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Harnessing Opportunities: The Commonwealth and Higher Education



Staff, Students, Alumni, Academics

Series: Global Talks Series

City, University of London has recently re-joined the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Dr Joanna Newman (ACU’s Chief Executive and Secretary General) will be at City on 8th Nov and give the following talk:

'In a fractured and colliding world, networks are more important than ever. But what is it about the Commonwealth that makes it such a relevant, resilient, and valuable framework for cooperation? How does it promote unity in a divided world? And why should universities in particular engage with this uniquely diverse and far-reaching network of nations?'

In this talk, Joanna Newman looks at the challenges and opportunities for higher education in the Commonwealth - from global challenges and a soaring youth population, to employment and employability  - and shows how collaboration and cooperation between Commonwealth universities can create a vital hub for solutions. It will also be an opportunity to find out more about the work of the ACU, the benefits of membership and its plans for the future.

About the speaker

Dr Joanna Newman is Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), where she is responsible for fostering and promoting the Association’s aims, as defined by its membership, in developing inter-Commonwealth relations in higher education. Established in 1913, the ACU is the world's first and oldest international university network, with more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries. With three distinct but interconnected areas of work – member services, programmes, and scholarship administration – supported by robust infrastructure and governance arrangements, the ACU delivers value to its members while achieving impact on the world of higher education and wider society.

Prior to joining the ACU in April 2017, Joanna was Vice-Principal (International) at King’s College London. Her previous positions include Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit (now known as Universities UK International) and Head of Higher Education at the British Library. Joanna is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History at King’s College London and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. She has also taught history at University College London and the University of Warwick.

Joanna is on the board of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, the board of trustees for The Conversation, and the external advisory board for Vitae. She has been a judge on the Times Higher Education Awards, and regularly speaks on issues relating to higher education and internationalisation at conferences, roundtables, and on international platforms. In 2014, Joanna was awarded an MBE in recognition of her work promoting British higher education internationally.


For information regarding the event please contact the International Partnership and Development team.

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When & where

1.00pm - 1.45pmWednesday 8th November 2017

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom