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

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

Please note this is an invitation-only seminar. 

students at University Rwanda

The ACU recognises the huge demands now being placed on higher education to produce graduates capable of meeting the requirements of employment. We 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 therefore partnered with Wilton Park, the UK Department for International Development, National Research Foundation (South Africa), and the University of Pretoria to stage this high level international seminar. Delegates included Commonwealth university leaders, expert practitioners, policymakers and donor agencies.

Further information can be found on the Wilton Park website.

Next steps

Results from the seminar will be circulated to the full ACU membership and will feed into plans for the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) in Fiji in February 2018.


The seminar convened 50 delegates, with 20 coming from ACU member institutions, following a competitive application process.

The selected delegates were:

  • Isaac Aiyelaagbe, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Yatimah Alias, University of Malaysia
  • Petrina Batholmeus, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
  • Jonathan Black, University of Oxford, UK
  • Laurine Chikoko, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
  • Jaqueline Dean, Otago University, New Zealand
  • La-Cresha Gordon-Brydson, University of Technology, Jamaica
  • Lize-Mari Hitge, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • William Jones, Coventry University, UK
  • Edna Kabala, The Copperbelt University, Zambia
  • Perpetua Kalimasi, Mzumbe University, Tanzania
  • Shakeel Ahmed Khoja, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan
  • Rosemary Lawson, Murdoch University, Australia
  • Suki Mwendwa, Technical University of Kenya
  • Karen Nyangara, Maseno University, Kenya
  • Jocelene Quansah, University of Ghana
  • Geoffrey Rodgers, Brunel University, UK
  • Ayodele Shittu, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Ganemulle Lekamalage Wickramasinge, University of Vocational Technology, Sri Lanka
  • Pavithra Wickramasuriya, National Institute of Business Management, Sri Lanka

In collaboration with

Wilton Park

DFID

University of Pretoria

National Research Foundation

Useful links

Contact us

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