KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has been elected to serve on the governing Council for the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
The UWI in a statement said that Beckles will be responsible for overseeing the association’s activities and determining its future strategic direction. His appointment is for a three-year period ending in August 2025.
The ACU is the world’s first and oldest international university network, established in 1913 to provide a forum for universities to share information, knowledge, and ideas.
The ACU Council comprises Vice-Chancellors from across the Commonwealth, each of whom has been nominated and elected by their peers within the ACU membership network, and will also act as a Trustee for the association.
“It is indeed an honor to be invited to serve within the ACU, particularly in this capacity to impact its future strategic direction. The University of the West Indies has a legacy of partnership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities that we are proud to continue to nurture in this new dimension of service.
“This is also another opportunity to deepen my lifelong career engagement in higher education. I am grateful and humbled,” the Vice Chancellor said.
ACU chief executive, and secretary general, Dr Joanna Newman, said she is delighted to be welcoming five new members to the ACU’s Council .
“Our Council represents the diversity and strength of Commonwealth cooperation and our Strategic Plan, The Road to 2030, makes the case for the role of higher education in addressing each of the 17 SDGs.
“I look forward to working closely with our Council members in our shared mission to build a better world through higher education.”