By Rebecca Taber, Head of Government Partnerships, Coursera
At Coursera, we believe that anyone, anywhere should have the opportunity to transform their life by accessing high-quality education. We know we can’t achieve that vision alone, which is why we’ve partnered with 147 top universities and dozens of global companies. Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new effort that expands our partnerships to another critical group of stakeholders – governments and nonprofits around the world.
With today’s rapid pace of technological and economic change, we know that the skills gap is widening worldwide: people need new skills to succeed in the changing economy, and companies can’t find the talent they need to grow and thrive. Governments and nonprofits are on the front lines of efforts to close that gap, and through Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits, we’ll join forces with them to prepare their communities for the jobs of the future.
Government and nonprofit partners will receive affordable access to curated learning programs and certificates aligned to their communities’ skill development needs. They’ll be supported in designing new scalable learning models – including blending online learning with in-person services. And they’ll be able to track their learners’ course progress and skill gains using Coursera’s in-platform analytics tools.
Our initial partners span seven countries, and their training programs will arm constituents with new skills in business, programming, English-language communication, and more. We’re incredibly proud to be working with such a diverse and dedicated group of public servants, and we can’t wait to share the life and career transformations that result from these collaborations.
For additional detail on our launch partners, check out the list below.
- United States: The Institute for Veterans & Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) has partnered with Coursera to offer training and certification to 1,200 transitioning service members, military spouses, and veterans through its Onward to Opportunity (O2O) program. Participants will take coursework in Java programming, full stack web development, data analysis, and hotel management while receiving on-base support and career services. The University of New England in partnership with Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. (recipient of a TechHire grant), will offer accelerated online-offline learning programs to unemployed and underemployed citizens across the state of Maine.
- Malaysia: Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is using Coursera to train individuals in data science and related topics, with completion incentives and optional meet-ups for participants.
- Kazakhstan: The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) has partnered with Coursera to train 1,000+ citizens for jobs in the newly created financial centre. AIFC Academy will combine Coursera courses in finance and soft skills with in-person learning opportunities and career support.
- Egypt: The Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) is executing the Next Technology Leaders initiative with a target to train thousands of talented youth in computer science, data science and entrepreneurship. Accompanying the online learning experience, participants also have opportunities to engage with physical study groups and receive coaching from local mentors.
- Mongolia: Guren Graduate Institute has partnered with Coursera to train educators in business and communication skills. At scale, the initiative will give an opportunity to thousands of students from Mongolian universities to study courses subtitled in Mongolian from the world’s leading higher education institutions through a blended learning model.
- Pakistan: Overseas Technologies and Coursera have partnered with various public institutions, including the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, to train 3,000 young adults across Pakistan. Participants will take online courses in computer science, data analytics, career success and language learning, and receive wraparound services from 13+ physical learning centers.
- Singapore: Coursera is a partner of SkillsFuture Singapore and offers over 600 courses; Singaporeans aged 25 years and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit to pay for or offset the course fees. Coursera is also working with the Civil Service College, Singapore, to provide public officers with training in data analytics and data science.