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Employed In A Fast-Changing Industry

This story on universities that offer online education in Asia caught my attention:

Thousands of kilometres from Kuala Lumpur in Cameroon, doctoral student Michael Nkwenti Ndongfack attends his Open University Malaysia classes online and hopes to defend his final thesis by Skype.

That’s especially relevant to me: many of my “customers” are those very students who will find online education a great value. Just the cost of travel between places like Ghana and China–there are few direct flights–makes actually living here to study more expensive. Online education would allow students to live at home, save the travel costs, and invest more of their available education funds in education itself.

To remain competitive with these online universities, schools like mine could:

1. Provide more opportunities to connect with Chinese business owners, importers and exporters,

2. Emphasize language learning and get more effective at language teaching,

3. Offer homestay programs instead of the traditional “foreign dorm” environment, and

4. Give more opportunities for education with local students.

Otherwise, it’s going to get harder to justify flying here to sit in a classroom with other foreign students, when the same education can be had online.

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