I couldn't be more satisfied and proud of myself than holding a Master’s degree from the University of the West of England (UWE) in association with Villa College. The institute not only prepared me to become a reflective practitioner for life but also inculcated ethical values that would help me become a better researcher. I am ever grateful for the knowledge and experiences shared by the amazing lecturers at Villa College as their guidance and tireless efforts led to the successful completion of my journey.
During my 4 years at Villa College, I’ve not only become a better, well-informed, and more capable teacher, I have also met and learnt from some of the very best. We have a saying in our native language that roughly translates to ‘A book alone cannot make you a master’, and sure enough, it is the highly qualified and experienced lecturers that brought life to the words in the textbooks through their actions, guidance and support. Villa College has successfully brought world-class programmes to our soil, and I am grateful for having had this opportunity. From the abundant facilities to simply the feel of the campus, studying at VC has been a very comfortable and pleasant experience. Today, I am capable of researching the most current educational trends and pedagogies, and developing my own programmes and materials, owing to the training and experience I received from the very best of educators during the course of my study at VC. My education, I can say proudly, has not been limited to the books; it has equipped me with the knowledge, experience, guidance, and most importantly, the confidence, to undertake any task or challenge that may arise in my career.
I applied to Villa College in the hopes of studying for a brighter future. I had really high hopes and expectations from this college. Fortunately, those were answered with the college’s high-quality teaching and studies. The student portal made especially for the students was a great asset in helping me study for my exams really well, not to mention the beautiful environment within the campus that lets us relax and study outdoors with no problems at all and also enjoy the weather at the same time. I am really glad that I applied to this college to study.
In my opinion, the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance [BAAF] is the best out of all accounting degree programmes in the country. In addition to the fact that it’s a UK programme, it provides exemptions from the nine fundamental papers of ACCA. It also allows people who have no prior knowledge of accounting or finance (including myself) to get a Bachelor’s degree within only three years. It is structured in a way that you can get the qualification while working full-time. The programme includes a long 4-month break every year, which you can use to gain extra skills. The lecturers are very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise and the business world. Unlike stereotypical “college lecturers”, Villa College lecturers help individual students achieve high grades and care about the performance of their students. Another big advantage of the programme is that the University of the West of England (UWE) has an online library which includes a lot of literature and textbooks, which means that you don’t have to buy “expensive college books” or go to actual libraries to get information for your assignments. The library also gives you access to numerous online sources for which you’d need to pay for if you were not a UWE student. The programme forces you to become critical thinkers and gain a lot of information about the accounting and finance world through well-thought out assignment questions. Due to all these reasons, I’m proud to say that I have not regretted choosing this programme for a second.
When I decided to do my MBA, I preferred Villa College because it is the most popular higher education institution in Maldives. The relationships among lecturers, staff and students are very amiable, which gave me an opportunity to become proficient in my area of interest in a very comfortable setting. The 18 months spent at VC were magnificent and have helped me to grow better personally and professionally. I believe the MBA program at Villa College provides the opportunity for every individual to expand their critical thinking skills and makes the person a strategic thinker. I would like to thank all the faculty and staff for making this journey a memorable one. I wish Villa College even greater heights and success.
I can proudly say that Villa College has made me a better person. It has helped me develop a positive attitude towards my studies and discover more about myself. VC has provided many opportunities where I can show my leadership skills, as well as chances to bring out the best of me in reaching my academic goals. The lecturers here put an extra effort into build a bond as more than just a teacher who comes to class and teaches; they have a strong relationship with the students and are interested in students' well-being. They make sure that the classes are fun and interactive, and create an environment that helps students get at the meaning of what they actually learn. The soothing outdoor campus with a lotus pond and the colourful rose garden will mesmerize you, embracing you with nature's warmth and freshness every day. These are some of the reasons why I chose Villa College to become a successful teacher. It is simply the best.