July 30: USA-based University of Arizona and rem.work, Kathmandu have announced a coworking space partnership for the concept of “Global Campus” to help students start or continue a US degree without leaving their home country.
A joint statement issued by the two organisation states that rem.work, a leading coworking space provider in Nepal, has created “flexible and affordable options” with the University of Arizona to allow students to earn a full US degree or US transfer credits.
“Not only does Global Campus help solve the mobility challenges of today caused by COVID-19, it is a meaningful and long-term effort at meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal of providing accessible quality education to the world,” the statement quoted President of the University of Arizona Robert C Robbins as saying.
As universities have increasingly pivoted to offer online learning modalities, coworking spaces have become a pioneering point of access for University of Arizona’s global campus degree programs.
Enrolling in the University of Arizona through a coworking partner is attractive to mid-career and working professionals looking to up-skill, re-skill, or start a master’s program in a safe and professional setting, with access to reliable internet and leading-edge amenities, the statement further said.
“With a substantial scholarship in place for students in Nepal, this is one of the most flexible and affordable ways to get a fully-accredited U.S. degree from a high-ranking U.S. university, without leaving the country. Tuition covers online classes taught by top-notch Arizona faculty, as well as full access to all current and future rem.work facilities in Nepal,” the statement added.
According to the statement, the website of the University of Arizona (everywhere.arizona.edu) presents students with flexible degree path options and guides them to an adviser who can assist in finding a convenient coworking location, and will help the student create a customized degree plan.
“The events that caused the current situation in international education have hastened the dawn of a new post-mobility world in which physical travel is unnecessary for the creation and transmission of knowledge across borders,” said Brent White, vice provost of global affairs at Arizona.
“Almost overnight, courses have transitioned to online, and international students are continuing to study while remaining safe at home in their own countries. We want to help them achieve their dreams of a U.S. degree, no matter the circumstances.”