Managing director of Organisational Learning Center College (OLC College) Dr Chris Bamber and Director of the consulting company in business and education “Project Beyond Borders” (PBB) Dr Allan Lawrence paid a working visit to RosNOU on 10-12 October 2016.
The main campus of OLC College is situated in Bolton, a town in the Greater Manchester County in North West England. OLC’s history began in the 1970s when Professor Bob McQueen established a consulting company. In 1998 OLC Company became a college that today provides education to over 500 people a year.
The College is accredited and certified to run education and training with approvals from British Accreditation Council, Lloyd’s Register for Quality Assurance, Pearson and many other professional bodies.
OLC College and PBB Company’s management met with the Director of RosNOU’s International Affairs & Academic Mobility Department George Gabrielian and a representative of Business Technologies Faculty Daria Makarova.
Dr Chris Bamber and Dr Allan Lawrence also had an opportunity to speak to RosNOU College students who study at the British Programme and to their teachers. The meeting was held in English in Q&A format. RosNOU students asked the guests a lot of questions on different topics – from politics to tourism and sports.
“To be honest, British young people want to stay in the European Union,” – answered Dr Lawrence the question about Brexit. “We all want to live under one flag that you all know very well – the flag that unites three countries,” – added Dr Chris Bamber.
“I am an engineer and may be wrong but from the economic point of view if all Chinese start travelling, there will be a collapse. And I’d like to point out that Chinese like travelling and today they design big planes and ferries. I think you, as future specialists, are going to face this challenge yourselves,” – said Dr Bamber about trends in the tourism sphere.
«It’s amazing! Some of the students’ questions puzzled us. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but I would really like British students of 16-17 years old to be able to express their thoughts in a foreign language as easily and fluently as your students do,” – shared his impressions of the meeting Dr Bamber in a conversation with RosNOU College’s Director Irina Zamula.
In the near future RosNOU and OLC College are going to launch an educational programme on business that may be interesting to almost any student. This is an entirely new course developed in cooperation with Stockport College, one of the leading higher education institutions of Great Britain. The programme contains modern modules targeted at developing professional skills: communication, team work, leadership, strategic decision making, process organization and so on.
“Professionalism, competence, willingness to work with our teachers and students – that is how I can describe OLC from the practical point of view,” – said George Gabrielian.
Negotiations between OLC College and Russian New University resulted in an Agreement on Cooperation. The Agreement offers excellent prospects for RosNOU students who aspire to get a competitive advantage on the labour market.