Commonwealth Study Conferences (CSCs) are held at global, regional, and national levels, with three aims:
Our next face-to-face conference will be in 2024, postponed as a result of the pandemic. Meanwhile we are working with CSC Global Alumni to offer a series of virtual seminars, the Global Leadership Series. Each is designed to challenge the way participants think and to offer a fresh perspective. Working with CSC Global Alumni to connect alumni, we want all alumni of CSCs to build strong and enduring networks of inspiring change-makers, current and future Commonwealth leaders.
Bringing dozens of passionate people from all over the world into one place has always been the foundation of what we do. There’s nothing quite like meeting someone in person to find out more about them, and we still believe it’s the best way of making connections that last.
Being able to meet in person will always be important but in future we plan to combine this with extensive online interaction between face-to-face events so that participants can meet more often and develop sustainable networking patterns.
The UK organised Commonwealth-wide conferences through a partnership with Common Purpose, the CSCLeaders programme, which ran successfully from 2013 to 2019 on an annual basis with a total of 593 participants. It typically involved a week in the UK and a week elsewhere in the Commonwealth, for example India or Kenya.
A new charity, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences, was established in 2019 to develop a new programme and to form closer links with other CSC organisations worldwide. The new programme is being developed with the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The purpose of the new programme is to give emerging Commonwealth leaders an exceptional international network for learning and mutual support based on attendance at a Commonwealth Study Conference. Key components of success are well-tested and remain unchanged:
• Tackling major current issues by meeting key leaders and organisations
• Working in small high calibre groups of highly diverse nationalities, organisations and sectors
• Continuing links and involvement as alumni
Current plans aim at running the first of the new programmes face-to-face in 2024.
Meanwhile Commonwealth Future Leaders is working with CSC Global Alumni to host a series of Global Leadership events online to support alumni development.