Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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

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Easy Access

Starting an online programmes is literally just clicks away; no need to be physically present at all!

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Raise in status

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

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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

University of Liverpool in Coop. with Laureate Online Education

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a world-class research university and is ranked within the top 1% of universities worldwide.* The University is one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation, and is a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of research-led universities. Its pioneering reputation attracts students, experts and partners from around the world. Through its research, teaching and collaborations, the University seeks to be life changing and world shaping.

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International Business Academy

Kolding, Denmark

With its roots going back more than 100 years, the IBA is today a major higher education institution in the heart of Denmark offering degree programmes in in Business, Marketing, Finance, Management, Entrepreneurship and Design.

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Glion Institute of Higher Education

Glion, Switzerland

Glion Institute of Higher education offers a unique, global approach to hospitality and services management education to prepare students for careers around the world. We combine 50 years of Swiss hotel management expertise, including hands on learning and professional internships, with modern international business courses. Students develop a strong foundation of cultural awareness, plus people and project management skills that will take their career to the world stage.

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University of Kent, Medway Campus

University of Kent

Chatham, United Kingdom

A vibrant campus less than 45 minutes from London (St Pancras) by train, with innovative buildings and facilities. At Medway you can expect outstanding teaching, learning and leisure, and an exceptional level of personal support. The University of Kent offers academic excellence and a superb student experience. Our students consistently rank us as offering one of the best student experiences in the UK. We achieved an excellent performance in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) which confirmed our position as one of the UK's leading research universities.

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Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria)

Leiria, Portugal

IPLeiria is a public institution of higher education that began its activity in 1980 and is present in the region of Leiria and West through its five schools of higher education, located in Leiria (School of Education and Social Sciences, School of Technology and Management and School of Health), Caldas da Rainha (School of Arts and Design) and Peniche (School of Tourism and Sea Technology).

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