Friday, July 22, 2011

Open University in England charge £5000 per academic year

The BBC ran an article on 20th July 2011.
Open University sets £5,000 tuition fees

When I made my presentation at ASLI I used the figure of approx £1000 per student.
Prices for a formal recognised degree are rising.

Interestingly, the article states that the OU is still the cheap alternative!

The Open University has announced tuition fees of £5,000 per year for the equivalent of a full-time place for students in England from next year.
This will mean that the Open University, which provides degree courses by distance learning, will have among the lowest fees in England.

Vice chancellor Martin Bean promised "high-quality, flexible and great value-for-money education for all".

Assuming most people are only doing half an academic year per calender year this comes to £2.5Billion revenue per year for one million global students at English OU prices.

According to the RHB figures for Proton Holdings

Proton revenue for 2010 was RM 8,232.9 million this is about £1.7 billion

Perhaps these figures are just a bit too much for Proton/Lotus to comprehend.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Business plan approval by Malaysian PM. Ebook for charity funding?

Today I approached my buddy Tilo to get his Dad to illustrate my Kids Book:
His Dad has a unique style. It might work. I have suggested he makes it into an Ebook and add it to his site.
Download the book and make a charitable contribution at the same time.

The Malaysian PM was in Hethel to visit Group Lotus recently. He gave his approval to their Five year plan.
How about

Dany should share this page in particular: GLOBAL OVERVIEW

Here is a Bloomberg video of Group Lotus and a few experts give their views on its likely success.
I have to say if they incorporated MUM it would definitely work. I am biased though!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Makerbot Video... I like this! BPP Ceo on the BBC

About 17 years ago I was contracted into a General Motors Tech centre in Flint Michigan. One day I passed by a multi head cutter producing a clay version of a door trim.
My thought then was "The end is in sight for clay modellers."

Now, a few grey hairs later we have Makerbot for about a thousand pound sterling.
Here is the video.

If I was in the Design office now, I would definitely buy a couple of these. Virtual is great, but it's so nice to be able to pick something up and feel it and look at it on your desk.

On the BBC yesterday Show me the Money aired episode 32. BPP CEO Carl Lygo appeared on it. It is available online in the UK for the next week.

Private Universities are being accepted into many markets. The Apollo Group (BPP owners) are very successful.