Education in the Commonwealth

Education has been a priority area for Commonwealth governments since 1959, when Ministers first met in Oxford. As member countries share remarkably similar education systems and institutions, this ‘network-of-networks’ has led the way in the sustainable and equitable internationalisation of education at all levels:

  • Over 25,000 alumni of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
  • 30+ official organisations dedicated to excellence in education
  • 17 pan-Commonwealth summits of education ministers
  • World’s oldest inter-university network (Association of Commonwealth Universities)
  • Creation of the world’s first Virtual University for Small States
  • Assisting many Ministries of Education and Higher Education with policy development, capacity building and institutional strengthening
  • Pioneering of first UN-ratified Protocol on sustainable teacher recruitment and migration