On 29 October 2013, in the presence of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Crown Prince, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Minister of State for Faith and Communities, Dominic Scott, BAC’s Deputy Chairman, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bahrain’s Minister for Education, Dr Majid Bin Ali Al Noaimi.
Welcome to my October blog, which has a distinctly international feel to it.
Firstly, BAC has been providing expert consultancy support to institutions, awarding bodies and governments. Over the past year we have been in discussion with the Higher Education Council, part of Bahrain’s Ministry of Education, regarding providing support in setting up an accreditation framework for Bahrain’s private universities to supplement existing quality assurance processes.
BAC is looking for a student representative to join its Council and Accreditation Committee. The individual will be a full member of both committees and assist in the governing and decision making of the charity.
On 6 September 2013, the Home Office released its Statement of Changes outlining upcoming changes to the visitor visa routes, including business and student visitor visas. One of the more significant changes is that individuals using the general and business visitor visa will be allowed to study in the UK for up to 30 days in total.
Most private colleges provide a quality student experience, QAA reports, but 100 institutions failed to progress or pass review Private providers are the subject of heated debate in the UK higher education sector. It's in this context that QAA (the Quality Assurance Agency for higher education) carried out 'educational oversight' reviews of 209 private colleges over the course of 2012.
Today, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills published research conducted by BAC and CFE Research in 2012 on privately funded providers of HE. BAC’s expertise and understanding of the private sector was sought to assist in ensuring the research accessed, and was representative of, the private sector.
On 6 June 2013, the Home Office released a report on recent research conducted on the Student Visitor Visa route, which BAC was invited and contributed to during the latter part of last year. The findings of the research are positive, with no evidence of significant or displaced abuse within the route. The report can be found here.