Global Connections

Open University Malaysia, Malaysia

Villa College’s most significant international partner to date has been Open University Malaysia (OUM). The collaboration between Villa College and OUM began in 2008. Since then, Villa College has been successfully delivering the following programs with OUM:

  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Masters of Information Technology 
  • Masters of Education 
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Accounting (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Hons) 
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Multimedia Technology (Hons) 
  • Bachelor of Education (Education Administration) (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Education (Mathematics) (Hons) 
  • Bachelor of Education (Teaching English as a Second Language) (Hons)

The first graduation ceremony for OUM-Villa College graduates was held in 2011 in the Maldives where the Chancellor of OUM conferred the degree to the graduates. 


Association of Certified Charted Accountants (ACCA), UK

Villa College has been the leading provider of ACCA programs in the Maldives. It is the first institute in the country to offer ACCA professional level papers. In addition, Villa College was awarded ACCA Gold approval status in 2013 in recognition of the quality of tuition provision, student support and programme management. Presently, Villa College has a community of over 300 students undertaking different papers of ACCA. 


Heilbronn University, Germany 

Villa College began its affiliation with Heilbronn University, Germany, in 2011. Under the Villa College – Heilbronn University partnership, the institutions have begun student exchange programmes and collaborations in delivering degree programmes. Two undergraduate programmes commenced in September 2014. 

  • Bachelor of International Business (awarded by Heilbronn University)
  • Bachelor of International Tourism Management (awarded by Heilbronn University)

Bachelor of Engineering in Energy Conservation is also expected to commence in 2015. Presently Villa College has exchange students from Heilbronn University completing their second semester of education at Villa College. 


University of Milan – Biccocca, Italy  

With University of Milan Biccocca, one of the Times top 200 ranked Universities and ranked by Times Higher Education in the Top 50 Universities of the world under 50 years old, Villa College has established student exchange, research collaboration and development of joint programme arrangements including higher degree research programmes. 


University of the West of England, United Kingdom 

Villa College is the process of finalising a partnership with the University of the West of England to offer collaborative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from 2015 onwards. 


DusitThani College, Thailand

Villa College is presently working with DusitThani College, Thailand, to develop a world class hotel school with Le Cordon Bleu. 


University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia 

Villa College’s long standing partnership with University Sains Malaysia (USM) has facilitated programme validation and joint research initiatives to be undertaken between the two institutions. 


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom 

Villa College also delivers different levels of professional accountancy papers of the Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). 



Villa College offers several PADI certifications ranging from open water diving to dive master training. The Villa College diving facilities established in the Knowledge Village Campus in Sun Island Resort and Spa are amongst the best in the country. The diving facilities and programmes have international appeal and hence students from Europe are regularly enrolled in these programmes.


Additionally, Villa College has informal affiliations and working partnerships with the following institutions: 

  • University College Birmingham, United Kingdom 
  • Universiti Utara, Malaysia 
  • Taylor’s University College, Malaysia 

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