Nord Anglia Education released global figures today showing how its 67,000 students are using online learning to further develop critical skills centred on problem-solving, creativity, well-being and global citizenship.

A record number of students, including students from Compass International School and Nord Anglia International School accessed Global Campus, Nord Anglia’s online learning platform, between September 2020 and April 2021. Nord Anglia’s analysis of a sample of 2.8 million online learning sessions from over 400 activities shows how students from its 73 schools worldwide are also engaging in a wide variety of co-curricular activities.

With schools based in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, North America, Latin America, China, India and Europe, Nord Anglia’s analysis shows:

  • 1 in 2 (50%) students selected STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Mathematics) activities, making it the most sought-after online activity globally for Nord Anglia’s students, particularly students in the Middle East.
  • Two in five students (43%) were attracted to courses centred on developing creativity.
  • A third of students (34%) opted for global citizenship activities to learn more about sustainable social impact.
  • One in four students (24%) engaged in wellbeing courses, which proved one of the most popular activities among students studying in the Middle East.

Nord Anglia Education Regional Managing Director, Southeast Asia & Middle East, Shaun Williams said:

This research highlights how education technology can be a powerful tool to enhance student learning and drive the development of critical skills from problem solving to creative thinking. It has an especially important role to play in the classroom enabling teachers to bring learning to life.

Our Global Campus gives all our students an open door to the rest of the world, with a wide variety of opportunities, which further sparks their enthusiasm, creativity and motivation to learn. As a result, our students are among the top performers and most highly engaged. The positive impact on learning and progress is evident, but a real benefit is to recognise their development as global citizens dedicated to solving real world problems by collaborating and displaying respect for all cultures they encounter.

Our Global Campus has been an extraordinary catalyst for the rapid growth of online engagement within our community, even after the majority of our schools resumed classroom learning in 2021.’