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Wiley partners with University of Birmingham

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The University of Birmingham has become the first European institution to partner with the US publisher Wiley, marking a step-change in the provision of distance and online learning in the UK.

The alliance underlines the university’s pioneering approach to distance learning and marks a significant shift in the provision of new modes of education in the UK.

Three masters programmes are being developed to offer those seeking professional development the same quality learning experience and qualifications they would expect from a full-time course at the University of Birmingham, but with flexibility to learn online anywhere in the world.

The initial set of courses on offer will include a Masters in Public Administration and an MBA that will carry Birmingham Business School’s Triple Crown accreditation.

Birmingham University's vice-chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood, said: 'For more than a century, the university has been challenging and developing great minds. This alliance will ensure Birmingham continues this tradition by extending access to our offering through exciting new modes of learning and teaching.'

Stephen Smith, president and chief executive officer of Wiley, said: 'We are extremely excited about our relationship with the University of Birmingham.

'It is a tremendous opportunity to partner with a prestigious Russell Group institution and help expand its brand and programmes to new markets through high-quality distance learning experiences. As a leading higher education solutions provider Wiley is committed to improving educational outcomes for the benefit of our partners and students.'