In­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for Bos­ton stu­dents!

The big­gest achieve­ment for our in­sti­tu­tion in 2018 has been the award­ing of ac­cred­i­ta­tion with the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil – Bos­ton grad­u­ates are now as­sured of ex­it­ing an in­sti­tu­tion that has in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.”

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

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, as well as in the global ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket.

The BAC cur­rently ac­cred­its more than 230 in­sti­tu­tions in 19 coun­tries. Bos­ton is one of only two Higher Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tu­tions to have achieved the 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, as well as in­ter­na­tional 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!” So says Bos­ton’s Dean for In­sti­tu­tional Ad­vance­ment, Dr Linda Meyer. “Bos­ton City Cam­pus & Busi­ness Col­lege of­fers a range of qual­i­fi­ca­tions. 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 pro­gramme. The big­gest achieve­ment for our in­sti­tu­tion in 2018 has been the award­ing of ac­cred­i­ta­tion with the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil – Bos­ton grad­u­ates are now as­sured of ex­it­ing an in­sti­tu­tion that has in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.”

What does it re­ally mean that Bos­ton has been awarded ac­cred­i­ta­tion by the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil (BAC)? Dr Meyer con­sid­ers why ac­cred­i­ta­tion with the BAC is sig­nif­i­cant for Bos­ton as an in­sti­tu­tion, and out­lines some ben­e­fits for the stu­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to Meyer, higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in­creas­ingly have to lo­cate them­selves within the global con­text of an ever-chang­ing ed­u­ca­tional land­scape. “At the same time, there is a strong drive to show how con­tex­tual re­al­i­ties shape ed­u­ca­tional the­ory and prac­tices. In other words – higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions such as Bos­ton must stay in touch with the needs and skills de­mands of busi­ness to re­main rel­e­vant.”

“In this space, Bos­ton needs to think lo­cal and act glob­ally. Put an­other way, Bos­ton must en­sure that their ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion is sen­si­tive to the re­al­i­ties of life in South Africa while at the same time main­tain­ing an ac­tive link with what is hap­pen­ing glob­ally. Nav­i­gat­ing be­tween global and lo­cal is a del­i­cate bal­ance and man­i­fests it­self in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways.

“Bos­ton’s ac­cred­i­ta­tion with the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil is a sig­nif­i­cant and strate­gic move for the in­sti­tu­tion.

“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 as an In­sti­tu­tion of Higher Learn­ing. Bos­ton un­der­went a de­tailed au­dit that con­firms our com­mit­ment to qual­ity pro­vi­sion in South Africa, which meets in­ter­na­tional qual­ity as­sur­ance stan­dards.

Bos­ton stu­dents will reap the ben­e­fits of ac­cred­i­ta­tion with BAC. These ben­e­fits in­clude:

a. Bos­ton is ac­cred­ited as an In­de­pen­dent Higher Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tu­tion with the BAC, and has suc­cess­fully been bench­marked against in­ter­na­tional qual­ity as­sur­ance stan­dards.

b. Bos­ton is ac­cred­ited by the Coun­cil on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHE) (lo­cal) and, in­ter­na­tion­ally, by the BAC.

c. The value ex­change be­tween Bos­ton and stu­dents is am­pli­fied by the achieved in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion by the BAC, when they ap­ply to fur­ther their stud­ies abroad.

d. Bos­ton is a BAC ac­cred­ited In­ter­na­tional provider. The BAC ac­cred­i­ta­tion is recog­nised by the UK Visas & Im­mi­gra­tion, part of the Home Of­fice, as a qual­i­fy­ing re­quire­ment for in­sti­tu­tions wish­ing to en­rol stu­dents on ShortTerm Study Visas (www.the-bac.org/about/).

e. Stu­dents will be part of an in­sti­tu­tion— Bos­ton—that has cred­i­bil­ity be­yond the bor­ders of South Africa.

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

Bos­ton is now listed on the United King­dom Na­tional Recog­ni­tion In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre (NARIC), the des­ig­nated U.K na­tional agency for the recog­ni­tion and com­par­i­son of in­ter­na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions and skills. NARIC per­forms this of­fi­cial func­tion on be­half of the U.K Govern­ment.

https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/. This achieve­ment al­lows Bos­ton grad­u­ates the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply to U.K & E.U In­sti­tu­tions of Higher Learn­ing.

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