GCU to deliver degrees at innovative African Leadership College

16 March 2016

Students enjoy peer-to-peer learning at the African Leadership College in Mauritius

Students enjoy peer-to-peer learning at the African Leadership College in Mauritius

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is to deliver degrees at an innovative higher education institution in Africa established to develop future leaders for the continent.

More than 180 students from 29 African countries are preparing to start GCU degrees 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.

ALC Mauritius 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.

The official opening of ALC Mauritius was attended by Mauritian Deputy Prime Minister Xavier-Luc Duval; 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.

Professor Gillies said: “I am proud that a Scottish university is playing such a significant role in the development and future success of ALC Mauritius, which is seeking to grow leadership capability for Africa.  At Glasgow Caledonian University, the University for the Common Good, we share the ALC’s mission to create life-changing opportunities through education.

“We have demonstrated this commitment internationally through a series of highly successful partnerships and our University’s pledge to work with our friends and colleagues in Africa has had a long history. In this new partnership, the expertise and commitment of colleagues across GCU will come to the fore as we work together with ALC to equip graduates with the skills and confidence to contribute towards the future success of Africa. In so doing, we at GCU have learnt much from our new partners and we look forward to continuing to do so.”

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 are already on campus studying the GCU-accredited foundation year and pre-requisite modules before progressing to the GCU honours degree programmes.

Mr Swaniker said: “ALC Mauritius has been welcomed by young people and families in Africa, exemplified by more than 4000 applications in its first year. This is because students at ALC Mauritius will graduate with the talent and knowledge which empowers them towards life-changing careers. We are proud to partner with GCU, a university which holds dear the value of access to high-quality, affordable education. We welcome GCU into a movement which gives graduates the critical leadership skills and entrepreneurial mindset that can change Africa.”