PRESS OFFICE: Boston City Campus & Business College (Boston) has been recognised and awarded accreditation as an Independent Higher Education institution with the British Accreditation Council (BAC).
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 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!” 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 hit our campus this year has been our award of accreditation with the British Accreditation Council – our graduates are now assured of international recognition of their achieved qualifications.”
What does accreditation from the British Accreditation Council really mean (BAC)? Dr Linda Meyer considers why accreditation with BAC is so significant for Boston as an institution, and outlines 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– higher education institutions such as Boston must stay in touch with the needs and skills demands of corporate and industry in order to remain relevant as educators.” 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 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 qualifications is 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:
- Boston higher education qualifications will carry BAC endorsement.
- Boston offers qualifications that are assured both by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) (local) and, internationally, by the British Accreditation Council.
- 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” (the-bac.org/about/).
- Students at Boston are members of an institution that has credibility beyond the borders of South Africa.
- 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 is a management executive with 16 years’ experience in strategy design of innovative business processes, primarily in the private sector.