It was only a matter of time before the Pearson College London students were taken
on a tour of their very own backyard, Pearson PLC. The morning started off with
John Fallon, the CEO of Pearson who spoke of the company's rich, and diverse history.
The talk in essence, was a telling of how Pearson’s previous Industry-wide operations had now been focused on one industry - Global Education. It was a fantastic insight into the strategic thinking behind Pearson College London, why we exist and how our future fits with the rest of Pearson. This was not only extremely informative in terms of corporate strategy; but an inclusive, warm welcome into the larger Pearson organisation. It was a shout out to PCL heard by many inspired students "Pearson is changing the way the world is educated, and you guys are a big part of that"
What followed was a series of talks from a series of very smart Pearson people; covering product lifecycle, global markets and global marketing. Then came the challenge, an opportunity to pitch to a panel of Pearson’s senior management team, including John Fallon. The brief itself described the future of higher education, a harsh and hostile environment where universities would have to adapt to numbers in excess of 500 million students worldwide.
The challenge? How do universities adapt? and how do Pearson PLC be part of that? A separate note from John Fallon emphasised the importance of maintaining quality whilst adapting to these numbers - students scurried for the pens, point taken.
Two and half hours of hard graft boiled down to 5 minutes of presenting (that goes quickly when you’re speaking to 56 on looking students and 5 of the highest calibre professionals at Pearson) a wide range of ideas were presented extremely well, they ranged from: ‘Pearson Special needs school’ and ‘Segmented Pick n Mix learning’ to ‘1 year degrees’ and ‘Online University using virtual reality’
The panel deliberated the presentations and the winners were announced during the drinks reception on the 10th floor, feedback was given to all by John Fallon - who’ll join the winning students for a celebratory lunch.
The day was one of a kind, an industry day a little closer to home that sought to, and succeeded in giving PCL students a chance to show their worth, collaborate with it’s founders and appreciate how Pearson PLC are changing the world of education.
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