IMF to offer free global online university courses

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e-learning manThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said on June 19 that it will join an online university network and offer courses on economy and financial topics to government officials and students worldwide.

The courses will run over EdX, the online learning venture founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The IMF, responsible for global fiscal stability, will run two courses in financial policy, aimed initially at government officials but now extended to everybody, starting by 2014.

EdX already provides free online courses from 27 universities worldwide. The IMF has a programme of 270 courses on financial policy which it currently offers to central banks, finance ministries and other government workers globally, and these courses could be added to the EdX network for the public as well.

These online university projects, so-called MOOCs (massive open online courses), could attract hundreds of thousands of students, the IMF said.

The cooperation is on a non-profit basis and the IMF initiative will rely on donors from its member states. However, the courses could bring in some revenue, the organisers reckon.

The EdX platform has gained more than a million students in 192 countries in only one year of its existence. These range from ambitious but isolated students in Africa and Asia through to people already at university in the developed world.

Students in India and China have been helped to get places in MIT by their high achievement in EdX online courses.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said on June 19 that it will join an online university network and offer courses on economy and financial topics to government officials and students worldwide.

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e-learning manThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said on June 19 that it will join an online university network and offer courses on economy and financial topics to government officials and students worldwide.

The courses will run over EdX, the online learning venture founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The IMF, responsible for global fiscal stability, will run two courses in financial policy, aimed initially at government officials but now extended to everybody, starting by 2014.

EdX already provides free online courses from 27 universities worldwide. The IMF has a programme of 270 courses on financial policy which it currently offers to central banks, finance ministries and other government workers globally, and these courses could be added to the EdX network for the public as well.

These online university projects, so-called MOOCs (massive open online courses), could attract hundreds of thousands of students, the IMF said.

The cooperation is on a non-profit basis and the IMF initiative will rely on donors from its member states. However, the courses could bring in some revenue, the organisers reckon.

The EdX platform has gained more than a million students in 192 countries in only one year of its existence. These range from ambitious but isolated students in Africa and Asia through to people already at university in the developed world.

Students in India and China have been helped to get places in MIT by their high achievement in EdX online courses.

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