BCC should look at ways to expand its borders
The Barbados Community College (BCC) could get into franchising.
The idea of allowing BCC courses to be used in other community colleges in other Caribbean countries or beyond the region, was expressed by BCC Chairman Stephen Broome as he addressed a packed crowd at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on Saturday, November 4, during the college’s 44th graduation exercise.
He said the College Hospitality Institute and the Health Sciences Division are two faculties that can be expanded and developed to either increase their intake of overseas students or franchise out their programs to other institutions.
“Increased articulation agreements to support bi-directional education aimed at cooperation between BCC and other institutions to allow for the systematic recognition by each other of various specified programs of study leading to full or partial credit towards programs between BCC and the participating institutions,” is another way he said that this can be done.
The bi-directional concept he believes should lead to an exchange of expertise especially for BCC students to be able to adapt to the ever-changing global trading and economic environment.
What he insisted is also of importance, is the twinning and international linkages, which should allow collaborative arrangements between BCC and other colleges and universities with the desire to build capability of both institutions; to operate, manage and administer an undergraduate or graduate program and to provide opportunity for BCC students to gain an international diploma or degree under joint programs.
Additionally, he did not rule out the idea of distance education programs that are delivered through satellites, computers, correspondence, or other technological means across national boundaries.
“The growing demand for higher education worldwide, along with global expansion of telecommunication technologies, have given online distance education a potential worldwide reach for institutions in many countries,” Broome added.
The development of a comprehensive online platform at BCC he stressed would be an important tool in the delivery of education at the College and would enable them to expand their borders while delivering quality education.