International conference will showcase Universitys work across Africa

09 April 2013

The University will showcase its work throughout Africa at an international conference this month.

Five speakers from GCU will discuss its work across the continent at the first Scottish African International Business Conference, which is being held at the University on April 25 and 26.

The conference, hosted by the African Forum Scotland, will focus on “Working towards a sustainable Africa and the changing perspective of the African business environment”.  Around 200 delegates, from across Africa and the UK, are expected to attend.

Professor John Wilson, Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor. Glasgow School for Business and Society, and Professor John Lennon, the School’s Vice-Dean, will speak about GCU’s practical approach to helping transform Malawi’s fledgling tourist industry. Fiona Stewart-Knight will discuss GCU’s work with South Africa’s rail network; Kumbirai Mabwe will give a paper on South Africa’s banking sector, and Dr Umut Korkut will discuss how countries use political and cultural discourse to enhance their economic gains across the continent.

Said Professor Wilson: “This innovative inaugural conference is one we're very proud to support, offering, as it does, an opportunity to showcase the strong links between Scotland and Africa and, in particular, the range of work undertaken by the University in Africa.”

Beltus Etchu, African Forum Scotland’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The conference recognises the important role Africa plays and how the worlds perspective and perception of her must evolve. We aim to provide a multi-dimensional view of the different approaches of businesses, states, NGOs and individuals in re-engaging with Africa and asserting its place in history as an important contributor to the global economy and security.

“We are proud to partner with GCU, which has impacted so much on, and continues to contribute to, the sustainable development of Africa, through the nurturing, training and up-skilling of African students and personnel. This conference will provide a platform for such exemplary learning and best practices to be shared.”

The forum awarded GCU its Academic Excellence - Provider (Higher Education) award last year in recognition of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development’s work with Malawi’s Institute of Tourism to develop and teach an MSc in International Tourism Enterprise.

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