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February 20, 2013
29 Universities from 13 Countries Join Coursera's Platform to Offer Courses Online
More Than 90 New Courses From The World's Top Educational Institutions Available for Free
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — (February 20, 2013) — Coursera, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform, today announced agreements with 29 universities from around the world to help bring their courses online and available to anyone, for free. Joining the 33 other institutions currently offering courses on Coursera are the following:
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Case Western Reserve University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Curtis Institute of Music
Ecole Polytechnique, France
IE Business School
Leiden University, Netherlands
National Taiwan University
National University of Singapore
Penn State University
Sapienza Università di Roma
Technische Universität München (TUM)
Technical University of Denmark
The University of Tokyo
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Universidad TecVirtual del Sistema Tecnológico de Monterrey
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
University of Geneva, Switzerland
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Rochester
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Among the new partners are 16 international institutions, which broaden Coursera's course offerings not only by subject, but also across diverse perspectives and in multiple languages, with new courses available in native language French, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian. Additionally, Coursera will now host more courses from universities at the top of their respective fields, representing some of the leading schools of Business, Medicine, Engineering and the Arts. All this adds up to a deeper and more broad course catalog that students from a wide array of backgrounds can tap into to pursue their academic, career and personal goals.
"We have been humbled by how quickly Coursera has grown in less than a year, and we're working hard to continue to build our network of university partners to offer a high quality learning experience to anyone who wants it," said Coursera Co-Founder Daphne Koller. "One of our top priorities is to reach the people who need education the most, including those who would not otherwise have access to the type courses offered by the institutions that we have the honor of working with."
"With the addition of so many new courses across a wide range of disciplines, languages and academic approaches, we are now able to meet the needs of a more diverse student body, and give students more academic options to explore. We are equally excited about the prospects of bringing higher education to places where access is limited, and of giving established educational institutions opportunities to raise their impact both on and off campus," added Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng.
To join millions of other life long learners, register for your next course at Coursera.org.
Coursera is on a mission to change the world by educating millions of people by offering classes from top universities and professors online for free. Coursera's comprehensive education platform combines mastery-based learning principles with video lectures, interactive content and a global community of peers, offering students from around the world a unique online learning experience. Coursera has partnered with top-tier universities to provide courses across a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, literature, history and computer science, among others. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and New Enterprise Associates. For more information, visit Coursera.org.
About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Memorial Art Gallery.