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The future of online University?

The future of online University?

In the digital age, what happened to newspapers will happen to universities. This was the startling proposition put to an audience of academics a few weeks ago within the 900-year-old walls of Durham Castle, by Peter Horrocks, vice-chancellor of the Open University.

What, asked Horrocks, is to stop platforms such as Facebook or LinkedIn – the latter has “unparalleled data about the qualifications and employment records of graduate professionals” – from teaming up with US universities to offer degree courses and modules on a global scale? What if multinational companies in the UK were to accept LinkedIn degrees and even prefer them to Russell Group degrees?

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