International Contribution - Higher Education Institutions

To be awarded to a project or partnership in which college and higher education institutions have utilised Glasgow 2014 and its legacy goals as an opportunity to operate and engage in a global environment.

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University of Edinburgh – Building Legacy Relationships with India

Edinburgh is a truly international university firmly rooted in Scotland.  We aim to attract the most able minds from anywhere in the world, and offer a world-class education with global impact.  We have embraced Glasgow 2014 as a catalyst for developing connections with the Commonwealth, forging in particular a pioneering legacy partnership with Delhi, which is India’s leading university with over 130,000 students.

Activities encompass:

  • College on Wheels, which saw over 600 students from both institutions mirror the train journey taken by Mahatma Gandhi. This unique cultural experience created mutual  understanding and an admiration for India and its way of life;
  • Disabled student exchange ~ a transformational experience giving disabled Delhi students their first overseas trip to Edinburgh;
  • Universities’ Men’s hockey exchange, which will see the Commonwealth’s first ever International Varsity Hockey Match;
  • An invitation to the Indian Hockey teams to base at the University their final preparations for the Commonwealth Tournament in Glasgow 2014;
  • Creating the Commonwealth Sport Scholarship Funds to help talented students combine their sporting and educational ambitions.

Edinburgh’s involvements internationally, particularly those in India, have a genuine sporting, educational and cultural legacy, all of which are connected to and/or inspired by, the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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University of Strathclyde – Global Coaches House

The Global Coaches House (GCH) 2014 will provide a meeting and focal point at the University of Strathclyde for the coaches and coaching organisations of the world as they attend the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It also aims to attract academics and business professionals with an interest in applying coaching to the needs of their organisations and their own professional development.

GCH 2014 is a project involving three key partners: the University of Strathclyde, the International Council for Coaching Excellence and sportscotland. In addition the event and programme have full support and endorsement from the Commonwealth Games Federation in terms of promotion and profile.

Following the success of the introductory ICCE Global Coaches House in London during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this new partnership has been developed to extend the project and target audience and plan and deliver an eight day celebration of coaching and coaches during the period of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The GCH 2014 ( was formally launched in Durban, South Africa in September 2013 at the ICCE Conference. The intention is to use the Glasgow event as a template for future programmes to be run in parallel with key international sporting events, particularly major games.


University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow – 33Fifty

The 33Fifty leadership programme for young people aged 18-25 in the Commonwealth was launched in November 2013 and will be delivered at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh with Common Purpose and the Royal Commonwealth Society as part of the Legacy educational programme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The programme is called 33Fifty because 33% of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth and 50% of those are under the age of 25. One-third of participants will come from Scotland; a further one-third will be Commonwealth citizens currently studying or working in the UK; and one-third will be 18-25-year-olds living across the Commonwealth who will travel to Scotland to undertake the programme, which will take place from 17-20 July 2014, immediately prior to the Games.

33Fifty aims to develop young leaders to bring people together, reconcile differences, lead change and use the Commonwealth’s networks effectively. The group will tackle the challenge “What role does the youth of the Commonwealth need to play in progress toward low-carbon economies?” over four days at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, ultimately presenting their reports to Commonwealth sports ministers, international development ministers, heads of state and business leaders. The leadership skills which the programme will develop in its participants are designed to build strong foundations for their studies, careers and civic life.