with an enthusiastic audience, comprising mainly students, at the CEC Autumn Conference in Senate House, University of London. Together they sought to identify some 21st Century needs, explore opportunities, consider the unknowns and address the aspirations of young people. What were their arguments and on what did they agree, and disagree?

Annual Gladwyn Lecture 2016

Venue: Delegates' Lounge | Commonwealth Secretariat | Marlborough House | Pall Mall | London | SW1Y 5HX
Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016
Time: 18:00 – 20:00, with refreshments after lecture at the Blenheim room
Speaker: Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE, DL
Chair: Mark Robinson


The UK's universities are among the best in the world – they have an impact on all aspects of life in the United Kingdom, and they’re vital for our future.

Higher Education is one of United Kingdom’s greatest exports. The total value of United Kingdom’s education and training exports to the UK economy at £14 billion, with a projection that this could rise as high as £26 billion by 2025. The UK's universities are among the best in the world – they have an impact on all aspects of life in the United Kingdom, and they’re vital for our future.

The research landscape in higher education is undergoing significant change, with the Stern review, the government's White Paper and Brexit all impacting on the research that takes place in universities.

Like research, admissions from international students will also have an impact. Curbs on overseas students have made UK a laughing stock – to control immigration by introducing restrictions on international students, such as tailoring student immigration rules to the quality of the institutions, is absolutely wrong.

The Autumn Conference 2016

The Autumn Conference 2016

Commonwealth Horizons: ‘Skills for the 21st Century’

Date: 27 October 2016 | Time: 10:00 – 19:30 | Venue: University of London and Reception at the Palace of Westminster

• How might education and training systems best respond to the ever-changing needs of the next generation of Commonwealth citizens?
• How might demographic change impact?
• What are the needs of employers?
• What are the aspirations and concerns of young people?

The first CEC Autumn Conference will consider all these challenging problems from the perspectives of education providers and policy makers, employers as well as the current generation young people.

Leading professionals, employers, education providers, international and UK students and policy makers are scheduled to attend.

There will also be a forum comprising students from across the Commonwealth


Quarterly Westminster Forum 8 Sep 2016

Border Crossings' new documentary film: Hidden Histories - Discovering Indigenous London, narrated by Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance.

Date: 8 September 2016 | Time: 18:00 to 19:30 | Venue: Palace of Westminster

Hidden Histories responds to last summer's breath taking Origins Festival, which ran for three weeks across major London venues including the Southbank Centre, British Museum and Rich Mix. It unearths the stories of indigenous people of what are today Commonwealth countries, who travelled to London from the 15th century onwards.

Brexit provides opportunities for greater co-operation with Commonwealth members

Simon Hughes: Brexit provides opportunities for greater co-operation with Commonwealth members

Members and guests of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth attended a memorable occasion in Parliament on Wednesday last week when Sir Simon Hughes, former parliamentarian and now Head of Public Affairs at the Open University, shared with them some insights into politics, the Commonwealth and the future of education after post-compulsory schooling.

Educational Transformation in Namibia

Over fifty guests gathered at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London on Thursday, 26th May 2016 to hear Hon Professor Peter H Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia and Founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia and Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, Deputy Minister of Education talk about education reform in Namibia over the past twenty five years.