Cardiff Met's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mohamed Loutfi, visited Delhi in India to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together with Planet EDU - Qualifications and Assessments International (QAI) to look at developing Diploma and Advanced Diploma programmes in Art and Design, which are to be offered in India.
QAI is a private and international awarding body that offers a range of academic and vocational qualifications and assessments for specific purposes, including skills assessments for employability and English language.
The MoU builds on the previously approved QAI qualifications in Business and Management and Hospitality and Tourism, which has been approved by Cardiff Met for advanced entry onto the University's degrees. Delegates from Planet EDU – QAI have previously visited members of staff in the Cardiff School of Art and Design. As a result of the visits, the MoU was signed. Dr Stephen Thompson, Deputy Dean of Cardiff School of Art and Design, noted the significance of the MoU signing: 'Cardiff School of Art & Design are particularly delighted to be part of this partnership with Planet EDU – QAI, it is very exciting to be working on this new initiative to help open up professional art and design opportunities in Higher Education across India'.
The QAI awards are overseen and quality assured by Cardiff Met. After these programmes are finalised students will be able to transfer to study degree courses in Cardiff or complete their degrees at approved centres in India.
Cardiff Met's Vice-Chancellor expressed the University's commitment in developing the partnership with QAI: 'We are delighted to be broadening our partnership with QAI and to contribute to the development of the next generation of graduates in the growing creative arts industry in India.' v
The Director of QAI, Sanjay Malaviya, commented on the collaboration with Cardiff Met: 'The collaboration has been a great success and we are excited about the huge possibilities for offering Art and Design programmes in this vibrant and glowing market.'