Cardiff Metropolitan University offers Short Term Mobility Funding (STM Funding) for its students to participate in an international experience related to their academic studies.
STM Funding is a university initiative led by the International Office to support Cardiff Met students to participate in an international mobility programme and increase their global mind-set. STM are mobilities less than one academic semester such as summer schools and field visits that are embedded within the curricula.
The first year of funding has enabled students from Cardiff Met to visit Transnational Education (TNE) partners in countries such as Bulgaria, Greece and Morocco.
Cardiff School of Management students visited Bulgaria to attend a summer school at the International University College, which was arranged by the University's TNE partner. During the visit, participants studied modules in business in a global context and international political economy.
Cardiff School of Health Sciences undergraduate Psychology students visited Greece to attend a one week 'Study Psychology Abroad' visit at City Unity College (CUC), Cardiff Met's TNE partner. Activities were designed in collaboration with staff from the Psychology Department at CUC, which included scheduled classes, interaction with Cardiff Met students from CUC, and student led tours of the campus and city.
Cardiff School of Art and Design second year Textile students visited Morocco on a field trip in conjunction with Cardiff Met's TNE partner, Superior Institute of Science and Technology (SIST). The students were able to collaborate with local artists during their trip and there was engagement with charities. Staff engaged in collaborative activities with SIST as well as attended art workshops.
Professor Loutfi commented on the increased outward mobility activity at Cardiff Met: 'Cardiff Met is proud to be able to offer such opportunities for students, through STM Funding, to visit our TNE partners and integrate with our Cardiff Met students overseas. They can follow their modules in a new educational environment and gain exposure to new cultures whilst at our partner universities. Such experiences instil an international mind-set in our students, preparing them for the global job market'.
Outward Mobility at Cardiff Met is set to continue to increase as further STM Funding has been approved for the next academic year (2015-2016).