STC Graduate Awarded
STC graduate Mark Borg, one of 44 students who gained honours degrees this July from Middlesex University under a joint programme with STC Training, has been awarded a scholarship to read for a Masters degree. Mr Borg was the highest-achieving BSc Honours student in this first cohort of Middlesex University graduates to complete their degrees through STC Training.
STC Training based in Pembroke is a higher education institute for ICT and business and offers honours degrees in IT & Networking and Internet Application Development as a franchise of Middlesex University. The degrees are one-year, top-up programmes to BSc level from STC's NCC Education courses. They enable students to study locally yet achieve a qualification awarded by a prestigious UK university and recognised worldwide. STC's alliance with Middlesex University is being strengthened further this autumn with its launch of the university's Masters in Business Information Systems Management, a highly practical course focusing on the intersection of IT, strategy and management. Mr Borg said that several local IT organisations were actively seeking people with Masters-level degrees. 'The Middlesex MSc covers topics like strategy, quality management, and the legal and regulatory aspects of information systems, all of which are critical for someone wanting to move on in the computing industry,' he said.
STC's Chief Executive Patrick Pullicino said that the first STC-Middlesex graduates had been so successful that the UK university had moved quickly to launch the Masters course locally. 'STC is a natural partner for Middlesex University as we have always advocated the need for our students to have real working experience alongside their academic qualifications. The Masters course is aimed at attracting students from both business and computing backgrounds so fits ideally with our blended approach to learning.' Mr Borg, a long-time student of STC Training having enrolled at 19 on the entry-level diploma before continuing to degree level while working, said that the advantage of STC was its ability to offer cutting-edge international degrees delivered by tutors with significant industry experience. 'The scholarship offered by Middlesex is not just in recognition of my personal achievement, it is also a validation of STC's ability to provide a quality of training equivalent to that of campus-based courses at Middlesex,' he said.
His comments were echoed by Dr Terry Butland, Deputy Vice-chancellor and Director of Middlesex University, at the graduation ceremony earlier this summer. He said that the university had found in STC an exceptional and committed overseas partner. 'STC has turned out graduates who have not only fulfilled the degree criteria but also excelled in their studies. This scholarship is designed to help not only an individual achieve more, but also to cement our relations with STC,' Dr Butland said.