BITE FEATURED IN CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION'S "THE GUIDE TO EXCELLENCE 2013" PRESS RELEASE - 12 April 2013
The British Institute of Technology and E-commerce (BITE) is featured in a new book just published by Cambridge University Students' Union, "The Guide to Excellence 2013" which highlights training organisations playing a vital role in nurturing talent.
In a lively and informative mix of news, views and features, the book explores how Cambridge University continues to thrive in changing times and highlights how other organisations and institutions from around the world are promoting best practice.
BITE is featured in a chapter on employers and training organisations which are playing a vital role in nurturing talent through professional development, apprenticeships and training. The chapter highlights how these organisations help employees and individuals gain the skills they need to take them to the next level and improve their chances of achieving career success.
The section on BITE outlines how it combines industry and education expertise to provide professional and degree courses to students from across the world. Despite having been founded only 12 years ago, BITE is believed to have has graduated more single programme business master’s students over the past three years than any other institution in Europe.
The Institute remains true to its vocational training origins with a range of Chartered Management Institute courses at levels 6 and 7, and recently won the right to offer a Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Direction and Leadership. BITE continues to also offer a range of City & Guilds, NVQ and Edexcel qualifications.
BITE’s three campuses can host 6,600 students per year with the London, Stratford headquarters the main student hub, an Oxford Street campus serves BITE’s professional and executive contingent, while Shrubland Hall in Suffolk is available for executive retreats.
As BITE enters its second wave of development, plans are afoot for yet more expansion – both domestic and international. The feature notes that BITE’s main student intake has traditionally come from outside the EU. However, the Institute is now looking to increase the number of domestic students it has on its courses. There are also plans under way to build international campuses in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia, enabling local students to benefit from BITE’s educational provision without disrupting their lives.
‘We are very excited by our investment in blended learning facilities which enable us to support our overseas campuses,’ says BITE Principal Dr James MacAskill. ‘This allows BITE students from around the world to study full-time or part-time using our fully supported blended learning experience.’
BITE is looking to expand its provision in the future and integrate the learning opportunities offered by its industrial partnership to establish a more relevant university education for employment in the 21st century.