Commonwealth Summer School 2016

Dear students,

We are pleased to share an opportunity of Commonwealth Summer School 2016 with you.

The sixth annual Commonwealth Summer School will be hosted between the August 13-20, 2016 at the University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda. The School provides a forum to bring together high-quality students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss interdisciplinary issues of global importance. This year's programme will focus on Sustainable Development Goals.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is committed to mixing local and regional students with those from further afield who may have never had the opportunity to leave their own regions. To ensure this, the ACU is offering a limited number of bursaries for students from member universities only: full bursaries (including return economy air travel to Rwanda, registration fees, accommodation and most meals); and partial bursaries (which may be used towards registration fees or travel). Bursaries, in either case, cannot be used to cover the cost of visas, vaccinations or transfer costs to and from airports. IBA, Karachi is a member of ACU and therefore, our selected students may be granted a bursary upon their selection.
Details of the programme are given below for your ready reference.

In case of any concern, please feel free to contact me.

Kind regards,

Shehreena Amin
Assistant Manager, External Linkages and Acting Manager, IRC
Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
Phone: +92-21-38104700 Ext. 2601

The Commonwealth Summer School was instigated by the ACU in 2011. It aims to provide a forum to bring together high quality students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss interdisciplinary issues of global importance.

Sustainable Development Goals
The theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals: what role for universities?’, will encompass sub-themes of equality and gender, biodiversity, sustainable cities and conservation and development economics.

The ACU Commonwealth Summer School is a multi-disciplinary event which will bring together exemplary students from across the Commonwealth to discuss higher education's role in SDG implementation.

Delegates will share examples of best practice in areas such as university outreach and community development, as well as participating in lectures, seminars and site visits themed around key sustainable development themes. Participants will spend the week working on a high-level group project, enabling delegates to begin building a personal and institutional contribution to the SDGs.

Applicant must either be studying for a postgraduate degree (full- or part- time) or in the final year of an undergraduate degree, with the expectation of moving to postgraduate study on completion.

Priority will be given to students from member institutions who have not had the opportunity to travel outside their home region.

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Program Cost
The cost of the summer school is £250 for students from ACU member institutions and £350 for students from other Commonwealth universities. (IBA, Karachi is a member of ACU). This includes registration, accommodation (in same sex shared rooms), travel and transport during the summer school, all meals on the conference venue and airport transfer on arrival (limited availability) to the venue.

Full and partial bursaries are available for students of member institutions who would otherwise be unable to fund the costs of attending.

Full bursaries include the programme registration fee, accommodation, return, flights to and from Rwanda, as well as most meals.

Partial bursaries cover the registration fee, accommodation, and most meals but excludes flights.

Application Deadline
Applications should be received by 5:00 AM PST (Pakistan Standard Time) on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by May 2016.