UK House panel discussion: International collaboration for global challenges - translating university expertise into action

29 Jul 2022
UK House / Virtual

The Exchange, 3 Centenary Sq, Birmingham B1 2DR

Through their research and expertise, universities play a vital role in addressing the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Find out how universities can work in partnership with governments, industry, and civil society to deliver climate action and resilience, and translate expertise into action on food security, biodiversity loss and more.

Join the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) at UK House on Friday 29 July for this afternoon panel discussion, followed by an evening networking reception.

Meet Commonwealth leaders, policy-makers and scholars and explore how their work supports the implementation of international frameworks such as the new Commonwealth Living Lands Charter. ​

Spaces are limited so an early registration using the links below is advised. We’d love for you to become a part of this special event and look forward to welcoming you.


  • Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland – Welcome address
  • Dan Saladino (BBC) - Moderator


  • Prof Frans Swanepoel, University of Pretoria / Leap4fnessa programme
  • Urooj Ashraf, CSC scholar


  • Prof Frans Swanepoel, University of Pretoria / Leap4fnessa programme
  • Dr Joanna Newman, Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Abhik Sen, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Sarah Chidgey, Head of International Education at the Department for International Trade, UK

About UK House

Building on the cooperative spirit of the Commonwealth Games and the UK’s climate leadership at COP26, UK House is a forum for an exclusive in-person and virtual audience of businesses and government officials from around the world.

Taking place during Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, UK House is a platform to bring together businesses, key decision makers and governments to discover opportunities for partnership and innovations for sustainable growth. The UK Government is delighted to invite you to discover the latest thinking, innovations, success stories and solutions in the education industry.

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