Cardiff Metropolitan University's International Office enabled collaborative partner students, from the Arab Academy of Science and Technology (AAST) in Egypt, to attend the international Architectural, Design and Technology (ADT) summer school in Cardiff.
Students from AAST attended a two week summer school which included a welcome BBQ, a chance to visit the University's Fab Lab, ADT lectures, construction site visits as well as trips to take in Welsh culture at Caerphilly Castle, St Fagans and further afield to Bath, Stonehenge and London. The International Office worked with members of staff within the Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) to run the ADT programme.
Prof. Dr. Adel El Menchawy, Department Chair, Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design, College of Engineering and Technology, from AAST, explained how the ADT summer school benefits the students at AAST: 'It was a great opportunity for our students to visit Cardiff to study for two weeks in a different environment and learn from Cardiff Met lecturers and construction site visits. I have received positive feedback from the students and I am sure that they will take a lot from the experience both academically and personally.'
Short Term Mobility Funding also enabled 14 MBA students from Cardiff Met to attend the recent summer school in Nicosia, which Dr Fallon and Mr Snelgrove also attended, as part of the MBA summer school partnership between Cardiff Met, Siberian Federal University, University of Nicosia in Cyprus, and Hochschule Merseburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. The International Project Management Summer School was hosted in Cardiff in 2014.
Dr Fallon noted: 'As a result of different funding streams, such as Erasmus+, Santander Scholarships, and Short Term Mobility Funding, our network has been able to meet annually, build a team and develop the summer school offer. We are hoping to progress further now and build upon our good working relations to improve the summer school model and at the same time write about how Project Management can be successfully taught in this way'.
Following the success of summer schools that have already taken place on campus, the International Office has plans to develop a larger summer school next year which will involve schools across the University. This forms part of the University's Internationalisation Strategy, which includes developing a multicultural community of students and staff and developing mobility opportunities.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), commented on the importance of summer schools for the University: 'In each summer school students have benefited from industry speakers, visits to businesses and have undertaken relevant tasks to develop both knowledge and skills. I am excited to develop our brand of summer schools for 2016.'
Plans are underway for Cardiff Metropolitan University to host a series of summer schools in summer 2016. More information about this can be found on the University's website during the autumn term.