Harvard and MIT’s not-for-profit online learning company edX announced last night the addition of six new universities to join their platform of free online and blended courses. This addition gives an international flavor to their company, expanding from U.S. universities to institutions from North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, which will double the number of members on their X University Consortium platform.
The new universities include:
- The Australian National University, which will provide a series of ANUx courses, including astrophysics and a class titled “Engaging India.”
- The Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology will contribute a series of DelftX courses, including a variety of engineering classes.
- École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne of Switzerland will provide their EPFLx courses, which include classes from their engineering, life sciences, informatics and communication, architecture, and basic science schools.
- McGill University of Canada will contribute their McGillx courses in areas ranging from science and humanities to public policy.
- Houston’s Rice University will provide four RiceX courses to investigate ways to integrate learning analytics tools.
- The University of Toronto will contribute a series of TorontoX courses, including courses on energy, economics, and business.
Anant Agarwal, president of edX, released the following statement:
“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. Each of these schools was carefully selected for the distinct expertise they bring to our growing family of edX institutions. We remain committed to growing edX to meet the needs of the world while maintaining a superior learning experience for all.”
These universities will certainly enhance edX’s already respectable list of U.S. universities, which include MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, the University of Texas System, Wellesley, and Georgetown.
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