Principal advises Commonwealth delegates on creating global networks

25 March 2013

GCU Principal Professor Pamela Gillies with Commonwealth delegates

GCU Principal Professor Pamela Gillies with Commonwealth delegates

GCU Principal Professor Pamela Gillies has met delegates from across the Commonwealth to advise them on building networks around the world.

They are part of a Commonwealth Study Conference team travelling across the UK to research how members of communities that have spread throughout the world can become “bridge-makers” towards the creation of global networks.The delegates, drawn from the public sector, business, and journalism, and from countries including Pakistan, Australia, South Africa, Zambia, Malaysia, Brunei and Kenya are part of a 100-member delegation which will present its findings in Oxford, Mumbai and Johannesburg.

They were joined at the meeting by Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor for International and External Relations, and Professor John Wilson, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society.After meeting the delegates, the Principal will join HRH The Princess Royal, Commonwealth Study Conference President, and Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Councillor Sadie Docherty, at a civic dinner being held in their honour in the City Chambers.The delegation is hosted by Common Purpose, an international, not-for-profit organisation that has been running leadership development courses since 1989.

Common Purpose’s Scotland Director Connie Young said: “In a globalised world, migration is commonplace and ever increasing. People move between countries and communities taking their skills, knowledge and networks with them. They are a source of huge potential, able to add great value to the countries they go to and also the countries they’ve left through building bridges and connections between the two communities.”

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