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March 2016


Online education provider, the Interactive Design Institute (IDI) has appointed Nigel Banister as its new chairman.

Nigel was formerly CEO at Manchester Business School Worldwide where he was responsible for the development of the Global MBA, a blended-format program connecting 3,000 students across seven MBS Global MBA centres: Manchester, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Miami. Previously, Nigel was involved in major online learning initiatives for the UK Government and with Informatics Holdings Ltd – a Singapore listed company.

“Nigel is not only widely recognised as an expert in transnational, blended and executive education, but he is also a commercially experienced strategist who is aware of quality issues in Higher Education. Nigel has an enviable track record in both the private and public sectors and we are delighted to welcome him to the IDI team”, said Director of the Interactive Design Institute, Michael Stewart.

The Interactive Design Institute provides online courses for students at degree and masters level in more than 70 countries.

“The Interactive Design Institute is recognised for their innovative use of technology in learning which results in the highest quality of experience provided to students across the world. It will be my privilege to work with such a talented and dedicated team towards giving access to some of the best online higher education to even more students across the world”, stated Banister.

The Interactive Design Institute, founded in 2004 and employing 30 staff as well as a network of tutors across the UK, is a collaborative partner of the University of Hertfordshire. IDI also works with corporate partners to provide learning services and delivers The Writers’ Academy creative writing courses on behalf of the publisher Penguin Random House.

“We are aiming to increase our portfolio of University partners and widen our range of courses across 2016 and 2017 and feel that Nigel’s experience will enhance the company’s plans for strategic growth,” says John Watson, Director of the Interactive Design Institute. “Online education offers Universities an opportunity to increase their in-country and international student numbers significantly without incurring the cost of providing additional physical infrastructure and extra staffing. IDI is well positioned to assist them embrace the advantages of eLearning”.

Nigel Banister was officially appointed as Chairman of IDI on 4th March 2016.


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