Cardiff Metropolitan University hosted its very first Cardiff International Week this month, with the support of the International Office.
Hosted in the Cardiff School of Management, the week looked to promote Internationalisation in the school, unite different countries from across Europe to work on a joint project, and to encourage future Erasmus+ exchanges for Cardiff Met students. The week was inspired by 'Businet', one of Europe's longest established networking organisations, which promotes student exchanges in the field of business and management.
Around 30 Erasmus+ students from seven different countries, including Holland, Germany, Belgium, and Spain, among others, teamed up with Cardiff Met students earlier this year to work on a project that they developed and finalised when the Cardiff International Week took place this month. Students were tasked with developing a social media plan with the aim of promoting Cardiff as a tourist destination. This exercise forms part of a credit bearing module to include reflective analysis of the collaborative work with the Erasmus+ students.
The week hosted several guest speakers from organisations such as IBM, Welsh Tourist Board, Principality, DVLA, and Microsoft, as well as a guest speaker from the University's Cardiff School of Management. The guest speakers were asked to present on how social media has benefited their company and what advice they have for the students.
The students that took part in the week's activities attended morning sessions with industry experts before working on their projects in the afternoons. They also visited Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch, Cardiff Bay, the National Assembly, and the Millennium Stadium to find out more about Cardiff's culture.
Dr Jason Williams, Head of Department: Computing and Information Systems, commented on the Cardiff International Week and what it means for Cardiff Met: 'Other international weeks take place throughout Europe in terms of promoting Erasmus+. In fact, some of our students have taken part in international weeks in countries such as Belgium and Denmark. It is hoped that this pilot week will have a lasting impact that will enable the Cardiff School of Management to expand its Cardiff International Week next year.'
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