10 Apr 2012

Open University Vice-Chancellor accompanies the Prime Minister to the Far East

Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean

Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean

The Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Martin Bean, is part of a high-level delegation accompanying the Prime Minister on his visit to Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia this week. Leaders of other major UK companies and institutions are also part of the five day visit.

Martin Bean said: “This visit is an excellent opportunity for The Open University to further enhance its partnerships in Asia. The education landscape is undergoing profound change, and therefore international collaboration is more important than ever before. The Open University is a world leader in online learning and we are proud to have been chosen to join this delegation. Throughout this week, and in the period beyond, we will continue to passionately fly the flag for UK higher education and the open, flexible mission this institution stands for.”

The Open University has established collaborations with education and business partners in Japan and Southeast Asia. These include the EU-Japan Conference on Plasma Processing, a series of research meetings which bring together leading academic researchers in microelectronics and nanotechnology; the AKARI telescope mapping the sky at infrared wavelengths; and a partnership with the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, resulting in joint research projects, workshops and international publications.

The Open University has formal educational partnerships in 23 countries, but reaches over 200 countries and territories through informal learning opportunities, including free materials and bite-sized learning on iTunes U, OpenLearn and The Open University’s dedicated YouTube channel.

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