GCU is a globally networked institution and continued its work internationally throughout 2019. The next generation of Africa’s leaders celebrated graduating with degrees from GCU in the inaugural ceremony at the African Leadership College in Mauritius.

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE joined ALC Chancellor Graça Machel, former First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa, to celebrate with 87 students graduating from the pioneering college, established to transform leadership in the world's fastest-growing continent. GCU is ALC’s founding partner and the College has hundreds of students enrolled in degree programmes accredited by the University.

We helped South Africa’s voiceless communities tell their own stories with the Erasmus-funded Common Good First project. In partnership with universities across the country, we created a digital network to support and grow South Africa’s emerging social innovation sector.

Communities can now capture and showcase their experiences and share them with each other and with Higher Education institutions around the world to tackle community challenges together.

Masters students celebrated their success alongside Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nobel Prize Laureate Jerry White and Dress for Success CEO Joi Gordon at commencement ceremonies at Glasgow Caledonian New York College. They graduated in programmes including International Fashion Marketing, Impact-Focused Business, and Risk, Resilience and Integrity Management.

GCNYC is the first foreign institution of higher education to win degree-granting authority in New York, and this year we opened our doors to international students there for the first time after achieving Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) status. The new status lets GCNYC sponsor international students for entry to the US, opening up the global market to the College for the first time. GCNYC also secured Title IV status, allowing domestic American students to study there using US federal loan funding - an essential financial support system for most US home students. Both accreditations are significant for student recruitment, which will be the College’s primary source of income.

We also celebrated the graduations from GCU of nearly 200 employees of South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail at its School of Rail campus.

They are among more than 700 TFR employees who have successfully studied Certificate, Diploma, BSc, Honours and MSc programmes in railway operations management, created in partnership by GCU, the University of Johannesburg and the Institution of Railway Operators. For the first time this year, some graduates were celebrating attaining Honours- and Masters-level qualifications.

The programmes are at the core of Transnet Freight Rail’s talent management programme as the company transforms the country’s rail, port and pipeline infrastructure to promote economic growth across South Africa.

In Oman, we’re creating a GCU accredited diploma to help train medics from Oman’s Armed Forces Medical Services School to global standards. We’re creating a GCU-accredited diploma that can be benchmarked to international standards. Armed Forces Medical Services School Commanding Officer Dr Sulaiman Al Mawali, who is spending four months with GCU’s world-leading nursing specialists, said: “GCU has a global reputation for its nursing education and their leadership in this field is something we want to introduce to Oman.”