06 Dec 2012

Praise for The Open University’s global work from Bill Clinton

Bill meets Rajay

Bill meets Rajay

President Bill Clinton expressed his warm support for The Open University’s (OU) impact across the world and its future ambitions during a visit to London last week.

President Clinton met with the OU’s Director of Government & External Affairs Rajay Naik, and discussed The Open University’s role as the UK’s largest academic institution and a world leader in online learning.

Rajay Naik said: “Since leaving the White House, President Clinton has dedicated himself to tackling some of the world’s most entrenched challenges. I am proud that the OU has played such a significant role in expanding access to education across the world, such as our Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme, which recently won the Queen's Anniversary Prize.”

He added: “Our health and teacher programs in Africa and Asia have reached millions of people and of course our work in the UK continues to provide opportunities for those who would otherwise not have them. We will continue to work tirelessly to allow more people to achieve their potential and transform their lives through the power of learning.”

After his eight years as the world’s most powerful man - which saw the longest economic expansion in American history and the creation of more than 22 million jobs – President Clinton has founded and led the Clinton Global Initiative which is improving global health and education by fostering partnerships between governments, businesses, charities and private citizens.

Notes to Editors

About The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has more than 263,000 current students.

The OU came top for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey this year, and has been in the top three universities every year since the survey began in 2005. In 2011/12 it had a 93 per cent satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.

Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units on OpenLearn, which has had more than 23 million visits, and materials on iTunes U, which has recorded over 56 million downloads.

The OU has a 41 year partnership with the BBC which has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to prime-time programmes such as Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory, James May’s Big Ideas and The Money Programme.


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