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There are many advantages to earning a degree online; flexibility, the opportunity to earn a degree from a reputable university from anywhere in the world and the ability to continue working while you study.

An often-overlooked benefit of online learning, however, is the opportunity to network with working professionals from all over the world – to have the opportunity to learn with other international professionals who are studying just like you are.

A global presence

The University of Liverpool actively encourages collaboration between its online students. This is in line with the University’s international reputation, global outlook and the global reach of its research and teaching.

There are around 8,000 students from over 160 countries currently studying online with the University of Liverpool and another 12,000 have already graduated, so the wealth of knowledge available online is extremely vast.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the different perspectives and world views that come through into the work. On my course we had people from China, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, the Middle East, Ireland and Africa. I think every single one of us brought real value to the discussions, and I found the diversity of the instructors also very intriguing,” says Josie Rowe-Setz, an online Psychology graduate and consultant from Ireland.

International collaboration

The University of Liverpool online learning model is highly collaborative, with each programme built around peer-to-peer interaction with fellow students in the online classroom.

Studying in small groups with professionals from all over the world, you’ll gain insights that are invaluable in a global economy. In fact, fifty percent of your overall grade will depend on your collaborative activities with your fellow professionals on your course.

“I completed some group work with two others and we referred to ourselves as ‘The Three U’s’ as we were from Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States, and it was great. We proved that despite time differences an international team can achieve huge results,” says Olena Petrova, Business Manager and online MBA graduate from Ukraine.

Networking opportunities

Someone who really appreciated the opportunities for professional collaboration is Dr Ugochi Ohajuruka, a medical doctor from Nigeria who started her own NGO with expertise gained on the online Master of Public Health with the University of Liverpool.

“Doing the online masters degree with Liverpool gave me the confidence to start my own NGO and provided me with really wonderful and helpful networking opportunities,” says Dr Ohajuruka.

Dr Ohajuruka made many useful contacts during her online study and some have become good friends and even colleagues. “During the online programme I met a lot of wonderful people, and met someone who I now consider to be one of my best friends. She saw that I was really passionate about community health and preventative medicine - she’s a pharmacist and when I told her about my NGO she offered to be on the board.

My NGO actually has two board members that are Liverpool graduates who I met in the online classroom,” explains Dr Ohajuruka.

Turning theory into practice

Working and learning alongside professionals with real-life practical insights means that you are not only learning from faculty but from your peers as well.

“You learn from others on the course: alternative methods, alternative ways of looking at the project, solving problems, sharing problems. It becomes an education, opening your mind, looking at different ways of doing things,” says Bryan Starling, MSc Project Management graduate and senior project manager living in the USA.

The benefit is that you’re broadening your global outlook, enriching yourself with many different cultural perspectives, and gaining knowledge and skills that you can apply to your own work right away.

View the list of University of Liverpool online degrees and start your online journey today.

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