Education and training practitioners are always considering how they can more effectively meet the needs of their learners. At ATHE we have seen the implications of this with an increase in enquiries from colleges and universities based overseas. There are also colleges in the UK who wish to start satellite campuses abroad. ATHE is now working with centres from as far afield as Africa, Eastern Europe, Eire, India and South East Asia and the education on offer to learners is varied both in the qualifications and level of study.
In West Africa there are centres delivering ATHE qualifications as part of the training for working managers. In Bangladesh a centre is providing qualifications to meet the needs of the regional economy and provide more qualified employees for business. In Ireland many of the learners are international learners who wish to gain British qualifications.
ATHE makes certain that colleges and universities are able to deliver its qualifications but also supports centres with the introduction of the courses. This supportive relationship with centres helps to ensure that courses meet the standards required and learners receive a quality experience.
The director of a centre in Lagos said that he wishes to set up a ‘partnership with ATHE’ to support the strategic direction of his organisation. He believes that the ATHE qualifications, particularly at levels 6 and 7, will ‘interest and attract learners’.
The vision of the tertiary college in Larnaca, Cyprus is to increase the opportunities for learners and offer progression routes on the island and to universities and courses abroad. Working with ATHE will enable them to achieve these goals.
The increased expansion in the creation of overseas centres by established UK providers means that ATHE is working with a range of organisations planning this development. The benefits are significant and ATHE is interested in increasing opportunities for learners and centres in this way.