Best of Both Worlds

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23 Dec 2016
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Richard Shahi caught up with Professor John Raftery to talk about how students can benefit from studying in Nepali colleges affiliated with colleges abroad

Why did you want your university’s affiliation to be with a Nepali college? Why Islington?

First of all, we identify Nepal as a country with a lot of potential, as is evident from the numerous successful alumni who were felicitated today. We think a great deal of mutual benefit can come out of collaborating with Nepali colleges.

As for the second part of your question, we chose Islington because their values are similar to ours. Professionalism, integrity, leadership: these  are all core values that Islington and LMU have in common. We believe in transforming lives through excellent education, and we have been able to live up to those words through ou affiliation with Islington College. Let’s just say that we are a good match, and we’re proud to be working with Islington College.

Are there any differences  between the diplomas issued by Islington and those issued by London Metropolitan  University?

There is absolutely no difference between the two diplomas. You get the same diploma no matter where you complete your course. They are completely equivalent.

Is it difficult to ensure that the level of education imparted at Islington College is the same as at LMU?

It’s complicated—but that’s what we do. It’s our job. We spend a lot of time and effort in making sure that the quality of education imparted at the two institutions is on par. I wouldn’t say it’s difficult but, yes, it’s complicated.

LMU has introduced two new courses at Islington, namely, a Mobile App Development course and a special MBA course. Will you be introducing any more majors any time soon?

Yes, we will. We are talking about  many new developments with the college. As for when these courses will  be introduced, I’m just going to say it’ll be quite soon. Such developments  take time because a lot of work is needed to create the foundation for these courses. But yes, we’re always talking about new projects.

How do you think your graduates compare with those of the better universities of Nepal and India?

Our graduates do very well, and they’re very employable. More than 93 per cent start working soon after they graduate. If you look at the alumni who got felicitated today, we can see that our graduates are not just being absorbed by the market, but that they’re also market leaders. Those graduates are the future of Nepal, and it gives me joy to see them succeed.

LMU sends Professors to Islington so that students can receive quality education ataffordable costs

What future do you see for your Business and IT  graduates?

Our graduates are everywhere. They’re in the banking sector, media, international NGOs and in a lot of IT firms. The digital world isn’t the future; it’s the present. And I see our graduates doing very well in many sectors that depend on digital systems.

What are the cost differences between studying in London and studying in Nepal?

Studying and living in London is expensive for most Nepali students. LMU sends professors to Islington so that they can receive quality education at affordable costs in their own country. And with technological advancements in the field of education, imparting the same level of education that we do at LMU has only gotten easier. The diplomas and quality of education at Islington are equivalent to those of LMU.

How many schools around the world have you partnered with in a similar manner?

We have a very small number of partners: less than half a dozen. We like to have a small number but deep relationships. We have affiliations with institutions in Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Russia, among a few others.

What are the differences  between studying in the UK, the US and Australia?

The main differences are cultural and have to do with the education system. All three are very unique, cultured and globally connected, and they all provide very good education. It all depends on the cultural environment you want to live in. All three of these countries have something special to offer.

We’ve seen islington  graduates do very well in the nepali job market. How would they fare in the international market?

Be it in the national or international market, our graduates do very well. According to our records, we have graduates working in Dubai and the US and in many more countries. We have Islington graduates in the Middle East earning up to around USD 2,500 per month.

How do you view your relationship with Islington College?

What we have between LMU and Islington is beautiful. It’s a relationship of equals. We both give, and we both get. It’s mutually beneficial, and I have a lot of respect for the people at Islington. It’s a great partnership, and we’re proud to bring higher education to Nepal through Islington College.