Annual Review 2010-11
The Annual Review is a time for reflection and recognition of what has been achieved by the University over the last twelve months.
This Review is an endorsement of what can be achieved through commitment, vision and partnership working in one of the best new Universities in the UK today. I have been actively involved in local politics for many years and worked in Higher Education for many more, however, after being made Lord Mayor of Cardiff the second greatest honour to be bestowed upon me has been that of the President of Cardiff Metropolitan University. I am proud that I have been able to see for myself at first hand and indeed be a part of the changing face of UWIC as it has moved to become Cardiff Metropolitan University.
The meeting of new challenges is much more than just a name change. When attending this year's graduation ceremonies it was a privilege to meet and talk with so many young people who spoke so highly of their experience and time spent studying here in Cardiff, and indeed often beyond our shores.
The skills that these young people have learned, at this University has provided the foundation for so many great careers and opportunities. In September it was my pleasant duty to attend the welcome evening for international students when I was able to express on behalf of both the city and of Cardiff Met a warm welcome to students from so many countries who had chosen this city and this University to take them down the road of a better future, with the skills and support that is needed in today's world of challenge.
I commend the governors and staff of the University who have secured so much investment in the infrastructure of the university's campuses. Those of us who have worked in Higher Education know that facilities are fundamental to helping deliver the very best student experience.
I was particularly pleased to be invited as one of my first duties as President to open the extended library and study facilities at Llandaff. The University attracts some of the best students in the world and they deserve the very best facilities we can provide.
As the President of the University I would like to take this opportunity to thank John Wyn Owen CB the Chair of the Board until July 2011, for all the support and good stewardship he has given over six years of service in this role and equally, I welcome our new Chair, Barbara Wilding CBE QPM, and wish her well in this important role. I pledge myself to supporting her Board of Governors, the staff and most importantly the students to ensure the value of an asset such as Cardiff Metropolitan University is recognised by us all as a first-class asset to the nation.
This Review speaks volumes about the contribution and importance of Cardiff Metropolitan University to the future of the city and Wales and I would commend those who have the future of Higher Education in their domain to read it and do all in their power to protect such an asset.