Interview: P-O Lindgren, President UKDAcademy
Q-1. Mr. Lindgren, Please, tell us about your professional background.
I earned my M.A. of Languages Education in Sweden back in 1982, and worked as
a language teacher in High School for many years. I adopted computers in the
learning process very early, and was one of the pioneers in global educational
collaboration. I then transferred to school administration and teacher education.
I also had my own consulting business and wrote text books. I entered the world
of UKD five years ago, managed all their distance education programs in Sweden
as well as international contacts and projects. When UKD decided to expand internationally,
and to set up a new headquarter in San Diego, I was happy to take on this challenge.
Q-2. What is UKD Academy?
UKD Academy is a private online institution, specializing in distance education
and virtual collaboration. UKD has offered distance programs for almost 10 years
in Sweden, and what makes UKD unique is that the organization has been operating
more or less virtually, with home-based staff and faculty. Furthermore, this
virtual knowledge together with all the experience from serving thousands of
online students has been built into our new international virtual competence
Q-3. What are some of the courses and programs you are going to offer this
UKD Academy offers 3 different certificate programs at the moment. A basic certificate
in eWork with focus on telework and decentralized workplaces, a professional
certificate in Global & Online Marketing designed for marketers in all industries
to exploit the potential of new technologies, enabling them to reach more people,
more quickly and at a much lower cost, and finally an advanced certificate in
Distance education & eLearning, designed for teachers who would like to
go online, for professionals who would like to manage eLearning
within a corporation; corporate instructors, human resource and training managers,
etc. This program is also offered in partnership with San Diego State University,
College of Extended Studies, which means that students can get course credits
for these courses.
Q-4. Who should apply for these programs?
These programs are designed for both individuals who need to update their computer
skills, and for corporations that are looking for ways to set up telecommuting
programs, to train their workforce to work more efficiently in virtual teams,
to market efficiently online, to arrange corporate elearning, etc. For the basic
program in eWork a High School diploma is all you need, for the professional
and advanced programs you need a BA or BS degree.
Q-5. Where can potential applicants get more information about UKD Academy?
Much information about UKD Academy and the different programs and courses can
be found at our website at http://www.ukdacademy.com.
You can also call our San Diego Headquarters at (760) 918 5566 or send a request
for information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q- 6. What are some of your plans for the future of this organization?
We hope to be able to expand internationally, and to offer our unique programs
to a global audience. We will continue to update and develop new programs in
the Virtual Competence series. The next program, Virtual Workforce
& Knowledge Management will soon be launched.
We will also expand our group of strategic partners, apply for degree-granting
status and accreditation as soon as possible.
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