University of Leicester joins international open online learning platform Futurelearn

Posted by de57 at Feb 18, 2013 05:04 PM |
Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes news of new university partners

The University of Leicester has joined an innovative scheme to expand British provision of international top quality higher education.

Futurelearn, which is owned by The Open University, was launched on 14 December 2012. It is an online platform that will make courses from the UK’s best universities and institutions available online for free. It will establish the UK as a global leader in online higher education (HE), offering world-class UK university courses to students throughout the world.

 "As a leading provider of global higher education courses via distance learning for many years, Leicester is well placed to enhance the world class offer of Futurelearn. Leicester has a wealth of experience in delivering high quality educational packages across the globe and Futurelearn provides further opportunities for students to access the best of British higher education. As the UK’s most socially inclusive top-20 University, the opening up of higher education provision internationally accords with our ‘Elite without being Elitist’ status. By working together with a range of other leading UK universities, Leicester will make a distinctive contribution to the education of a wider range of participants through our decades of experience of delivering higher education through distance learning."
Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester

Speaking on a trade visit to India, Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed news that more top partners have joined Futurelearn:

"I'm delighted that Futurelearn is expanding to include more British universities and the British Library. I hope it will encourage many more Indian students to take the next step and study with a UK university."

The first Futurelearn courses will be open to students in the second half of 2013.

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