Online Education Goes International
Online education is gaining momentum across the U.S. as hundreds
of accredited colleges and universities go online to offer
traditional education virtually. But it isn't just happening in
the States. Online education is taking off around the world in
fast paced business savvy countries like China and India.
The People's Daily of China recently reported that
many educational institutions in the country are taking
advantage of Blackboard, a new technology partnered with China's
leading online education service provider CERNET, to serve as a
possible solution to the growing need for quality teachers in
the traditional classroom setting.
By the end of 2005, the number of Blackboard clients has grown
to include 96 colleges and universities in China in the past two
years. Renmin University of China, Beijing Normal University and
Nanjing University have all signed on to Blackboard as well as a
few high schools including the Minhang No.2 School in Shanghai.
Officials in China are hoping that online education could act as
an effective substitute for quality teachers and teaching
materials, which are in urgent need there.
In India nearly 90,000 students are enrolled in the Symbiosis
Center for Distance Learning, where students learn international
business and information technology among other courses.
While online education technology like this has been available
in the U.S. for years, it is just now beginning to affect
foreign markets as the role of education is reexamined on an
Prospective students have hundreds of accredited online colleges
and universities to choose from. Health care, business,
education, psychology and technology top online education
searches. Schools like DeVry University,Capella
University and the University of Phoenix offer programs to earn
an Associate, Bachelor, Masters or Doctorate degree via the
portals provide prospective students with multiple search
options to find an online degree program. Some boast student
resources pages with tips on resume building, while others offer
a wide range of degree programs designed to help them further
their career, supplement existing education or aid in a career
Distance learning provides students who might otherwise be
working or raising a family the opportunity to further their
education and advance their career. E-learning is now moving
from the domestic market abroad as more students in China,
India, and the UK go online to further their education through
distance learning programs.