Kaplan Open Learning (KOL), an experienced learning provider and part of Kaplan International Pathways, has worked in partnership with the University of Essex since 2007 to deliver high-quality online degrees. This successful partnership was recently recognised within the wider education sector after Kaplan Open Learning was shortlisted for public/private partnership of the year at the first-ever PIEoneer Awards.
The PIEoneer Awards honour achievement and innovation in the international education industry. With a distinguished judging panel representing geographical and professional diversity, The PIEoneer Awards seek to recognise both individuals and organisations who are pushing professional standards, evolving their engagement or redefining the international student experience.
Nicola Pittman, Managing Director of Kaplan Open Learning, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. A strong and adaptive approach to student support is the backbone of our partnership with the University of Essex, and we pride ourselves on both our pioneering approach to education and the passionate and dedicated online community we have created.”
The winners will be announced at an awards evening to be held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in central London on Friday 8 September 2017.
About University of Essex Online
Kaplan Open Learning delivers courses as University of Essex Online, offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses validated by the University of Essex. Originally offering just one FdA Business and Management course with an initial cohort of 14 students, University of Essex Online now offers over 25 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Law, Criminology, Health and Psychology and has seen more than 1,700 students graduate.
University of Essex Online has received an average of 92% in the National Student Survey (NSS) over the last five years for overall student satisfaction, consistently above the national average. The institution also has a retention rate of 80% for postgraduate programmes and recently received a Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
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