Cardiff Metropolitan University's Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Antony Chapman, visited Egypt to attend the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST) graduation ceremony.
The ceremony, which included the celebration of 75 Cardiff Met undergraduate and master students studying at AAST, was also attended by Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), and the Director of the British Council in Egypt, Mark Stephens.
The graduation was held at AAST, which is a specialised agency of the Arab league of states, engaged in teaching, research and community service.
With a student body of approximately 25000, and 2500 staff, AAST embraces the process of Internationalisation fully, at home and abroad.
Professor Chapman noted the strong partnership between Cardiff Met and AAST during his speech at the graduation ceremony, ''the strength of our partnership lies in both sides' involvement in developing a framework for delivering high quality programmes overseas.
It also comes from the Arab Academy's excellent student focus. Students benefit from a truly international experience, which means that as graduates of Cardiff Met, AAST students can expect their qualifications to be highly regarded in any country in the world.''
The Director of the British Council in Egypt stated his delight on the ceremony success: 'Such ceremonies are a celebration of student success.
Cardiff Met ensures that the success of their students' education is their priority both at home and abroad, and this is shown through the strong relationship between Cardiff Met and AAST as both are naturally aligned through a fundamental belief and commitment to principles of high quality education.'
Professor Ismail Abdel Ghafar Ismail, President of AAST, congratulated and celebrated the graduates during his speech, ''Everyone attended today in Alexandria to celebrate the graduation of a new batch of undergraduate students at the College of Management and Technology where Arabs are directed to get bachelor degrees in Business Management in both Arabic and English from the Academy and Cardiff Metropolitan University, and that these students are able to improve the Arab world to achieve the advancement and sophistication desired.''
Cardiff Met's visit to Egypt also provided an opportunity for the Vice Chancellor to meet with Professor Osama Ibrahim, President of Alexandria University, along with Professor Ismail Abdel Ghafar Ismail, President of AAST, in order to further discuss progress with the collaborations in relation to the Trilateral Memorandum.
The agreement, which was signed in 2012, signifies the collaboration of three institutions in the spirit of academic collaboration and includes a Joint Master's Degree in Health Sector Management, Sports Medicine and Economics, Financial, MIS and Management.