President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University, Professor Cara Aitchison, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Mohamed Loutfi, last week welcomed a delegation, which included university presidents from the Philippines and representatives from the British Council and South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC).
The aim of the visit was to support the development of higher education within the Philippines as the country seeks to expand its international links. Cardiff Met staff presented on lean management and higher education in the UK, and were joined by presenters from HEFCW, QAA, UUKI, Universities Wales and BUILA.
The weeklong visit also included meetings with a number of Welsh universities and Cardiff Met's further education partner, Cardiff and Vale College. These meetings, coordinated by Cardiff Met, were an opportunity to show case the quality of Wales' higher education sector, with a view to developing Wales-Philippines links.
Cardiff Met's collaboration with the British Council Philippines and SMEC follows on from the successful Leadership for Internationalisation programme delivered by Cardiff Met in Manila in 2016. This collaboration has resulted in a shared commitment to support the internationalisation of the higher education sector in the Philippines through a number of initiatives, including last week's visit.
Professor Loutfi commented, "We are delighted to be continuing the collaboration with the British Council and SMEC to develop higher education in the Philippines and to support the development of links with Wales. The University values activities that support social cohesion, both on a local and an international scale".
Ms Lotus Postrado, Director of Education – British Council Philippines said, "The study visit has been an experiential learning of the Welsh higher education sector. We wished it to be so and Cardiff Met has more than fulfilled our expectations – generous speakers who shared their insights and knowledge; excellent choice of universities for the visit with officials/academics who were not only warm and genuine but were, more importantly, keen for mutually beneficial partnerships and lastly outstanding logistical organisation."
Cardiff Met receive delegation from the Philippines
Higher Education leaders in Philippines trained by Cardiff Met
Leadership for Internationalisation –British Council Philippines
British Council Philippines
South Manila Educational Consortium