Manipal Education Group, however, in 2007 acquired a 50 % stake in U21 Global by purchasing the holding of Cengage Learning and gradually upped it to 75 %. The Rest of the partners in U21 Global include institutions like the Universities of Melbourne,Nottingham, Birmingham and Virginia. The university has focused on corporate education and has around 60-70 corporate customers in its kitty which include companies like Wipro, Maruti Suzuki and Aditya Birla Group.
U21 Global, the online university promoted by a consortium of international universities, is one of the Manipal Group investee, is soon to get a facelift. To get into agreements with around 10 other institutions, U21 Global, mostly private universities in India. Its focus also lately, has been shifting to corporate education despite originally setting up an online university offering masters degree programmes. Established in 2001 as a joint venture of 17 member of international university consortium Universities 21 and Thomson Learning, it was to offer online business degree programmes to students.