Three new pathway partners for Bridge

21 May, 2015

International provider Bridge Education Group has announced three new university partnerships in the USA, with pathway centres to be hosted at Husson University, Manhattanville College and Western New England University from this autumn.

Bridge has announced three new US partnerships for its pathway programme

President of Bridge, Jean-Marc Alberola, said the new partnerships were the latest step in the group’s ambitious expansion plans. “We are very excited about the addition of these three new university partners, which is consistent with our plan to establish 15-to-20 campus-based centres in the next five years.

“We will grow big enough to offer a wide variety of academic programmes of study, geographic locations and tuition costs, while remaining small enough to continue to provide personalised attention to our students and our partners,” Alberola said.

Richard Keating, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Western New England University in Springfields, Massachusetts, said, “Western New England University is pleased to be part of the BridgePathway partnership, not only for the high quality language programming that will be offered on our campus, but also for the opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional US universities in international enrolment initiatives.”

Nikhil Kumar, Vice President for Undergraduate Enrolment Management at Manhattanville College in New York, said, “The college has always enjoyed a diverse mix of international students from nearly 50 countries, and now, with Bridge as our partner, we know we will continue to globalise our campus and welcome students from around the world into our community.”

Successful completion of the BridgePathway Academic English Programme will be accepted in lieu of a Toefl score by the partner universities. “This process allows students to complete their language studies in the same university where they will earn their degree, making the transition to a new culture and environment seamless,” said Colleen Grover, Director of International Initiatives at Husson University, based in Bangor, Maine. “In this way, English studies with Bridge not only prepare students for academic success in general, but also may be tailored to the skill set needed for specific majors and areas.”

Highlighting Bridge’s origins and agent network, Lisa Rooney, Vice President of Institutions Relations, said, “Bridge started nearly thirty years ago in the language travel industry. As a result, we have built a trusted network of education agencies across the globe who historically have represented our language schools. Of course today, these same agencies are helping students to find an academic path, and English is just a means to an end – a degree from a US university.”

The new pathway partnerships add to Bridge’s existing portfolio which includes Chadron State College, Colorado Mesa University and Philadelphia University.

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