The University of Exeter and Pearson have announced a new international partnership to develop online degrees and collaborate on international research.
The partnership includes developing and launching new degree programmes which can be studied online.
Exeter and Pearson are looking to deliver online post-graduate degrees in a variety of subjects and intend to launch these programmes in September 2016. The courses will involve a mixture of weekly interactive online teaching sessions with a faculty, as well as digital content through the university’s learning management system which will allow students to access resources at a “time and place that suits them”.
The organisations will also work together to research some of the “biggest” long-term issues affecting British higher education, including degree apprenticeships and learning gain in higher education.
Professor Janice Kay, provost of the University of Exeter, said: “I am really excited by the possibilities that this new partnership offers both for Exeter and the wider sector. We will address some of the key topics under debate in both the UK and global higher education in parallel. The University is already well-known for its innovative approach and global ambitions, and this initiative will help us realise our goals more quickly and effectively.
“Given the focus on widening access and participation within higher education identified by the Minister for Universities and Science in a recent speech, particularly for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people within society; this global leading partnership between the University and Pearson demonstrates how universities can innovate their education offer in the 21st Century digital age”.
Mark Anderson, UK managing director of Pearson, said: “The UK has one of the world’s best higher education systems thanks to great institutions like Exeter. As digital technology revolutionises education, there is an opportunity to make the UK’s highest quality courses far more widely available.
“Pearson has already successfully helped power online degrees across the US and in Australia. We are very excited to be working with Exeter to keep the UK at the cutting edge of global higher education.”
Pearson currently provides online services to approximately 40 universities in the US, and in total around 200,000 students are enrolled in online degree programmes supported by Pearson around the world. According to a spokesperson, Exeter is currently positioned amongst the “top 1% of universities worldwide”.