Network set up after 7-year inertia

May 30, 2003

A network of Commonwealth academics finally staged its first conference this week - seven years after the proposal was mooted and six years after securing support from Commonwealth education ministers.

The revival of the Association of Commonwealth Studies comes in time for this autumn's meeting of Commonwealth education ministers. Organisers will be able to cite the conference, at Dalhousie University campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as evidence of action.

Slow progress in making the network a reality has been a source of embarrassment in the field of Commonwealth studies. The proposal was specifically endorsed by the member countries' education ministers at their 1997 meeting in Botswana and by heads of government who met in Edinburgh the same year.

Thomas Symons, founding president of Trent University in Canada, proposed the Association of Commonwealth Studies in a 1996 report.

Two years later, a launch conference attracted more than 80 people. But difficulties precluded would-be members taking the project further until it was revived by Tim Shaw, incoming director of London University's Institute of Commonwealth Studies and fellow ICS academic Michael Twaddle, the association's secretary.

Professor Symons told The Thes: "Among the commission's recommendations was a proposal for the formation of an association for commonwealth studies, to foster teaching and research about the Commonwealth and to provide a professional body and forum for those engaged in this work."

• A centre for Commonwealth education is to be set up at Cambridge University, vice-chancellor Sir Alec Broers announced this week. It will be funded by the Commonwealth Institute, which has put its London building on the market.

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Lecturer in Business and Management DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
Director of the Roslin Institute THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Lecturer in Economics DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
International Director UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (8 September 2016)

Some lecturers will rightly encourage forms of student interaction that are impossible for those covering their faces, Eric Heinze argues

Handwritten essay on table

Universities must pay more attention to the difficulties faced by students, says Daniel Dennehy

University of Oxford students walking on campus

University of Oxford snatches top spot from Caltech in this year’s World University Rankings as Asia’s rise continues

Theresa May entering 10 Downing Street, London

The prospect of new grammar schools on the horizon raises big questions for HE, writes Nick Hillman

Nosey man outside window

Head of UK admissions service Mary Curnock Cook addresses concerns that universities might ‘not hear a word’ from applicants