Lutfur Rahman officially inaugurated the centre, on 7 November 2014. The new centre aims to provide educational opportunities to the local community in Tower Hamlets. The inauguration was conducted by the Director of the college Suresh B Kundo. Academic Advisor Jeffery Clarke gave the welcoming speech and introduced the principal activates of the college.
Meridian College offered two scholarships to Mayor of Tower Hamlets and three scholarships to Bengali media, of them, one will go to Bangla TV, one to Chanel S and one to Bangla Mirror. Bangla Mirror Editor Mohammed Abdul Karim received the scholarship on behalf of Bangla Mirror, Chief Reporter of Channel S Jubaer Rahman received the scholarship on behalf of Channel S and Chief Reporter of Bangla TV Ibrahim Khalil received on behalf of Bangla TV.
Cllr Golam Rabbani, Community Affairs of Canary Wharf Group Zakir Khan and British Bangladeshi Who’s Who editor Barrister Shahadat Karim were present at the event.
In a press release, the College mentioned that both colleges are offering practical, work-relevant courses to young people and adults to provide them with qualifications that are attractive to local employers and employable skills that help to develop genuine career opportunities.
The college also mentioned that as responsible education providers the College of IT & Ecommerce and Meridian Business School are committed to helping the community of which we are a part and we are happy to announce the creation of five scholarships to help pay for tuition fees as a reward for Academic Excellence demonstrated by local applicants who are eligible for the awards. The Scholarships have been created in honour of the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, and also recognise the creative input of the Bangla Mirror Group, Channel S Global Limited and ATN Bangla UK (Digital and Media Scholarships) and the practical help received from the local business leaders and employers (Enterprise Scholarship).
The College of IT & E-Commerce and the Meridian Business School embrace the following Vision and Mission Statements and Core Values: –
“Vision: To provide a Gateway to Affordable Education to underrepresented members of the community”
“Mission: To provide affordable further and higher education opportunities for students in cooperation with our Awarding Body Partners to provide globally recognised educational qualifications, which encourage our students to achieve their full potential and to be a dominant player in the UK private education sector”
“Core Values: Our core values express what, as an organisation, we stand for and how we conduct ourselves in the pursuit of our objectives and have been developed in consultation with our staff and students.
As an educational organisation we place our students and their interests at the heart of everything we do
We encourage our students to develop as independent and critical thinkers with a responsible approach towards themselves and society
We foster an environment characterised by trust, open and honest communication and respect for the individual
We approach all our dealings with our students, staff, stakeholders and partner organisations and with external agencies with integrity, honesty and the highest ethical standards”
All of us at the College of IT & Ecommerce and Meridian Business School are excited about the prospect of starting our journey to provide educational opportunities to both funded and self funded students in Tower Hamlets and we are also looking forward to working closely with local businesses and employers to help satisfy their training needs through apprenticeships, which will provide work based training to local people.