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Cardiff Met Hosts Building Global Connections Conference



​Keynote speaker, Barbara Wilding.

Cardiff Metropolitan University recently organised and hosted a partner conference for its international collaborative partners from across the world.

Delegates from the University's collaborative partners in 13 countries including Oman, Bulgaria, India, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Morocco and Singapore as well as Wales-based partners attended the two-day "Building Global Connections" conference.

Cardiff Met regularly holds training and networking events for its collaborative partners. However, this most recent event focussed on highlighting and strengthening global connections amongst partners. Sessions held during the conference included building research partnerships, new developments in learning and teaching support, quality assurance and raising awareness of the mobility opportunities provided by the University. Delegates also met with colleagues from across the University's academic schools and support units during networking sessions.

The University's Chair of Governors, Barbara Wilding delivered a keynote speech regarding the strategic vision of Cardiff Metropolitan University emphasising how the University has positioned Internationalisation as a central theme within its current Corporate Strategy.

Lloyd Powell, Head of Collaborative Provision at Cardiff Met said:  "We were delighted to be joined again by so many staff from our partners at this year's conference. We hope that the focus of the event on 'building connections' will result in further strengthening of the links between the university and our partners and also between our partners."

Professor Mohamed Loutfi commented on the Partner Conference: "The underlying theme of the event was to showcase that Cardiff Met drives and is at the heart of a global network of partnerships that is in itself a resource which our partners can and should benefit from. Such an event allows good practice to be shared and encourages partners to improve their operations in a mutually beneficial way as well as generating collaboration across our partnerships and not just between Cardiff Met and individual partnerships. A great sense of community was felt at the conference, which I hope will carry on throughout the year."