E’s good for MBA students

Would-be high-flyers in the Middle East can now enroll online to study for a MBA, as part of a joint venture between Thomson Learning and Universitas 21, a consortium of international universities.

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By  Peter Branton Published  July 8, 2003

Would-be high-flyers in the Middle East can now enroll online to study for a MBA, as part of a joint venture between Thomson Learning and Universitas 21, a consortium of international universities.

The joint venture, Univeristas 21 Global, will act as an online university, allowing students to study for their MBAs in their own time. Universitas 21 is a consortium of 16 universities worldwide, including the National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong and Peking University.

In launching the online university for student registration from Dubai to the Arab world, Dr Mukesh Aghi, CEO of Universitas 21 Global said “This is a momentous occasion for Universitas 21 Global. E-learning will fast gain momentum in this region with the current shift towards an increasingly knowledge-based and driven economy. Corporate professionals and students are under pressure to keep up and they sense the urgency to continually upgrade their skills to stay competitive and relevant in a changing world economy. Universitas 21 Global is all set to deliver a first-class education programme in the Arab world.”

Dr Mukesh said the university is looking to capture a largely unmet demand for higher education in the region, with the expectation being for 800 students to enroll at the initial registration. Most of these registrations are expected to be from the Asia Pacific and Middle East region.

Students will be able to engage in online discussions with counterparts in other countries as well as accessing the Univeristas 21 Global library for learning resources. Real-time internet chat services, threaded discussions and other Web-based communication tools will allow active interaction between students and lecturers.

Other learning applications will be through Universitas 21 Global’s proprietary Learning Management System, which includes online announcement boards and special notepad functions for students to create their own lecture notes.

As well as the academic programmes, Universitas 21 Global will offer online student support services, such as academic counseling, career guidance and technical support.

“Univeristas 21 Global will be an important part of the future of higher education worldwide,” said Professor Alan Gilbert, founder of Universitas 21 Global. “Without high quality online solutions, many people in the developing world will be denied access to the emerging global knowledge economy.”

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