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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair visits Monash South Africa

Written by: diannem

Monash South Africa attests to being a World Class campus of higher learning, and continued to showcase its international relevance this week as the campus hosted former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, in Ruimsig, Johannesburg to speak to students, faculty and stakeholders about Internationalisation and Africa.

Mr Blair also joined a panel of local experts and leaders to discuss issues affecting African development.

In his remarks, the former Prime Minister emphasised that governance is the key issue facing African countries. He added that governance must be supported by infrastructure that supports connectivity, a business environment that instils confidence amongst investors, and systems that protect ordinary citizens, including security, healthcare and education.

Blair further noted that if a country has even one effective university, it may stand as an example to others and encourage better education.

"If countries are well governed, they will succeed; but if they are poorly governed, they will fail. Our institutions must focus on creativity rather than rote learning."

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Other esteemed panellists who joined the discussion on the topic included Prof. Olive Shisana, President and CEO, Evidence Based Solutions and member of the MSA Advisory Board, Prof Narend Baijnath, CEO, Council on Higher Education, as well as Ogi Williams, Senior Research Analyst, In On Africa, and Tafadzwa Mandinyenya SADC Youth Network.

The topic of the discussion was highly relevant and ensured a robust discussion regarding the need for an Afro-centric education, while maintaining a globally relevant perspective and the ability of students to work cross-culturally and across the globe. Monash South Africa is well known for its diverse student body, with over 60 different nationalities represented on the campus, presenting a diverse array of international perspectives in lectures, tutorials and discussions.

Sharad Mehra, CEO of Monash South Africa expressed his gratitude to the former minister for his attendance and continued interest in African development.

“Our campus prides itself on providing internationally relevant degrees, while ensuring an education sensitive to African needs and challenges. Hosting a speaker of such prestige on our campus is a remarkable honour and reinforces our commitment to a truly global education for all our students. We are so very grateful to Mr Blair for participating in this incredible event and visiting our campus”.

Sharad Mehra, CEO of Monash South Africa

The MSA campus ensures international opportunities by assisting students to participate in their Study Abroad programme, thus allowing students to broaden their horizons and gain a global perspective. Added to its commitment to internationality, MSA also strives to provide a memorable student experience and to ultimately ensure the employability of its graduates in whichever field they choose to work.

Mr Blair has had many visits to Laureate network institutions. The other Laureate universities he has visited include INTI in Malaysia, and Laureate campuses in São Paulo, Brazil; in Lima, Peru; Germany, Spain; Turkey; Mexico and Brazil.

MSA is a recognised provider of quality tertiary education in a safe, personalised academic environment. Close to 4,000 students study at MSA, which offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of fields, including Business and Economics, Information Technology, Law, Social Sciences and Health Sciences. A Foundation Programme is also offered for students to articulate into the MSA undergraduate degrees.

About Laureate Education, Inc.

Laureate Education is the world’s leading higher education provider, with more than 70 universities educating over one million students in 25 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Laureate’s universities offer undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programmes in fields as varied as architecture, business, design, engineering, hospitality management, law and medicine. To learn more, visit www.laureate.net.




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