The company is opening its 11th partner study centre in Nigeria in partnership with a local college PEFTI Film Institute.
The new centre is one of the dozens it has accredited in Africa and one of over 200 across the world that offer accord UK qualifications to students, providing both distance and in-college education to students who plan to join universities for further studies.
The Institute, a trainer in film production, performing arts, music, business, fashion and technology, caters to the country’s burgeoning theatre and media industry and is also accredited by Nigeria’s National Board for Technical Education.
It will start admitting students to the UK universities’ entry courses in September. Students will have an opportunity to study for periods beginning one year, studying in either Lagos or Ibadan campuses of PEFTI.
“Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. With almost 300 million people, there is no danger of over competition,” said NCC Education business development manager for Africa & Central Asia, Marcelle Du Rand, when asked about the high number of centres it had accredited in Lagos.
“Students prefer to remain as local as possible or study at larger institutions with boarding facilities”
“Lagos itself is densely populated and travelling is time consuming, resulting in students preferring to remain as local as possible or study at larger institutions with boarding facilities.”
In Nigeria, the centres can offer the University of Central Lancashire “top-up” degree options with Cyber security or Information Systems.
She added that the demand for transnational education is “robust” in Africa. NCC has in place “rigorous quality processes” including Academic Standards Managers, Quality Assurance Managers, Customer Service Executives, and Business Development Managers, who closely monitor centres to guarantee quality of qualifications, Du Rand continued.
“NCC Education is well-suited to meet the growing quest for international education in Africa. Our organisation understands the challenges of affordability and strives to provide accessible education solutions by offering UK degree pathways to students in their home countries,” she told The PIE News.
With a presence in 50 countries, NCC operates regional offices in China, Singapore, South Africa and Malaysia.