ALC Mauritius will inspire future generations

18 March 2016

ALC Mauritius will inspire future generations

Professor Pamela Gillies in conversation with chancellor Dr Graca Machel

Former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique, Dr Graça Machel, hailed the African Leadership College (ALC) in Mauritius the beginning of an “inspiring African story”.

Dr Machel discussed the future of education in Africa during an in-conversation event led by Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) at the formal opening of the ALC.

Global leaders in education, government representatives and leading African academics gathered to mark the newly established ALC Mauritius, which is funded by African Leadership Unleashed and is the first step in social entrepreneur Fred Swaniker’s vision to create a network of 25 African campuses.

Dr Machel, who also served as Mozambique’s first Education and Culture Minister, is the institution’s inaugural Chancellor.

She said: “Building strong education institutions is perhaps Africa's most urgent priority today. A good education system produces good citizens and good leaders.

“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 event marks the beginning of what I believe will be an inspiring African story.”

GCU is the founding academic partner at ALC Mauritius and more than 180 students from 29 African countries will start GCU undergraduate honours degree programmes from January 2017.

The formal opening also featured addresses by the President of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and from Dr Donald Kaberuka, the former president of the African Development Bank, whilst Grammy award-winning jazz musician Hugh Masekela performed to the 300-strong audience.

Fred Swaniker, founder of ALC Mauritius and African Leadership Unleashed, said: “The answer to the challenge of higher education in Africa today is a solution that leverages scarce resources to produce market-ready graduates at scale in a time-efficient manner.

“Resource constraints in Africa and the imperative to develop transformational leadership across the continent today forces on us an opportunity to re-imagine the traditional university model. ALU is proof that such a solution is within reach.”

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