SUNDERLAND University has had a boost to its international reputation.
The university has been given recognition by Trinidad and Tobago’s Accreditation Council (ACTT) as an awarding institution.
Official accreditation means students in Trinidad and Tobago can be assured that Sunderland’s degrees and diplomas adhere to the rigorous standards set by their own country and by Britain.
The University of Sunderland’s international partnerships extends to 35 countries, including a 13-year relationship between its business school and Trinidad’s School of Business and Computer Science.
Following the new accreditation, many more students from Trinidad and Tobago can now benefit from the Wearside university’s wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
The University of Sunderland Business School’s affiliation with Trinidad has meant that hundreds of graduates have been able to take part in undergraduate business studies programmes in their own country and be awarded University of Sunderland degrees since 1999.
Professor Bernie Callaghan, dean of the faculty of business and law at the University of Sunderland, said: “International partnerships between our university and overseas establishments have never been more important.
“Trinidad and Tobago has a special place in our hearts because it was the first country with which we affiliated 13 years ago.
“It is fantastic news that the entire university has now been recognised as an accredited institution.
“It opens up chances for many more students to gain University of Sunderland degrees while living and working in their home towns.
“It also means we can build on our partnership to offer further qualifications to our alumni in Trinidad and Tobago.”
Dr Robin Maraj, executive director of Trinidad’s School of Business and Computer Science, said: “Congratulations to the University of Sunderland on obtaining accreditation status from Trinidad and Tobago.
“We are confident that this stamp of approval will lead to a deepening of the academic partnership.”
Sunderland Business School has also built strong associations with higher education institutions in Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Cyprus, Kenya, Germany, Philippines, Morocco, Zambia and Hong Kong.