Sri Lankan alumni chapter ratified by Cardiff Met VC
Cardiff Met Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, signed an exciting agreement this week with the University's partner in Sri Lanka, the International College of Business & Technology.
The agreement, co-signed with the Chief Executive of ICBT, Mr Mohan Pathirana, establishes an official Cardiff Met alumni chapter for the successful graduates of ICBT studying Cardiff Met qualifications.
The signing took place at an inaugural dinner in Colombo, Sri Lanka, attended by almost 300 graduates, which followed an earlier graduation ceremony for this year's cohort of 520 full-time ICBT students.
In his speech, the Chief Executive of ICBT expressed the hope that the graduates would keep in touch with both organisations for many years to come and urged them to take advantage of the opportunities before them.
He said: "ICBT is the largest and most experienced private college in Sri Lanka, and as such has partnered with a university that has substantial experience in international collaboration - Cardiff Metropolitan University.
"ICBT is located in all of the major Sri Lankan cities and is currenty in the process of replacing most of its Colombian premises with a purpose-built city cantre campus to integrate its operations in the city. This new campus, to be fully operational in 2014, will provide state-of-the-art learning facilities as well as recreational facilities for staff and students. All our former students will be welcome to use these facilities as a tangible benefit of having studied with ICBT"
Responding, Professor Chapman congratulated the newly-formed ICBT -Alumni Committee for its efforts in setting up the new Chapter, and wished everyone well in their endeavours. He said "I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet so many ICBT - Cardiff Met graduates and I am so pleased that our partnership is developing with the establishment of this chapter, the first in Sri Lanka".
Andrew Walker, Director of Development, urged the graduates to make the most of the connections afforded by the partnership.
He said "Cardiff Met has more than 47,000 registered alumni in over 140 countries across the globe. You can make the most of these connections whether in the UK, Sri Lanka or anywhere else that our alumni are based. Business collaborations, job openings, career guidance and local knowledge available from the wider Cardiff Met alumni family are yours to tap into. Please do take the opportunity to forge friendships for life."
Notes to editors:
Professor Chapman was accompanied by Cardiff Met colleagues Professor David Brooksbank PVC and Dean of the Cardiff School of Management, Professor Mohamed Loutfi PVC International, Director of Development Andrew Walker, Head of Collaborative Provision Lloyd Powell and Owain Llwyd, Senior International Marketing Officer.
The partnership between ICBT and Cardiff Met was established in 2010 and students can study programmes such as MBA, BA Business and Management Studies, LLM and BA Educational Studies.
Sri Lankan based ICBT students also have the opportunity to undertake part of their studies at the Cardiff Campus.
Cardiff Met's Internationalisation strategy is key to the provision of nurturing students with a life-enhancing knowledge of other countries and cultures. Academic staff also have the opportunity to travel abroad and benefit from exchanges with Cardiff Met's partnerships with universities and private institutions in a number of countries including Bulgaria, Egypt, Morocco, Singapore and India.