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Distance Learning On The Up

A local firm specialising in distance learning is increasing its programmes in business and IT by 50% to meet ever growing demand.

Coventry-based Resource Development International (RDI) has identified that the growing popularity in distance learning is due, at least in part, to the rising cost of university education through increased fees and higher accommodation expenses.

John HoldenJohn Holden, Managing Director of RDI, said:

“There is a national shortfall of 17% in computer engineers and we have responded to this with ten additional courses.

“And in the business sector we are collaborating with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administration (CSA) and the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) to run diploma courses which then qualify a student to obtain a BA in Business Administration or a BA in E-Business in one year through the University of Huddersfield.

"This is particularly attractive for students for they can obtain three business qualifications in three years as compared to the normal three year campus-based degree route."

On the Computing and IT pathway RDI students can obtain qualifications through CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, which was established by Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and IBM. The company also run both Microsoft and a Sheffield Hallam University IT programme.

There are 13 computer and IT qualifications available through RDI’s distance learning process which is branded as ‘Professional Pathways’.

‘Professional Pathways’ offers students routes to degrees and professional qualifications without returning to the classroom and at considerably lower cost than the campus approach.

RDI is a global provider of distance learning qualifications acting as the liaison and support between students and their chosen universities or professional institutes.

Professional Pathways also offers programmes covering finance, marketing, business and management.

RDI's Support Packages provide support services and liasion with the partner universities and institutes, as well as giving assistance with textbooks, tutor feedback, networking and discussion during the course.

RDI will also handle all paperwork related to fees and can negotiate with employers and banks regarding financial support.

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CWN / Business / A-Z / RDI / 2 Jun 01
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