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Prof. Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

发布时间:2017-09-13    来源:《世界教育信息》编辑部
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Prof. Mohamed Loutfi is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff Metropolitan University (Cardiff Met) with responsibility of partnerships and internationalisation. Prof. Loutfi is an International Associate of Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and a member of its reference group for the Global Leadership Programme; a council member at the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights in Bologna; a member of the board of the European Quality Assurance Agency; a standing member of the Universal Innovators Tank (UIT), set up by the National Center for Schooling Development Programme, Ministry of Education in China to promote innovation and entrepreneurship education.
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  Abstract: Prof. Mohamed Loutfi is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff Metropolitan University (Cardiff Met) with responsibility of partnerships and internationalisation. Prof. Loutfi is an International Associate of Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and a member of its reference group for the Global Leadership Programme; a council member at the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights in Bologna; a member of the board of the European Quality Assurance Agency; a standing member of the Universal Innovators Tank (UIT), set up by the National Center for Schooling Development Programme, Ministry of Education in China to promote innovation and entrepreneurship education. Professor Loutfi is responsible for instigating and coordinating partnerships with over 25 different countries, some at Governmental level. Projects have included building partnerships with universities in different countries and enhancing institutional cooperation in learning, teaching and enterprise, as well as delivering programmes for university leaders to implement national higher education reform and internationalisation strategies. He has also worked on many EU projects for Higher Education Reforms and on Accreditation and Quality Assurance. In addition, he led with the ministries of Higher Education in Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco developing a framework for building capacity for leadership in Higher Education through European experiences in this field. During Prof. Loutfi’s visit to China on June, 2017, he accepted our interview. In the interview, he introduce that Cardiff Met develop the joint-school projects to promote the global mobility of students; accelerate government-industry-university cooperation to bring the benefit of internationalization back to local communities; cultivate university leaders’ governance competence to exert higher education leadership; implement the fundamental values of Magna Charta Universitatum to support university autonomy and academic freedom.
  Key Words: UK; Cardiff Metropolitan University; international joint-school; higher education; leadership
  
  Part I. Develop International Joint-school Project, Promote the Global Mobility of Students
  Journal of World Education: Please introduce us the core of international strategy at Cardiff Met.
  Mohamed Loutfi: To our cultural diversity, our aim is to support the creation of global citizen to let them be fit for employment in the global marketplace. In the university, we are students-centered. We have always focused on how can we expose our students to different cultures across the world and how can the graduates be fit for the global marketplace. On one hand, we bring our international dimension in through the internationalization of the curriculum, the internationalization of the campus, and the recruitment of international students; On the other hand, we expose our students to the world to enhance education quality, mainly through -outward mobility and international work placements .
  Journal of World Education: Please give us a brief introduction to the measures Cardiff Met taken to provide service to its international students and academics, and to develop its partnership with Chinese universities/institutions?
  Mohamed Loutfi: Cardiff Met is a global university, with partners across the world. Among our over 10,000 students study in Cardiff, 12 percent students are international students. Moreover, we've got another 7000 students studying in Cardiff Met programs in 16 different countries and regions, including Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia, Oman, Bahrain, Greece, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka etc. We build up joint-school project between universities in these countries and regions and provide Cardiff Met programmes. Student is able to study part of the course in their country and move to the UK to study part of the course. They can mobilize from one country to another. For example, students from Egypt can study in Sri Lanka for part of school for a year, because it's the same programme. Getting a CardiffMet degree from any joint-school is equivalent to Cardiff Met degree on campus. We try to give our students the similar experience, so with this network, our students mobilize and they have the opportunity to study part of these courses in several campuses.
  The majority of our program overseas are business management, tourism, information technology and data sciences. We also have programs like psychology, sports, sports management, sports exercise, health, so the spectrum is quite wide. We have food safety management program with Hong Kong University. The programs we offer across the world with our partners, but the majority of them are in the field of business management.
  We are now expanding and we are showing commitment to China by setting an office here, and this office is to support Cardiff Met partnerships in China. We have 52 partnerships with Chinese universities, for staff and students mobility. Part of our internationalisation strategy is to support staff exchange, so with these partnerships, we facilitate Cardiff Met staff coming to China and staff from the Chinese universities come to our campus. We also have students mobilizing both ways. In 2016, we had 3 groups of students visiting Chinese universities: nearly 40 students visiting Renmin University of China; student from Cardiff Met Art and Design School visiting Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology; students from our School of Health Sciences visiting Tianjin Agriculture University. The outward mobility from Cardiff Met to China shows our commitment to sending students abroad to study alongside with students here in China. In this way, make sure that they understand cultural diversity and they appreciate people from different backgrounds.
  we are hoping that we can do similar joint-school project here in China, to give our students opportunities to study in Mainland China, and students from Mainland China to study across our global network of partners. We initiated discussion with Hebei Normal university to set up a joint school. Hebei Normal University is commitment to the same values that Cardiff Met believes, which is being  student-centered, promoting  internationalization, focusing on creating a global citizen, so we see this as an opportunity for Cardiff Met and Hebei Normal university to work together.
  
  Part II. Multiple Parties Collaboratve Together to Share the Benefit of Higher Education Internationalization
  Journal of World Education: Furthermore, what kind of experience would you like to share in aspect of instigating and coordinating partnerships with other countries and enhancing institutional cooperation in learning, teaching and enterprise?
  Mohamed Loutfi: As I just mentioned, we have 16 partners across the world which offer Cardiff Met programs. As I also mentioned, we are very keen on giving our students the opportunity to study part of these programs in any of these 16 partners and beyond. We've got partnerships with another 100 universities through the funding that we received from the European Union, so Cardiff Met is the leading university in the UK to attract European funding. We have about 30 million Euros for staff and students mobility, which puts us as one of the leading universities in the UK to receive such funding to support internationalization.
  What we are now aiming for at Cardiff Met is our worldwide network, to internationalize our research and our enterprise. For example, with our partners in Oman, we are working for a joint enterprise in Oman. For another example, we are working here in China with Chongqing University to set up a product design center, because Cardiff Met is well known for product design. Especially with the movement in China towards embedding entrepreneurship and innovation in the curriculum, Cardiff Met was working with the Chongqing government to set up a product design center which would help the industries in this region developing new design for products.
  From a research point of view, we encourage all of our staff to have a joint publications, so they would go over their publications with international academics from our network either the 16 network or from our wider network, and this is quite important for them to have a different perspective from a different country to their research. And of course, it is very challenging.
  It is almost impossible to be a world class university without having international staff, international students, internationalized research, because it's one of the features to be a world class university.
  
  Journal of World Education: From your perspective of view, what role does leadership in higher education play in global environment?
  Mohamed Loutfi: On one hand, the university have a role to support our local community for internationalization. We consider globalization is already around us, so the one important thing for us is to make sure that we bring the benefits of internationalization to our local communities through the universities, and also  work with the local community to eliminate the negative effects of globalization. On the other hand, the university is responsible to work with our students, because the students are our future leaders. Working with students from the point of view are internationalizing our students not only through the mobility, through internationalization of campus and curriculum, but also working with our local community and our industries to expose them to the benefits of internationalization.
  
  Part III. Cultivate University Leaders to Exert Higher Education Leadership
  Journal of World Education: As a standing member of the Global Education Think Tank, set up by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and as a member of LFHE’s reference group for the Global Leadership Programme, in your opinion, what role does leadership play in higher education?
  Mohamed Loutfi: Leadership is an important ingredient in the development and progress of higher education, so leadership is about having the vision to serve the community, and society, and leadership plays the role of being the role model for students and about leading the future of the world around us through higher education. Creating leaders in higher education is something that many countries has taken on board in the last 20 or 30 years. In France, there is École Nationale d’Administration(ÉNA) and most of the leaders, either in the public sector or in higher education goes through the studies or get train through ÉNA. In the UK, there is Leadership Fundation for Higher Education(LFHE), which was set up about 15 years ago, to train the leaders, such as the presidents, the vice presidents, the deans in higher education, to lead the higher education sector and to meet the society needs. Every university in the country has to meet society's needs, same as in the UK, same as in China. Cardiff Met is working within several countries to try to support this. For example, we’ve worked with the Association of Arab Universities to create the Arab European Leadership Network in Higher Education (ARELEN). ARELEN is replicating what happened with ÉNA and the LFHE, and it has created 8 programs in leadership in higher education in this area. It is important to have the leadership in higher education that would shape and pull the higher education system within a country, to meet the requirement according to meet the government and society's expectations of the high education. In China, for example, there's a big movement to embed innovation of entrepreneurship in high education, it’s the role of the leaders to create the environment and have the proper courses in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. And this is one of the objectives of the thinktank here in China which I’m a member of.
  
  Journal of World Education: Would you please share with us your experience in developing a framework for building capacity for leadership in Higher Education, and delivering programmes for university leaders to implement national higher education reform and internationalisation strategies?
  Mohamed Loutfi: ARELEN is sub organization of the Association of Arab Universites, which is the umbrella association for more than 400 universities in the Arab region. The role of ARELEN is to train the current leaders, potential leaders and to inspire them on new techniques, new ideas, ways of managing finance and ways of interacting with industry, and let them be more understanding of the society development and what's happening in the macro level of the country. For example, in one of our projects, we have done country analysis for 5 countries in question and we looked at the higher education system and what we've discovered is that the higher education system does not meet the needs of the industry and the society around it. Whenever the industry is asking a new program, it takes long time for the higher education sector to react to this needs and to be able to fulfill the needs of the industry. The requirement from ministry of higher education is that they want to enhance their higher education system to be able to train the workforce to meet the society needs and bridge the education and employment gap. From our analysis, we need to have the right leaders in higher education to build up the links for them to have an understanding on what happening in the society.
  When you think of leaders in higher education, you cannot think of putting the presidents of universities in a classroom and teaching them, they actually learning from each other. So what we’ve done is creating an environment for them to have presidents from different countries, and they learn the experience and approaches of handling problems. For example, we have presidents of universities from Japan to come and talk to them about the challenges of higher education in Japan, and what is the approach of solving this challenge in Japan. We also have higher education leaders from Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe, middle-east, so it is the variety of leaders that we bring around the table to show them what happened in other environments, in other situations, and they could learn from each other and teach each other.
  
  IV. Implement the Fundamental Values of Magna Charta Universitatum to Support University Autonomy and Academic Freedom
  Journal of World Education: Would you please briefly introduce the historical background of the Magna Charta Universitatum?
  Mohamed Loutfi: The Magna Charta Universitatum was an initiative by the European universities. They said that let's look at the fundamental values of European universities, and fundamental values on university autonomy and academic freedom. In 1988, the Magna Charta Universitatum was formally signed by 388 university rectors, and up till now, has been signed by 805 universities from 80 countries. Fundamental values in higher education is not a European thing, it’s worldwide thing.
  Journal of World Education: How to implement the fundamental values of the Magna Charta Universitatum in nowadays?
  The Magna Charta Universitatum we see as the support for university autonomy and academic freedom. Of course, university autonomy and academic freedom are not absolute values, they are related to the societal context. For example, the autonomy and freedom in the UK is different from the autonomy and freedom in Europe, in China, in the middle east. For another example, universities in the UK are more financially autonomous than the universities in Europe, because education in Europe are state funded while in the UK, they are more autonomous, because the funding of the state is less, so autonomy is a relative thing. Autonomy is also about working within the boundaries of the social contract with the society . The expectation of society in China is different from the expectations of the society in the UK from its universities. Academic freedom is also relative, so academic freedom is the freedom to be an academic, rather than freedom to do anything. Therefore, these two values we call them as values that are not absolute but they are relative to the social context between universities and societies. But integrity and equity are two absolute values that we believe in and we expect universities to believe in, and to be maintained across the world.

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