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World’s Largest E-Learning Programme Launches in India
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Interactive University, the distributed learning specialist, has launched the Heriot-Watt SCHOLAR programme in India. Ten secondary schools of government of Delhi have signed up for SCHOLAR as part of a pilot project supported by the British Council.

With over 87% of A Level pupils requesting further access to SCHOLAR to support their next diet of exams, Biology and Chemistry proved to be the most popular subjects, with 95% of pupils signing up for one or other.

Sanjeev Roy from the British Council said: “Not only have all the students involved in the pilot enjoyed using the learning materials but the Deputy Director of Education, Government of Delhi has also expressed his satisfaction with the pilot and endorsed, in principle, the roll out of SCHOLAR throughout the State of Delhi.”

SCHOLAR’s overseas career began in May 2003 when it was made widely available to students in Hong Kong following the closure of all schools due to the SARS outbreak. From September, it will be available through five colleges in mainland China. SCHOLAR is currently available in all secondary schools in Scotland where it is used by over 60,000 pupils to support Higher and Advanced Higher study programmes. It is also used by a growing number of schools in England and Northern Ireland as part of other pilot projects.

David Farquhar, Chief Operating Officer of Interactive University said: “By taking the SCHOLAR programme into India with the British Council, IU has shown that the potential to export our distributed learning model on behalf of the Scottish education sector, is truly global.”

Recent statistics from a three-year evaluation of SCHOLAR amongst school pupils show that the programme has a 75% acceptance rating by teachers and that over 90% of students said they would recommend the programme to a friend. Perhaps the most surprising statistic is that a peak usage time for students in the UK competes directly with prime-time television, between the hours of 7pm and 9pm Monday to Thursday. Feedback has shown that parents believe using SCHOLAR to support homework and revision actually contributes to improvements in exam grades and helps University entry.


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Great Circle Communications Limited 0131 2254646
Beverley Kirk 07968 777097
Rachel Jones 077988 92046

Interactive University
David Farquhar, Chief Operating Officer
0131 317 4000

Notes to editors:

About the Interactive University
Interactive University is a market-led organisation specialising in the development and delivery of accredited distributed learning programmes within the global post compulsory education sector. The university’s primary objective is to become Scotland’s centre of excellence in e-learning and the leading source of e-learning products, services and technology.

SCHOLAR is a programme of Heriot-Watt University initiated in 1998 to develop extremely high quality interactive materials for delivery over the internet. It was developed in partnership with secondary schools and further education colleges. According to Heriot-Watt Professor Phillip John, Chair of the SCHOLAR Forum the success in Scotland is not only due to the quality of the materials but the associated professional development programme designed for classroom teachers. SCHOLAR is published and distributed by the Interactive University on behalf of Heriot-Watt.

About Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University is a leading provider in science, engineering and business education with courses designed for business, industry and the professions. The University has wide experience of international degree programmes and supported e-learning, with currently more than 10,000 students studying in 130 countries worldwide. Overseas programmes include the distance learning MBA, one of the largest and most popular in the world.

About The British Council
The British Council connects people worldwide with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and builds lasting relationships between the UK and other countries. The purpose of the British Council is to win recognition abroad for the UK's values, ideas and achievements, and nurture lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with other countries. The British Council was established in India in 1948 and became a Division of the British High Commission in 1972. In India, The British Council work in 11 cities, their head office is in New Delhi with offices in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkatta. British Libraries are run in cooperation with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in seven cities; Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram.

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