Students in Kenya who want to earn UK bachelors degrees minus leaving the country have a few weeks to apply at Nairobi-based Edulink International College which signed a partnership deal to teach and award the University of Northampton’s business degree courses locally.
The deal, now in its second intake, will see Edulink International College, admit and teach these students locally and have their work double marked by University of Northampton’s faculty to ensure they adhere to the same timelines and curriculum for standardisation.
Edulink International College Nairobi has successfully taught the first semester of the previous intake and expects to attract even more students during the ongoing January intake.
Speaking about the upcoming intake during the college’s Open Day held on 3rd December, Mr. Gitonga M’Mbijjewe, the College’s Principal said, “The partnership between Edulink and University of Northampton is a first in the region. This partnership allows us (Edulink International College Nairobi) to offer face-to-face classes to students as well as connect them to an online curriculum that they can file their assignments, track progress and get feedback from lecturers at the University of Northampton in the UK.’’
Though the students are based in Nairobi at Edulink International College, their lecturers and degree programme have been vetted and approved by the Univesrity of Northampton to ensure the standards match.
There is also use of specialised software to track student progress and ensure students file their original work to the UK faculty that cross-checks their work.
At the moment, Edulink International Nairobi is offering the University of Northampton degrees in business including a BA (Hons) Business Studies , BA (Hons) Business and Marketing (Joint Honours (JH)), BA (Hons) Business and Entrepreneurship (JH) and BA (Hons) Business and Accounting (JH).
“The University of Northampton is not just a UK university, it’s ranked among the top 50 universities in the UK and its graduates have a 96% employment rate; making every reason why it should be any student’s or parent’s preferred choice,’’ added Mr. M’Mbijjewe urging parents and students present to take advantage of the programme.
The programme will see them study in Kenya at far less the cost than if they were to travel to UK. Students can also continue running their businesses or retain their jobs as they study and pay zero fees in accommodation and visa fees as they’ll study from Nairobi and in the end earn a University of Northampton degree similar to those studying physically at the university in the UK.
According to M’Mbijjewe, this arrangement will see students and parents save up to Ksh 7m. in tuition, accommodation and travel costs.
Both Edulink International College Nairobi and the University of Northampton are approved by The Commission for University Education (CUE) in Kenya and the UK higher education body respectively. University of Northampton has also vetted Edulink’s lecturers and facilities.
For those with different entry grades or a different educational background but still want to join the January intake of the University of Northampton degree courses, Edulink International College Nairobi has an International Foundation Programme to prepare them for the course.
Admission for the January intake is open online and students and parents can do inquiries online here.