U21Global Names Nick Hutton as new CEO

04 Apr 2008 13:20:00.000


U21Global, the world's premier online graduate school, has announced the appointment of Nick Hutton as its Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 April 2008.

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In his new role, Hutton will be responsible for extending the graduate school's leadership in the online learning marketplace. Building upon the achievements of his predecessor, Hutton aims to reaffirm U21Global as the pioneer in online learning, a dynamic brand of executive education that utilises the most sophisticated technology and the Internet.

Professor Sir Colin Campbell, Chairman of U21Global Board and President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham said, “We are delighted to welcome Nick Hutton as U21Global's CEO.  He is highly-regarded and has extensive global experience of top-class business leadership, having worked with some of the leading multinational corporations in the region. This experience will support U21Global in its strategy to deliver tailored, high-quality learning solutions to students and corporations worldwide, particularly as we expand our growth both regionally and globally.”

Having amassed 26 years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology industry (including 19 years in Asia), Hutton joins U21Global from RGB Networks where he served as Vice President for Asia Pacific. Prior to that, Hutton was based in Shanghai as Chief Marketing Officer at Alcatel Asia Pacific and was responsible for the overall management of marketing and communications programmes in Asia Pacific to build the company's business in the region. He has also previously held management roles in 3Com subsidiary CommWorks Corporation, Alcatel/Newbridge Internetworking Division for Asia Pacific and Apple Computer.

“I am very pleased and proud to have been selected to head U21Global. With the Internet being the single greatest force in education today, eLearning becomes an integral part of university education especially for a knowledge-driven economy such as Singapore. U21Global has placed great emphasis on providing students with quality educational experience, and attracted more than 3,000 students from over 60 countries since its inception," said Nick Hutton, Chief Executive Officer. "With that, I am excited to join the team and embark on a new and exciting chapter of my career.”

Established in 2001, U21Global is committed to providing quality post graduate education in the global marketplace through flexible eLearning delivery. The graduate school is backed by a network of 21 leading research-intensive universities based in America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia.

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About U21Global

Established in 2001, U21Global is the world's premier online Graduate School that offers globally recognised graduate programmes. The graduate school is backed by an international network of 21 leading research-intensive universities in 13 countries. U21Global combines the traditional quality of its founders with innovative modes of delivery on the Internet, providing students with substantial learning advantages, while balancing work, travel and family life.

U21Global has successfully enrolled students from 60 countries around the world including those from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. The graduate programmes draw upon the best practices in online learning and pedagogy and have been approved by U21pedagogica, an independent quality assurance body which ensures that the curriculum meets the rigorous academic standards of all 21 affiliated universities. For more information on U21Global, please visit www.u21global.edu.sg

U21Global's affiliated universities include: North America: McGill University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, University of British Columbia, University of Virginia; Europe: Lund University, University College Dublin, University of Birmingham, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham; Asia: Fudan University, Korea University, National University of Singapore, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Delhi, University of Hong Kong, Waseda University; Australia & New Zealand: University of Auckland, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland.

About The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy).

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for three years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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