Irish online third-level institution Hibernia College has sold its UK subsidiary to digital education business TES Global for an undisclosed amount.
Hibernia College was founded by Mayo born Dr Seán Rowland, who was named Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.
The company has offices in London, Westport and Dublin. A spokesperson for the college said that the sale will allow the company “to invest in the growth and expansion of Hibernia College Ireland, where we anticipate future growth in teacher education, research and continuing professional development.”
The spokesperson added that the sale will have no effect on existing Hibernia College students.
In a statement TES Global said that the acquisition would enable the company to “deliver a full suite of digital services that support teachers and schools in the UK”.
Rob Grimshaw, chief executive of TES Global, said: “Together we can play a positive role in helping more people to become qualified teachers, through online-enabled tuition that widens access and increases flexibility.”
He added: “TES now offers a wide suite of digital services and tools designed to support the education community.”
Jeremy Coninx, managing director of Hibernia College UK, said the new partnership would enable the organisations to “support more people in becoming teachers, and more teachers in being able to access high-quality professional development”.