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Cardiff Met visits international partner in Oman

News | 19 April 2023

Cardiff Metropolitan University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cara Aitchison, recently visited Oman to award Cardiff Met degrees to over 400 graduates at one of the University’s transnational education partners – Gulf College Oman (GCO).

During the visit, the Vice-Chancellor presented degree certificates at GCO’s graduation ceremony and met with high-ranking Government officials, including the Chair of Oman’s SME Development Fund, the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion and the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation.

Vice Chancellor Professor Cara Aitchison said: “The University continues to work closely with our 13 transnational partners which together, have over 12,500 Cardiff Met students. This visit was a great opportunity to meet with one of our largest partners, Gulf College Oman, to discuss ways of maximising this partnership, including potential new programmes, future research collaborations, and ways in which we will contribute to the Omani Government’s entrepreneurship agenda”.

Cardiff Met has been a partner with Gulf College Oman since 2014 and is associated with seven courses, including BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems and BA (Hons) Marketing Management.

Professor Cara Aitchison opened the graduation ceremony during the visit: “Graduation is always a wonderful celebration at Cardiff Met and an opportunity to showcase and celebrate student success. It was an honour to attend Gulf College Oman, open the ceremony and speak with graduates as they embark on the next exciting chapter in their life.”

Academics from Cardiff Met’s School of Technologies and School of Sport & Health Sciences also took part in the visit to meet with academic staff and students, and to discuss current programmes, along with new and potential programmes to be offered in the future.

Dr. Rima Al Zadjali, Dean, Gulf College Oman, said: “The visit of Professor Cara Aitchison and her delegation from Cardiff Metropolitan University to Gulf College in Oman was pivotal in strengthening our professional relationship and enabling joint collaboration in various fields.

“Meeting with stakeholders such as the SME Development Fund, Ministry of Higher Education, and Ministry of Commerce and Investment Promotion was beneficial, contributing to the development of higher education, innovation, and entrepreneurship in both Oman and Wales. Together, we are working to strengthen higher education, innovation and entrepreneurship through joint collaboration, creating opportunities for our students and faculty.”

Cardiff Metropolitan University is proud to be associated with such high-calibre international partners. A number of different models of collaboration are employed, to ensure the programmes meet the particular needs of students and employers as well as being of the highest quality.

Further information about Cardiff Met’s Transnational Partners can be found on the University’s webpage.