Modern-day companies and industries have become quite flat structures to enable more opportunities for more people, on a global scale. As part of the fourth industrial revolution, employers and employees have to embrace new ideas, concepts, and strategies.
Organisations aim to remain competitive and relevant by operating on a broad platform, liaising with international businesses, exchanging goods and services; and implementing these new ideas and services in their own corporate structure.
To remain competitive and relevant, employees and business owners will need to be armed with international skills and equivalencies so that they can operate on a global scale.
Boston City Campus (Boston) is 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.
The BAC currently accredits more than 230 institutions in 19 countries. “We believe strongly in the importance of being locally accredited as well as globally,” says Ari Katz, CEO of Boston City Campus. “The world is a small operating system and work borders fall away when you hold globally recognised qualifications,” he adds.
A collaboration between Boston City Campus and EduQual of London has resulted in additional exciting opportunities for Boston graduates. “We are thrilled to bring these benefits to our graduates,” Katz enthuses. “In essence graduates can easily gain international qualifications using their Boston diploma or degree as a starting point.”
Today, anyone aspiring for a career in the management domain needs to have a global mindset to get a career break in the current business industry. International is a serious concept and buzzword in today’s marketplace. It is a highly valued aspect of one’s CV.
According to Jason Raiffe, director at EduQual, “Topping up your local qualification with an accredited international qualification makes you a global player. Moreover, even when you operate locally, it makes you that much more attractive to your local employers.”
It’s a significant offering from Boston City Campus that Katz believes should be made the most of. “Boston 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 that is locally and internationally recognised,” he explains.
Katz adds that Boston is now also a candidate for accreditation of specific programmers by the ACBSP – the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (United States of America).
Consider why these international accreditations and recognition are significant for Boston as an institution, and outlines some benefits for the student.
According to Katz, 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,” he says.
In this space, Boston needs to think local and act global. 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.
“Boston’s goal to gain international recognition for its graduates’ is a 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,” the CEO highlights.
“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,” concludes Katz.
To find out more about the internationally accredited qualifications offered at Boston City Campus, head here.