American varsity berths online to tackle global skills gap

Fadl Al Tarzi

As part of efforts to bridge the global skills gap in Nigeria and other countries, an online American university, Nexford has commenced academic activities for prospective Nigerian students.

The institution, already approved by the Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC)) is poised to serve middle-income learners worldwide.

According to the Senior Content Editor, Anna Johnston, the university, designed to also service the Philippines and Egypt has designed a curriculum based on mastery of competencies relevant in the workplace.

To prevent heavy student loans, Johnson explained that learners would pay a low monthly fee tailored to their local market, in line with local economic factors.

“As at April 2018, Nexford has closed its seed round of $4 million, mobilised a team of full-time faculty and experts including employees from Ivy League schools and designed a curriculum based on learner and employer needs.
The landmark event is recognition that the online American university, headquartered in Washington DC, meets the rigorous criteria set out by the regulatory, consumer protection body.’

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nexford, Fadl Al Tarzi, said the institution is positioned to enable greater social and economic mobility across the world by providing learners access to high-quality, affordable and dynamic education.

He said, “It is exciting knowing that we’re now able to grant licensed degree programmes to help prepare learners for the global workplace. The university analysed more than 30 million job vacancies and surveyed the employers of 2.5 million people worldwide to develop an academic model that will bridge the skills gap between learners and employers.”

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