Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence, has partnered with Emerge Education, an accelerator for education technology start-ups. As part of the partnership, OUP has sponsored a 300m2 co-working space for education businesses enrolled on the accelerator course.
This partnership marks OUP’s commitment to innovation in education within the technology, education and publishing communities. The UK is significantly under-represented in investment in this field, despite being a world leader in the education market.
Paul Riley, Director of Channels and Partnerships at OUP: “Ed-tech ventures are increasingly influential as they shape and improve the educational experience, and OUP is pleased to be connected with such a forward-looking group as Emerge Education. This partnership provides OUP with opportunities to combine its high quality content with ground-breaking technology. Such activity will allow us to develop innovative products and services that improve the lives of teachers and learners globally, disrupting education for the better.”
The Emerge Education accelerator programme aims to improve educational outcomes worldwide by supporting innovative solutions and ideas from start-up companies. It offers ambitious ed-tech start-ups the chance to gain expertise, customers and investment as they look to take their ventures to the next level.
The partnership with Emerge Education will provide OUP with an opportunity to access and engage with some of the leading ed-tech start-ups. OUP has a long, established history in education and technology. It is keen to share its experience and advice, whilst learning from the innovative ideas of tomorrow.
Jan Matern, CEO, Emerge Education, commented: “Emerge Education’s start-ups have the ambition to create a positive impact on education across the world. We are excited to be working with OUP; its global reach, its well-respected brand, and dedication to innovation make it a perfect partner for our programme. This partnership will create valuable opportunities for both OUP and our start-ups.”
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes thousands of new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs nearly 7,000 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children’s books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.
From publishing the Oxford English Dictionary on CD-ROM and archiving its journals online, to launching e-learning resources and mobile apps, since the 1980s, OUP has been digitising its output to meet the needs of researchers, academics, students, and teachers.