Bangalore 13th December 2023 – Bengaluru-based OC Academy, a leading upskilling online platform for medical professionals, has joined forces with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London, UK, to launch Online Postgraduate Diploma Programs in India. This collaboration crystalizes their shared commitment to broaden access to world-class healthcare education.
With one of the largest networks of healthcare professionals within OC Academy, this partnership presents Queen Mary with a unique opportunity to further enhance its reputation, leveraging established connections in India through state-of-the-art digital education. This builds upon the firm foundation of Queen Mary being a top Russell Group university destination for Indian students studying in the UK.
The final signoff of the agreement took place at the UK-India Healthcare Trade Mission on December 7th in Mumbai, graced by the presence of Harjinder Kang, His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (South Asia) and British Deputy High Commissioner, Western India, and Professor Sir Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for NHS England, along with Professor Richard Grose, Dean for Global Engagement, and Professor Chie Adachi, Dean for Digital Education, from Queen Mary University of London, and Mr Balu Ramachandran, Founder & CEO of OC Academy.
Balu Ramachandran, Founder & CEO of OC Academy, stated, “Our mission is clear: to empower doctors with quality education that enhances their skills and knowledge, ultimately improving patient care. We are confident that our platform, in collaboration with Queen Mary, will revolutionize healthcare education in India to meet global standards.”
Harjinder Kang His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (South Asia) and British Deputy High Commissioner, Western India expressed, “I am delighted to witness the efforts of QMUL and OC Academy for their work creating this ambitious and high-quality postgraduate diploma programme. The new programme will be instrumental in helping to educate and train many Indian doctors and nurses to UK standards of excellence and best practice”
Professor Richard Grose, Dean for Global Engagement said: “Queen Mary is delighted to be partnering with OC Academy to deliver the highest calibre medical education to doctors on the Indian subcontinent.”
Professor Chie Adachi, Dean for Digital Education, at Queen Mary University of London noted, “This partnership symbolizes our collective commitment and extensive work at the juncture of digital, transnational, and health education. We are thrilled to be working on this mission into the future with OC Academy.”
Sir Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England added “The alliance between Queen Mary University of London and OC Academy is poised to shape the future of healthcare professionals, fostering a new era of excellence in medical education.”
Professor Sir Mark Caulfield, Vice-Principal for Health, Queen Mary University of London said “In line with our vision at Queen Mary of ‘opening the doors of opportunity’ we are thrilled to form this partnership with OC Academy, giving us an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen our ties with India, allowing healthcare professionals across the country to join our community of learners.
We have the privilege of being the top destination for Indian students coming to the UK Russell Group Universities, and we are delighted to join with the inspirational team at OC Academy to extend these opportunities to distance learners. With the months of negotiation and preparation to get to this sign off, I commend the work led by Professor Richard Grose, Dean for Global Engagement and Professor Chie Adachi, Dean for Digital Education, along with the Global Engagement Office of Queen Mary. We look forward to building this partnership into the future.”