First UK University to Open in Ras al Khaimah by ps94506


									University of Bolton, UK to open its Bolton Academic Centre (BAC) in
Sri Lanka in partnership with the KES Group of Institutions

UK university, The University of Bolton, together with the KES Group of
Institutions is establishing an academic centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka, helping
to support the country’s rapidly developing economy.

The centre, offering British university education, will be housed within the
Western College for Management & Technology (WCMT) at Mt Lavinia, a
Government of Sri Lanka Board of Investment (BOI) approved institution.

WCMT is part of the KES Group of Institutions which has significant
experience in delivering trans-national education across India and the United
Arab Emirates. The KES Group of Institutions operates eight further and
higher education institutions across a widespread geographical area. This
new development follows the successful launches of the University of Bolton’s
first overseas campus in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, and BoltOnline, the brand
under which the University’s online degrees are delivered – both developed in
association with the KES Group of Institutions.

The University and its partner, have identified Mt Lavinia as an ideal location
for the new Bolton Academic Centre (BAC).The WCMT campus is on Galle
Road and is easily accessible for students. The campus offers expansive
teaching and learning facilities.

Dr Sudhir Kartha, Chairman of the KES Group of Institutions said BAC had
been set up to provide meaningful and cost-effective learning opportunities to
Sri Lankan students wanting to gain a high-quality British degree, without the
cost and time penalties of leaving Sri Lanka. Whilst he expected most Sri
Lankan students to complete their entire degree in Sri Lanka, the programmes
to be offered will provide the flexibility and opportunity to study degree-specific
modules at the University of Bolton campuses in either the UK or the UAE.
Dr Kartha also stressed that the programmes offered in Sri Lanka would be at
highly competitive fee levels. WCMT will also provide substantial merit and
fee-based scholarships to suitable applicants wanting to study at BAC.

Dr George Holmes, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, said: ‘The
student experience is more than just about attending lectures. We deliver a
blend of academic knowledge with practical, applied skills which employers
need. Students gain professional insight and skills that enable them to
advance at work, in their chosen careers. International educational activities
are of key strategic importance to the University of Bolton. The BAC in Sri
Lanka will provide huge benefits for both staff and students through transfers
and exchange between the Sri Lankan, UAE and UK campuses.’

Dr Zubair Hanslot, Academic Director International Campus Developments
and Campus Provost for the Bolton Academic Centre, Sri Lanka campus,
said: ‘The University of Bolton is exactly the type of university needed in Sri
Lanka. The University’s philosophy is wholly focused on teaching, learning
and support to ensure student success in achieving a degree and
transforming students’ work and career prospects. Our degrees will develop
practitioner level skills that are highly sought after by employers.’

Courses to be offered at BAC from February, subject to normal academic
validation, will be:

Undergraduate courses
BA (Hons) Business Management
BA (Hons) Business Management - Top-Up (final year entry by part-time
BSc (Hons) Computing
BSc (Hons) Computing - Top-Up (final year entry by part-time study)

Postgraduate courses
MBA Master of Business Administration
MSc Information Technology

All quality assurance procedures will be directly controlled by the University of
Bolton, UK.
Dr Hanslot added, ‘BAC will be initially launched in October 2011 as a
BoltOnline hub for the online delivery of currently validated programmes, at
Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels, in Business and Computing.
Students on these programmes will enjoy local tutorial support provided by
WCMT in addition to the standard online tuition offered by BoltOnline.

‘Beginning in February 2012, subject to the normal academic validation
process, it is envisaged that we will introduce a ‘flying faculty’ model which will
see British academics delivering lectures at the Bolton Academic Centre
(BAC) in Mt Lavinia. In addition, it is planned to broaden the postgraduate
provision allowing students to study part-time while they continue in work,’

Dr Kartha added: ‘Sri Lankan students completing credits/ awards through
award bodies such as Edexcel, ABE, ABP, ACCA, CIMA, CIM and many
others, will be able to apply for advanced standing and credit transfer options
at the Bolton Academic Centre (BAC) in Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka. All decisions
regarding advanced standing and credit transfer will be made directly by the
University of Bolton, UK.’

The University of Bolton positions itself as student-centered, providing career
relevant programmes. It is currently delivering programmes in nine countries,
predominantly in the Far East, Asia and Africa.

The University is known for the high quality of its teaching and student
supportThe UK’s National Student Survey, published in August, showed
University of Bolton students ranked their university joint top in their area and
are as satisfied with the standard of their learning expereince as students at
the universities of Manchester and Salford.

This is the second year in a row the University of Bolton has improved its
student satisfaction performance. It meets or exceeds Greater Manchester
average scores for student-rated performance in: teaching, assessment and
feedback, academic support, organisation and management and personal
development, as well as overall satisfaction.

Dr Kartha concluded: ‘We aim to provide modern teaching facilities and the
broadest range of flexible degree options available from a UK university in Sri
Lanka. We’re also keen to develop relationships with local employers to meet
their employees’ professional and high level skill needs. We are confident of
attracting students from all over the region with the focus on enabling students
to stay with their families while studying.’

Anyone wanting to find out more about studying with Boltonline or joining
Bolton Academic Centre, Sri Lanka should contact the University of Bolton’s
International Campus Learning Unit by email at


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