Association of Commonwealth University (ACU) Wilton Park South Africa Seminar 2017 – Pretoria, South Africa (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: Sunday 30 July 2017.

Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 November 2017, Pretoria, South Africa

  • Organising for change: how can higher education meet the changing needs of employment?

The ACU recognises the huge demands now being placed on higher education to produce graduates capable of meeting the requirements of employment. ACU also recognise that universities throughout the Commonwealth are producing much good practice in the field, which we believe deserves exposure to a wider audience.

The ACU is therefore partnering with Wilton Park, the UK Department for International Development, National Research Foundation (South Africa), and the University of Pretoria to stage a high level international seminar. Delegates will include leading practitioners, policymakers and donor agencies.

Results from the seminar will be circulated to the full ACU membership and may be presented at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) in Fiji in February 2018.

The seminar will convene 50 delegates, and is invitation-only. ACU are seeking nominations for approximately 20 participants by Sunday 30 July 2017.

How to apply

The ACU is inviting staff at member institutions to nominate themselves or a colleague for one of 20 fully-funded places (covers travel, accommodation, and conference attendance costs).

Participants should either be leading strategic change in this area (most likely at senior management level) or have introduced novel practices capable of being shared with universities throughout the Commonwealth.

ACU are particularly seeking participants who are able to speak or otherwise contribute to discussions in the following areas:

  • The role of employability in higher education curriculum and pedagogy
  • Interpreting the needs of employers
  • Learning to Learn – examples of effective innovation
  • The role of government and other enablers in higher education
  • The role of technology in developing employability skills

Each of these issues corresponds to a specific session at the conference, further details of which can be found in the conference programme.

  • Nomination form – please also include a letter of support from a senior leader at your institution

Participants should be willing to give a presentation in one or more of the above areas if invited, take part in remote discussions on the conference theme in the months prior to and after the event, and be free and able to attend the full conference.

Attendance grants will also be subject to an individual’s ability to gain South African visas, for which a letter of support will be provided by the conference organisers.

Apply or nominate a colleague, by no later than 30 July 2017 at 23.59 BST.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Association of Commonwealth University (ACU) Wilton Park South Africa Seminar 2017

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