A 21st Century Global Credential and Common Currency for International Higher Education

About Specializations


Specializations are an innovation in knowledge delivery and a global credential from the world’s most revered universities.

They are derived from courses in degree programs and delivered online to students at top Host universities around the world.

Specializations provide learners market-relevant knowledge in high demand fields of global interest.

University-to-University Model

This University-to-University model represents the first large-scale collaboration between some of the world’s most respected universities. It provides a blended learning experience for students who receive support from institution’s on-campus faculty, which translates into strong learning outcomes and high completion rates.

“Specializations are designed to optimize time and minimize cost. The integrity of Specializations is based on the indisputable competence and expertise of their course authors, the reputation of the institutions that grant them, and the content’s alignment with the market.” - Dr. Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School

Globalization of Higher Education

Globalization is the most important trend in higher education. With over 200 million higher education students worldwide and an intensely competitive global job market, there is a clear demand for specialized programs of study from the world’s premier universities. Academic Partnerships (AP) is helping its partner universities lead the global movement in higher education through the development of Specializations.

In the spring of 2014, AP convened leaders of top U.S. and international universities, political leaders, cultural thought leaders, influencers, and dignitaries from the United States and around the world to discuss and develop a framework for the Globalization of Higher Education. www.globalizationofhighereducation.com

Conference Presenters and Speakers

  • Dr. Caroline Levander Rice University – Point of View
  • John Wilton Vice Chancellor University of California at Berkeley
  • Florida International: Dr. Mark Rosenberg
  • Panel Discussion Insights from Leaders in Higher Education
  • Lord John Eatwell President – Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
  • Ambassador Robert Zoellick Former President of The
    World Bank
  • Thomas Friedman Bestselling author & New York
    Times columnist
  • Dr. Fareed Zakaria CNN host & Time editor-at-large
  • Naledi Pandor Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa

AP Global Service Network

Academic Partnerships’ service hubs around the world support the distribution of Specializations and Specialization Certificates through Host Universities.

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AP Open Network is an advanced e-commerce platform for higher education, which makes it possible for top universities to serve vast numbers of global students. It is the world’s first fully integrated enrollment, payment, and course delivery system.

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