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Villa College signs a MoU with Maldives Open Source Society (MOSS)

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) sets for the terms and understanding between Maldives Open Source Society (MOSS) and Villa College (VC) to collaborate on projects and giving industry know-how to students. It also covers the roles and responsibilities of both parties that will form the basis of any joint activities undertaken as part of this collaboration. 

 

This MoU was signed by Dr. Ahmed Anwar, Rector of Villa College and Mr. Yusuf Abdulla Shunan, President of MOSS. 

Under this MoU, Villa College will collaborate with MOSS to work out ways to enhance students’ practical ICT skills and knowledge required for the industry. This includes but is not limited to guiding to the students in selecting assignments and projects that are required for the Industry, giving a chance for the students to work on practical technological requirements needed in the industry and giving exposure to the students to new technologies in the ICT Industry. MOSS will collaborate with Villa College in acquiring man-power, marketing and facilities needed for the betterment of MOSS goals.

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Studies commence for the May 2019 semester

Studies for May 2019 semester commenced with the Welcoming and Orientation Session for May 2019.

The Rector of Villa College, Dr. Ahmed Anwar welcomed the new students and delivered a passionate and informative speech.

In this session, certificates were awarded to students who received the Villa College Scholarship for the year 2019 as well. Moreover, the Villa College Alumni Association gave a presentation about student experiences in Villa College. In addition, applications for the Villa College Student Ambassador for 2019 was launched in this session.

Furthermore, representatives from the Ministry of Higher Education provided information about the Government Free First Degree Scheme for the students.

The new semester offered the opportunity to join 102 different courses from Certificate level 1 to Master’s Degree programmes in different fields, including Information Technology, Computer Science, Business Management, Teaching, Education, Sharia, Law, Islam, Quran, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Public Health, Nursing, ACCA, Research, and Marine Studies.

Among these, there are 13 Master’s programmes, 6 Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate programmes, 21 Degree programmes, 20 Diploma programmes, 13 Certificate level 4 (Degree Foundation) programmes, 13 Certificate level 3 programmes, 2 Certificate level 2 programmes and 1 Certificate level 1 programme, as well as 8 programmes in Marine Studies.

In addition to Villa College’s own programmes, these include Master’s and Degree programmes from the prestigious university of the UK, University of the West of England.

Besides studies commencing at the QI campus in Male’, studies will be commencing at Villa College Hithadhoo campus, Villa College Naifaru campus, Villa College Addu campus, Villa College Kulhudhuffushi campus, Villa College Lakeside campus (Sh. Fonadhoo), Villa College L. Gan Campus, Villa College Guraidhoo Campus and in Villa College Mahibadhoo campus. Programmes will also commence in islands with Villa College learning centres as well, namely: HA. Hoarafhushi, R. Alifushi, R. Maakurath, B. Eydhafushi, AA. Ukulhas, ADh. Maamigili, Dh. Kudahuvadhoo, N. Kendhokulhudhoo, F. Nilandhoo, HA. Dhihdhoo, B. Thulhaadhoo, Sh. Komandoo, R. Ungoofaaru, GA. Villingilli, and GDh. Gadhdhoo.

Students will be able to make payments easily in monthly instalment basis, which is being practiced since September 2017. In addition, the students have the opportunity to study all the Degree Programs offered in Villa College, through the Free First Degree Scheme by the government.

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VC PAL Programme – An effective learning method

The Villa College Peer Assisted Learning programme (VC PAL) is a programme designed for students to formally engage in a peer assisted learning environment. This will benefit both the student leaders and the students in the PAL groups. Most alumni of the college state that studying is made much easier when it is carried out with their peers. Usually, the first alumni advice to all the new students is to find an effective group of peers and engage in group studies.

The VC PAL programme is intended for students to gain a better understanding of what is anticipated of you as a Villa College student. The selected peer leaders (PAL Leaders) will be students who have already scored high marks in the particular modules, who will usually be studying from the same programme, in the academic years above the students. This will enable the students who participate in this programme to gain a better understanding of the expectations in VC, especially with regard to assessment expectations and standards, and to clarify doubts about the module content. Moreover, this programme can help students to settle into college life more quickly and easily. With the understanding of the expectations in VC, the students will also be able to gain a deeper understanding of module contents and expectations. This programme is set to create a friendly and relaxed environment in which the students are given opportunities to ask questions about the course materials and college life, and to explore ideas and concepts in more depth and develop their study skills.

VC PAL programme was launched on 10th September 2019 and is introduced for 2 modules in the ongoing September 2019 semester. The modules are Understanding Business and Financial Information and Fundamentals of Accounting 2.

 

       

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Congratulations to our staff moving up the ladder!

Promotions were given to some of our staff on 17th September 2019 in our 3rd staff meeting of 2019. Department heads were selected for the newly established Center for Postgraduate Studies (CPS) and the Center for Open and Distance Learning (CODL). Moreover, 2 of our staff were promoted to Dean and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Educational Studies. Dr. Ahmed Ali Didi was named Dean, Center for Postgraduate Studies (CPS), while Mr. Margret Vijay was named as Director, Center for Center for Open and Distance Learning (CODL). Furthermore, Mr. Abdul Sattar Gasim was promoted to Dean, Faculty of Educational Studies and Ms. Fathimath Saeed was promoted to Associate Dean, Faculty of Educational Studies.

 

Dr. Ahmed Ali Didi - Dean, Center for Postgraduate Studies (CPS)

Dr. Ahmed Ali Didi has worked in the educational sector for over 20years. Dr. Didi began his educational career in 1981 as an Atoll School Headmaster and thereafter worked in the Ministry of Education in various capacities.  In addition to these, he also headed the Maldives Accreditation Board (currently, Maldives Qualification Authority) from 2001 – 2002, and the Center for Continuing Education from 2008 - 2009, too, under the Ministry of Education.  

Dr. Didi completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at Syracuse University, USA in 1993 and obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Planning and Management in Small States from Malta University in 1997. He did his PhD from Massey University in New Zealand, in 2008, in the area of school improvement and how this is linked to leadership, change management and school culture.  

Currently, Dr. Didi is the Dean of the Centre for Post-Graduate Studies and he takes a keen interest in teaching and supervising research both at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. 

 

Mr. Abdul Sattar Gasim - Dean, Faculty of Educational Studies (FES)

Mr. Abdul Sattar Gasim is an enthusiastic person with strong academic and teaching background possessing substantial experience in managing and maintaining high standard in the academic programs. He has been working for more than 10 years in the field of education, fostering students’ critical thinking skills leading to significantly improved performance. Mr. Sattar has solid experience in managing academic research and have excellent skills in managing and leading staff and students to achieve their goals and objectives. 

Mr. Abdul Sattar Gasim is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Studies.

 

Ms. Fathimath Saeed - Associate Dean, Faculty of Educational Studies (FES)

Ms. Fathimath Saeed is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Educational Studies, Villa College. She has been working with academic curricular since 2004, first as a Secondary Teacher, Leading Teacher and then as a Principal before joining the Faculty of Educational Studies in 2015. Her research interest includes teacher education and professional development, with a particular focus on self-study methodology and the role of reflective practice in developing professional knowledge about, and for, teaching and teaching future teachers.

Ms. Fathimath Saeed is currently the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Educational Studies.

 

Mr. Margret Vijay - Director, Center for Open and Distance Learning (CODL)

Mr. Margret Vijay is a proficient educator with passion and desire to transform education through innovative teaching pedagogies. He is an enduring learner who tries to broaden his horizon of knowledge in all aspects of teaching and technology. Mr. Vijay is a renowned dynamic collaborator who is always willing to take challenges to open doors for new possibilities. 

Mr. Margret Vijay is currently the Director of the Center for Open Distance Learning.  

 

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Ms. Helen Dewar from UWE visits Villa College

The Partnership Operations Manager of University of the West of England, Ms. Helen Dewar has visited Villa College.

Ms. Helen arrived in Male’ on 17th March 2019, Sunday. The primary purpose for her visit was to discuss various matters related to teaching and administrative work. Ms. Helen met with staff of FBM & FSL to finalize the summer board dates. Moreover, meetings were held to discuss various matters related to students and teaching.

Ms. Helen also met with all the faculties conducting UWE programmes to discuss the operational plan for the Academic Year 2019/2020. This discussion enabled the joint input of UWE and Villa College in the development of timelines and identification of any points of concern.

Ms. Helen’s visit to Villa College will end on 20th March 2019. Her visit helped to ensure flawless operations in conducting UWE programmes in Villa College.

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Application for the May 2019 Intake is now open!

Villa College is now open for application for the May 2019 Intake.

 

The new intake offers the opportunity to join 102 different courses from Certificate level 1 to Master’s Degree programmes in different fields, including Information Technology, Computer Science, Business Management, Teaching, Education, Sharia, Law, Islam, Quran, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Public Health, Nursing, ACCA, Research, and Marine Studies.

 

Among these, there are 13 Master’s programmes, 6 Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate programmes, 21 Degree programmes, 20 Diploma programmes, 13 Certificate level 4 (Degree Foundation) programmes, 13 Certificate level 3 programmes, 2 Certificate level 2 programmes and 1 Certificate level 1 programme, as well as 8 programmes in Marine Studies.

 

In addition to Villa College’s own programmes, these include Master’s and Degree programmes from the prestigious university of the UK, University of the West of England.

 

Besides the opportunities to study at the QI campus in Male’, the same opportunities are available at Villa College Hithadhoo campus, Villa College Naifaru campus, Villa College Addu campus, Villa College Kulhudhuffushi campus, Villa College Lakeside campus (Sh. Fonadhoo), Villa College L. Gan Campus and in Villa College Mahibadhoo campus. Programmes are planned to commence in islands with Villa College learning centres as well, namely: HA. Hoarafhushi, R. Alifushi, R. Maakurath, B. Eydhafushi, AA. Ukulhas, ADh. Maamigili, Dh. Kudahuvadhoo, Th. Guraidhoo, GA. Villingilli, and GDh. Gadhdhoo. Villa College is planning to start programmes in other islands as well.

 

Application deadline for the upcoming May 2019 intake is 11th April 2019. Studies are set to commence within two weeks of the month of May.

 

Students will be able to make payments easily in monthly instalment basis, which is being practiced since September 2017. In addition, the students have the opportunity to study all the Degree Programs offered in Villa College, through the Free First Degree Scheme by the government.

 

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3 new programmes for this years’ May Intake!

Villa College has launched 3 new programmes for this years’ May Intake.

The new courses launched in the upcoming intake are the Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Banking and Finance and Certificate Level 4 in Pharmacy.  

Additionally, the new intake offers the opportunity to join 102 different courses from Certificate level 1 to Master’s Degree programmes in different fields, including Information Technology, Computer Science, Business Management, Teaching, Education, Sharia, Law, Islam, Quran, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Public Health, Nursing, ACCA, Research, and Marine Studies.

Among these, there are 13 Master’s programmes, 6 Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate programmes, 21 Degree programmes, 20 Diploma programmes, 13 Certificate level 4 (Degree Foundation) programmes, 13 Certificate level 3 programmes, 2 Certificate level 2 programmes and 1 Certificate level 1 programme, as well as 8 programmes in Marine Studies.

In addition to Villa College’s own programmes, these include Master’s and Degree programmes from University of the West of England, a prestigious university of the UK.

Besides the opportunities to study at the QI campus in Male’, the same opportunities are available at Villa College Hithadhoo campus, Villa College Naifaru campus, Villa College Addu campus, Villa College Kulhudhuffushi campus, Villa College Lakeside campus (Sh. Fonadhoo), Villa College Mahibadhoo campus and Villa College L. Gan Campus. Programmes are planned to commence in islands with Villa College learning centres as well, namely: HA. Hoarafhushi, R. Alifushi, R. Maakurath, B. Eydhafushi, AA. Ukulhas, ADh. Maamigili, Dh. Kudahuvadhoo, Th. Guraidhoo, GA. Villingilli, and GDh. Gadhdhoo.

Villa College is planning to start programmes in other islands as well.

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