Cardiff Metropolitan University has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Bridgend College to undertake academic and other collaborative activities.
The University's partnership with the College dates back over 20 years, during which time both institutions have collaborated in offering programmes in subject areas including Art and Design, Social Work and Sport Development and coaching.
As two highly regarded education institutions with a long history of working together, the main aim of the agreement is to develop a business-like alliance across a range of activities to assist the growth of the local economy and contributing to the long-term sustainability of both Institutions.
Both parties are committed to operating on the basis of a number important principles, including mutual respect, trust, transparency and the pursuit of a broad balance of benefits and Professor Anton
Cardiff Met Vice-Chancellor Professor Antony Chapman said: "A lot has changed in 20 years, in higher education, further education and in Welsh politics, but I am proud that our partnership has continued during the turbulent times that have affected our sectors.
"We as a University are proud of our international partnerships, which include international students coming to Cardiff, staff and student mobility programmes as well as transnational education programmes, where we offer our qualifications in a small number of partners overseas. However, we are equally proud of our local partnerships—we appreciate the benefits that are generated for students who can study locally, in a high quality and supportive environment, which allow students to maximise their potential and the impact that this has on the regional economy through the development of skills.
Our commitment to Wales based partnerships is a key point in our corporate strategic plan, and this is being realised through the new strategic partnership agreements being signed with Bridgend College as well as with Cardiff and Vale College."
The Partnership will focus on practical measures to strengthen links with the local community and industry and also with education markets overseas. A particularly strong emphasis will be given to employability and promoting learning and progression at all levels.
Cardiff Met and Bridgend College recently collaborated over the transfer of the Art Foundation programme from Cardiff Met to the College's new campus at Trade Street in Cardiff. Staff from the College are represented on several University committees and meet regularly to discuss programme developments with plans in place to develop new programmes, both full and part time, in order to meet the needs of students, industry and to develop higher level skills within the region. New areas for course developments being considered include Tourism and Hospitality and Subjects Allied to Health.
Simon Pirotte, Principal and Chief Executive at Bridgend College said: ''I am extremely pleased to be signing this partnership agreement, which cements our very special relationship with Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Our partnership has grown from strength to strength, and we now have courses ranging from photographic practice to sport development and coaching.
We also have a validation agreement with Cardiff Metropolitan for our own HND Design for Digital Media course, an exciting course, which attracts learners looking at being at the cutting edge of working within this industry.
We have an extremely high success rate; both of our degree programmes have produced first class honour degrees and have lead students into a wide range of successful employment opportunities."