Chinese Cardiff Met academic learns Welsh in order to meet political leaders

​10/05/2014

Photo captions:
1. Edward with The First Minister at Swansea University in 2011.
2. Edward with HRH Prince of Wales at TATA Steel Port Talbot in November 2012.
3. Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and Edward at 2013's National Eisteddfod for Wales in Denbighshire.
4. David Jones, the Secretary of State for Wales, alongside Edward at the Welsh Conservative Party Conference in Swansea, 2013.
5. Edward meeting the Prime Minister David Cameron.

​A Chinese Cardiff Met student has added the Prime Minister to his long list of political encounters, which includes meeting leaders of three Welsh political parties and The Prince of Wales.

Edward Yi He learnt Welsh at night classes five years ago, which has presented him with many opportunities. He was thrilled to be invited to meet David Cameron at last month's Welsh Conservative Party conference in Llangollen and has previously photographed his meetings with HRH The Prince of Wales; Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood; Welsh Conservative Party leader Andrew RT Davies; David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales; and First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones.

Edward, who reached the semi final of the Welsh Learner of the Year Awards last year, said: "I recently became a British citizen as I have been living, working and studying here for nearly ten years; so I was really proud to be invited to meet the Prime Minister and speak to him about my wonderful experiences in Wales.

"As well as a great interest in politics, I have also always been interested in different cultures and while my mother tongue is Chinese, I learnt Japanese when I was at University too. I was keen to learn Welsh – I just thought, 'Pam lai?' or 'Why not?'"

Leicestershire-based Edward, who works full time as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at GE Oil & Gas Chartered Engineer after starting his career at TATA Steel; started his part time professional doctorate degree at Cardiff Met in 2011 and is aiming to complete it next year. He said: "The research facilities and support here has been fantastic and Cardiff School of Management is a great and modern building to work in. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here."