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Webinar with Higher Ed Partners - The Need To Keep Up

Join us for a free webinar with Higher Ed Partners on 25 January 2022 at 9:00-10:00 am CET. We will be focusing on the topic of "The Need To Keep Up: Strategic solutions for education leaders to address the global online learner space".

Some of the greatest disasters in human history led, in part, to great discovers and transformations. 1351, the Black Death -hospitals; 1666, the Great Plague – gravity, Isaac Newton working from home; 2002, SARS – Alibaba grows a 3-5x to greater than 500B today. The Coronavirus has brought forth the Dawn of the Age of Digital Learning — a time for builders to create the platforms, tools, and technology to propel society forward. 

As of now universities still have to adjust their plans almost weekly and at the same time build the capability to provide a robust remote offering for the longer term. With Google leading over 1 billion active users on mobile learning, and edX recently entering the MOOC business, online education offering is a must. HolonIQ, intelligence platform, indicates that Digital is now the top growth strategy. 

We will devote time in this webinar to discuss efficient strategies for engaging students across the globe, choosing relevant course structures and technological innovation that addresses their needs and risks.


Join us in the discussion on:
→ Prioritisation of initiatives in order to be successful
→ Revenue streams and growth opportunities
→ Scaling online education 
→ Borderless competition
→ What will be graduate’s most valuable asset in the future world of work

[1] Dawn of the Age of Digital Learning | by Michael Moe | GSV Ventures | Medium (adapted)
[2] Scaling online education: Five lessons for colleges | McKinsey


Martin Bean, HolonIQ's and HEP Academic-In-Residence, Emeritus Professor, CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), CEO of The Bean Centre, UK/Australia

Martin Bean is HolonIQ's and Higher Ed Partners (HEP) Academic-In-Residence, Emeritus Professor. Previously, Martin was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University, an institution with over 80,000 students based in Melbourne, Australia, with campuses in Vietnam and formal University partnerships in Singapore and China. He previously held the positions of Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, the UK’s largest academic institution and leader in the provision of flexible learning, and General Manager of Microsoft’s Education Products Group in Seattle, Washington. He has held various executive leadership roles in companies focused on integrating technology and learning solutions. 

In 2012, he launched FutureLearn, the UK’s first at-scale provider of Massive Open Online Courses, and in 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of London. He has won numerous awards in the UK and US for his contribution to education and was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 United Kingdom New Year's Honours list, for services to higher education.

Maria Nekrasova, Vice President Partnerships at Higher Ed Partners (HEP), Netherlands

Maria is responsible for establishing and managing partnerships with universities in several European countries and Russia. She brings over a decade of international experience in education management and business development. Prior to joining HEP Maria held the position of director at the European Cultural Academy in Italy where she spearheaded international strategic collaborations with universities. Before that Maria managed portfolio of online and blended MBAs at IE Business School in Spain. Since then, she has become an evangelist for the online format in higher education. Maria has a degree in Education from Moscow State University and a Master in Sociology from EHESS in Paris.

Egon Menardi, Vice President Partnerships at Higher Ed Partners (HEP), Netherlands/Italy

Egon is responsible for partnership development in Italy and The Netherlands. He has over 30 years of sales experience and held positions for various software technology companies as well as 16 years in the online publishing industry. At Swets and Accucoms International he fulfilled various roles including Commercial Director, MT member and co-owner after a management buy-out. Previous experience includes Systems Union, Exact International and Pure Software.

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