Thursday, December 10, 2020

upGrad Partners with UK’s University of Essex to Bring 72 Undergraduate and PG Programs to Indian Workforce


* In a first-of-a-kind arrangement, the edtech leader becomes a recognized enrollment partner to the University of Essex to enable online programs ranging from Certificates, Master’s, and Degree across 16 various disciplines

upGrad, India’s largest online higher edtech in a first-of-a-kind arrangement becomes a recognised enrollment partner to the UK’s leading University of Essex, thereby further strengthening transnational education in India. A list of 72 undergraduate and postgraduate online programs will be delivered through the Kaplan Open learning (KOL) who is an academic/academy partner to the University. The edtech major will be facilitating the enrollment process for learners in India, along with international territories like Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. 

Stretched across 16 disciplines, upGrad massively diversifies its program portfolio to include Criminology, Cybersecurity, Education, Health, Nursing, Project Management, Human Resource, Psychology, and Public Health, in addition to introducing new programs in areas where it has already built a strong presence like Digital Marketing, MBA, Business Analytics, Business with Finance, Business Management, Computer Science, and Law. The cohort is scheduled to commence in January 2021.

Talking about the partnership in-depth, Phalgun Kompali, Co-founder, upGrad said: “We are very excited about our partnership with the University of Essex which will provide our learners access to more than 70 programs across the areas like Public Health, Psychology, Education, Business, Management & Technology, etc. Given the global brand and reputation of Essex, upGrad is also going to invest in establishing the University program portfolio in other markets across South East Asia & EMEA regions.

“We operate in times when the country is in dire need of a skilled workforce, as the current unemployment rate has taken a steep rise from 6.67% in September to become 6.98% in October. Therefore, our efforts to join hands with the globally-recognised University of Essex will further propel a stronger and wider online learning ecosystem for individuals in India and across various geographies, thus helping them future-proof their careers. We also look at expanding our program portfolio by 3x in the next two years and this step, is yet another milestone achieved,” said Arjun Mohan, CEO – India, upGrad.

The University of Essex is ranked no 38. in the UK as per the Times Higher Education Ranking of 2021. In 2018, it was rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 15 list for the overall student satisfaction out of the UK’s mainstream universities, for the sixth year running in the National Student Survey.

About upGrad

upGrad is India’s largest online higher education company. Founded in early 2015, upGrad has impacted almost 1 million individuals globally, within a short span of 5 years.

upGrad provides online programs in the areas of Data Science, Technology, Management, and Law to college students, working professionals, and enterprises. These programs are designed and delivered in collaboration with top-notch universities like IIT Madras, IIIT Bangalore, MICA, BIMTECH, NMIMS Global Access, Jindal Global Law School, Duke CE, Deakin University, Liverpool John Moores University, and others. 

With an 80% program completion rate, robust tech platform, outcome-based learning approach, industry-relevant curriculum, finest university credentials, strong mentorship, and steadfast placement support, upGrad has established its position as the leader in the Indian education system.

IIIT Bangalore and upGrad's PG Diploma in Data Science is India’s first-ever PG Diploma, with over 10,000 alumni & learner-base, to be recommended and validated by the NASSCOM and is aligned to Government approved National Occupational Standards (NOS). ​upGrad ranked​ as India's​ No.1​ startup,​ ​as per the LinkedIn​ ​Top​ ​Startups 2020 list. This is the third time in a row that upGrad has been featured​ ​in the​ top startup list by LinkedIn. ​The edtech major received the title of 'Best Education Brands' by Economic Times in 2020​ for the second time, post winning the same title in 2018. ​The brand made it to the​ prestigious​ GSV Global EdTech 50 List 2020. ​ upGrad has emerged on the list of BW Top Education Brand 2020 and has been titled as the Best E-Learning Company of the year by Business World. Owing to its world-class learning platform. upGrad won the 'Best Communication and Teaching Platform' in the Education Innovation Awards 2020 by Entrepreneur India​ as well as received the title of ‘Best Tech for Education’ by IAMAI in 2019.

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