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Cardiff Met hosts twinned Ukrainian university on weeklong study trip

​News | 19 January 2024

Cardiff Metropolitan University
​Yurii Boichu, Rector of Skovoroda University with President and Vice Chancellor of Cardiff Met, Professor Cara Aitchison.

Cardiff Metropolitan University has hosted delegates from H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University (Skovoroda University) in Ukraine for a five-day visit that explored co-learning opportunities between the institutions. 

Eight senior leaders from Skovoroda University travelled to Cardiff for the study visit where they were able to understand Cardiff Met’s approach to digital learning, research & innovation, strategy and planning, quality assurance and sustainability initiatives.  

The group also spent one day at Black Mountain College in the Brecon Beacons, Cardiff Met’s partner institution which delivers its BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change degree. 

Cardiff Met and Skovoroda University officially became twinned in 2022 after forging a partnership to promote the sharing of resources and provide support in a collaborative effort to aid Ukrainian educational institutions. 

Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice Chancellor of Cardiff Met said: “Building on our partnership with Skovoroda University, this visit serves as a meaningful extension to the collaboration initiated in 2022, laying the foundation for a strong and enduring connection between our organisations.

“As Wales’ first University of Sanctuary, supporting displaced academics and students, Cardiff Met works to form relationships with international partners to transform the lives of individuals and communities through high-quality and high-impact education.”

To support the role of education in peace-building, in March 2022 Cardiff Met pledged £400,000 over two years towards Fellowships and Scholarships through the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA). This funding is also providing Sanctuary Studentships for academics, students and sports people fleeing Ukraine, an important value for the institution as a designated University of Sanctuary.

Cardiff Met’s Vice Chancellor Professor Aitchison hosted a dinner for the delegates on campus during their visit where the University’s Chancellor and Executive Director of CARA, Stephen Wordsworth, gave the closing speech. ​