Cardiff Metropolitan University's Pro Vice Chancellor (International), Professor Mohamed Loutfi, visited Lebanon to attend the 10th Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS) graduation ceremony.
The ceremony was held at the UNESCO Palace, which included the celebration of Cardiff Met undergraduate and master students studying at British Academy in Lebanon (BAL). Also in attendance were Dr Hatem Alamy, MUBS Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Professor Sultan Tawfiq Talab Abuorabi Al-Adwan, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities (AArU), and the British Ambassador to Lebanon, His Excellency Mr. Tom Fletcher, who gave out the degree certificates to the graduates.
MUBS is a private university licensed by the Republic of Lebanon Ministry of Education and Higher Education to operate in Lebanon. The University was established in 2000 and embraces the process of Internationalisation fully, at home and abroad. The partnership between Cardiff Met and MUBS was launched in September 2012, at the official residence of the British Ambassador to Lebanon, where delegates from the British Embassy and the British Council attended. This graduation ceremony of the first cohort of British Academy in Lebanon students signifies the success of the partnership.
On addressing the graduates and their families His Excellency Mr. Tom Fletcher spoke about the meaning of education and the future for the new graduates: 'The education you get here, from Cardiff Met, from MUBS, is up there with anyone's education. But now it's up to you […] my hope for you here is that you will seize tomorrow'.
Dr Hatem Alamy, MUBS Chairman of the Board of Trustees, noted the increase in demand for British education in Lebanon and he expressed his delight in the success of the implementation of the programme: 'This success through the British Academy in Lebanon is translated into an increase in the student population size seeking British education in Lebanon for the academic year, 2014-2015 [...] We are creating a template of cooperation between the Lebanese and British Educational systems that will culminate in a Lebanese – British University that is one of its kind in the region.'
Professor Loutfi noted the strong partnership between Cardiff Met and MUBS during his speech at the graduation ceremony, and congratulated the graduates: He said, 'A major part of our Internationalisation strategy is through the formation of credible and sustainable strategic partnerships with key partners in the UK and overseas. A very special partnership is the one that we have with MUBS, and, in a sense, it is the success of this collaboration that we are celebrating at this event today […] including the success of the very first cohort of students at BAL on Cardiff Met programmes'.