Cardiff Metropolitan University hosted a British Council UK Study Tour for Saudi Arabia delegates at the Cardiff School of Management.
The UK Study Tour provided the delegates with an insight into quality in the UK Higher Education system as they visited Cardiff Metropolitan University, as well as Cardiff University and Swansea University. Universities in Saudi Arabia are required to enhance their quality and prepare for accreditation by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA), due to their recent growth in the Higher Education sector. During the tour, the delegation also met with the British Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
The delegation was welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, upon arriving at Cardiff Met. They then witnessed presentations given by Peter Williams, Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors, Former Chief Executive, QAA, Professor David Brooksbank, Dean - Cardiff School of Management and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), and several others. The presentations offered detail on the importance and emphasis of quality in all Cardiff Met's functions. They learned about the relationship between international quality assurance and external accreditation, faculty professional development and educational student support, academic programme development and review processes, international collaboration, and, in particular, how this works from the perspective of the Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Met.
Professor Antony Chapman, Vice-Chancellor, noted the significance of the tour: "This was a great opportunity for Cardiff Met to showcase their valuable knowledge and experience in quality assurance procedures as a UK Higher Education institution. We hope that the Saudi delegates can take away as much as possible from this tour."
The delegation gained an understanding of UK quality assurance systems, was given the opportunity to identify good practices, as well as the possibility to explore joint cooperation. Gasim Bakry, Project Manager, Higher Education, Saudi Arabia for the British Council commented on the tour: "The Saudi delegates who participated in this fourth NCAAA academic programme tour, which has been organised in partnership with the British Council, learned about establishing and maintaining quality assurance systems and came away from the tour with many positive experiences. They praised Cardiff Met for the quality of presentations that were given."