Cardiff Metropolitan University reinforces commitment to Internationalisation 

05/12/2011 09:30 


For the last two years, Cardiff Metropolitan University (previously UWIC) has led a pioneering new initiative to encourage co-operation between universities in Europe and the Middle-East.

The projects, launched in 2009 and 2010, have seen over 250 students and staff move between EU and Egypt, and have fostered institutional cooperation between the partner universities. Last month, and following from the success of the previous projects, Cardiff Metropolitan University kick-started a third project under the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Scheme.

Funded by the EU, the €4m ‘Egypt-Lebanon-EU Mobility Exchange Network (ELEMENT)’ project officially opened in Beirut, Lebanon last week, where partners from five Higher Education institutions from Egypt, five from Lebanon and ten European universities from Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Lithuania and Poland joined together to plan the project activities during the next four years.

The meeting began with an official opening ceremony led by Prof. Ghazi Ghaith, Minister’s representative from the Ministry of Higher Education in Lebanon, who welcomed the opportunity for institutional collaboration amongst the European and third country partner universities.

The ELEMENT project, coordinated by Cardiff Metropolitan University, fosters better understanding between the universities and facilitates the exchange of students, researchers and academic and administrative staff from EU countries Egypt and Lebanon.

ELEMENT partners from Higher Education institutions in Egypt, Lebanon and Europe pictured together in Beirut.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is the only Welsh Higher Education Institution to have been selected for such funding, and the only UK University to have been granted three EU Erasmus Mundus Action 2 projects, amounting to circa €11.5m.

Cardiff Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman said: “This is a great success story for Cardiff Metropolitan University, and is a key part of our internationalisation strategy. This project will help us to establish strong links with our international partners through student and staff exchanges, and enhance our growing international reputation.”

Co-ordinated by Dr Mohamed Loutfi, Dean of International Development at Cardiff Metropolitan University, the €4m funded project is key to building on the success of the initial project achievements. Dr Loutfi said: “We are delighted to be leading the way in the UK for the Erasmus Mundus programmes, and looking forward to building on these successes with this latest project.”

The new project involves several partners which Cardiff Metropolitan University already has strong connections with including Egypt and Lebanon’s Ministry of Higher Education and the Arab Academy for Science and Technology.

The Erasmus Mundus Action 2 scheme is a co-operation and mobility scheme for Higher Education which aims to enhance the political, cultural, educational and economical links between the European Union and Third-countries.


Notes to editors:
The Erasmus Mundus Action 2 scheme is a co-operation and mobility scheme for Higher Education which aims to enhance the political, cultural, educational and economical links between the European Union and Third-countries.

EU Partners:

  1. Cardiff Metropolitan University – UK (Coordinator)
  2. Adam Mickiewicz University - Poland
  3. City University, London – UK
  4. Freie Universität Berlin - Germany
  5. Institut National Polytechnique De Lorraine (INPL) - France
  6. Technische Universität Berlin - Germany
  7. University of Granada - Spain
  8. University of Graz - Austria
  9. University of Rome (Sapienza) – Italy
  10. Vilnius University - Lithuania

Egypt Partners:

  1. Ain Shams University
  2. Alexandria University
  3. Arab Academy for Science & Technology
  4. Beni Suef University
  5. Sohag University

Lebanese Partners:

  1. American University of Beirut
  2. Beirut Arab University
  3. Lebanese University
  4. Modern University of Business and Science
  5. University of Saint Joseph

Associate Partners:

  1. Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research - EG
  2. Chamber of Commerce - EG
  3. Women in Higher Education Elite Leaders (WHEEL) - EG
  4. Ministry of Education & Higher Education - Directorate General for Higher Education in Lebanon
  5. Association of Lebanese Industrialists
  6. Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) - Slovenia
  7. Fundación Euroárabe de Altos Estudios (FUNDEA) - Spain

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