Turkey-based private education provider BAU Global is set to expand its operations in the UK by partnering with UK HE institutions, as it seeks to become a degree granting institution in its own right. The BAU Global Education Network has six universities, three language schools and 16 liaison offices worldwide, making it one of the largest providers of education in Europe.
It uses this network to offer nearly 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and sciences subjects.
BAU Global recently partnered with MLA, a Plymouth University affiliated distance e-learning company specialising in hydrographic qualifications and other marine/maritime subjects.
This new affiliation with BAU will see MLA both increase the number of courses it offers and expand the reach of its offerings globally.
BAU Global’s VP Coskun Ince spoke to The PIE about the importance of the UK for its global strategy.
“I believe the heart of the world is not the United States, it is in the UK and London,” he explained.
“The appetite for the rest of the world to come and do business through the UK is great, it’s amazing…
“We found three possible partners that are willing to get the benefits of our know how and experience which we have created over fifty years and they want to open up schools and partner with us.”
Ince explained that because of BAU Global’s partnership program, students can get dual degrees from other institutions in its network.
Through a combination of distance learning and travel, students will be able to experience teaching at different institutions.
BAU Global is currently waiting to receive degree awarding power. Something that will help it to offer programs in different countries – without depending on affiliate universities.
“We won’t be depending on another institution to survive in a country,” Ince explained.
“Currently, MLA is validated by Plymouth University. It’s a good partner, we love these people and they are very happy to partner with us.
“But having your own degree awarding power means something to the rest of the world and it will add great value to BAU Global.”
Professor John Chudley, rector of MLA College, said the partnership will “no doubt strengthen the international and intercultural perspective [students] gain through their studies”.
“This is hugely important when working within the marine industry, which by its very nature is transnational,” Chudley added.
“Partnering with MLA College is a superb opportunity for us to increase the number of courses we offer within the marine sphere,” said Enver Yücel, BAU Global president.
“With headquarters in the UK, we are thrilled to form strong links within a country that has a longstanding tradition of academic excellence, ensuring our students have access to the best possible resources and tuition.
“As part of a prestigious Institute that upholds professional standards across the world, we are confident that this partnership will benefit not only our students but also the global marine workforce.”