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Third EDULINK Stakeholder’s Conference

For Release Upon Receipt - November 23, 2009

St. Augustine

Lisbon, Portugal was the site of the Third EDULINK Stakeholder’s Conference, which took place on October 1st and 2nd, 2009. Ms. Joy Cooblal, Project Coordinator for the project “Capacity Building for the Financial Sustainability of ACP Higher Education Institutions,” represented The University of the West Indies for this project. Other UWI representatives, and coordinators of other EDULINK projects, included Dr. Azad Mohammed, Dr. Judith Mendes, Dr. Mark Thomas and Professor Andrew Lawrence. Themed “Knowledge sharing through the ACP-EU Platform for Cooperation in Higher Education,” the conference aimed to promote “higher education as a means of reducing poverty in ACP countries and regions” by encouraging higher education stakeholders to work together to assess the influence of EDULINK projects on poverty alleviation.

Approximately 120 delegates attended the conference, including representatives from 56 ongoing EDULINK projects, European Union affiliated agencies and external higher education institutions with interests in EDULINK.

Mr. Andrew Bradley, ACP Secretariat, Mr. Jose Antonio Valente, European Commission, and Professor Antonio Rendas, Universidad Nova de Lisboa, Portugal gave the welcome addresses. Keynote speeches and workshops followed, focusing on EDULINK’s projects, their socio-economic impact and the potential held by future projects. 

The project is co-financed in the ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Higher Education (EDULINK). It is a programme of the ACP group of States, with the financial assistance of the European Union. To find out more about EDULINK, please visit

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