Yesterday, we welcomed 29 new universities to the Coursera community. The incredible faculty at these universities bring with them many years of experience providing top quality education to students from around the world.
Over the next few days, we’ll be introducing you to the universities joining us from Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia as well as our Business and Arts focused schools.
Today, we’re highlighting our new European universities:
- Ecole Polytechnique, France: With the motto “A school faced toward the future,” Ecole Polytechnique has been a leader in the science community for more than 200 years. As a world-class educational and research establishment, Ecole Polytechnique encourages students to be innovative in meeting the challenges facing our 21st century society.
- Leiden University, Netherlands: As one of Europe’s foremost research universities, Leiden University has seven faculties in the fields of Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine, Law, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Science. Founded in 1575, the university believes in freedom of spirit, thought and expression as well as independent development of knowledge, societal responsibility and integrity.
- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Muenchen, Germany: Situated in the heart of Munich, LMU is another one of the leading research universities in Europe. The school offers a wide and well-differentiated spectrum of courses that cover all areas of knowledge, and strongly believes in facing head-on the complex questions facing humankind, society, culture, the environment and technology by creating interdisciplinary solutions.
- Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy: Sapienza University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is the oldest university in Rome and the largest in Europe. Sapienza (which means “wisdom” or “knowledge” in Italian) carries out outstanding scientific research in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, biomedical sciences and humanities.
- Technical University Munich, Germany: Technical University Munich is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. In the international Shanghai Ranking (ARWU), TUM was rated the number one German university both in 2011 and 2012; the school is also a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology.
- Technical University of Denmark: Technical University of Denmark was founded by H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – whose vision was to use the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society. The school is consistently ranked as one of Europe’s leading engineering institutions.
- University of Copenhagen, Denmark: As the the largest educational institution in Denmark, University of Copenhagen aims to prepare students for a broad range of jobs in the private and public sectors, with academic programs covering specific skills and scientific methods as well as other more theoretical skills that will enable graduates to improve their qualifications. The university also boasts eight Nobel laureates!
- University of Geneva, Switzerland: University of Geneva is Switzerland’s second largest university, and is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. The university has strong ties to many national and international Geneva-based organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
- Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain: Founded in 1968, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona is a young university, but its academics have moved forward at a rapid pace. The university offers innovative high-quality courses characterized by their strong practical content that will help students achieve their academic and career goals.
Stay tuned for the next installment of our new University Spotlight!