Hyderabad: Though Covid-19 changed the outlook of students looking to study abroad, it has not been able to change the pulse of students. Many students are looking forward to getting enrolled in universities abroad and gain education through online learning. Among the countries, Canada is emerging as one of the preferred destination as the country has recently opened its borders for international students who have valid study permit visa and are enrolled in a coronavirus-ready Designated Learning Institute (DLI).
Pearson India sales and marketing vice president Ramananda SG said, “Many countries are opening their borders for international students and implementing immigration-friendly policies to support this upward trend. As per Pearson’s Global Learners Survey, as a result of the pandemic, 80 per cent of the students agree that higher education will fundamentally change. This change may not be permanent but has had disruptions that will change the preference and choices of students, planning to study abroad. The survey also noted that 86 per cent think that online learning will be a part of the university experience.”
Pearson India support students with the provision of a complete AI and computer-based English language proficiency test called PTE Academic. It also launched Pearson Classroom – a fully online teacher-driven student success platform for high-stakes English examinations.
“To keep the learning curve intact, we started with training teachers to enable them to teach in an online environment. We were able to train over 10,000 teachers and imbibe them with the skills essential for teaching online. We launched ‘ActiveApp’ as a training resource for teachers and interactive learning solutions for students during the lockdown. To reinforce Math skills, we also introduced Quikik, an AI-based learning app for children,” he said.
On the Hyderabad market, he said the region is seeing year on year uptick in the number of students going abroad for studies.
Ramananda said on an average, 35,000 students every year go abroad for studies from Hyderabad and approximately 35,000 people go for immigration. “It has also been witnessed that students are opting for various diploma and post-graduate programs in Information Technology, Management and Masters in information services. Along with Canada, the UK, Australia followed by the US is also seeing significant numbers of students outflow from Hyderabad,” he said.
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