Pro Vice-Chancellor appointment set to strengthen Cardiff Met’s successful international strategy 

25/10/2012 12:00 


Cardiff Metropolitan University has appointed a new Pro Vice-Chancellor, responsible for leading the development and implementation of the University's internationalisation strategy at home and abroad. 

Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Dean of International Development, has taken up the additional role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) in the 2012/13 academic year.

Nationally, Professor Loutfi is a member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education's International Governance Group and internationally, he is council member at the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights in Bologna.

The role will involve securing sustainable and far-reaching engagement with partners overseas to promote academic excellence and distinction in teaching, learning, research and related enterprise activities.

Cardiff Metropolitan University was ranked overall top in the UK for international student satisfaction for the third year running in 2012. The University also topped the world rankings for the quality of the student support, in an independent survey conducted by i-graduate.

Professor Loutfi, who holds a BSc in Economics and Political Science, an MSc in Information Technology and a PhD in Systems Thinking, has also worked on many EU projects for education reforms, accreditation and quality assurance in Ukraine, Russia, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.

He is currently working with the ministries of Higher Education in Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco to develop a framework for building capacity for Leadership in Higher Education and benefiting from European experiences in this field.

Professor Loutfi is also coordinating five Erasmus Mundus projects with the aim of enhancing institutional cooperation among partners by facilitating student and staff mobility exchanges.

Speaking about his appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Loutfi said: “I am looking forward to leading Cardiff Met’s internationalisation strategy and building on our successes and growing reputation worldwide.”

Cardiff Metropolitan University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, said: “Professor Loutfi’s appointment to Pro Vice-Chancellor is key to meeting our international objectives for the University; helping us to establish and maintain strong partnerships overseas, as well as continuing to offer a world-renowned service to our Cardiff- and London-based international students.”