The African Leadership College Mauritius
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is the founding academic partner of an innovative higher education institution in Africa established to develop future leaders for the continent.
More than 180 students from 30 African countries are preparing to start at the African Leadership College (ALC) Mauritius from January 2017. As founding academic partner, GCU is accrediting and delivering the initial undergraduate programmes in business, computing, social sciences and psychology.
The programmes have a focus on ethical leadership, employability and entrepreneurialism and each year of study incorporates a four-month internship with an employer partner, including IBM, Thomson Reuters and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
"At GCU, the University for the Common Good, we share the ALC’s mission to create life-changing opportunities through education. In this new partnership, the expertise and commitment of colleagues across GCU will come to the fore as we work together to equip graduates with the skills and confidence to contribute towards the future success of Africa."Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University
The official opening of ALC Mauritius was attended by the President of Mauritius, Her Excellency Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim; ALC’s inaugural Chancellor Dr Graça Machel, former First Lady of both Mozambique and South Africa; GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, and Fred Swaniker, founder of ALC Mauritius and African Leadership Unleashed.
"This is an audacious initiative that uses innovation to create a fresh solution to an old problem - creating high calibre leaders who will drive Africa's development and inspire generations to come. This marks the beginning of what I believe will be an inspiring African story."Dr Graça Machel, Former First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa and inaugural Chancellor of ALC
ALC Mauritius is funded by African Leadership Unleashed and is the first step in Mr Swaniker’s vision to create a network of 25 African higher education institutions. The first cohort is already on campus studying the GCU-accredited foundation year and pre-requisite modules before progressing to the GCU honours degree programmes.
“ALC Mauritius has been welcomed by young people and families in Africa, exemplified by more than 4000 applications in its first year. We are proud to partner with GCU, a university which holds dear the value of access to high-quality, affordable education."Fred Swaniker, Founder of ALC Mauritius and African Leadership Unleashed