Mooc providers expand

Two of the leading US massive open online course providers have each almost doubled the number of universities offering courses on their online platforms.

Coursera, a private for-profit Mooc provider, has announced 29 more university partners, taking the total number in its stable to 62. EdX, a not-for profit organisation run by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has added six new institutions, bringing its total to 12.

Among the new Coursera partners are 16 non-US institutions, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Tokyo (see full list below). This expansion will see the organisation offer courses in multiple languages for the first time. Moocs will be available in French, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian, the company said.

“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,” said Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng. “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.”

The edX partners, meanwhile, include universities from Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Australia and Switzerland.

“We have had an international student community from the very beginning, and bringing these leading universities, from North America and Europe and the Asia Pacific into the edX organization will help us meet the tremendous demand we are experiencing,” said Anant Agarwal, president of edX.

New Coursera and edX partners

New Coursera partners:

California Institute of the Arts (US)

Case Western Reserve University (US)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong(China)

Curtis Institute of Music (US)

École Polytechnique (France)

Instituto de Empresa Business School (Spain)

Leiden University (Netherlands)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat München (Germany)

National Taiwan University (China)

National University of Singapore

Northwestern University (US)

Penn State University (US)

Rutgers University (US)

Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy)

Technische Universität München (Germany)

Technical University of Denmark

The University of Tokyo (Japan)

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)

University of California, San Diego (US)

University of California, Santa Cruz (US)

University of Colorado Boulder (US)

University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

University of Geneva (Switzerland)

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (US)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (US)

University of Rochester (US)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (US)

New edX partners:

The Australian National University

Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

McGill University (Canada)

Rice University (US)

University of Toronto (Canada)

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