Planet Edu – A Potential Partnership Opportunity to Recruit International Students to UK Vocational Degree Programmes

Tuesday 26th June 2012 – 14.00 – 16.00

The Boardroom (C219)
Middlesex University
Hendon Campus
The Burroughs

Free of charge

Maps/directions are here.  Attendees must report to main reception in Ricketts Quad (College Building).

About the event

Planet Edu are working on a diploma to allow overseas students access to year 2 of UK undergraduate programmes and are in discussions with a number of individual HEIs who understandably are keen to boost the number of overseas students.  Demand for Higher Education in South Asia outstrips supply and their economy is booming.  Planet EDU are interested in working with UVAC and UVAC members including FECs (particularly those willing to work collectively) to develop potential vocational progression routes to the second year/final year of undergraduate programmes.  A potential method of this association could be for UVAC members to look at granting equivalency to the diploma programmes which are developed at Level 4 and 5 of the QCF, with 120 credits at each level and progression to year 2 or 3 of an HE programme in the UK.  Subject areas in which they are interested would be Business, IT, Law, Hospitality & Tourism, Fashion Design and possibly Engineering.  Planet EDU also offer international teaching diplomas. The potential benefit to UVAC members would be the possibility of increasing the intake of international students who may otherwise not be able to afford higher education in the UK (and therefore revenue from international student recruitment).

The event is being held to allow UVAC members to find out more about Planet Edu and their Chief Executive Sanjay Malaviya will be attending. To book to attend the event please email Caroline McKevitt with your name, organisation and phone number.

About Planet EDU

Planet EDU are one of the largest authorised centres for University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations for India, Nepal and Bangladesh. They are also involved with the administration and management of the IELTS test and are also associated with other prestigious examinations such as Law School Admissions Test (LSAT, USA), the Occupational English Test (OET, Australia), the Australian Pharmacy Council examinations etc.  In the field of higher education, they are associated with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scotland’s national awarding and accrediting organisation, Edexcel, IAM (Institute of Administrative Management (IAM, UK)), Qualifications and Assessments International (QAI, UK) and Cardiff Metropolitan University. With a network of over 1,000 training institutes, education services providers, higher education institutions, universities and schools, Planet EDU services over 150,000 students/learners each year. Planet EDU has also been associated with IDP Education, Australia to expand their student recruitment activities in India on a Build-Operate-Transfer model and have helped some international educational organisations to set-up their business activities in India. They have some proprietary web enabled solutions for the educational organisations, such as the Learner Management System (LMS) with ePortfolio, Awarding body management system, Students academic registry management, Student and Admissions management system for international student recruitment, Examination management system etc.  Planet EDU has over 850 full time/part time professionals working with them that includes academics (from different sectors), Examiners, Internal Verifiers, Assessors, Trainers and the business team. They have a fully equipped secure data centre. The organisation’s operations and activities are ISO 9001:2008 certified through DNV, the Netherlands and are also associated with the Government of India as the All India Assessors in the area of Soft Skills.

More information on Planet Edu can be found on their website.

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