Coursera, the comprehensive free online platform for delivering courses from top universities, known as MOOC, massive open online courses, has just announced its new partnerships, adding 12 top universities worldwide to its current list of 4: University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, University of Michigan, and Stanford. The new partnerships bring a total of 16 schools offering 125 free courses. The new partners are:
Georgia Tech, Duke University, University of Washington, Caltech, Rice University, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, EPFL - Lausanne (Switzerland), Johns Hopkins University, UCSF, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and University of Virginia.
In addition, Coursera has acquired a total of $3.7 M in equity investment from the University of Pennsylvania and Caltech. This adds to additional investment from current investors New Enterprise Associates and Kleiner. Perkins, Caufield & Byers, which altogether bring Coursera Series A funding to over $22 million.
Founded in the fall of 2011 by Stanford University Computer Science Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, Coursera to date has more than 80,000 students from 180 countries, with more than 1.55 million course enrollments across its 43 courses.
The new partnerships will add over 100 new course offerings on the arts, computer sciences, health, mathematics, history, literature, as well as other disciplines, to the Coursera platform -- and all for free to any individual with a computer and internet connections to enroll. It does sound hard to believe, but it is true.
From its start, Coursera has been on a mission, dedicated in its efforts to change the world though education. Its aim of educating millions of people by offering classes from top global universities and professors is a distinctive one, presenting a unique learning experience to students around the world.
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