Professor Antony Chapman, Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), visited China to attend the opening of a brand new office in Beijing on 16th June.
The new Cardiff Met China Office, located near Tiananmen Square Beijing, will aim to develop strategic partnerships with Chinese institutions for joint research, staff and student exchange and joint programmes.
It will provide Cardiff Met students, parents, agents and sponsors with professional help and advice. The Cardiff Met office also hosts Cardiff Met's strategic partners - Cardiff and Vale College and Cardiff Business Council, which will aid in promoting the Cardiff and Wales brand in China.
The opening of the office was officially celebrated in the official Residence of the British Ambassador to China, in the presence of His Excellency, British Deputy Head of Mission to China, Mr Andrew Key.
Cardiff Metropolitan University's relationship with China has been both longstanding and fruitful, and the University has been welcoming students from China to Cardiff Met for over 10 years onto a range of Cardiff Met programmes.
In order to best support this growing student body the University have opened an office in Beijing to ensure that Chinese students experience the best possible service from application to enrolment. The University has a very successful track record for looking after its international students and was recently voted the top university in the UK for international student support 5 years in a row (International Student Barometer).
Professor Chapman, Vice-Chancellor Cardiff Metropolitan University, Board Member Cardiff Business Council, commented on how this office opening represents an important milestone in Cardiff Met's international development and 150 year history: 'Establishing a permanent presence here, along with our strategic partners, Cardiff Business Council and Cardiff & Vale College, will not only help promote the Cardiff and Wales brand, but enable us to better support our Chinese students and strengthen our partnership network in China.'
Cardiff Met also works very closely with a number of Chinese institutions, collaborating on various projects, including joint programmes, joint research, and student and staff exchanges. Having an office in Beijing will allow the University to fully support its partner network in China and react quickly to opportunities as they arise.
This office will also aim to help facilitate the movement of Welsh students to the University partnership network in China enabling Cardiff Met to truly internationalise its student body by providing students with the platform to gain an international experience in China, and to obtain a global mind-set that will equip them to compete in what is a competitive global labour market.
His Excellency, British Deputy Head of Mission to China, Mr. Andrew Key, noted the significance of the opening of the China office for the UK: "Today is an important day, as Premier Li Keqiang arrives in the UK.
As he discusses strengthening ties between our two countries at the highest level, it is apposite that here in Beijing we are celebrating an excellent, concrete example of our deepening collaboration in the important field of education.
The opening of the office in China will help not only to raise the profile of Cardiff Metropolitan University among Chinese students, but also to raise awareness of just how much the wonderful culture of Wales, and its thriving capital city Cardiff, can offer."
The British Ambassador's Residence
Caption – From left to right:
1.Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Cardiff Metropolitan University
2.Mr. Andrew Key, Deputy Head of Mission to China
3.Professor Antony J Chapman, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University