Professor Michael Thorne and Ravi Gill lead on public private partnership

Published: 23 May 2007 at 15:14

New collaboration between Ashcroft International Business School and London College of Accountancy to deliver accountancy, business and management undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Professor Michael Thorne, the new Vice Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University in November 2006 advocated strategic partnerships between universities and private sector education providers to further enhance the breadth and quality of UK higher education.  The Ashcroft International Business School at the University has reacted positively to the message by validating a range of quality, affordable and flexible undergraduate and postgraduate courses for delivery at the London College of Accountancy (LCA).

Martin Reynolds, Dean of the Ashcroft International Business School, sees the collaboration between the largest provider of face to face part-time training in the UK and the largest provider of full-time professional Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA) tuition, as offering synergistic benefits which will improve the provision and reputation of both organisations.

For Ravi Gill, Founder and Managing Director of LCA, it is a further case of quality by association and with recent awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and becoming an ACCA Premier Plus College explains why the College growth to over 5000 International students shows no sign of slowing down.

The three degree courses are in Applied Accounting, Public Finance and Accounting, and International Business Management. The degrees have a strong practical as well as academic bias.  Students who have partly completed ACCA will be given paper for paper exemptions for ACCA papers passed. 

LCA has been offering an MBA since 2004 and currently has some 200 enrolments from all over the world. The new MBA International will replace its existing course provision and will be taught and assessed by both LCA and AIBS staff. LCA is also adding to its postgraduate provision by offering a one year MA in Applied Accounting for CCAB passed finalists

Students will be eligible to apply for a 1 year work permit on successful completion of the programmes. 

Ravi Gill, Managing Director of LCA, is excited by this new development and believes that the new courses will soon establish themselves as market leaders with the College’s reputation of providing high quality, flexible courses at affordable prices.

“We spoke to a number of leading UK Business Schools about collaboration and are pleased with that we have found a strategic partner in the Ashcroft International Business School – a part of the 13th largest university in the UK - with an emphasis on innovation and quality within an international context”.