Last Updated : Nov 20, 2020 07:15 PM IST

upGrad could become India’s first GDPR compliant edtech, as it draws big plans of international expansion

The edtech major is building internationalised features such as country-specific content, multi-currency and multi-language support, etc.

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Since May 25th, 2018, when the E.U. enforced the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, no known home-grown e-learning platform has been operating in member states of E.U. The dry spell might just be broken by upGrad, India’s largest higher edtech.

upGrad is building its subsidiaries across EMEA & APAC and has recently onboarded international CEOs to build & run its operations in these markets. Adding to the expansion plan, upGrad Chairman & Co-founder Ronnie Screwvala, in a recent conversation with CNBC TV18 said, “We have just locked our core management team in these international markets, and we should be in business in the next few months.”  The big international expansion plans of upGrad in the coming 6 quarters is hinging on the brand's tech talent which is currently 150 people strong and tech capabilities to support GDPR compliance across all systems, opening the doors to the untapped European Markets.

“Privacy and security are critical for today’s online businesses and with India also heading towards a new privacy policy framework, GDPR compliance is an important investment that not only drives international expansion but also readiness for the future,” said Puneet Tanwar, Head of Technology, upGrad.

The core product for the learning experience will be unified across markets. The edtech major is building internationalised features such as country-specific content, multi-currency and multi-language support, etc. Also, on the roadmap for next year are features such as multi-region infrastructure deployments that provide learners the best performance due to proximity and resilience to handle any regional outages.

The project is still in its infancy as one of the key things to materialise this ambition would be to get the right set of talent in the areas of SecOps and high scale multi-region architecture,” Tanwar added.

“Factory model education is not restricted to India but is a universal phenomenon. So, is the need for personalised Lifelong Learning that we’re building. Given GDPR is the future of data protection policies, building capabilities to ensure compliance to one, will enable us to quickly adapt to other region compliances as well, as we drive adoption of the platform across the globe,” said Rohit Dhar, Head of Products, upGrad.

As per the United Nations, 132 of 194 countries have implemented Data Protection and Privacy Laws globally owing to the increasing importance of data and privacy, as COVID accelerates social & economic activities online. Only a matter of time, before the SAARC nations, follow suit.

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About upGrad

upGrad is India’s largest online higher education company. Founded in early 2015, upGrad has impacted almost 1 million individuals globally, within a short span of 5 years.

upGrad provides online programs in the areas of Data Science, Technology, Management and Law to college students, working professionals and enterprises. These programs are designed and delivered in collaboration with top-notch universities like IIT Madras, IIIT Bangalore, MICA, BIMTECH, NMIMS Global Access, Jindal Global Law School, Duke CE, Deakin University, Liverpool John Moores University and others.

With an 80% program completion rate, robust tech platform, outcome-based learning approach, industry-relevant curriculum, finest university credentials, strong mentorship, and steadfast placement support, upGrad has established its position as the leader in the Indian education system.

IIIT Bangalore and upGrad's PG Diploma in Data Science is India’s first-ever PG Diploma, with over 10,000 alumni & learner-base, to be recommended and validated by the NASSCOM and is aligned to Government approved National Occupational Standards (NOS). ​upGrad ranked​ as India's​ No.1​ startup,​ ​as per the LinkedIn​ ​Top​ ​Startups 2020 list. This is the third time in a row that upGrad has been featured​ ​in the​ top startup list by LinkedIn. ​The edtech major received the title of 'Best Education Brands' by Economic Times in 2020​ for the second time, post winning the same title in 2018. ​The brand made it to the​ prestigious​ GSV Global EdTech 50 List 2020. ​Owing to its world-class learning platform. upGrad won the 'Best Communication and Teaching Platform' in the Education Innovation Awards 2020 by Entrepreneur India​ as well as received the title of ‘Best Tech for Education’ by IAMAI in 2019.

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First Published on Nov 20, 2020 07:15 pm

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