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University V-C meets Prince of Wales in Jordan

Hi-tech campus is the venue for a meeting between Coventry University's vice-chancellor and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

Posted by Hannah Oakman | February 19, 2015 | Higher education

Professor John Latham, Vice Chancellor of Coventry University, recently met with the Prince of Wales at an advanced lab in Jordan. The lab was kitted out with tech with the help of Coventry University subsidiary Serious Games International Ltd (SGIL).

Opened in November by King Abdullah II of Jordan, the lab is part of a strategic relationship between Coventry University and Zain, Jordan’s leading mobile telecoms operator. It features a virtual reality room, a driving simulator and a smart touch table.

During his visit, vice-chancellor Professor John Latham spoke about the professional development programmes being delivered by Coventry University at the Jordan campus, and the ongoing support being given to future joint activities.

The Prince of Wales was visiting the lab as part of an event to help launch the Prince’s Trust International, which has been working in Jordan to help bring more young people into employment by offering mentoring and assistance.

Professor Latham commented: “It was a pleasure to meet with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and showcase the positive impact that British higher education is having around the globe. Going forward we hope to strengthen relations with the Prince’s Trust and explore ways that the University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations could work with the charity.”

The collaboration between the University and Zain initially came about with the help of Coventry alumnus and international philanthropist Dr Majid AlSadi, who also organises the ‘Changing Lives’ programme through which Coventry University students visit Jordan on a cultural exchange during their studies.

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