An Initiative By The UK Universities To Spread Online Higher Education

Some of the top universities in UK have started offering free online courses to anyone willing to study across the world.  The degree-level short courses in different streams including maths, science and technology will be offered by more than 20 leading educational institutions in the UK.


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The online hub FutureLearn, an initiative by the Open University, will make various degree-level short courses accessible to the students from across the world. Learners around the world can sign up for a course through the FutureLearn website and access the courses free of cost.

The aim of this initiative is to offer a wide range of higher education courses and content from the world famous universities, eminent educationalists and educational institutions. The courses and contents are available to the worldwide audience.

It is believed to be the first UK-based organisation to have started providing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

So now students from the developing countries like Sub-Saharan Nigeria can study UK universities courses online, from the comfort of their own homes.

In the United States, with a number of established educational institutions like Yale, Princeton, Brown and Columbia offering different courses through the educational hubs like Coursera, MOOCs have already gained massive popularity among the students.

Martin Bean, Vice-chancellor, Open University, said, “Time and again we have seen the disruptive impact the internet can have on industries – driving innovation and enhancing the customer experience,” He adds, “I have no doubt MOOCs will do the same for education – offering people new and exciting ways to learn. This is why we took the initiative to join forces with a range of university and cultural partners to create FutureLearn – spearheading the UK’s response to the rise of MOOCs and offering students a new and innovative way to access courses.” (Source:

The chief executive of FutureLearn informed that the website had around 20,000 registered learners from 158 countries within the 24 hours of launch.

The world of online learning has broadened now with the MOOCs, which will make it easier for learners to find out about the latest developments in many subjects.


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