Since its foundation and throughout its operation, Mediterranean College’s very first concern has been to secure high quality of studies, exceptional teaching and a nurturing student environment. The College has managed to ensure its high standards, by adopting international benchmarks and practices followed by all UK educational institutions of higher learning.
Specifically, Mediterranean College submits to quality controls from four different parties:
- the Greek Ministry of Education
- the British Accreditation Council (BAC)
- the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
- the collaborating Universities (franchise agreements)
Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Mediterranean College is an institution accredited by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, according to the Law 4093/2012.
British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education (BAC)
The British Accreditation Council (BAC) is an independent body within the U.K. which was formed in 1984 by the British Council, the QAA, the Council of Validating Universities (CVU) and the British Universities’ Council of Vice-Chancellors. BAC’s aim was to act as a national accreditation body for tertiary level education within the United Kingdom. BAC was described by the Secretary of State for Education as «the only public guarantee of standards in independent institutions of further and higher education».
Since 2000, BAC has extended its inspection and accreditation services to 30 educational institutions of higher learning located outside the United Kingdom (Greece, the Czech Republic, India, Switzerland, Germany, France, Singapore, Mauritius, Bulgaria, S. Africa, Lebanon, Hungary). The institutions accredited by BAC are exclusively and solely those institutions which co-operate with British universities. Since 2000, Mediterranean College has been accredited and recognized by BAC as an «institution providing higher education».
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
Universities and colleges delivering higher education within the United Kingdom [UK] are responsible for maintaining the academic standards of their awards. The QAA is responsible for auditing the management of academic standards and quality assurance by universities and colleges within the UK on a regular basis, to ensure that the institutions are maintaining standards. The audit reports comment on the management of academic standards of an institution and the quality of the learning opportunities available to students. They identify good practice as well as areas for improvement. Mediterranean College, as a collaborative partner of some UK universities, has been visited by the QAA, as part of a series of audits of UK universities delivering courses internationally in collaboration with local education providers. The focus of overseas audit is the effectiveness of the management of the UK institution’s link with the partner. The latest audit of such provision in Greece was undertaken in 2008.
Mediterranean College is the first college in Greece to have introduced the concept of franchise agreements, in collaboration with reputable bitish universities. Taken as a given today by Greece and other E.U. member-states, franchise agreements in comparison to other forms of academic collaborations, such as validation agreements or articulation agreements, are far more credible both in terms of quality assurance and academic status.
More specifically, franchised programmes of study delivered by Mediterranean College are identical to the programmes delivered by the collaborating university on their own campuses. The universities maintain the responsibility for and complete control of the content of each programme, the methods of teaching and the mechanisms of quality assurance. The degrees awarded by the collaborating universities are recognized by the E.U. and the wider international academic community.
Since 2006, with their degree from Mediterranean College, graduates have the opportunity to also acquire certification from the British NARIC (National Recognition and Information Centre).
NARIC evaluates and certifies that qualifications (undergraduate and postgraduate) obtained in greek colleges are equivalent, in regards to professional and academic rights, to those of students that have studied in the UK.
Hellenic Colleges Association (HCA)
Mediterranean College is a founding member of the Hellenic Colleges Association since June 1998. Members of the association are greek private colleges that offer academic programmes in collaboration with universities of EU-countries or of the USA.
Amongst the aims of the HCA is the promotion of collaboration with foreign universities and the promotion of collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other related ministries.