Cardiff Met launches its platform for outward student mobility
Students at Cardiff Metropolitan University are being given the opportunity to study abroad as part of their course; as an exchange student at one of 55 different Higher Education Institutions across 23 countries from both within and outside of the EU.
Supported by €20.2m of EU funding, Cardiff Met is leading the way for its students and staff to gain an international experience through exchange programmes such as Erasmus Mundus. The university is the only Welsh Higher Education Institution to have been selected for such funding, and the only UK University to have been granted five EU Erasmus Mundus Action 2 projects consecutively since 2009.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in study abroad exchanges with Cardiff Met’s Transnational Education (TNE) partners.
Through Cardiff Met’s collaborative programmes with partner universities in countries such as Egypt, Bulgaria and Morocco, students can follow part of their programmes in the overseas institution, with full academic recognition.
Cardiff Met is working in partnership with the Students’ Union, with the aim of equipping the student body to be global citizens, fully prepared for the highly competitive job market.
A recent report led by Professor Colin Riordan, Chair of the UK HE International Unit recognised outward mobility as an area of strategic importance.
The Recommendations to Support UK Outward Student Mobility report, recently submitted to David Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, recommended the UK should develop and implement a national strategy for outward student mobility, which should be sustainably funded by philanthropy, with support from business and scholarships. The report also recognised there is a need to encourage greater flexibility in the higher education curriculum to make it easier for students to spend time abroad during their studies.
The dedicated focus, promotion and facilitation of outward student mobility are of paramount importance for Cardiff Met. Speaking about the initiative, Professor Antony Chapman, Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff Met, said:
“It is the invaluable impact that such an experience has on our local students that makes us continue to strive towards excelling in this area.
“To internationalise our student body is to provide our students with the best possible start in their chosen career paths”.
Related Links: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/outwardmobility