Welsh economist, Professor Brian Morgan, has set off on his visit to Delhi to highlight Cardiff Metropolitan University’s 20Twenty leadership programme to its newest international partners.

The visit follows Cardiff Metropolitan opening its first office in India last November, in partnership with global education services provider, Planet EDU.

On his 10-day visit, Professor Morgan will be visiting the University’s new office and meeting with key business partners, Mr Sanjay Malaviya, CEO of Planet EDU, and Mr Rob Lynes, director of the British Council.

The 20Twenty leadership programme is run by the Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University and aims to improve the leadership skills of aspiring leaders and managers of small and medium businesses.

Cardiff Metropolitan’s collaboration with Planet EDU was launched by First Minister, Carwyn Jones, in April last year, and is in line with the University’s strategy to develop links with a small number of high-quality international partners, both to raise the University’s profile internationally, and to show Cardiff Metropolitan as an attractive study destination.

Links with international partners also offer opportunities for staff and students to increase their international experience and exposure.

Planet EDU plays an important educational role, offering enhanced support for student’s registered for Cardiff Metropolitan’s degrees and providing opportunities for transfer between campuses in India and Wales.

The University is also exploring other partnerships in India, in order to develop a range of collaborations in this important market that will improve student choice and study opportunities.

Professor Brian Morgan plans to return to India later in 2013 to deliver a series of lectures that will emphasise the role that programmes like 20Twenty leadership can play in developing entrepreneurial skills and creating sustainable and successful businesses in India and the UK.