Posted: Friday, 30 November 2012
Autumn Reception 2012
Universities Minister, David Willets has praised the University of Roehampton for embracing partnership with global higher education provider Laureate Education, Inc.
Roehampton and Laureate have recently launched a major online initiative, starting with a suite of Masters degrees in the area of Business and Management. The initial launch has showed high levels of interest from working professionals in a wide range of countries.
The University and Laureate have also announced two new partnerships. A new study abroad programme will bring Laureate students from across Europe to Roehampton from next summer. And Laureate Global Products and Services Chief Executive Paula Singer revealed that the University of Roehampton will also be hosting a branch campus for the GLION Institute of Higher Education.
David Willetts said: "We said that universities needed to secure new funding streams and innovate, and I am glad to see the University of Roehampton has picked up the gauntlet. The partnerships announced here are good examples of the new landscape that we envisaged; a university looking to embrace new private partners in a manner that will best serve its students. I wish them and their students every success for the future".
Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor for the University of Roehampton said “These are exciting times at the University of Roehampton and I am delighted to be announcing the extension of our partnership with Laureate. The partnership fits well with our strategy to be innovative in exploring new ideas and new markets, at the same time as reaffirming our core values and mission, which are based on a commitment to providing a first-class education for students from a very wide range of backgrounds. Our new online degrees enable us to reach students in all parts of the world, while the Laureate students coming to us in London will help to enrich the learning experience for all our students.”
The University has an ambitious strategy, based on providing excellent teaching in excellent facilities, for students drawn from a very wide range of backgrounds and traditions. In 2011-12 the University again raised attainment with more students than ever achieving a first or upper second class honours. Graduate employment levels remained high and retention rates were amongst the best in the country.