Cardiff Metropolitan University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman and Pro Vice Chancellor (International), Professor Mohamed Loutfi, visited Morocco to attend the Superior Institution of Science and Technology (SIST) graduation ceremony. The ceremony was also attended by His Excellency British Ambassador to Morocco, Clive Alderton, and the General Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Professor Abdelhafid Debbagh.
SIST is the only higher education institution in Morocco to provide British degrees. Cardiff Met entered into a partnership with SIST in 2009 offering programmes at campuses in Casablanca, Rabat and shortly also in Tangier. Plans are currently underway with building a brand new campus in Marrakesh, which was visited by the Vice Chancellor.
The ceremony, which was held in Rabat, celebrated the achievements of BA Business & Management Studies and Master of Business Administration students. A student from each course gave a graduation speech, both of which conveyed a message of thanks for the support of Cardiff Met, especially in relation to the Vice Chancellor's attendance in acknowledging their success.
During the ceremony, Dr Tariq Obaide, President of SIST, was given an Honorary Fellowship - the highest award that Cardiff Met can bestow – in recognition of his commitment to higher education throughout his career.
On addressing the graduates and their families His Excellency Mr Clive Alderton said: "a UK education prioritises how to think as much as what to think. I know this approach, combined with a high level command of the English language, will equip graduates with the vital skills they need to succeed in the Moroccan and international job markets".
Professor Antony Chapman celebrated the strong partnership between Cardiff Met and SIST during his speech at the graduation ceremony, and congratulated the graduates: He said, 'Our partnership with SIST continues to flourish and it is the success of this valued partnership that we are celebrating at this impressive event today. We at Cardiff Metropolitan are very proud and offer our best wishes to the graduates for a lifetime of learning'.
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Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Cardiff
Metropolitan University, Dr. Tariq Obaid, President, Superior
Institution of Science and Technology (SIST), Professor Antony J
Chapman, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University and His
Excellency Mr. Clive Alderton, British Ambassador to Morocco.