- Published: Friday, 11 October 2013 18:48
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, serving learners of all ages with educational resources, software, assessments and online support.
Pearson’s businesses also include financial information through the Financial Times Group and consumer publishing through Penguin Random House.
Our education business combines 150 years of experience in publishing with the latest learning technology, and our resources are available in print, online and through multilingual packages that help people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Pearson operates in more than 70 countries around the world, employing 41,000 people and serving the school, higher education and professional education markets. In recent years, we have focused increasingly on digital learning resources including distance learning for universities, school information systems, and tools that can be used by learners on any device.
In the UK, Pearson is a leading exam board, with our Pearson Edexcel qualifications and our Pearson BTECs, which engage learners in practical, interpersonal and thinking skills. We also provide tools for teachers, educators, learners and parents to make the most out of learning. In Higher Education in the UK, Pearson operate Pearson College, which offers degree courses validated by other U.K. universities. The college began teaching its first degree in 2012, a BSc (hons) Business and Enterprise, and is developing other courses. Pearson also offers dozens of MyLab software programmes, which help students learn in their own time and at their own pace.
Pearson also collaborates in the HE sector through several other channels including being the corporate learning partner of the Cambridge Service Alliance, a global alliance between leading businesses and universities at the University of Cambridge. Pearson’s UK research team has also developed a strong relationship with the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment and has carried out joint research projects on areas including the reliability and validity of qualifications and assessments.
Effective in 2014, Pearson will be organised around three global businesses – school, higher education and professional education; these are served by sales and marketing teams focused on three types of geographic regions – North America, core markets including the U.K., and high-growth markets such as China and India. In 2012, Pearson had global sales of £6.1 billion and adjusted operating profit of £936 million.
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Industry workshops bring Pearson College students together with company representatives to work together on real business problems. Industry partners provide a real-life business challenge for the class with teams of students working together and presenting to the business who provide feedback on their ideas.
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Pearson UK's Research team has a strong relationship with the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment.