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Mataro alliance points to bright future for Glyndŵr University in Europe

15 April 2013

Mataro visit
The flourishing alliance between Glyndŵr University and Spain’s Mataro Technocampus led to a visit from two of its leading lights.

CEO Jaume Teodoro and International Relations Coordinator Juan Garcia Ramirez from TecnoCampus Mataro-Maresme Foundation met with Vice Chancellor, Professor Mike Scott, to discuss opportunities for both centres going forward.

The universities of Mataro and Glyndwr have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, with hundreds of Spanish students studying in Wrexham over the last 12 years.

Prof Scott said this will only improve as both institutions grow in stature through their world-leading research and successful collaborations with industry.

He added: “We have a longstanding relationship with the technocampus and it has been very successful, but now there are more opportunities, with the Horizon 2020 European framework, to develop dual-degree programmes and joint degree programmes with other universities in Western Europe.

“We can also set up partnerships with a variety other European Union universities using the same kind of outlook and vision as we have here.

This has been proved as we’ve had a great number of students coming across. We have dual degree programmes already underway and each have other international partners. There is an opportunity now to get into a consortia and lever some money out of Europe.

Enjoying his first visit to North Wales, Jaume felt the connection between the institutions was vital to both regions.

He said: “We have a lot of respect for this university and are very happy with our current agreement, but we are now trying to explore a new collaboration on degrees and joint degree programmes in the future.”

Juan added: “It has been a longstanding relationship, one that has been profitable on both sides. We have been sending students from Mataro to Wrexham for more than 12 years and are now looking to explore new avenues where we can work together further.”

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