Dublin City University today announced its partnership with global online learning services enterprise InStride. InStride enables employees of multinational companies to access educational opportunities and earn degrees from prestigious universities around the world. DCU is InStride’s first European partner.
This partnership reflects the changing nature of education, in particular a shift towards online study and the university’s commitment to lifelong learning. DCU is joining InStride’s rapidly expanding network of university partners in the United States, Mexico and Australia.
Employees of companies that partner with InStride can access online degree programmes from their network of universities. An important catalyst for launching InStride was the success of corporate partnerships such as the Starbucks College Achievement Plan with Arizona State University (ASU), as well as similar partnerships with Adidas and Uber. InStride has initiated additional partnerships with companies such as Aramark (owner of Irish retailer Avoca) and others to design strategic education programs that help companies better address their human capital needs.
Prof. Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, said,
“In a rapidly changing world, the need for in-work upskilling has never been clearer. DCU has a proven track record of providing industry-responsive programmes that address emerging skills gaps. We are also leaders in the online learning space, making DCU an ideal partner for InStride.”
Vivek Sharma, CEO of InStride, said,
“InStride is proud to establish a relationship with Dublin City University and President MacCraith as our first university in Europe. Our corporate partners have global workforces who need additional education at high-quality institutions such as DCU. To lead a global transformative education movement focused on achieving social impact, it’s essential to have an innovative university like DCU as an integral part of our university network.”
InStride is a global learning services enterprise reinventing the education of today’s workforce, by working with employers to provide opportunities for their employees to earn degrees and credentials from the highest-quality universities and colleges. Founded as a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU), U.S. News and World Report’s most innovative university, and The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG, InStride is a public benefit company that aims to become the indispensable human capital partner of organizations, helping them unlock the full potential of the university ecosystem and provide meaningful, life-changing impacts for their employees.