Through the Agreement signed in 2004, between the University of Buckingham and SSST, we have identified the mutual goals of strengthening the international profiles of our institutions, enriching our academic programmes, and providing greater opportunities and benefits to our students. This standing and ever evolving collaboration makes SSST subject to meeting not only the national, but also University of Buckingham’s and UK’s academic guidelines and standards of teaching. These standards, among other, include the anonymity of the examination procedure, the high staff to student ratio and curriculum streamlining between institutions.
The University of Buckingham validates, monitors the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes offered by the SSST in Political Science and International Relations, Computer Science and Information Systems and Economics, offered by the SSST and awards successful SSST graduates with a British degree.
Two SSST departments - the Sarajevo Film Academy and the Sarajevo Medical School, have separate arrangements of cooperations with several international schools and medical institutions.
"We are proud of our association with SSST and believe the relationship we have built is to our mutual benefit. We share similar goals and visions in offering high quality education to students from all over the world, while promoting research and innovation. The independence of our institutions allows us to be creative and ambitious. SSST students receive a degree from our University – they earn that degree by meeting all Buckingham’s academic standards and we are proud of their achievements.
We share with SSST the joy of their success, particularly visible though their entry to many top graduate programmes at leading universities in the UK."
Dr. Terence Kealey, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham
Dr. Sabah Jassim, former Head Coordinator for SSST, University of Buckingham
Buckingham maintains top spot in university league tables.
The Buckingham University consistently does well in rankings because of its optimal staff-student ratios, excellent quality of teaching and the open door policy of lecturers which enables students to seek help whenever they need it.
Geoffrey Alderman , The Guardian
Despite its impressive research activities, the University of Buckingham is not scored on research – a disadvantage in the league tables. As a university that is independent and receives no funding from the state, Buckingham is unable to take part in the Hefce-funded Research Assessment Exercise. The Time’s 2012 Good University Guide states that: “It (the Buckingham University) would almost certainly have finished in the top 20, rather than just outside it, if its research could be assessed.”
In the Guardian’s University Guide, the Buckingham University appeared in the Specialist Institutions league table and was ranked at Number 10 in 2011. In the Guardian’s departmental rankings Buckingham’s English department was put at Number 7 out of 106, and its Economics department at Number 8 out of 69.
University of Buckingham boasts a high graduate employment rate. In July 2011 The Guardian reported that 100% of the Class of 2010 went on to work or further study (Article: “Almost 9% unemployed six months on from graduation”, The Guardian, 15 July 2011). According to The Guardian, the latest figures show an improvement on 2010 but indicate that the graduate job market has not yet returned to pre-credit crunch levels. Buckingham is thus doubly proud that in a period of economic recession its students bucked the trend.
The University of Buckingham received the ultimate accolade – it ranked in the UK top ten for Teaching Excellence and Student Experience in The Times and The Sunday Times and thus becoming the University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2015-16. This is the culmination of a decade in which the University has consistently led the way with the most satisfied students, according to the National Student Survey (NSS) in England. The University is also ranked in the top quarter for Graduate Prospects.
The University of Buckingham has come at the top of the rankings in the first-ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rankings assessed by the UK government. Buckingham has been awarded Gold and achieved a remarkable result with “double positive” ratings in all six categories. The majority of universities, over two-thirds, achieved only silver or bronze.
“For Buckingham, one of the country’s smallest universities, to come at the top of the rankings in the first ever TEF exercise is exceptional. We are thrilled to see our exemplary teaching methods receiving official recognition. Our small class sizes and commitment to quality teaching ensure our students do well when they leave. We see many of them blossom on their journey with us which is why so many say they made the right choice choosing Buckingham. The TEF result shows that students choosing Buckingham can be confident that they will have the very best in teaching quality, frequent contact with their tutors and excellent career prospects.”
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham
Buckingham graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world.
A group of SSST students at the University of Buckingham graduation ceremony 2012
‘’ Trough our collaboration with SSST we are able to mutually benefit from an established educational partnership that has its roots in a shared vision for delivering educational excellence. Since taking those first steps in 2004, SSST has grown both in physical presence and reputation in the region, with increasing links on the international stage as well. New endeavours in research and the expansion of existing provision means that students stand to benefit from a unique educational experience.
Those who successfully complete their studies on validated programmes also receive a degree from the University of Buckingham, proving that they have met the rigorous academic standards required. We are proud of all graduates, and share SSST’s delight in their success.
Having collaborated with SSST for over a decade, we are confident of their academic integrity, and look forward to strengthening our partnership in the future. ‘’
Sir Anthony Seldon
Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham
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