University of Wolverhampton rewarded for developing international links

Wolverhampton International Links Association (WILA)The awards were given by the Wolverhampton International Links Association (WILA) and presented by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Cllr Christine Mills at an exclusive reception held at the Mayors parlour.

The first award was given in recognition of the partnership between the University of Wolverhampton and University of Tuymen. For over 20 years, this relationship has provided great opportunities to both cities with colleagues and students from the institutions benefiting from exchange opportunities for study and research.

The second was presented to Principal Lecturer, Desmond Mahony, on behalf of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) a self- financing, not-for-profit centre within the University of Wolverhampton. For 40 years CIDT have been committed to working with others around the world towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Head of CIDT, Philip Dearden said “We are delighted to be presented this WILA award by the Mayor of Wolverhampton. CIDT has been recognised internationally for many years but it’s very special to have our international work recognised locally and regionally in our home city. The staff of CIDT all feel deeply honoured.”

This is the first time the WILA have organised an awards event which celebrates the work of various organisations and individuals across the city who are building strong links with international partners that benefit the City.

WILA aim is to promote and support links between the city’s communities, schools, businesses, health bodies and parallel organisations in various regions across the globe.


Photo (from left) - Cllr Jas Dehar, Chair of WILA, Mayor of Wolverhampton, Cllr Christine Mills, Des Mahony, Deputy Director CIDT and Lord Bilston, Dennis Turner.

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Date Issued: Tuesday 7 May 2013

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