An in-depth interview with Mr Peter Hacker, junior educator at Boston City Campus and an international Master’s degree student!

An in-depth interview with Mr Peter Hacker, junior educator at Boston City Campus and an international Master’s degree student!

 

My journey at Boston started with the Diploma in Business Management, I then completed modules towards the final year of the Bachelor of Commerce degree; to accumulate more credits to pursue a higher qualification.

I chose Boston because of distance as well as self-paced learning. It is extremely beneficial allowing you to study and work at the same time, without having to sit in a lecture hall for 8 hours per day. Additionally, this approach brought me face-to-face with challenges that an individual would experience in the working world. For example, time management.

The Diploma suited my enthusiasm for Business Management. Additionally, I was made aware that the Higher Education Qualifications of Boston were recognised in North America and Europe, which made my choice an extremely blissful one. These kinds of accreditations are scarce in South Africa.

My previous schooling was mediocre at best, which will sit in the back of my mind for the rest of my life. I was not the student that I am today; putting in minimal effort. I was in two different high schools, but fortunately finished my high school career being given an opportunity to grow and express myself.

I wake up early to get to the office as soon as possible which allows me to get ahead of my work and respond to students as immediately. I am a student, and I understand the need for explanation and assistance in the shortest amount of time. I love my gym and the healthy body healthy mind aspect that it gives me, then I typically have an online lecture at 6:00 pm, do projects until midnight and sometimes have to wake up at around 02:00 am to attend a lecture or do a Q&A amongst our peer group, as we are from various time zones worldwide.

I love the international exposure I get from my current studies.  In both contexts of academia and perceptions of international peers, it allows for significant learning experiences and individuality, and provides me with enormous confidence.

My students drive me! I have had several interactions with students who have completed their qualification or who were just completely unsure of a specific topic or work relating to their module(s), and I provided them with sufficient clarification. The amount of joy that it brings me to know that one of my students has successfully completed his/her qualification is priceless. Or if they were able to complete an assignment where they once thought that it was impossible.

I believe that Boston is world-class when it comes to student support and interaction and genuine to its vision of enhancing, uplifting, and continuously improving the quality of education and training in Southern Africa.

Furthering one’s education can provide extensive knowledge of the ever-evolving world around us and develop yourself to accommodate the changing world. Additionally, my mother used to tell me that “Knowledge is the key to success,” which it truly is, as is a true reflection of myself. I also believe in continuous learning. It is like the great physicist Albert Einstein once said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

The international application process was an absolute breeze. It was enriching to receive my acceptance letter and knowing that the class was only limited to 40 individuals from across the globe.

It is very rare to find an institution in South Africa such as Boston, where students have the ability to be internationally recognised because of their qualification’s accreditation status. This gives students the ability to work internationally and transnationally.

Additionally, as the Fourth Industrial Revolution is coming into full-swing, and the covid19 pandemic only accelerating this process, the need for international business and corporate structure is at an all-time high. The borders that separate countries “magically” disappear once you hold an International qualification. The opportunities are endless.  Lastly, if you decided to stay in South Africa and hold an international qualification, your significance to employers is much higher than candidates with a local qualification.

 

First SA Private Higher Education Institution In Line For US Accreditation

First SA Private Higher Education Institution In Line For US Accreditation

COVID-19 and population lockdowns have physically isolated us and imposed restrictions on our ability to move freely. But it has also brought us together in some rather unexpected ways and reminded us that we are far more connected than we imagined. Our workplaces have been decentralised with remote working interventions and brought with it some positives that have long been recognised by those early-adopters of remote working: less traffic congestion, fuel savings, fewer hassles associated with travel, time-saving, and a measure of flexibility in terms of work hours.

While physically isolated, this global pandemic is surfacing the importance of leveraging our connectivity and the technologies on which we have become so dependent so that we remain active within a globally interconnected economy. Moreover, participation in the global economy raises some critical question about the relative currency of academic qualifications.

Ari Katz, CEO of Boston City Campus, proposes that a crucial value-add to academic qualifications is international recognition. He notes, “today, companies and industries have become quite flat structures, enabling more opportunities for more people on a global scale. As part of the fourth industrial revolution, employers and employees have to embrace new ideas, concepts, and strategies. Organisations aim to remain competitive and relevant by operating on a broad platform, liaising with international businesses for the exchanging of goods and services. Employees and business owners will need to be armed with ‘international’ skills so that they can operate on a global scale to remain competitive and relevant.”

A successful career in the management domain needs to have a global orientation. ‘Internationalisation’, therefore, is integral to establishing and maintaining a presence in today’s marketplace. While focusing on delivering-producing local services-products, there also needs to be an international reach to sell those skills and services. Especially now, our services come at a really low cost to international buyers. It’s an excellent opportunity to be selling South African based skills and services in IT, programming, telecommunications, call centres, project management, and sales, to name a few.

Internationally accredited qualifications thus become a highly valued aspect of one’s CV. “An international degree helps you create a robust bridge between you and your future career, through which you can achieve a greater exposure to attain the opportunities in the first place,” says an international consultant. Moreover, even when you operate locally, it makes you more attractive to local employers because you have a global mindset.

Boston City Campus has positioned itself as a private higher education provider that is sensitive to the needs of the local economy while having an eye on the global picture. In addition to accreditation as an Independent Higher Education Institution with the British Accreditation Council in the UK, Katz adds that Boston is now also a candidate for the accreditation of specific programmes by the ACBSP (Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs) in the USA.

“Higher education institutions increasingly have to locate themselves within the global context of an ever-changing educational landscape and must do everything they can to stay in touch with the needs, skills, and demands of business to remain relevant,” says Dr Hendrik Botha, Head of Institution at Boston. In this space, higher education as an industry needs to think local and act global. Put another way; higher education institutions must ensure that their approach to education is sensitive to the realities of life in South Africa while at the same time maintaining an active link with what is happening globally. “Boston’s goal to gain international recognition for its graduates is a strategic move for the institution. And, the voluntary accreditation with the BAC and the ACBSP gives expression to the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) draft policy on the internationalisation of higher education,” says Dr Botha.

“We believe strongly in the importance of higher education being locally accredited (by the Council on Higher Education) as well as globally recognised through international accrediting bodies,” says Katz. “The world becomes a small operating system due to work borders falling away when you hold a globally recognised qualifications.”

Boston City Campus (Boston) is recognised and awarded accreditation as an Independent Higher Education Institution with the British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC is recognised globally as an influential voice on standards and quality for the education sector. Boston is a candidate for the accreditation of specific programmes by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP).

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