THE UK’s Open University signed a new agreement with Amity University in India, paving the way for closer collaboration between the two institutions.
Amity is a leading educational group in India, with over 125,000 students and campuses in cities around the world, including in London. The Open University is the UK’s largest educational establishment, with more than 170,000 students in the UK and internationally.
The new agreement will see the two institutions work towards a range of potential future collaborations, including content licensing agreements, enabling Amity to use content developed for a limited number of OU courses, and distribution of the OU’s award-winning Open Science Lab in India, Africa and the Middle East;
In addition, Amity have expressed an interest in the OU’s social learning platform, FutureLearn, both in terms of drawing on existing course content and also hosting their own courses on the platform.
The new agreement was exchanged at a special event, pictured above, in Amity’s main campus HQ in Uttar Pradesh, during which the OU’s Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks, gave a guest lecture. Drawing on his experiences of working with the BBC (Mr Horrocks was formerly Director of the BBC World Service), he talked about the responsibility to think globally in both journalism and education.
Speaking at the event, the OU’s Director of External Engagement, Steve Hill, said: “Education transforms lives, and The Open University and Amity share a passion to open up education to people right around the world.
“This new agreement offers both institutions the opportunity to learn from each other, and see the world-leading expertise and learning innovation developed by the OU deployed for the benefit of students in India. We look forward to seeing this relationship develop further over the coming months and years, with the potential to benefit students around the globe.”
The event was also attended by the Vice Chairman of Amity University, Mr Ajit Chauhan, who said: “The partnership between AMITY University, India, and the Open University, UK, comes at an exciting time when online and distance education is peaking in India and this part of the world.
“We are looking forward to working with the team at Open University and bringing their expertise and experience to provide quality & value online education to students in India. Amity has a vision to bring world class best practices in distance & online education and this partnership is another step towards it.”
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 almost 180,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas.