3.1Following a successful Institutional Approval visit, conducted on 15 May 2009, LCA Mauritius seeks approval for the franchised delivery of Anglia Ruskin undergraduate pathways in Business, as detailed in paragraph 2.1 above, to commence in January 2010 and April/May 2010.
3.2In terms of the strategic context of LCA Mauritius the Panel learnt that there had been significant growth in the financial services sector in Mauritius, to take advantage of Mauritius’ location as an offshore financial services centre for India and Africa. The Government was enthusiastic about e-commerce and was in the process of building a ‘Cyber City’ on the outskirts of Port Louis. The Proposal Team further informed the Panel that whilst there had been growth in the financial services industry there had not been an equivalent expansion in educational training of sufficient quality to support the growth of that industry. The Managing Director and Founder of LCA had interviewed all the major accountancy firms who reported experiencing staff recruitment problems.
3.3The Team informed the Panel that the Access Certificate in Accounting and Management was designed for those students who did not have the formal entry qualifications to enter directly onto a degree course. Performance on the first year of the same degrees at LCA London by students who had completed the Access course had been better than direct entrants to the degrees.
3.4The Panel learned that the BA (Hons) Applied Accounting degree was targeted at students who were contemplating a financial career. Mauritius is an offshore financial services centre for India and Africa and there is a strong demand for graduates. The Applied Accounting degree has been granted the maximum 9 exemptions by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), meaning that graduating students can complete their professional studies within one year of graduating. Currently in Mauritius the maximum exemptions available to graduates is from the Accounting and Finance degree of the University of Mauritius which receives only 4 exemptions.
3.5The third pathway proposed for franchise delivery at LCA Mauritius, BA (Hons) International Business Management, was designed to prepare students for a career in business and management whilst enhancing lifelong skills. The strong focus on international aspects of business is fundamental to the pathway. Students graduating from the same pathway at LCA London had been granted 6 exemptions from the ACCA professional examination scheme and so can, if they wish to follow an accountancy career, pass their professional examinations within 18 months.
CURRICULUM DESIGN, CONTENT AND DELIVERY
At the beginning of the event the Panel was provided with a list of intake dates and a schedule for the delivery of all three pathways at LCA Mauritius. The clarification was welcomed by the Panel. It was agreed that there would be a maximum of 3 intakes per year for the Access Certificate in Accounting and Management, commencing in January 2010, with further intakes in April/May and September of each calendar year. It was further agreed that there would be a maximum of 2 intakes per year for BA (Hons) Applied Accounting and BA (Hons) International Business Management, commencing in April/May 2010, with a further intake in September of each calendar year.
The Panel highlighted the issue of progression from the Access Certificate to the two degree pathways as the intake dates could potentially mean that marks would not be confirmed at the appropriate Anglia Ruskin Departmental Assessment Panel (DAP) prior
Quality Assurance Division5Confirmed