By Bernice Bessey .
The Northern Consortium of the United Kingdom (NCUK) has launched an associate education programme in Ghana that is offering opportunity for students to study in 16 prestigious universities in the UK.
Same facility is available for students, who otherwise prefer to study in other parts of the world, including New Zealand, USA and Australia.
The programme, International Foundation Year (IFY) was launched on Wednesday in Accra to help Ghanaian students to have the chance of receiving higher education qualification from world class universities in the UK and elsewhere, that would make them competitive on the job market.
Mrs Maria Mckenna, Regional Director of NCUK, at the launch said the essence of the programme was to also use education as a variable to tighten the ties between Ghana and the United Kingdom, as well as support students to acquire recognised bachelor degrees from universities abroad.
According to her, NCUK is the only provider of IFY Ghana and this brand new partnership with Global Heritage Professional College (GHPC), aimed at building on its successes chalked elsewhere on the Africa continent.
She said they are looking forward to introduce variety of pre-university programmes and qualifications from this year and beyond.
A student should at least be 17 years at the start of the IFY qualification that begins this September, although there are other options for students at age 16.
NCUK together with Ghanaian partner, GHPC, Students, who have otherwise completed High School are expected to make a pass mark of at least 5.0 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at the pre-university level as additional qualification to their West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Scholarship package for qualified students pegged at 50 percent and 90 percent of students recruited NCUK are able to secure their first choice universities while 80 percent of the number also achieved second class honours.
NCUK’s IFY is an independent UK Governmental Study founded programmes that provide guarantee to students to have two year A-Level Admission into the programme started this April and would end in August for the pre-university programmes to begin in September, and interested students are to visit www.ghpcghana.com.
He recommended NCUK as a guaranteed access to universities in the UK and countries globally and also stand for quality education and quality assurance.