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Posted On: 3 August 2021 09:00 am
Updated On: 16 August 2021 09:23 am

STEM courses soar in popularity for students in Middle East

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STEM courses soar in popularity for students in Middle East

Nord Anglia Education released global figures today showing that online STEM courses taken by its students were twice as popular compared to last year. The figures are based on students’ co-curricular activities on Global Campus, Nord Anglia’s online learning platform used by 67,000 students in 30 countries.

The latest figures show that 57% of Nord Anglia’s students opted for courses on Science, Tech, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) between April and June, representing a significant increase compared to 23% during the same period in 2020. The top 10 most popular learning activities featured six STEM courses, including ‘Space Sustainability’, developed in collaboration with the world’s top university Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to challenge students to create thoughtful solutions and promote sustainable space exploration.

With 73 schools based in Middle East, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, Nord Anglia’s analysis shows:

  • STEM activities were the most popular and accounted for 57% of all online learning activities globally for Nord Anglia’s students
  • One in two students (48%) opted for courses centred on developing creativity
  • Nearly a third of students (30%) opted for global citizenship activities to learn more about sustainable social impact
  • 1 in 5 students (20%) took part in wellbeing activities with yoga as one of the most popular online courses

During this period, Global Campus also recorded a 120% rise in users year on year.

Nord Anglia Education Regional Managing Director, Southeast Asia & Middle East, Mr Shaun Williams said: “All our students have access to the rest of the world through Global Campus, where they continue to be engaged, inspired and excited to learn. The positive impact that digital learning has had on our students in not only evident in their outstanding results during a challenging year, but also their success in the real world beyond our classrooms as global citizens.”

Dr Elise Ecoff, Group Director of Education, Nord Anglia Education, said: “Across our schools we know that education technology is a powerful tool to empower teachers to bring learning to life and inspire students whether in the classroom or online. With Global Campus, developed by our team of educational experts, we have created a rich mix of engaging learning materials that complement schools’ curricula and encourage students to discover, explore and collaborate with their global classmates.”

Global Campus

Global Campus is Nord Anglia’s exclusive online learning platform containing a rich mix of learning materials and resources that complement school curricula. Designed by Nord Anglia’s team of educational experts and based on its collaborations with leading institutions, including The Juilliard School, MIT and UNICEF, the content is designed to nurture key transferable skills and help students further develop critical skills such as creativity, problem solving and communication.

Source: Press Release