Cardiff Met host world-renowned sporting University

​18/11/2016

​Visitors from Shandong Sport University took a tour of Cardiff School fo Sport in Cyncoed.

The University played host to a world-renowned Chinese sports University this week and showed them some sporting prowess of its own.

Senior staff from Shandong Sport University, based in East China, toured both Cardiff School of Sport at Cyncoed campus and Cardiff School of Health Sciences at Llandaff campus.

They were shown how Cardiff Met has become one of the leading universities in student sport in the UK and how it works with the University's School of Health Sciences, in the key fields of nutrition and dietetics. The delegation was impressed with the specialist demonstrations of the National Indoor Athletic Centre's Sports Medicine Clinic and Sport Biomechanics.

Following discussions with new President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cara Aitchison, Dean of the Cardiff School of Sport, Professor Richard Tong, and others, the delegation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cardiff Met that sees the start of collaboration between the Universities in these fields.

Professor Cara Aitchison, said: "We were delighted to host such a renowned Sports University and showcase the opportunities that our University and our capital city can offer in the fields of sport and health in both teaching and research."

Cardiff Met was ranked top post-1992 institution and 6th in the U.K. for sport in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, and received a Queen's Anniversary Prize for its pioneering work in the field of surgical healthcare earlier this year.

Professor Aitchison continued: "We are focussed on developing research-led collaboration and look forward to working closely in the future with Shandong Sport University on a variety of doctoral and research projects.

"Our new partner already has a strong international and exchange culture working as it does with Universities in the US, France, Germany and South Korea, and we look forward to collaborating with them and expanding the opportunities we give our students and staff to learn from colleagues around the globe."

During the day, the Shandong Sport university delegates were shown some of the city's key sports facilities, including the Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff International Pool, and Cardiff City Football Club, where they met with Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ken Choo.

Mr Choo commented on the visit to Cardiff City Football Club: "It was a pleasure to receive Professor Yi Wang, President and Party Leader of Shandong Sport University, and his colleagues at Cardiff City Football Club. We are always eager to work closely with Cardiff Met and their international partnerships and activities, and wish them all the best with their future collaboration."    

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