LAHORE: Beaconhouse Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kasim Kasuri on Wednesday announced the launch of a chain of Concordia Colleges, which will be country’s maiden chain of ‘blended learning’ institutions – a move aimed at inspiring institutes to use technologies for education and teaching, says a press release.
Addressing a press conference, Kasuri said that the Beaconhouse had started working on Concordia Colleges three years ago and spent a lot of time on research and development. He emphasised that colleges should use more educational technology as it accelerated learning process. He said that the Concordia chain would provide a complete learning environment to students. “This includes module-related documents in an electronic format, videos, engaging classroom sessions and peer-learning opportunities. Regular formative assessment with feedback for students, teachers and parents and the Comprehensive Learning Management System will support all aspects of ‘blended learning’. This is for the first time in Pakistan that such an advanced learning system is being introduced at college level,” he said.
According to the Beaconhouse CEO, this advanced interactive approach will support continuous access to learning content, measure progress and receive supportive feedback. Students will participate in interactive learning opportunities during live sessions and will be able to monitor their progress to become more efficient and successful learners. The colleges have a reputable and seasoned faculty. Virtual University Vice Chancellor Dr Naveed Malik has been the consultant for this project.
Kasuri said that the Concordia Colleges would provide access to affordable, high-quality college education. The programmes being offered at the colleges are FSc Pre-Medical and Pre-Engineering, ICS, ICom and FA, with more to follow. Masters and bachelors level programmes would be introduced next year, he added. He promised discounts in tuition fee for families of educationists and journalists. He also announced that scholarships were available on ‘means and merit’ basis. The Beaconhouse has in past introduced successful quality schooling and education models like the Beaconhouse School System, The Educators, Beaconhouse National University, TNS Beaconhouse (Lahore’s only International Baccalaureate World school), Gymboree and many more.
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