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The Duchess of Sussex shares a message as part of the ACU’s new strategy report

The Association of Commonwealth Universities, of with Her Royal Highness is Patron, has published its brand new strategy reportThe road to 2030: building a better world through higher education. The Duchess wrote an introduction message which you can read below (the full report is available here:

As Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), it brings me incredible pride to support a network of universities each aligned with the shared goal of enabling students worldwide to maximise their potential through access to higher education. The experience of attending university allows students to graduate into the world with the social skills and intellectual prowess that will set them up for greater success; that happens not simply on a micro level in their own lives, but on a macro level. The choices they make and challenges they endeavour to overcome create deep and meaningful global impact.

It is important to note that for many young people around the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, the opportunity to achieve their full potential through education can simply feel out of reach. Whether it is cost prohibitive or that the cultural stigma in their specific community restricts their ability to attend by virtue of their gender, race, or creed – the ACU seeks to break through these boundaries and enable all curious minds the opportunity to whet their appetites for the experiential value of higher learning.

In many territories throughout the world, a university education is the key to ending poverty by empowering students to generate incomes for their families and wider communities, as well as securing their own futures. It is only right then that the ACU plays a critical role in making this happen; this esteemed network supports universities and students to open doors that have otherwise been closed, and in doing so to open minds as well.

I am inspired by the students of today, by their vision and ambition for positive change, and by their understanding of the powerful role higher education can play to create a brighter future. The Commonwealth’s young people are an incredible asset, and it is vital that we invest in them.

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The Duchess of Sussex visits the Association of Commonwealth Universities

Earlier this afternoon, The Duchess of Sussex visited the City University of London to meet with members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, of which she is Patron. The ACU is the world’s first and oldest university network, with more than 500 universities around the Commonwealth. Her Majesty The Queen passed on the patronage to Meghan earlier this month. Meghan attended a meeting with the Association back in December.

Today, she met with students from various countries who are currently studying in the UK and whose life has changed since joining the ACU. She also discussed the association’s involvement in helping disabled people around the world through scholarship schemes. VIDEO



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The Duchess of Sussex visits the National Theatre

Earlier today, Meghan visited her third patronage, The National Theatre, located in South Bank, London. The patronage was passed on to Meghan earlier this month by Her Majesty The Queen (who kept it for 45 years). During the visit, the Duchess revealed she visited the organisation before Christmas last year.
Meghan watched a performance by the schoolchildren of Edith Neville Primary School (which she’d already seen the last time she was there) and a run of the first Public Arts production of Sheakspeare’s play Pericles. She also met with some of the theatre’s current and former apprentices before departing. VIDEOVIDEO


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The Duchess of Sussex Visits The Mayhew Animal Welfare Charity

Last week, it was announced that The Duchess of Sussex was to become the Royal Patron of the animal welfare charity Mayhew. Today, as Patron, she visited the centre in London. The Mayhew works to improve the life of dogs and cats and the people of our community, whether it’s in London or worldwide.

Meghan met with TheraPaws volunteers (TheraPaws is an animal therapy programme working on improving their wellbeing), officers from the charity and she met a few dogs – current residents or ex-residents – including Minnie who was put to adoption on this very day. VIDEOVIDEO



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The Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works

Following the announcement of her patronages, Meghan visited Smart Works in London. Smart Works is a charity which helps unemployed women gain the courage and confidence by training them for job interviews and then getting back into work. The Duchess got to meet some women benefitting from the charity and even got to help a one of them choose an outfit!


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