By Antony Mallinson
By Antony Mallinson
Morocco World News
Rabat, March 30, 2013
SIST Sunderland was established in Casablanca in 2001. Since then other branches have opened in Rabat in 2011, Tangier in 2013 and a Marrakech branch will open in 2015.
The Bachelor programs all three branches offer are Business Management Studies, Software Engineering, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Tourism Management. In addition to the British Degree, SIST Sunderland gives an equivalent Moroccan degree.
Delivering British degrees in their entirety in Morocco or alternatively, students have the possibility to transfer to the UK to complete their final year without any conditions, as they are already registered with either Cardiff Metropolitan University or the University of Sunderland, enjoying the same access to their Virtual Libraries as students in the UK. There are also Masters programs available, including MBA and a Master of Education.
What makes SIST Sunderland different from other universities?
Everything is taught entirely in English and in accordance with the same standards as universities in the UK; this means the university is under the same quality control as Oxford and Cambridge through the Quality Assurance Agency, which offers advice, guidance and support to help UK universities, colleges and overseas partners provide the best possible student experience of higher education. This also means that every student who takes an assignment comes under the same conditions and requirements as students in the UK. Examination boards are held at the end of every semester exactly the same as in the UK. The board comes from the UK and is comprised of members of other faculties on a peer to peer review. SIST Sunderland is also audited to ensure it follows the exact same procedures as required for UK students.
The philosophy of the University from the beginning has been to offer a quality British education here in Morocco. To this end, the admission standards limit the number of students that can apply for the various programs that are offered. All students on entry have to have obtained their High School Degree, take an entrance exam and interview.
SIST Sunderland is also a very diverse university with students from 27 different nationalities such as the Philippines, China, India, Pakistan, and is represented by nearly every Arabic country, as well as having students from the U.S. and the UK.
It is also one of three universities in Morocco to be involved with the European Union Tempus Program along with Hassan II in Casablanca and Cadi Ayad in Marrakech.
Antony Mallinson is Business Support Director in the British University in Morocco. He has been living in Morocco for six years. Originally from UK, has also spent four years working in the US, with many years experience in Purchasing, Sales and Logistics