Cardiff Met launches its EU-METALIC Erasmus Mundus Project
Last week Cardiff Metropolitan University welcomed partners from Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Spain, France, Germany, Austria and Italy to officially launch the EU-METALIC (EU – Morocco - Egypt – Tunisia - Algeria - Libya International Cooperation) Project.
From left: Mr Anthony Packer, Honorary Consul for Lithuania and President of The Consular Association in Wales. Mr David Hibler, Erasmus Programme Manager, British Council. Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Keith Jones. Mrs Claude-Annik Rapport, Honorary Consul for France. Prof. Antony Chapman, Vice Chancellor. Dr. Ayman Nada, Cultural Attaché of Egypt. Prof. Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International) & Dean of International Development
The €4.3m Erasmus Mundus project granted to Cardiff Met in July 2012 is the fifth consecutive project of its kind awarded to Cardiff Met since 2009.
The project promotes cooperation between higher education institutions through encouraging partnerships, mobility and exchanges of students, researchers and academic staff, which in turn, enhances the quality of higher education and promotes dialogue and understanding between people and cultures.
The launch of the project culminated in an evening reception hosted by Prof. Antony Chapman, Vice Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Speaking at the event, Prof Chapman said, "Erasmus Mundus Projects such as EU-METALIC play a fundamental part in Cardiff Met's internationalisation strategy; from the, internationalisation of staff, internationalisation of students, internationalisation of our courses, internationalisation of our campus, strengthening of our links and partnerships overseas, bringing cultural diversity to Wales and contributing to the Welsh economy.
"Through this project, Cardiff Met is expanding once again on the opportunities for its students and staff to gain an international experience. Through encouraging outward student mobility to the partner universities involved in this project, we are equipping our student body to be active global citizens, fit for employment in the highly competitive global market place.
"Similarly, through staff exchanges Cardiff Met staff are working towards increasing their international knowledge and intercultural understanding with fresh experiences of developments outside Cardiff Mets campuses. This, in turn, promotes curriculum development and innovation; contributes to academic quality and strengthens research, knowledge capacity and production".
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