On the 1st-3rd February 2016, Cardiff Met Students' Union invited students from Cardiff Met's partner institutions to Cardiff to take part in the SU Partner Event.
The aim of the event was to give partner students representative training and to give them a chance to meet other student reps from Cardiff and all over the world.
Cardiff Metropolitan University has nearly 7000 students studying Cardiff Met programmes in different institutions around the world. 10 partner student reps attended the event from institutions in India, China, Bulgaria, Lebanon and Greece as well as local partners in Bridgend and Cardiff.
Dimitris Vlastos, a student who attended from City Unity College in Athens said about the visit, "the Students' Union helped us realise how important it is to be a student representative. It was an amazing experience."
Some of the students were very nervous when they first arrived in Cardiff as it was the first time they had travelled outside of their country alone but they praised the SU and University for helping them feel so welcomed. Xu RunWen, a student from Renmin University of China said, "It feels like I'm talking to the members of a big family that opens its door to anyone who wants to join in, it doesn't matter where we come from or which language we use"
Susan Cooke attended the event from Bridgend College, she said "I found the interaction with Cardiff Met Students' Union to be very enlightening and the opportunity to meet with students from international partner institutions very enriching. I enjoyed finding out about what the SU does and hope we continue to strengthen relations and use the support and services that you provide."
During the event, student's met University staff and had campus tours. Cardiff Met SU gave the students representative training and a session on how the Students' Union is able to support them. A Train the Trainer workshop was delivered so that partner students could take back the information they had learnt from their visit to then teach the students studying at their campus.
For more information on Cardiff Met's partner institutions and what Cardiff Met SU can do to interact with them, please click here