Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 18 September 2015

European Association of International Education (EAIE)

This week Study in Wales exhibited for the first time at the EAIE Annual Conference. The EAIE is the European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education. Each year the conference attracts around 5000 delegates from over 90 different countries. This year’s conference and exhibition took place in Glasgow from 15-18th September. Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff Metropolitan, Cardiff and Swansea Universities all took part in the stand, using the space to meet with new and existing international partners. Swansea University also led on a session at the conference entitled ‘Wales: Putting the Student at the heart of university-business collaboration’. Next year’s EAIE conference will take place in Liverpool.

Forum on UK-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Today saw Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong visit Wales as part of her state visit to the UK. The Vice Premier is being accompanied by a 100 strong delegation, including several Chinese university Presidents. Cardiff University is hosting a forum on UK-China innovation and entrepreneurship organised by the British Council and the China Education Association of International Exchange. The forum will include speeches on HE collaboration given by Prof. Colin Riordan and the First Minister of Wales with both Swansea University and the University of South Wales also represented.

Meet your MEPs events.

The European Parliament Information Office in the UK is hosting a series of “Meet your MEPs” events series at Park House, 20 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3DQ.

The UK has 73 MEPs in the European Parliament, 4 of whom represent Wales. The office is hosting four small breakfast meetings this September/October with each of the MEPs. This is an opportunity for you to meet them and discuss the big EU-related topics ahead of the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

The meetings will be chaired by Jamie Owen, the BBC Wales journalist and broadcaster. Doors will open at 8.30am (with a hot breakfast served), with the discussion from 9.00am – 10.00am.  The event with Kay Swinburne MEP (Conservative Party) took place today – subsequent events are as follows:-

·         Friday 25 September: Jill Evans MEP (Plaid Cymru)

·         Friday 16 October: Derek Vaughan MEP (Labour Party)

·         Friday 23 October: Nathan Gill MEP (UK Independence Party)

To register for the event click here or email

Welsh Government Budget 2016/17

Here is a short briefing note on Universities Wales’ current assessment of, and recommendations for, the Welsh Government’s higher education budget 2016/17.