Pathway provider Study Group has announced a series of new partnerships that are set to greatly benefit Chinese students who are studying remotely.
Following the events of the last 12 months, Study Group sought to gain insights and direct feedback from students who have been learning remotely throughout COVID-19. From this, Study Group learnt that many students desire access to a space outside of their home where they can go and study, also seeking opportunities to socialise in-person with their peers, as well as to gain valuable work experience opportunities.
In response to these findings, the company has partnered with WeWork to give students unlimited access to co-working spaces in China. The collaboration means students can study in dedicated, safe, comfortable and modern environments that can also double as social settings where they can meet with peers. Learners also have access to food, refreshments and printing services within these co-working spaces.
In addition to this, Study Group has teamed up with Airbnb to offer a series of social events designed to facilitate student engagement. The events will take place in cities across China, including Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, giving students the chance to come together, take place in various activities – including arts and crafts – as well as participate in urban exploration tours.
Another collaboration has been established with the Foreign Enterprise Service Corporation (FESCO), China’s first HR service provider, to provide students with a range of internship, volunteer and employment opportunities.
One final tie-up has been launched alongside the Shanghai Institute of Technology (SIT), giving students from Study Group’s Taylors College Sydney based in China exclusive access to a Remote Learning Centre.
Here, students can learn remotely in a setting similar to the one they’d experience on-campus; classrooms have an onsite manager, high-speed internet, large screens, audio-visual capability, and space for group work. Other campus services – such as welfare and administrative support, relocation assistance, accommodation, campus and course orientation, English language support clubs and other social activities – are also available.
Manjo Shetty, chief revenue officer at Study Croup, commented: “We are in constant touch with our students. As such, we have been able to quickly innovate and pivot to offer what students have told us they need to achieve their potential and access global higher education and employment opportunities.”