17 more universities including four international schools have joined hands with Coursera, an online education company, to offer free online courses through Coursera platform. With the addition of these partners, now Coursera offers about 200 different free courses online. You can view the full list of courses and schools on the website.
Among the new partners of the company are Brown University, Columbia University, Emory University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Ohio State University, University of Florida, University of London, University of Maryland, University of Melbourne and University of Pittsburgh are included.
From Coursera blog,
These 17 universities will expand the course offerings even further, adding new classes in the fields of music, medicine, and humanities (among other disciplines) from renowned professors like Arnold Weinstein of Brown University and Grammy award winning Gary Burton from Berklee College of Music. We are proud of the diversity of the course offerings — such as “The Science of Gastronomy” from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and “Financial Engineering and Risk Management” from Columbia University. Many of these courses are pushing the boundaries of what was thought to be possible to teach online.
This addition of the top level universities shows that it is important to move with the latest technological developments for education. On seeing this addition, more universities, whether little or big, would add themselves to such free course platforms. Not only will this but the already added universities offer more courses with the passage of time and all this is a kind of good news for students.
Coursera is getting a high level of growth as shown by the addition of the millionth student just six weeks later from about 196 countries. One third of the students come from United States and the other largest number of students is from Brazil and India.