Top honours at QS Awards for European region


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We are delighted to share that Imperial College Business School, in collaboration with EFMD's Online Teaching Academy (OTA) and IE Business School, has received the top award for the European Region at the 2023 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)-Wharton Reimagine Education Awards and Conference in Abu Dhabi. 

The QS Reimagine Education Awards play an important role in acknowledging and celebrating global education pioneers, fostering a dynamic community of innovators dedicated to reshaping learning and employability for future generations. Comprising 17 diverse award categories, the event recognises the most transformative programmes, technologies, and teaching processes that are re-shaping education. 

"We are honoured to receive this prestigious award for our Online Teaching Academy,” said Dr Sarah Grant, Director of IDEA Lab at Imperial College Business School. “This recognition is a testament to our dedication to enhancing online teaching and the transformative effect our programme has on faculty and students, worldwide. We're proud of this acknowledgment and remain dedicated to shaping immersive and engaging online business education." 

"Receiving the European gold award for EFMD's Online Teaching Academy with the support of Imperial College and IE Business Schools is a testament to our unwavering commitment to pioneering online education solutions that empower learners and drive meaningful impact," said Griet Houbrechts, Director of Professional Development Services at EFMD. "We are honoured to be acknowledged for our joint efforts in shaping the future of education and look forward to continuing our journey of innovation and excellence." 

“I am thrilled that our joint project “The Online Teaching Academy (OTA)” has received such great recognition. It’s been a real pleasure for me to work with the EFMD team and Sarah Grant from Imperial College Business School all these years,” said Martín Rodríguez, General Manager of IE Lifelong Learning & Digital Learning at IE University. “Since its conception, the OTA has served as a platform to share best practices and our learnings about online teaching, and this effort has been rewarded by the profound impact it has on a high number of business schools across the globe. Being honoured with the QS Reimagine Education Award reflects our commitment to high-quality education and learning innovation.” 

 The collaboration between Imperial College Business School and EFMD signifies a shared dedication to excellence in online learning, with a focus on creating impactful and transformative educational experiences for learners worldwide. 

QS Reimagine Education Awards 

The QS Reimagine Education Awards operate under a mission to highlight innovative approaches that enhance learning outcomes and employability a billion future learners on a global scale. This mission aligns with the future of work, universities, and learning, viewed through the lenses of sustainability and values. The awards aim to create a transformative impact on the global education landscape. 

The rigorous evaluation process, conducted by apanel of over 500 international expert judges, sifts through over 1200 submissions from around the world each year, ensuring that only the most ground-breaking initiatives receive recognition. 

Online Teaching Academy 

 Online Teaching Academy (OTA) stands as a certified professional development programme, strategically designed to equip faculty, early-career researchers, and learning design professionals with both theoretical and practical tools. These tools empower them to design effective online or blended learning experiences rooted in sound learning design principles, best practices, and current trends. 

OTA aims to nurture online and blended course design skills, teach the concepts of interaction, assessment, feedback, and learning analytics in an online learning sphere, and provide opportunities to network with the global learning community and facilitators. 

This collaborative effort with EFMD and IE Business School exemplifies a commitment to shaping the future of education through innovation, excellence, and a shared dedication to providing high-quality online learning experiences. 

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