Cardiff Metropolitan University recently signed a Partnership Agreement with Gulf College, Muscat, to offer the University's programmes in Oman from March 2015 onwards.
Senior staff from Gulf College Oman, including Professor Taki Al Abduwani, Dean, Dr. Shameena Mehtab, Assistant Dean – QA, and Mr Rizwan Ahmed, Assistant Dean - Affiliation Affairs, visited the University recently and met with Cardiff Met's Vice-Chancellor. Meetings were also held with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the School of Management, as well as Programme Directors from the Cardiff Met Schools of Education, Management and Sport.
Gulf College Oman was established in 1990 as a private education institution and delivered the first MBA in Oman in 1996. Gulf College Oman has recently moved into a new purpose built campus which, once the final phase is completed, will accommodate up to 12,000 students.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), noted the opportunities the partnership will bring: 'The partnership will enable students in Oman to study Cardiff Met degrees in Oman and in Cardiff and will also lead to opportunities for Cardiff-based students to study part of their degree overseas.'
The partnership approval event was held at the beginning of November in Muscat, Oman, at which a number of undergraduate and postgraduate Cardiff School of Management courses were approved for delivery, as well as the MA in Education from the School of Education.
Professor Antony Chapman, Vice-Chancellor, commented on the collaboration: 'Cardiff Met is continuously looking to expand its international collaborative links with high quality partners, and we are delighted to have formed a partnership with Gulf College Oman. We hope that this partnership will develop to enable staff and student exchanges between Cardiff and the Gulf College Oman'.
Professor Taki Al Abduwani, Dean of Gulf College Oman, confirmed the College's commitment to the partnership with Cardiff Met, and said: 'We are looking forward to working with Cardiff Met and are already looking into plans in relation to delivering Health Sciences and Sports Management degrees in the future'.