Moving closer on common ground
The Association of Commonwealth Universities has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a programme for far deeper cooperation. The memorandum expressed “their mutual interest and desire to provide inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all the peoples of the Commonwealth”. Areas flagged up for possible collaboration included “addressing graduate employability”, while there were also plans to “strengthen policy responses for building resilience and advancing the values of tolerance and pluralism, preventing education-related gender-based violence, and fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity by promoting understanding and respect of different cultures and beliefs”. The memorandum was signed by Baroness Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth, and Joanna Newman, chief executive and secretary general of the ACU.