Start local, go global

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Globalisation has made the world a little smaller, perhaps more manageable, and has enabled us to view the world through a wide-angle lens. But sometimes, the wide-angle lens obscures what is right in front of us, what is local. In higher education, striking a balance between a global and regional outlook is critical for contributing to graduate success.

And, with graduate success always uppermost, Mr Ari Katz (CEO, Boston City Campus & Business College), maintains that “for higher education to be of value, it must frame local context challenges, globally.”

Framing higher education in this way has led the Institution to initiate an articulation agreement with EduQual, a UK-based awarding body that is globally-recognised as a national qualifications regulator.

The recently signed articulation agreement will expand the horizon of possibilities for students graduating from Boston, in the following ways:

Students graduating with either Boston’s Diploma in Business Management or Diploma in Marketing Management will be required to complete the EduQual Articulation Portfolio. Successful completion of the portfolio will result in the awarding of an EduQual Diploma in Business & Marketing Management (Level 8 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)). With the EduQual Diploma in hand, students will be eligible to apply for access to and advanced placement in a Bachelor Honours Degree at the following UK universities: University of Northampton; Anglia Ruskin University; Future Education World, RAK (UAE); NCC Education (UK); Edinburgh Napier University; Amity University in London (UK); University of Bolton Academic Centre, RAK (UAE); and, University of South Wales.

Students graduating with Boston’s Bachelor of Commerce in Management Marketing will be required to complete the EduQual Articulation Portfolio. Successful completion of the portfolio will result in the awarding of an EduQual Diploma in Business Management (Level 11 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)). With the EduQual Diploma in Business Management in hand, students will be eligible to apply for access to and advanced placement in an MBA at the following UK universities: University of Northampton; Anglia Ruskin University; London Metropolitan University; Edinburgh Napier University; Amity University in London (UK); University of Bolton Academic Centre, RAK (UAE); Western International College Online (UAE); and, University of South Wales.

Dr Linda Meyer (Dean of Institutional Advancement), believes this agreement will help to fast track Boston graduates with aspirations to further their studies and enlarge their view of the world. “Boston graduates will be able to unlock the global potential of the home-grown qualification they receive from Boston and improve their international career prospects,” says Dr Meyer.

In the knowledge economy of the twenty-first century, graduates need to be thinking about their glocal (global + local) higher education and career prospects. Institutions that can offer their graduates a range of possibilities both inside and outside the borders will be enabling global citizenship always with a heart in Mzansi.

For more information, go to www.boston.co.za/about-us/international-accreditation/

By Dr Rob Stegmann, PhD

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