City College Doha is set to open on September 2, offering students high quality education and a bespoke learning environment “that is based in the world of business,” principal Nichole Munro has told Gulf Times.
“If you look around the campus, you can see is it’s a business model, it’s a business campus, in addition to an outstanding VLE (virtual learning environment) system to support student learning,” she said during the ‘Open Day’ for their new Campus at Building 39, Barwa Commercial Avenue.
The City College Doha offers High National Certificate in Business and High National Diploma in six business specialisations: accounting and finance; business management and leadership; human resources management; marketing; entrepreneurship and small business management, and human resources development.
Munro noted that their courses have been approved by the British Technical Education Council (BTEC) and Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
“We have very strong links with the University of Portsmouth so that is one preference for students and alternatively they can take these qualifications and tap into a network of over 700 universities across the world that will accept and recognise BTEC qualifications for what they are,” she said.
The principal noted that City College Doha has a capacity for 250 students with rooms for expansion in the future. It also offers full-time and part-time modes of study for all types of students.
“Essentially, groups of students will be able to learn a skill in the classroom and then go and apply that skill in a simulated training environment in another part of the college,” Munro explained.
In addition, the college also offers a Bridging Programme to support those students who need to build up skills in general–academic English and study skills.
She cited the uniqueness of the college’s programmes saying these were designed to provide experiential training, attracting fresh school leavers and those who are already working.
These are the kinds of qualifications which will help people propel into the world of work regardless of background and the kind of experience they have, Munro pointed out.
“We want to attract young nationals and international students here, but also what we are looking to do is to provide people in the world of work who got so much work experience but don’t have the required qualifications,” she explained.
“The beauty of our programmes is that they come for two years, they do a Level 4 High National Certificate, which is the same as Year One of university, they get that certificate in hand,” Munro noted.
“They come for Year Two, which is a High National Diploma, again that is the equivalent to Year Two in a university and then they go into maybe a bachelor of their choice or maybe with that qualification they choose to go into the world of work,” she added.