A leading Wales academic has become the first in Europe to take part in a global education think tank, set up to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and start-up education.
The Ministry of Education in China, National Centre for Schooling Development Programme has set up the Universal Innovators Tank (UIT) in conjunction with an UIT online platform and UIT public fund.
Cardiff Met's Pro Vice Chancellor (International), Professor Mohamed Loutfi, has been appointed as one of nine standing members of the UIT academic committee for two years, and is the only member from Europe. The committee will explore and promote new education models by establishing and standardising the education system in China in terms of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The aim of the think-tank is to increase the efficiency of innovation achievement transformation through school-enterprise cooperation and industry-university-research cooperation to create a positive ecosystem. The think tank intends to promote academic democracy, increase communication and improve academic standards.
UIT will work with multiple authorities, thousands of universities, tens of thousands of enterprises, and millions of university and college students to promote innovation and employability in Higher Education.
Professor Antony Chapman, President and Vice Chancellor, commented: "This is brilliant news for Cardiff Met and the UK. I am delighted that Professor Loutfi has become a member of such a prestigious committee. By any measure he is an outstanding colleague, and I am sure that he will contribute enormously to this think-tank".
National Centre for Schooling Development Programme, Ministry of Education
Universal Innovators Tank (UIT)
Universal Innovators Tank Weixin account