GCU Principal visits Princeton University

08 April 2013

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE with First Minister Alex Salmond

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE with First Minister Alex Salmond

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of GCU, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE recently attended a ‘Symposium on the Wealth and Wellbeing of Nations’ as a guest of honour of Princeton University.

The Principal delivered the vote of thanks to a keynote lecture delivered by the First Minister, Alex Salmond, who attended as part of his Scotland Week tour of the United States. The Principal also delivered the guest speech at the symposium reception and dinner and was the opening discussant at one of the sessions, examining ‘Inequality and Wellbeing’.

Professor Gillies said: “It was a privilege to have been able to take in part the ‘Wealth and Wellbeing’ symposium at Princeton University. The events were inspired by the vision and energy of Professor William Storrar, and Princeton’s Center of Theological Inquiry, and I greatly appreciate the kind invitation. Princeton is one of the world’s finest universities and I am delighted that my colleagues from the Yunus Centre were able to be involved to such an extent.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to outline our work to address inequalities, including the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing and supporting the establishment of Grameen UK, in front of the distinguished array of guests at the symposium dinner. I was also able to highlight this work with the First Minister, who delivered such a passionate and inspiring address to conclude the symposium.”

Members of the team at GCU’s Yunus Centre, led by Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, presented their work on 'Global problems, local solutions: rethinking wealth and health through the lens of social enterprise,' to other leading academics from Scotland, the UK, Europe and the United States.

Professor Donaldson said: “It was a great honour to be asked to present our research at one of the world’s leading universities and to interact on such important issues with leading global scholars from Princeton, elsewhere in the US and from Scotland.”

The two-day symposium was held from Friday, April 5 and focused on the writings and theories of Scottish philosopher and political economist, Adam Smith, particularly in relation to economic development and human wellbeing today, especially questions of health, wealth, inequality. The individual discussion sessions were followed by the First Minister’s public lecture, chaired by Professor Gillies and Professor Kim Lane Scheppele of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

The First Minister was visiting the US to promote Scotland on the world stage through business and tourism engagements, as well as to fulfil invitations to undertake a number of high-level speaking engagements at some of the US’s most prestigious institutions.

Mr Salmond said: “It is a source of great pride that we offer the very best both culturally and environmentally to the rest of the world.”