Cardiff Metropolitan University secures another €8.7m for Internationalisation 

16/07/2012 09:00 

 

Cardiff Metropolitan University secured a further two EU funded projects under the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Scheme with circa €8.7m.

The €4.37m ‘EU-Morocco-Egypt-Tunisia-Algeria-Libya-International Cooperation (EU-METALIC)’ and the €4.36m ‘EU Partnerships and International Cooperation with Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine (EPIC)’ are part of 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.

Since 2009, Cardiff Met has led three other projects that have allowed over 400 students and staff to move between the EU, Egypt and Lebanon, and have also fostered greater institutional co-operation between the partner universities.

Following from the success of these previous projects, Cardiff Metropolitan University has secured a further two projects covering a wider geographical area in the Middle East and North African regions.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is the only Welsh Higher Education Institution to have been selected to lead such funding, and the only UK University to have been granted five EU Erasmus Mundus Action 2 projects, coordinated by Prof. Mohamed Loutfi, Dean of International Development, amounting to circa €20.2m.

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 EU-METALIC and EPIC projects are in direct support of outward mobility of Cardiff Met’s students and staff; an opportunity to internationalise its staff and student body. Such projects foster better understanding between the universities and facilitate the exchange of students, researchers and academic / administrative staff from EU and Third-countries.

Cardiff Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman said: “This is a great achievement for Cardiff Metropolitan University that will further enhance our growing international reputation. We are delighted to be leading the way in the UK for opportunities for outward student mobility”.

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