Cardiff Metropolitan University is the first University in the UK to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreements with three major Libyan Universities, with the new government; Misurata University, Zawia University and Sirte University.
The MoU signing took place at the headquarters of the Association of Arab Universities (AArU) with representatives from each University. Cardiff Met's Vice Chancellor and Principle, Professor Antony Chapman, President of Misurata University, Dr Taher Alhubge, Vice-President of Zawia University, Dr Esam Elibadri, and President of Sirte University, Dr Mousa M Mousa.
The MoU signing allows the exploration of future areas of collaboration with Cardiff Met and its Libyan partners, and it highlights the strength of Cardiff Met's international presence in Libya.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, noted the significance of the MoU signing following the Libya delegates' recent visit to Cardiff to discuss the delivery of initial teacher training in Libya, in partnership with universities throughout Libya. He commented, ''as a result of the MoU signing, Cardiff Met will now have a strong presence in Libya which will allow for future developments and cooperation in Libyan Higher Education. We look forward to pursuing developments with our partners, specifically within the area of Education''.
Dr Taher Alhubge, President of Misurata University, explained how he and the Presidents of Zawia University and Sirte University were delighted with the signing of agreements and they look forward to forthcoming collaborations with Cardiff Met, ''by signing the MoU, this means that our universities in Libya will be provided with a wider scope of collaboration with Cardiff Met''.
This MoU signing will be followed by a further agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education in Libya.