GCU wins at 2012 African Achievement Awards Scotland

21 November 2012

Professor John Wilson accepts the award

Professor John Wilson accepts the award

Glasgow Caledonian University has been honoured at the 2012 African Achievement Awards Scotland.

The award, Academic Excellence - Provider (Higher Education), was presented in recognition of work undertaken in Malawi involving collaboration between the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development and the Malawi Institute of Tourism (MIT). 

The initiative, which commenced in 2006, benefited from nearly £400,000 support from the Scottish Executive and subsequently the Scottish Government.

It involved extensive development of MIT's facilities, including its food production facilities, library and IT laboratories and culminated in a graduation ceremony held in Blantyre, Malawi, in October this year for academic staff of MIT who graduated with an MSc in International Tourism Enterprise.

The graduation event was attended by distinguished guests including the Malawian Government's Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Honourable Daniel Liwimbi MP. 

Accepting the award on behalf of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies, Professor John Wilson, Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “This is recognition of the efforts of colleagues from GCU and Malawi to work together to build tourism expertise in Malawi and enhance the experience of current and future students.” 

Professor Wilson paid tribute to the efforts of Professor John Lennon, Director of the Moffat Centre, who was the main architect of the collaboration, and acknowledged the support of the Scottish Government, the Malawian authorities and GCU. 

The Annual African Achievement Awards Scotland honour the highest levels of achievement from within the worldwide African community. The event was established by the African Business Forum Scotland, a social enterprise set up to recognise the excellence of Africans in Scotland and across the globe.