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New online degree marks start of innovative partnership to transform digital learning

FutureLearn, the online social learning platform owned by The Open University, has partnered with Anglia Ruskin as the University continues to deliver on ambitions to become a digital leader in education.


The first Anglia Ruskin University course on FutureLearn, a MSc in Project Management, launches in May 2019 with subsequent runs in September 2019 and January 2020. The MSc is expected to take learners 2-3 years to complete and consists of eight, 15 credit Programs in: Management Theory; Management Practice; Project Management Systems; Project Management Context; Project Management Techniques; Cost and Financial Management; Project Planning and Control; and Research Design and Methods. This will be supplemented by the completion of a dissertation paper worth 60 credits.


A second post-graduate programme from Anglia Ruskin University is expected to be announced in due course, as is a further continued professional development course.


Anglia Ruskin University has acquired a strong reputation for being student-focused after inclusion in The Times Higher Education’s 2018 top ten Universities for student engagement. Its partnership with FutureLearn, Europe’s largest online social learning platform, is consistent with the University’s strategy to combine the best of face-to-face and digital learning in all its courses. The University has also made a commitment to increase work-based opportunities, as well as offer activities that enhance academic success and employability.


Mark Lester, Managing Director, Universities and Educational Partnerships at FutureLearn, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Anglia Ruskin University, which continues to show a real pioneering spirit in its approach to digital and online learning.


“The University’s MSc in Project Management course will provide learners with a 360 view of project management delivery and a comprehensive grounding in all of the components of the project management process. It’s a great course to be launching the partnership with and we very much look forward to announcing similarly exciting courses in the near future.”


Jon Bouffler, Director of Learning Development Services at Anglia Ruskin, said: “Anglia Ruskin is constantly looking to expand our provision of distance and work-based learning in the UK and overseas, and grow our already excellent reputation as providing varied and flexible ways to study and gain qualifications.


“This partnership with FutureLearn allows us to do that and add to the rapidly growing number of people already studying distance learning courses with Anglia Ruskin. FutureLearn provides an excellent platform to complement our expertise and teaching, and we are confident this will be a great success.”


About FutureLearn:

FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now the largest online learning platform in Europe with almost eight million people signed up worldwide. FutureLearn uses design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible online courses and postgraduate degrees that improve working lives. It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities, as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and the New York Institute of Finance.


About Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin is an innovative global university, brimming with ambition.  Students from 177 countries gain qualifications with us in four continents.  Students, academics, businesses and partners all benefit from our outstanding facilities; we’ve invested £100 million over the last five years and plan to invest a further £91 million over the next five years.


Anglia Ruskin’s Research Institutes and five faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields.  We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference, from saving lives to conserving water.  Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research.


We are ranked in the world’s top 350 institutions in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and in 2016 we featured in a list of the 20 “rising stars” in global Higher Education compiled by strategy consultants Firetail.

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