In­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for Bos­ton stu­dents!

Bos­ton City Campus& Busi­ness Col­lege awarded ac­cred­i­ta­tion with the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil for In­de­pen­dent Fur­ther and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in the United King­dom.

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Dr. Deonita Da­mons

Bos­ton City Campus & Busi­ness Col­lege (Bos­ton) has been recog­nised and awarded ac­cred­i­ta­tion as an In­de­pen­dent Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion with the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil (BAC) in May 2018. The BAC is recog­nised glob­ally as an influential voice on stan­dards and qual­ity for the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, and pro­vides con­tin­u­ing im­prove­ment in the gen­eral stan­dard and qual­ity of fur­ther and higher ed­u­ca­tion in the UK and in the global ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket..

The BAC cur­rently ac­cred­its more than 230 in­sti­tu­tions in 19 countries. Bos­ton is one of only two Higher Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tu­tion to have achieved BAC ac­cred­i­ta­tion award in South Africa.

The BAC is ad­di­tion­ally a full mem­ber of the fol­low­ing in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, which pro­vide Bos­ton stu­dents with ad­di­tional con­fir­ma­tion of the stan­dards of qual­ity and in­terna- tional recog­ni­tion of our pro­grammes:

Euro­pean As­so­ci­a­tion for Qual­ity As­sur­ance in Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (ENQA);

Euro­pean Qual­ity As­sur­ance Reg­is­ter for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion;

The In­ter­na­tional Net­work for Qual­ity As­sur­ance Agen­cies in Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (INQAAHE); and

Coun­cil for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Ac­cred­i­ta­tion (USA) (Af­fil­i­ate Mem­ber).

“We are so proud to make this an­nounce­ment!” Says Bos­ton’s Dean, In­sti­tu­tional Ad­vance­ment, Dr Linda Meyer. With Bos­ton City Campus & Busi­ness Col­lege now open for mid-year reg­is­tra­tions, prospec­tive stu­dents should use the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on higher ed­u­ca­tion as a means to se­cure em­ploy­ment and to en­sure pro­fes­sional ca­reer ad­vance­ment by com­plet­ing a Bos­ton lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised and ac­cred­ited pro­gramme. The big­gest news to time main­tain­ing an ac­tive link with global ed­u­ca­tion. “Bos­ton’s re­cent ac­cred­i­ta­tion with the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil is a sig­nif­i­cant and strate­gic move for Bos­ton. The ac­cred­i­ta­tion gives ex­pres­sion to the De­part­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing’s (DHET) draft policy on the in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion”, says Meyer.

In­sti­tu­tion­ally, this means that Bos­ton car­ries in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for its pro­grammes. Get­ting to that recog­ni­tion has meant that their pro­grammes and op­er­a­tions have been scru­ti­nised by ex­ter­nal in­spec­tors of the BAC. The out­come of their eval­u­a­tion of all their higher ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tion­sis an en­dorse­ment of the high qual­ity that Bos­ton con­tin­ues to strive to pro­vide. Bos­ton does not just com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion in South Africa, but also with the stan­dards of in­ter­na­tional qual­ity as­sur­ance bod­ies, such as the BAC.

Stu­dents, past and present, will reap the ben­e­fits of our ac­cred­i­ta­tion with BAC. These ben­e­fits in­clude:

a. Bos­ton higher ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tions will carry BAC en­dorse­ment.

b. Bos­ton of­fers qual­i­fi­ca­tions that are as­sured both by the Coun­cil on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHE) (lo­cal) and, in­ter­na­tion­ally, by the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil.

Bos­ton does not just com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion in South Africa, but also with the stan­dards of in­ter­na­tional qual­ity as­sur­ance bod­ies, such as the BAC.

c. BAC en­dorsed qual­i­fi­ca­tions could po­ten­tially open more doors for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion in Eu­rope and the UK. ‘”This will al­ways be at the dis­cre­tion of the re­ceiv­ing in­sti­tu­tion” says Meyer.

Fur­ther­more, the “ac­cred­i­ta­tion is recog­nised by the UK Visas & Im­mi­gra­tion, part of the Home Of­fice as a qual­i­fy­ing re­quire­ment for in­sti­tu­tions wish­ing to en­rol stu­dents on Short-Term Study Visas” (www.the-bac.org/about/).

d. Stu­dents at Bos­ton are mem­bers of an in­sti­tu­tion that has cred­i­bil­ity be­yond the borders of South Africa.

e. A pos­i­tive per­cep­tion of Bos­ton qual­i­fi­ca­tions by em­ploy­ers and stake­hold­ers.

“The fu­ture for Bos­ton is exciting! “, says Meyer. “We will con­tinue to pur­sue in­ter­na­tional re­la­tion­ships that will ben­e­fit stu­dents and en­hance our ap­proach to meet­ing the needs of stu­dents in the South African con­text and open doors be­yond our borders”.

Dr. Deonita Da­mons

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