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10 Dec 2015

The Open University renews commitment to education in India

Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks, joins UK Government trade delegation to promote importance of higher education and skills

The Open University has strengthened its ties with the Indian education sector as part of a UK Government delegation to the country attended by OU Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks.
At a special ceremony in Bangalore attended by Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, the OU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Manipal Global Educational Services Ltd.

The new agreement will allow both institutions to share best practice in terms of providing students in India with the learning materials and innovative delivery to equip them with the high-quality skills needed in the workplace. The agreement will also offer Manipal students opportunities to study for a UK qualification, via distance learning, whilst remaining in India.

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, said,

“The UK higher education sector is among the best in the world, but by working with international partners, students can reap the rewards of combined experience and expertise. This exciting new partnership brings together institutions from the UK and India who are leaders in combining cutting-edge technology with a focus on industry-relevant learning. I have no doubt this agreement will help provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.”


Peter Horrocks, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University who has signed the MoU on behalf of the University said,

“The Open University is recognised globally for its ability to deliver high quality learning material at a distance and at scale. There is an enormous unmet demand for higher education in India. The Indian Government has set an ambitious target of increasing enrolment from 18% in 2014 to 30% by 2020. The OU is well-placed to help deliver on this mission, and this new agreement is further evidence of our commitment to making quality higher education available to all.”

Managing Director and CEO of Manipal Global Educational Services, Mr S. Vaitheeswaran, said,

“Education is increasingly moving online, and this MoU between two established leaders in the education industry will allow both to offer learners very high quality, cross-spectrum learning, based on the latest needs of the industry,”

The MoU with Manipal Global Educational Services takes effect from 10th December 2015. The Open University is also signing MoUs with Amity University and Shiv Nadar University to create innovative partnerships that will draw on the OU’s expertise in developing programmes that can be delivered online and at scale and that have a proven impact on the development of skills.

The Open University has a successful history of providing educational resources at scale in India to address skills shortages. Projects such as TESS-India (Teacher Education through School based Support) are already using OU expertise to deliver flexible learning to teachers in India via Open Education Resources that are freely available and accessible. This means delivering materials across multiple technologies and platforms from the latest mobile devices right down to print-based texts to provide a choice of options.

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