Meeting FW de Klerk
Date: 7th Jun 2016
Dr Vicky Vass of Buckinghamshire New University has led a delegation of University figures meeting former South Africa President FW de Klerk at the House of Lords to share experiences on education in the UK and South Africa and to hear his ideas about leadership.
Dr Vass, Pro Vice Chancellor, was joined by Professor Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor; Dame Christine Beasley DBE, Chair of Council; Dr Jenny Tilbury, Head of Academic Department for Travel & Aviation; and Karen Mitchell, Principal and Chief Executive of Aylesbury College, a partner of Bucks New University.
Dr Vass is Task Force Leader for the education aspect of the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to South Africa, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC, who hosted the afternoon tea and question-and-answer session.
The Bucks New University delegation joined Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE; Lord Evans of Watford; and senior UK education leaders.
Dr Vass said: "The purpose of the meeting was to enable us to share experiences with one of the world's great leaders. We had the opportunity to discuss with him our developing ideas on sharing best practice of education in the UK and South Africa and also to hear his perspective on leadership.
"FW is widely recognised for brokering the end of apartheid and supporting the transformation of South Africa into a multi-racial democracy. He won the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize in 1991, the Prince of Asturias Award in 1992 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 so we look forward to working with him."
Picture captions: Dr Vicky Vass and Professor Ruth Farwell.