Distance learning market in Azerbaijan may grow significantly in next years

Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 14

By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:

The volume of the distance learning market in Azerbaijan may exceed 50 million manats in the next five years, the head of the Distant.az distance learning platform Farid Kazimov told Trend Aug. 14.

At present, the annual volume of educational services in the country amounts to hundreds of millions of manats, while the share of distance learning and other related services does not exceed several tens of thousands of manats, Kazimov said.

"Transition from traditional training of students to online training is already underway in the world, as it is much cheaper for those who want to be admitted to universities and it also saves time. Implementation of such a platform in Azerbaijan will allow not only saving applicants' money for training, but also exporting technologies to other countries," Kazimov said.

The internet platforms training students will be able to generate revenue of 7-10 million manats annually within the next three to five years, Kazimov said.

"By creating such a technology, the training courses for preparation of school leavers for admission exams can be successfully scaled out upon the whole country. Azerbaijani higher education is quite popular outside the country. Dozens of foreigners, mostly from neighboring countries, study in the leading universities of the country, which testifies to the trust in our education and the recognition of diplomas of Azerbaijani universities in those countries. Interest in Azerbaijani universities can be used to expand the education services with the help of distance learning technologies," Kazimov said.

Iran, Gulf and African countries can be interesting markets for Azerbaijan, Kazimov said.

(1.7 AZN = 1 USD on August 14)

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