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Aug, 10 2017

How Bertelsmann-backed Emeritus plans to make its mark in the ed-tech space

The company has invested $1 million so far to set up the centre, and has hired 20 people, who will work with Emeritus’ global learning teams predominantly based out of Singapore and Boston.

Emeritus Institute of Management, which offers executive education programmes, globally, has outlined its strategies to drive growth in the booming education technology space. “We are setting up our new analytics centre in Mumbai, creating new courses and entering new international markets,” Emeritus executive director Ashwin Damera told VCCircle.

The company, which is owned by Eruditus Learning Solutions Pte. Ltd, had recently raised $8.2 million from Bertelsmann India. The analytics hub in Mumbai will help the company improve its curriculum by using adaptive learning, based on artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. “More than 6,000 students go through our courses and, on an average, they spend five hours a week, eight weeks per course, or 40 hours of data per student, which is about 2.5 lakh hours of learning data. The job of the learning analytics centre is to get a sense from this, and start improving the courses so that the completion rate can be improved from the current 85% to 95%,” Damera added.

The company has invested $1 million so far to set up the centre, and has hired 20 people, who will work with Emeritus’ global learning teams predominantly based out of Singapore and Boston. Expansion India is the biggest market for Emeritus, followed by the US, Singapore and South-East Asia, and West Asia. It also has plans to enter other global markets, including China and South America, especially Brazil. The company is also considering acquisitions and inorganic bets in these markets, Damera informed. It has already got into a partnership with The Bridge Education Group in Chile and Argentina to offer Spanish courses. In addition, it is exploring partnerships in Brazil and is expected to make some announcements within the next three to six months. It is also looking at inorganic growth opportunities in China. “China is complicated because it is not clear if Emeritus can do it in an organic way. So, we might enter China through an acquisition or a joint venture. We are already in talks with a couple of players there,” Damera added. New curriculum Emeritus offers 15 management education courses in collaboration with three universities – MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School, Tuck At Dartmouth. It is working on adding 15 more courses over the next 12 months. “We will come up with new courses in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and autonomous vehicles. While many courses will be created with our existing partners, we will also be announcing partnerships with two more institutes soon. With such a huge market to tap, our goal is to become a billion-dollar company in the next five years.” 

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