OU Vice-Chancellor Peter Horrocks at Amity University in India.

OU strengthens ties with education in India

A university group in India is calling on the expertise of The Open University to help deliver quality online education.

The new agreement with Amity University will see its “world-leading expertise and learning innovation deployed for the benefit of students in India,” says the OU's Steve Hill.

Amity is a leading educational group in India with over 125,000 students and campuses in cities around the world, including in London. The OU is the UK’s largest university, with over 170,000 students in the UK and internationally.

Distance education peaking in India

The new agreement will see the two universities working side by side on projects in India, Africa and the Middle East, and contributing to social learning platform FutureLearn.

The new agreement was exchanged at an event at Amity’s main campus in Uttar Pradesh. A guest lecture was given by OU Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks, formerly of the BBC, on thinking globally about both journalism and education.

Chancellor of Amity University, Dr Atul Chauhan, said: “The partnership comes at an exciting time when online and distance education is peaking in India and this part of the world.

"We are looking forward to working with the team at The Open University and bringing their expertise and experience to provide quality and value online education to students in India. Amity has a vision to bring world class best practices in distance and online education and this partnership is another step towards it.”

Steve Hill added: “Education transforms lives and The Open University and Amity share a passion to open up education to people right around the world. This new agreement offers both institutions the opportunity to learn from each other. We look forward to seeing this relationship develop further over the coming months and years, with the potential to benefit students around the globe.”