Cardiff Metropolitan University recently visited transnational education (TNE) partners in Egypt and Lebanon to attend graduation ceremonies.
Cardiff Met Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Mohamed Loutfi attended both ceremonies. Dean of Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Professor Adrian Peters, and Dean of Cardiff School of Education, Professor Dan Davies attended the ceremony in Lebanon.
The first ceremony took place at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) in Egypt. AAST is partnered with Cardiff Met in several European funded projects, including Erasmus Mundus and Tempus, and delegates recently visited Cardiff Met’s Llandaff Campus to attend a summer school for Architectural Design and Technology at the Cardiff School of Art and Design.
The second ceremony took place at the Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS) in Lebanon. The Cardiff Met delegation was surprised with an organised flash mob during the ceremony, which was later shared on social media for the world to see.
Professor Ismail Abdel Ghafar, President of AAST, noted the strength in the relationship between Cardiff Met and AAST: “Our partnership with Cardiff Met started in 2009 and it's been growing ever since, with our postgraduate and undergraduate student numbers increasing every year providing our graduates with an international recognised degree with one of the leading UK universities.”
Professor Hatem Alamy, President of the Modern University for Business and Science, stated: “It was great to see more students graduate on Cardiff Met programmes this year. The relationship between Cardiff Met and MUBS is flourishing. The universities are both in discussions in relation to expanding provisions in health sciences and education.”
Professor Antony Chapman commented about the visits to Egypt and Lebanon and the quality of both partnerships: “We are very pleased with all aspects of the courses that are taught at AAST and MUBS - the teaching, the administration and the support services. Abroad, we are actively involved in developing high quality partnerships overseas for the delivery of the University's programmes, offering students a truly international experience, and with opportunities to study a Cardiff Met programme in a range of locations across several continents.”