Connecting across the Global Campus – GCA Gathering in Leuven, Belgium

(Text written by Kersty McCourt, GCA board member)

At the end of April we had the chance to meet with all the new Global Campus Representatives alongside the AHRI conference in Leuven. It was inspiring to meet fellow alumni – and whilst we don’t share the Lido experience – there is a strong and vibrant connection that stems from our similar experiences.

To catch a glimpse of our meetings and hear from the GCA reps have a look at a short videomade by Adebayo Okeowo – one of the GCA board members from the University of Pretoria. Adebayo was able to capture the spirit of the meeting and we’re happy to be able to share it with you – and inspire everyone to build links with fellow alumni across the GCA.

We organized a series of events in Leuven:

– A panel discussion at the AHRI conference ‘Between Law and Justice: A Critical Perspective on the Role of Courts in Realising Rights drawing on the practical and academic experience of alumni from Venice, Sarajevo and Pretoria:

– A roundtable with Manfred Nowak, George Ulrich, professors from the Global Campus and the European External Action Service. We focused on how our 3000 strong community can respond to today’s human rights challenges – drawing on insights from each of the GC regions:

– A GCA reps meeting where we learnt more about each other’s associations and planned joint work around projects such as the mentoring programme, the hubs and alumni initiatives. See the GCA presentation here!

And of course shared experiences over Belgian beers and had the most incredible tour of Leuven from E.MAlumni board member Michael Merrigan – thank you Michael!

The Global Campus is increasingly organizing joint projects such as the Global Classroom this year taking place in Bangkok in late May, and the Promotional Conference that took place in Sarajevo in April on the theme of ‘Liquid Reconciliation’. We really encourage you to keep your database profiles up to date so that we and EIUC are able to identify and invite experts from amongst our alumni communities.

Don’t hesitate to be in touch with questions and ideas and we hope you are inspired to reach out and connect across the GCA!

Kersty McCourt