Increasing access to high quality education worldwide with Coursera

The University of London International Programmes is the first English higher education institution to offer free courses through online education provider, Coursera
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Since launching in April, 1.3 million students worldwide have enrolled in one of Coursera's 200-plus courses
Coursera and the University of London share a common mission based around access

Continuing our pioneering role as a provider of high quality flexible education, the University of London International Programmes is the first English higher education institution to offer free courses through the US-based online education provider, Coursera.

The University of London International Programmes will initially offer the following five courses through Coursera’s online platform:

Creative Programming for Digital Media and Mobile Apps
For anyone who would like to apply their technical skills to creative work ranging from video games to art installations to interactive music, and also for artists who would like to use programming in their artistic practice. For further details visit: https://www.coursera.org/#course/digitalmedia

English Common Law: An Introduction
For students or professionals who have an interest in learning about the development and application of the law in a common law jurisdiction. For further details visit: https://www.coursera.org/#course/engcomlaw

Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story
Learn about traditional and mobile malware, the security threats they represent, state-of-the-art analysis and detection techniques, and the underground ecosystem that drives such a profitable but illegal business. For further details visit: https://www.coursera.org/#course/malsoftware

Why We Need Psychology
For adults with an interest in the study of human behaviour – especially those who have often considered studying psychology but who have yet to begin. For further details visit: https://www.coursera.org/#course/needpsych

The Camera Never Lies
Film, images and historical interpretation in the 20th century for those who have a general interest in photojournalism, and films based on historical events. For further details visit: https://www.coursera.org/#course/lyingcamera

“It is with great excitement and anticipation that we look forward to a flourishing new relationship with Coursera” - Professor Jonathan Kydd.

Professor Jonathan Kydd (pictured left), Dean of the University of London International Programmes, said he welcomed the move. Professor Kydd explained how working with Coursera introduces a new chapter to this story. “Coursera and the University of London share a common mission based around access. By combining our experience, we will provide even greater access to life-long learning as well as extending high quality education to those that may otherwise not have had the opportunity to study at all.”

“Students who enjoy our free offering through Coursera will have the opportunity to apply to become a student on one of our 100+ study programmes that lead to full University of London degrees. We have 52,000 students in 180 countries working with us already and a unique network of 600 examination centres worldwide.”

“It is with great excitement and anticipation that we look forward to a flourishing new relationship with Coursera,” concluded Professor Kydd. 

Professor Daphne Koller, Co-founder of Coursera, said: “We are delighted to see the University of London International Programmes, with its long standing tradition of delivering flexible and distance education around the world, offer a taste of its programmes through our online platform.  We are excited on collaborating on our shared mission of providing greater access to quality higher education.”

The announcement is already generating significant interest in the media:

  • 'London joins US-based online university Coursera', BBC News
  • 'London's distance learning division joins Coursera', Times Higher Education
  • 'Distance learning: University of London signs up to US-based 'massive open online course' pioneer Coursera', The Telegraph