5 February 2019
Dr Meera Sabaratnam, Chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group, met with HRH The Duchess of Sussex on Thursday at the Duchess’s first official visit as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
Dr Sabaratnam, who is also a member of the ACU's Peace and Reconciliation Network, discussed decolonising the curriculum and how higher education institutions have a critical role to play in addressing colonial legacies, diversifying leadership and empowering learning and teaching.
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Of the visit, Dr Sabaratnam said: “The Commonwealth as a network is deeply embedded in Britain’s legacies of empire and colonialism. It is time for us in education to confront how these legacies shape and limit our imaginations, our interactions and our practices. In rethinking forms of education and knowledge production we have an opportunity to remake our relations in a positive and more equal way.”
Attendees also took part in an interactive workshop at City University of London to showcase how the ACU is building a better world through higher education. A series of discussion groups themed around the ACU's key areas of work, such as gender equity, access and inclusion, and sustainability, gave researchers from across the Commonwealth an opportunity to demonstrate to The Duchess how their work is directly contributing to this vision.