Training news: learndirect opening at London TUC centre

The TUC has opened a learndirect centre at its National Education Centre in north London. Aimed at local adults, it is one of 251 being developed by the University for Industry which will go live in the autumn, offering information and advice on on-line learning.

Wolce set to stage open learning Oscars

The World Open Learning Conference and Exhibition, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC in October, will host the inaugural Open Learning Awards ceremony. “Oscars” will be presented for the best bespoke and generic open learning programmes of the past year, for the new learner and learning resource centre manager of the year, and for outstanding contribution to the open learning industry. Entries for the awards must be received by 31 July.

Strong pound hinders UK business schools

British business schools are losing out to their European counterparts because the strong pound is making their fees uncompetitive. The cost of the two-year London Business School course, for example, is currently £28,000, while Insead in France charges the equivalent of £15,800 and the Dutch school Nijenrode charges less than £12,500, according to specialist magazine The MBA Career Guide.

UK schools are responding with value-added measures such as e-commerce electives, web delivery and e-business incubators.

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