Principal, Peacock College, UK, Mr. Zenon Adamek
British Accreditation Council (BAC) has given approval to Peacock College United Kingdom, a subsidiary of Peacock Travel and Tours in Nigeria to teach travel and tourism and operate as full-fledged college in the country.
According to a statement issued by the college, BAC accreditation is recognised by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), part of the Home Office, as a qualifying requirement for institutions wishing to enroll students on student visitor visas.
Students from outside the European Economic Area will only secure a UK student visitor visa if they have a genuine offer from an accredited institution.
According to a statement by the Principal, Peacock College, UK, Mr. Zenon Adamek, the college has proved itself to be a bonafide education institution with all resources and qualities required for accreditation.
The statement quoted him as saying, “This is a first mile stone in the way to establish its presence in the UK education and training provider market. Accreditation by BAC not only opens new venues for Peacock College UK in terms of academic, professional and administrative development but also expose the college to new challenges. Peacock College UK is maintaining its high standard of teaching and constantly develops new programmes to suit the demand from customers.
Adamek said the college recently came to mutual agreement to develop and to deliver programmes for retail sector with its Chinese partners.
According to him, the first group of approximately 20 participants from China is expected to arrive to the college early December and that there are more to follow.
The college is also in the process of developing “The English Universities and Education Awareness Programme” for Chinese and Nigerian participants.
He explained that the college planned to come with the programme to Nigeria late January 2013. The programme will give as much information about the UK Universities as possible. It will explain the requirement and enrolment process, the difference between the British and Nigerian education systems. It is going to be very helpful for all those who are planning to study or to send their children for study in the United Kingdom.”
In a letter to the college principal announcing the development, the Chief Executive Officer of BAC, Dr. Gina Hobson, said: “I am pleased to inform you that the Chair, on behalf of the Accreditation Committee, has approved Peacock College UK Limited as a candidate for accreditation as a short course provider. I should like to congratulate you and your staff on a successful inspection.”
He added: “You may now include the following statement in your publicity material: Approved Candidate for Accreditation by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider.”
Commenting on the development, the Executive Chairman, Peacock Group, Chief Philips, said: “The certification is a testimony to the commitment, diligence and dedication of the college and its entire team of brilliant staff. This is just the beginning of better things coming on the way. We are set to raise leaders in business and government.”
According to the chairman, the college is already in collaboration with Nigerian Universities and training institutes to boost the educational development in the country.