Cardiff Metropolitan University has officially launched a new transnational education partnership with Gulf College Oman.
This partnership launch signifies the coming together of two higher education systems for the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate Cardiff Met courses at the Gulf College. This launch marks the start of the fourteenth transnational education partner of Cardiff Metropolitan University and is a valued addition to the international portfolio of the university.
To celebrate this partnership, Cardiff Met's Vice Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, and Pro Vice Chancellor (International), Professor Mohamed Loutfi, attended a launch event at the British Ambassador's Residence in Oman. The event, which was attended by government officials, university presidents, local businesses and Cardiff Met alumni, was hosted by His Excellency, Mr. Jon Wilks CMG, British Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman. Commenting on the occasion, he stated: "It is a great pleasure to be able to support the launch of this important partnership between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Gulf College. The warm and close friendship which the UK and Oman enjoy today is, in no small part, due to the many educational and training exchanges between the two countries over the years. The UK stands ready to be a lead partner for Oman in building its education and training sector because we realise that nothing is more important than building the capabilities of Omanis to help Oman in the next stage of its development. That way we can also help safeguard the special relationship between UK and Oman for generations to come." Mr. Jon Wilks, the British Embassy to the Sultanate of Oman.
The Gulf College Oman was established in 1990 as a private education institution and delivered the first MBA in Oman in 1996. The Gulf College Oman has recently moved into a new purpose built campus which, once the final phase is completed, will accommodate up to 12,000 students. The Cardiff Met programmes offered at Gulf College will involve three of the university's academic schools and will focus on the fields of Business and Management, Education and Sport.
Cardiff Metropolitan University's alliance with the Gulf College, Oman gives students a competitive advantage of following a UK qualification at Undergraduate and Masters level in Oman and is built upon a relationship that spans over two decades of welcoming student from Oman to its campuses in Cardiff. Professor Antony Chapman noted the importance of this new partnership during the celebrations, stating: 'International collaboration and international students are crucial to the life blood of our university. A major part of our internationalisation strategy is through the formation of credible and sustainable strategic partnerships, and I am very pleased to be celebrating the launch of our new transnational education partnership with the Gulf College here in Muscat, in the presence of the British Ambassador to Oman. I look forward to a fruitful and long-lasting partnership with the Gulf College.'
During the visit to Muscat, Cardiff Met's Vice Chancellor was also the special guest at a second celebration event that marked the partnership launch which was hosted at the Gulf College Campus. Over 100 guests were in attendance, which included College staff, student council members, alumni of both Cardiff Met and the Gulf College, and government and private student sponsors.
* (photo caption) From
left to right: Dr. Taki Al Abduwani, Dean of Gulf College, Dr. Issa Al Bulushi,
Chairman & CEO of Gulf College, His Excellency, Jon Wilks CMG, British
Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Professor Antony Chapman, Cardiff Met's
Vice Chancellor, and Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor