A wanderlust dreaming about acquiring European Professional Doctorate degree without making any change in his itinerary may sound like an illusion to many of us. Dr. Shrikant Bhasi, an Indian Entrepreneur, owner of Carnival Group and an avid traveler who dreamt about exploring every nuke and corner of the world, had anyways decided give a try. After a rigorous research and taking suggestions from Hali Management Consultancies (A partner of Kingston Academy in Dubai), Dr. Bhasi took up Kingston Academy's blended learning European Professional Doctoral in Business Enterprise Management, which offered the flexibility of learning that he has been looking for. "While participating in this blended course, I had visited countries within the GCC, Singapore, and Western Europe part of my business travel! This all would not have been possible if I had taken traditional face-to-face research based doctoral courses," says Dr. Bhasi.
However, the flexibility of learning comes with its own set of challenges. For Dr. Bhasi, two biggest obstacles were time zone calculations for his assignment deadlines and internet access while on the go. "Even given the time zone change and other circumstances, Kingston in collaboration with Hali Management academic support team were beyond helpful," recalls Dr. Bhasi, who was able to maintain a good GPA throughout the entire duration of the program and graduated as the European Professional Doctorate Aldersgate Outstanding Student of 2015. Operating since 2003, Kingston Academy as an autonomous professional body based the UK, which was established to promote and foster state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in all facets of management and technology field of education, training and development for the global educational arena, has been a great advantage of learners across the world such as Dr. Bhasi.
"Working with a vision of fostering the concept of making UK & Global management and technology education available to all internationally, Kingston Academy stands true to its promises and offers a range of online programmes that are of the same quality as to face-to-face programmes"
As a wife, mother and a working adult, Tan Ee Hui Telvina hailing from Singapore was looking for a UK Postgraduate Diploma advanced entry Programme to enter a MBA Top-up from the UK that offered the flexibility and support for her busy schedule. Kingston's online Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management fit the bill. "Although, I did not need to go to class nor attend tutorial support at a certain time as I could watch lecture videos at a time convenient for me. Taking blended learning course work was definitely a challenge at first. However, I quickly grew accustomed to posting on discussion boards and interacting with my classmates online," says Telvina, to whom it was also reassuring to discover just how many individuals were going back to finish diplomas begun before life interceded. An unmatchable instructor support that Telvina experienced at the Kingston Academy was critical to her success. "Instructors were quick to respond and ready to assist whenever I needed," recounts Telvina, who graduated in a Postgraduate Diploma from Kingston and a MBA Top-Up from Anglia Ruskin University.
Working with a vision of fostering the concept of making UK & Global management and technology education available to all internationally, Kingston Academy stands true to its promises and offers a range of online programmes that are of the same quality as to face-to-face programmes. Bindu Nair, Managing Director and Director in Charge of Operations, Kingston Academy says, "We have a dedicated Quality Assurance Committee that with utmost interest focuses on regularly updating the content for reflecting changes and improvements in online education. Remarkably, in 2018, the Kingston Standards and Markers of Excellence (KSME) underwent a major transformation to become the K+QM rubric." An autonomous professional body, the institute is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers, Accredited by OTHM UK (a recognized awarding body in the UK), a registered member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) , registered as an accreditation body with ECVET in the European Union, member of CEDEFOP in the European Union, Academic Endorser with Earth Charter International based in United Nations and registered with United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs. This kind of continuous effort of the institute to offer the finest and flexible education annually attracts students from over 150 countries to complete their education whilst residing in their own hometown.
The students aspiring to receive a Kingston associated qualifications , are made available to choose from major courses such as diploma level 9 months program and advanced diploma level 9 months program with specializations in Management, Marketing , Hospitality , Human Resource Management and so on, PG diploma level 12 months program with specializations in Strategic Management Accounting & Finance and Human Resource Management. "We also provide Philippine Christian University Proprietary programmes such as 15 Months programmes for holders of a good bachelors degree in any field with at least five years of managerial experience. The programmes range from Master in Management, Hospitality, Health Administration, Industrial Psychology, and Business Administration along with Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management, a three-year programme that will suite professionals in commercial, public and non-profit sectors," shares Bindu Nair.
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Kingston's Global Academic team collaborates with companies, NGOs, schools, governments and extensive network of professional contacts ï¿½ acting as a bridge between faculty and professional partners (and even students, too). As online education requires extra effort while delivering compared to face-to-face instruction, the instructors of the institute follow a systematized course syllabus, which is integrated, self-contained and modularized, using modern teaching mediums such as PPT presentations, videos, audios, and graphics. Bindu Nair pinpoints, "An option is provided for Computer-Aided Audit Review and Testing System (CAARTS) based on the standardized course contents to facilitate swift and cost-effective evaluation of student performance." Additionally, the institute also includes high-impact practices, such as e-portfolios in courses and opportunities for service learning and civic engagement, which are often not incorporated by other online education providers.
Existing for over 15 years now, the institute has earned quite a noticeable reputation in the National and International educational arena, which makes Kingston alumni unique from other graduates. "Our short term goal is to initiate, encourage and implement innovative teaching practices within the online platform. At the same time, we will also develop own E-library as a knowledge and resource center for Kingston Academy Students, apart from creating world class state-of-the-art facilities and ambience to accommodate a blended learning approach," concludes Bindu Nair.
The Managing Director and the Director In-charge of Operations for Kingston in South East Asia, Bindu Nair was a Trustee of the e-Learning Foundation and participant in national think tanks and employer groups. Ms Nair regularly speaks at regional and national conferences of various membership bodies. She is a member of prominent educational establishments globally and sits on various multidisciplinary academic panels of institutions in Asia and Africa. She holds a Bachelor degree from Kerala University in English & Literature and a Master of Business Administration from Ashcroft Business School (Anglia Ruskin University).