A delegation of Libyan officials has visited Cardiff Metropolitan University for guidance on the development of school teaching in Libya.
ITT (Initial Teacher Training) programmes are viewed as vital to the country's progress and particular emphasis is based on these programmes at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Osama Amar Koshadh, Director of International Cooperation Office at the Ministry of Higher Education and Hamd Bel-Hassn, Head of Public Relations, Minister's Office, discussed further plans to support the implementation of what will be a crucial development to teaching in Libya.
Their visit to the university formed part of a wider UK visit to The Education World Forum in London.
The Ministry of Higher Education in Libya has been working closely with Cardiff Met during the past two years. They recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deliver initial teacher training in Libya in partnership with universities throughout Libya.
They are partners in two Erasmus Mundus projects, led by Cardiff Met, and they are also partner in Building Capacity for University Management (BUCUM), a Tempus project led by Cardiff Met in partnership with The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. BUCUM involves ten universities in Libya, Morocco, Egypt and Lebanon and aims to satisfy the regional priority of University Management and Student Services by developing good management practices and building cooperation between nations in Higher Education.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, commented on the visit: "Cardiff Metropolitan University has a long-established and successful tradition of delivering teacher training and its reputation extends across Wales, the UK, and internationally. We look forward to drawing on this significant experience and working with our partner, The Ministry of Higher Education, to enhance teacher training provision in Libya".
Dr Osama Kashadah, Director of Technical CooperationBureau said: "Cardiff Metropolitan University has a leading reputation for the quality of its ITT provision and we place great value on the expertise and guidance provided by the team here. Our students will benefit greatly from Cardiff Metropolitan University's partnership with The Ministry of Higher Education in Libya and we look forward to working closely together."