Today, we are happy to announce eight new Learning Hubs partners including The New York Public Library, the largest library system in the US and our first domestic Learning Hubs network. Fitting we think that one of our first US Learning Hubs partners is located in New York, Coursera’s most popular city in the world by enrollment with more than 50,000 users located in New York City and 160,000 in the greater state of New York!
In addition to The New York Public Library, Coursera is welcoming seven other new international Learning Hubs organizations located in countries such as China, South Africa, and Ukraine. A full list of new Learning Hubs partners is below:
- Azusa Pacific University – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
- BIONIC University – Kyiv, Ukraine
- Brainstation – Toronto, Canada
- Dominican University of California – California, USA
- Guokr – Beijing, China
- Marconi University – Rome, Italy
- New York Public Library – New York, USA
- Slim Foundation – Mexico
We launched the Learning Hubs program last year to give communities around the world the ability to access online courses for free, and also to engage with others in a blended learning setting. We’ve since partnered with a total of 17 trusted institutions around the world including the US Department of State to establish physical spaces where students can access the necessary technology and a global community of learners.
Our current Learning Hubs partners have shared some incredible accounts of how they’ve had a profound impact on students’ lives. We’ve also collected tons of great data showing how Learning Hubs are being adopted worldwide and helping students succeed, including:
- 55% of Learning Hubs are being adopted in emerging economies
- Learning Hubs participants show higher completion rates ranging from 30 – 100% vs. the 6.8% Coursera-wide average
- Most popular course subjects: 22% entrepreneurship, 20% STEM, 13% communications, 10% teacher professional development
At the same time as Coursera’s Learning Hubs program grows to several more international locations, we just launched our Global Translator Community earlier this week. Volunteers and organizations are signing on to help us translate our course selection into the world’s diverse languages at a breakneck pace, ensuring that not even linguistic barriers hold anyone back from joining Coursera’s global community of learners.
Please welcome all of our new Learning Hubs and Global Translation partners as they endeavor with us to provide greater access to the world’s best education resources for students in the US and around the world!