24 Oct Global Opportunity | Healthcare: Education 2016
Global Opportunity | Healthcare: Education
Welcome to the Global Opportunity Healthcare Education edition, the first of a series of special editions of Global Opportunity Healthcare that illustrate some of the biggest areas of interest for the UK health sector internationally.
Following on from the phenomenal success of Global Opportunity Healthcare 2015, launched at Arab Health in 2015, we simply did not have space to showcase the amazing opportunities, success stories and offerings from the UK across the sector as whole. For that reason, across 2016, we will be publishing our special editions that illustrate the range of opportunities for the UK in the sector as a whole. They will range from the rise of private healthcare patients coming into the UK to the opportunities for UK organisations in the management of healthcare facilities overseas. Moreover, this edition covering Healthcare Education is in response to the significant global requirements for easily accessible high-quality learning, and which the UK is uniquely positioned to respond to as demand continues to swell.
The combination of some of the world’s leading higher education institutions, world-renowned teaching hospitals and the globally recognised expertise contained within the NHS means the UK is the partner of choice for overseas clients looking to ensure the highest levels of excellence in healthcare training and education.
Whether it is training oncology nurses in Jordan, sharing skills in diabetes care within Kuwait, bringing doctors into the UK to shadow our leading consultants in Leeds or distance learning for practitioners in China, the UK continues to lead in health education and training around the world with demand set to grow exponentially over the coming years.
Nowhere is such demand better demonstrated than in the field of online learning. This learning modality is becoming an intrinsic part of our education system. Universities are keen to share their knowledge base with eager students all over the world. It has many advantages, most importantly the ability for students to study at the time and place of their own choosing. For those in full time placements, it enables nurses, doctors and consultants to keep up to date with advances in their speciality to ensure optimum care. For students it helps them access far greater amounts of content than a traditional library or face-to-face learning could effectively provide.
More than 8000 medical updates are published every day on the internet. It is clear that the way we learn is changing. However someone needs to make sense of all this information, which is where providers such as FutureLearn enter the picture. With hundreds of online courses updated each week to include the latest information, these MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses are set to become a vital part of every student’s learning.
For universities, such courses open doors to new students, some of whom may be in far flung parts of the world. In Brazil, for example, many students in remote areas have been able to undertake degrees thanks to the universal reach of the internet. It might be an exaggeration, but the internet can be compared to the invention of the printing press, giving the gift of learning to millions of people who may not have had access to more traditional learning modalities.
Many of Britain’s top universities can be found in these pages, along with other companies that offer novel ways to access their digital content through a growing medium of apps. I hope you find it useful – do let me know how Global Opportunity Healthcare Education has helped you.