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Sixth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF6)

The Sixth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF6) was held in Kochi, Kerala), India from 24 – 28 November 2010, in partnership with India’s Indira Gandhi National Open University. More than 600 delegates from 70 countries attended.

Six PCF6 daily newsletters produced. In addition, a summary of PCF6 and its results appears in the February 2011 edition of COL’s newsletter, Connections.


Access & Success in Learning: Global Development Perspectives


  1. Community Development
  2. Formal Education
  3. Social Justice
  4. Skill Development



Asa Briggs Lecture

Dr Shashi Tharoor

Keynote Speakers

Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali, Vice-Chancellor and President, Open University Malaysia

The Honourable Steve Maharey, Vice-Chancellor, Massey University, New Zealand

Dr Caroline Seelig, Chief Executive, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Ms Chetna G Sinha, Founder/Chair, Mann Deshi Foundation

Honorary Fellows

  • Professor M. Aminul Islam
  • Dr Roger Mills
  • The Honourable Naledi Pandor
  • Ms. Peecheeta Spencer
  • Professor John Tarrant

Winners of the Excellence in Distance Education Awards (2009-2010)

Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement

  • Open University of Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Award of Excellence for Open and Distance Education Materials

Category A: materials in print, audio or video, or a combination of these

  • Botswana Technical Education Programme Certificate Course – The Human Body – Francistown College of Technical & Vocational Education, Botswana

Category B: interactive, electronically delivered materials.

  • Diploma in Web & Multimedia Development – Virtual Centre for Innovative Learning – University of Mauritius

Award Recognising Distance Learning Experience

Category A: Award for Distance Learning Experience in a Degree Granting Programme

  • Prof. Chan Lai Keng, Malaysia

Category B: Award for an eLearning Experience in Difficult Circumstances

  • Mr. Osman Ali Gema Eshag, Sudan

Forum Partners

  • The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
  • The Open University (U.K.)
  • University of London
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • University World News
  • Digital Learning
  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)