Open University secures £50M investment in social learning platform FutureLearn
SEEK Group investment takes FutureLearn from start-up to a £100m value company in just six years
A £50million deal thought to be the largest ever private-sector EdTech investment in Europe will see the Open University partner with international online learning provider SEEK Group.
SEEK Group (ASX: SEK) will make the investment to become a joint, 50% owner of The Open University’s FutureLearn social learning platform, it was announced today.
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