New service utilises videoconferencing for easy access to London expertise!

April 6, 2005

Through its custom-built videoconferencing facility in the heart of London, BridgesEducation enables hundreds of high-profile presenters from leading UK universities, research centres and companies to design and deliver lectures, seminars, courses and programmes in the field of higher and executive education.

Since all presenters come from prestigious universities, business schools and multinational consultancies, BridgesEducation meets high academic standards, while offering clear financial benefits. “It’s a win-win situation,” says Kemi Pearce from the Advisory Centre for Education, “We avoid costly travel, hotels and living expenses whilst we retain the energy and interactivity of live delivery.”

Many in education have experienced videoconferencing in the past with different levels of success, resulting in hundreds of hardly used facilities on campuses around the world. But the technology has moved a long way since it was introduced in the early 90s. Today it is not only much more affordable, reliable and interactive, it also offers features such as computer presentations, online broadcast and audience participation from multiple locations at one time.

Many large universities in the US resort to maintaining campuses in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world, to enable their students access to the wealth of experiences and teaching resources that the city offers. Companies spend fortunes in time and money sending their staff for executive education in UK business schools. BridgesEducation presents a viable and far more cost-effective alternative.

Michelle Grant, development officer at BridgesEducation, is optimistic about global access to high quality tuition. “At present a few major centres offer a significant proportion of academic and professional expertise. Now, with the help of technology, the location will become less and less relevant.”

It may take time for traditional education providers to realise the power of technology to its full potential, but by using videoconferencing as its main method of delivery, BridgesEducation marks the beginning of a new era.

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