Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in edtech

Chinese universities join MOOC market

UK-based social learning platform, FutureLearn, will partner with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Fudan University to create free online courses

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | June 18, 2014 | International

The agreements come as part of the China-UK Prime Ministerial summit attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and British Prime Minister David Cameron. At a signing ceremony held as part of the summit, official documents were signed by FutureLearn’s CEO, Simon Nelson, and Dr Jiang Zheng on behalf of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The partnerships with FutureLearn will provide both Chinese universities with a digital platform to reach thousands of learners globally through massive open online courses (MOOCs), and connect more Chinese students with a range of academic, general interest and career-enhancing courses from leading UK and international institutions. FutureLearn and its partners will also collaborate with the two universities on research to gain insights into new ways of delivering learning online.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Fudan University will join the growing number of higher and specialist education institutions offering MOOCs on futurelearn.com, together with cultural bodies like the British Council, British Library and British Museum.

Speaking of the new partnerships Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, said: "I welcome the addition of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Fudan University to FutureLearn as a positive step towards strengthening the links between UK, Chinese and international higher education as a whole. Relationships such as these are a considerable asset to universities and students around the world and FutureLearn is a valuable conduit for making these connections."

Professor Zhen Huang, Vice President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said: “Shanghai Jiao Tong University is greatly honoured to become a close partner of FutureLearn. MOOCs are bringing real innovation to the global education sector and Shanghai Jiao Tong University is working to combine them with its traditional teaching methods to create a mixed mode of online and offline teaching. The university is also engaging in a credit recognition initiative with a cluster of universities in the southwest of Shanghai, and is dedicated to constructing a double majors programme using MOOCs.” 

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in edtech

Related stories

Higher fees mean higher student expectations...

FutureLearn and Groningen Uni re-think Europe beyond the EU

UB June issue out now!

The pros and cons of proposed two-year undergraduate degrees

Leeds offers online MBA

FutureLearn and AACTE join forces on global project

How tech can help children with autism

Panel of edtech experts lined up for DigiTransform17

FutureLearn announces first US university partners

Online learning - have you tried it?

Market place - view all

BENQ

BenQ Corporation is a Taiwanese multi-national company that sells a...

Marsh

Marsh is a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. ...

NEC

NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet...

Panopto AT

Panopto is a software company that provides lecture recording, scr...

Clevertouch

Zengenti

Zengenti builds the Contensis CMS – the powerhouse behind the websi...