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Feeding the mind – as researchers in New Zealand explore the link between nutrition and mental health, could a Māori philosophy of wellbeing hold some clues?

Feeding the Mind” by Taryn Hale (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Pākehā), a UC Master’s student and Professor Julia Rucklidge, Director of Te Puna Toiora, the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group and Professor of Clinical Psychology was published on 8 July in “The ACU Review”, the online publication of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

You may enjoy reading some other recent articles in this publication in the areas of Endangered languages and Public mental health.

You can also explore the ACU homepage.

Join the ACU at the UN High-Level Political Forum 2020

Dear Colleague,

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is delighted to invite you to participate in this year’s UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) – the yearly conference of the United Nations reviewing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The HLPF is where governments, UN Agencies and civil society come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030. This year the HLPF, taking place from 7-16 July, is dedicated to “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.

As a global university association advocating for the key role that higher education plays in achieving sustainable development, the ACU will take an active part in the debates again this year and is co-organising a series of virtual events, together with our partners and Members.

Click on the links below to learn about each event and register to attend. The following events are free and open to all ACU Members.

ACU at the HLPF 2020 in brief:

On all HLPF days the ACU will share a virtual exhibition space with IAU and AUF titled ‘Higher Education mobilises for the SDGs’.  

Learn more about the UN HLPF 2020 here and access the full HLPF 2020 programme here.

We hope you can join us in championing sustainable development in higher education.

Kind regards, The ACU.

ACU Summer School 2020 (virtual delivery) | The Migration generation? Climate, youth and refugees

The Association of Commonwealth Universities Summer School 2020 | The  Migration Generation? Climate, youth and refugees

Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year’s ACU summer school will be delivered virtually in partnership with University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work. We are delighted to be in a position where can still bring together talented students from across the Commonwealth, whilst safeguarding the health and wellbeing of staff and students during this global health emergency.

Students will share their knowledge and experiences of migration, work on a challenging group project, learn from expert speakers and virtually immerse themselves in Ghanaian culture and history. Developed by senior University of Cape Coast subject specialists, the programme has been adapted to provide students with rich intercultural experiences, even at a distance.

Details can be found on the ACU Summer School site.

ACU Digital Now events: “Strategies for successfully moving courses online” and “Going Global 2020: From Global Goals to Global Learning”

Kia ora colleagues The following invitation has been received from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. These events are free as part of our membership.  If you want the information but the time zone doesn’t suit, register for the event and they will then send you a link to the recorded webinar.

Connect with colleagues from across the Commonwealth – attend an ACU Digital Now event.

International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work. ACU Digital Now is part of our commitment to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond. We are using digital solutions to cross borders, narrow divides, and create access to inspire change.

From free webinars offering practical advice and lessons learned, to virtual conferences exploring a range of key areas in higher education – ACU Digital Now marks a digital step change in how we collaborate with each other.

Get insights and perspectives from universities across the Commonwealth to advance your knowledge and support your work. Register online to attend an ACU Digital Now event:

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.

If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at events@acu.ac.uk

We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards,  The ACU

Latest news from the ACU – The Association of Commonwealth Universities

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ACU member introduction: International collaboration by Professor (Dr) C Raj KumarFounding Vice-Chancellor at ACU member OP Jindal Global University, India.

The future of the world will depend upon our ability and capacity to deal with adversities and challenges. From responding to COVID-19, to protecting the environment and building peaceful, pluralistic communities, our fragile planet will continue to face challenges – most of which will concern the sustainability of our future. Addressing such global challenges requires collective imagination and thoughtful action.

It is against this backdrop that the work of the ACU, including bringing together young minds across the Commonwealth, becomes increasingly important and significant. The future of our planet will depend upon our commitment to developing resilience and this work begins at the universities of the world.

Earlier this year, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) partnered with the ACU, British Council, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO-Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, PRIA Youth Foundation and UNESCO-MGIEP to host youth leaders from 15 Commonwealth countries for the second Commonwealth Futures workshop on ‘Inspiring global citizens’. Marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the workshop examined multidisciplinary themes relating to the concept of global citizenship such as participatory democracy, community engagement, peace, non-violence, and prevention of violent extremism.

Universities have a critical role to play in preparing young minds to go on and create sustainable futures. Key focus areas include developing curricula and pedagogies oriented towards sustainable development, fostering global networks and communities of knowledge, and building close networks with local communities.

At JGU, we are striving to work on a pan-university, multidisciplinary strategy to explore innovative and sensitive ways to teach, learn, work, and live. As a demographically diverse university, in a semi-rural region in northern India that still faces enormous social and economic developmental challenges, we are particularly conscious about creating a transformative institutional model in higher education.

Given the current global health emergency, the need to innovate within higher education is more pertinent than ever. Universities across the world are demonstrating agility and an openness to change as they adapt to new ways of teaching and working. At JGU we seek to do justice to the goals and aspirations of our students, even in times of such crisis, while ensuring the safety and wellness of our students, faculty and staff. Therefore, JGU was prepared to handle the unanticipated and complete immersion into virtual learning and online teaching, and a strong academic and digital infrastructure enabled us to smoothly transition to the online world to deliver over 400 courses online this summer.

We are delighted to have been able to be part of the Commonwealth Futures and ACU Digital Now events, and we look forward to further opportunities to collaborate with the ACU’s extensive network.

With warm regards,

Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar
Founding Vice-Chancellor
OP Jindal Global University