Those of you who enjoyed Downton Abbey would feel right at home at Wilton Park. Near England's southern coast, the estate spreads lavishly around a building which has a colorful history. Originally a grim Norman castle William the Conqueror gave to one of his buddies, it was replaced four hundred years later by a lovely house.
Sir Thomas Shirley was Queen Elizabeth's Treasurer-at-War. He received state funding for England's war with the Netherlands, and so was ideally positioned to siphon off vast sums from the Treasury as well as from suppliers to the armed forces. He was found out, but the Queen's death in 1603 saved his neck.
Leased by the Foreign Office, Wilton Park hosts conferences touching on every important global problem.
I am spending these two and a half days with about forty other participants from many countries who came her to brainstorm about the role which higher education plays and could play in the economic and social development of Africa and other developing regions.
More about that in the next GBSN Newsletter!
Guy Pfeffermann is the Founder & CEO of the Global Business School Network