UK College of Business & Computing (UKCBC), one of London’s leading higher & vocational education inaugurated its campus in June 2018 for the first batch of students.
The College currently has six campuses in Central & Greater London including the English language arm UK College of English (UKCE). Located in the heart of Dubai International Academic City and with a campus spanning around 19,000 square feet, the Dubai Campus will initially deliver Pearson BTEC qualifications in business management, computing, travel & tourism, and health and social care eventually expanding to other qualifications that suit the UAE’s higher education and employability needs.
We sit down with Director of Finance and Operations, Bhargav Busa to get to know everything there is to know about this new B-school.
Bhargav in his current role as Director of Finance & Operations of UK College of Business and Computing (UKCBC), oversees the strategic growth pla
ns of the institution, in addition to overseeing the UK College English (UKCE). As a senior Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Bhargav is a commercially focused ‘hands-on’ finance and operations director who aims to deliver business objectives through strategic insight and people development. He also has in depth understanding on regulatory requirements from Office for Students (OfS), Department for Education (DfE), Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and Student Loans Company (SLC) in the context of UK Higher Education.
IB: As a newly launched college, what has the response been so far?
BB:UK College of Business & Computing inaugurated its brand-new campus in Dubai in early July. We have received a lot of appreciation from the education authorities, partners & parents. Students & parents see value in being part of UKCBC as we have more than 17 years of experience delivering vocational & professional qualifications back in the UK. We aim to provide quality British education at affordable tuition fees for students who wish to continue their higher education in UAE.
IB: Is there more and more demand for vocational studies in the UAE?
BB: The UAE’s multicultural and thriving community represents many opportunities for students and working professionals. Vocational courses allow learners to get more hands-on experience in the practical world therefore having vocational qualifications is increasingly favored by employers. More and more educators emphasize on the importance of vocational qualifications as they have proven beneficial for students who are looking to stand apart in the growingly competitive workforce.
IB: How important is Vocational training in the current scenario in the UAE?
BB: According to the official portal of the UAE Government, The UAE needs to produce 10 Emiratis with vocational skills for every university graduate produced to achieve a sustainable and diversified knowledge-based economy. Therefore, this is the first step in our broader strategic plan to provide vocational qualifications to students in UAE, both locals and expats at affordable tuition fees.
IB: Globally, Technical and vocational training seems to carry more weightage do you agree?
BB: The global economies are shifting and growing at a rapid pace. Technical & vocational education is bridging the skills gap in the youth that help them perform better at their place of employment. In lot of other countries, the technical & vocational education is given a lot of importance alongside mainstream academics. We aim to ensure that students in UAE are also benefitting from the skills that TVET qualifications provide.
IB: Please talk about the global accreditations for the trainings at UKCBC.
BB: At UKCBC, our courses are awarded by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company. Pearson qualifications are recognized globally, and students can transfer to more than 200 universities globally or gain employment once they complete our qualifications. We have also recently been awarded the ACCA Silver Learning Partner status; batches for which will also begin in September along with our other courses. ACCA is one of the world’s fastest growing accountancy body in the world with over 200,000 members and 486,000 students globally. This means that our students not only learn from experienced in-house faculty but will also gain world class qualifications that will support them in their career. UKCBC also partners with Bath Spa University offering degree programs in Business & Management, Health & Social Care. We also have collaborative franchise provision with New City College to offer Pearson L 4 and 5 qualifications.
IB: What are the current trends that students are looking at when they are approaching for admissions?
BB: We have noticed that students are very active while deciding their higher education options. The more involved they are, the easier it becomes for us as educators to show them value in what we offer. It would be safe to say that we have a very healthy engagement with both students and their parents when counselling them for any of our courses. Students and parents want to invest in education that helps them integrate with the workforce quickly. Vocational qualifications are designed with the guidance of employers ensuring that the necessary skills for employability are taught as part of the curriculum.