New Zealand Management Academies’ Edexcel hospitality graduates look set to take the world by storm thanks to a new articulation agreement with London-based Middlesex University.
As a result of the partnership, NZMA’s Level 6 Diploma in Hospitality Management graduates can now head straight to London or Dubai to gain degree level qualifications through the university. They are guaranteed direct entry into the final year of Middlesex’s BA in Hospitality Management and also its BA in International Tourism and Hospitality Management.
NZMA Director of New Business and Product Development, Mark Worsop, believes students who take advantage of the new pathway will have a leading edge on the international hospitality scene.
“Students with diploma qualifications from NZMA, City & Guilds and Edexcel, a degree in hospitality from Middlesex University and international work experience are going to have more career options and access to employers throughout Europe,” he says.
“They are also far more likely to gain management level positions upon graduation.”
One of the big draw cards of working in hospitality is that industry professionals can take their skills and qualifications virtually anywhere in the world - it’s a field which offers international career prospects.
NZMA’s School of Business and Hospitality Management strives to ensure that its hospitality diploma graduates are given the best possible advantage when it comes to forging their careers in the global workplace. The Middlesex University partnership is the most recent in a string of international pathways NZMA has secured for its Edexcel diploma graduates in the past year.
“The one year top-up programme at Middlesex provides our NZMA level 6 graduates with a bridge between a Higher National Diploma and the hospitality profession at graduate level. Evidence shows that students obtaining a degree qualification in tourism and hospitality are in high demand, in what is a fast growing sector both in New Zealand and abroad,” says Worsop.
Regional Director for Edexcel Australasia, Anton Barnett-Harris believes the new pathways are lifting NZMA to a whole new level as far as global education goes.
“This is a great example of how a good education provider can become great in the global education space,” he says.
“Through their relationship with Edexcel, NZMA have positioned themselves as a global education provider with links to over 85 education systems around the world as well as direct access to key universities in the UK and other countries.”
Anton says Edexcel has a powerful network around the world and their BTEC programmes are highly trusted by universities.
“Our programmes provide a wonderful foundation for students going on to top up degrees – not just because of their academic integrity but also because of their vocational bias. This results in well rounded, robust students ready for the world of work.”
The types of roles graduates from these degree programmes can expect to step into include event organiser, hotel manager, accommodation manager and restaurant manager.
Middlesex University teaches 35,000 students across its various campuses in London, Dubai and Mauritius. Their courses are designed to help students develop professionally and prepare for career success. The university is a popular choice for students from all corners of the globe thanks their outstanding academic credentials, supportive study environment and state-of-the-art facilities.