Delegates from Phoenix Education in China, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February with Cardiff Metropolitan University to create a new school of media and communications, visited Cardiff Met again last week.
The new school is a unique partnership between Cardiff Met and Phoenix Education, which is a subsidiary of leading Chinese television company Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings. The partnership has also been endorsed by the City of Cardiff Council.
The Phoenix delegates met with senior colleagues at Cardiff Met to discuss future plans for the new school. The delegation also met with senior colleagues at the City of Cardiff Council and a range of other stakeholders.
The delegation also visited Cardiff City Football Club and attended meetings with senior colleagues to discuss possible areas of future collaboration.
Mr Ken Choo, Executive Director and CEO of Cardiff City FC spoke about the delegation's visit to the club, commenting: "I was delighted to welcome representatives of Cardiff Metropolitan University and Phoenix to our Club.
"Based on our similar goals and ambitions, I look forward to future discussions about potential collaboration.
"As an example, in July 2016 we are sending young, enthusiastic Cardiff City coaches to China to teach our sport to youngsters in the country. In doing so, we are giving opportunities to talented, hard-working people – many of whom are from Wales and the surrounding areas. In turn, they can help develop the ever-burgeoning passion for football in China and thus extend sport, education and employment opportunities to the Chinese.
"A relationship with Cardiff Met and Phoenix, thus, seems a natural fit. We're very excited to explore further opportunities."
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International) commented on the visit: "We were honoured to receive colleagues from Phoenix Education in Cardiff to further discussions about our partnership and plans for the new media and communications school.
"We were also thrilled to continue discussions with Cardiff City FC on potential opportunities."
Dr Wen-Guang Shao, Senior Europe Advisor, Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Ltd., led the meetings and discussions with all parties and said: "I am confident that our plans with Cardiff Met are progressing well, with firm plans for the future over the next few months'. He also added: 'I was also delighted with our visit to Cardiff City FC and was impressed with the work they are doing in China regarding training football coaches, and I look forward to future collaborations with the club."
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