Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Flexibility

I don’t depend on the visiting hours of my tutors any longer. Convenient online tools provide direct feedback on my progress

Joanna
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Save Money

What strikes me the most: Distance education programmes are often cheaper than their traditional counter parts

Sabine
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Raise in status

Suddenly, my boss looks at me in a different way. Even my salary increased!

Maria
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Why learning at a distance or online?

Currently, some three million students are studying at a distance or on line, half of them in specialized open and distance teaching universities organized in nine European countries (United Kingdom, Spain (2), Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Cyprus), and the other half in conventional universities all over Europe. The number of distance and online students is increasing every year as there is a growing need for it, especially for mature students, at the undergraduate and the post graduate level and in continuing education or professional development.

Variety of offers

Courses vary from formal degree courses to non-formal short courses for professional training and updating. A growing number of universities is publishing also open educational resources, which are open to everybody for free use and informal learning.

Advantages of studying from the distance

Most students are studying at a distance or online, because of the flexibility of the system. There is no better way to combine studies and work or family than by independent learning, at any time and any place and following a personal pace, supported by teaching staff or co-studying with peer learners in learning communities. The courses are specially designed for self study and adapted to the needs of mature students and of the actual knowledge society. They are student-centered, while learning programs are often personalized to fit the needs of the individual student.

Of course, the flexibility is specifically important to students with special needs or who for other reasons are not able to follow courses on campus.

Easy of access

Many students also follow this system because it is open, which means that especially in open universities no formal requirements have to be fulfilled to access the courses. However, students should have the necessary prior knowledge and skills to be successful. In some European countries, open universities were established with the primary mission to offer students without formal entry qualifications a second chance to follow higher education.

Because they are combining study and work, many students will study at a part-time basis, which still requires a strong time management from the student.

Universities in the spotlight

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is the university where innovation starts and is proud to be the best technical university in the Netherlands for the 10th year in a row!

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Warwick Business School

University of Warwick

Coventry, United Kingdom

Warwick Business School is the largest department of the University of Warwick. It has an excellent global reputation as a leader in business research and teaching. We were the first UK business school to gain the key accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. Full re-accreditation in 2005, maintains our membership of a small and elite group of international business schools with this triple accolade.

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WU Executive Academy

WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Vienna, Austria

The executive education portfolio of the WU Executive Academy includes MBA and Master of Laws programs, university certificate programs, custom programs and seminars. In recent years, it has become one of the leading providers in Central and Eastern Europe.

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The Cyprus Institute of Marketing, BVI (Distance-Learning Studies)

Nicosia, Cyprus

The Cyprus Institute of Marketing Ltd. (Reg. BVI) was established in 1997 and is a pioneer in offering Distance - Learning degrees. Today, CIM (BVI) is considered as one of the Leading Global Business Schools in the world, offering Undergraduate, Masters and PhD (Doctoral) Programs in fields including Tourism, Shipping, Insurance, Banking, Human Resource Management, Psychology, Business Law, Health Units Management, Financial and Computer Studies and many others.

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