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Cardiff Met hosted EU METALIC II final year consortium meeting in Morocco



EU-METALIC II consortium partners at Hassan II University in Casablanca, Morocco

Cardiff Metropolitan University's Erasmus Mundus project, EU METALIC II, held its final year consortium meeting in Morocco.

The EU-METALIC II project offers scholarships for undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral students and staff in Europe and North Africa. These scholarships are financed with the support of the European Union and cover travel, insurance, participation costs and subsistence allowance.

The EU-METALIC II consortium meeting was co-organised by the project's joint coordinator, Superior Institutions of Science and Technology (SIST) and hosted by University Hassan II in Casablanca, which is a partner in the project.

29 participants from 16 partner institutions from 10 countries attended the two day meeting. The participants were from the EU and MENA region (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria) and included attendance from two National Erasmus+ Offices (NEO) from Morocco and Libya.

The aim of the meeting was to report on and evaluate the project achievements to-date and devise a strategy for the final year of the project that will focus on the dissemination, quality, impact and sustainability of EU-METALIC II.

An interactive session was organised in relation to the quality & sustainability committee led by Graz University and Alexandria University to gather feedback from the partners regarding project monitoring.

Presentations were given by Cardiff Met and Graz University on the theme of academic recognition, which enabled delegates to discuss the common barriers to mobilities overseas and scholar engagement.

The partners also discussed new institutional cooperation developed within the consortium and looked at future possibilities to ensure project sustainability.

Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), noted the importance of the consortium meeting: 'The partners were able to attend interactive sessions throughout the meeting to discuss project achievements. The consortium also had the opportunity to discuss the challenges and future prospects of Erasmus+ projects with NEO representatives, which is crucial to the future successes of cooperation within Erasmus+.'    

Universities in attendance at the meeting:

Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK         
University of Algiers 1, Algeria     
University AbouBekr Belkaid of Tlemcen, Algeria        
University of Graz, Austria            
University of Zagreb, Croatia        
Alexandria University, Egypt        
Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt       
École Centrale de Nantes, France          
University of Montpellier, France             
University of Bordeaux, France   
University of Bologna, Italy           
Superior Institutions of Science and Technology, Morocco   
University Hassan II, Morocco      
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain   
University of Tunis, Tunisia          


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