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Karolinska joins free online-course community

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Karolinska joins free online-course community
08:14 CEST+02:00
Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet has signed up to offer free online courses, joining a network of 27 universities worldwide that reach nearly a million students.

"It also means that we're honouring our social responsibilities," said Karolinska edX coordinator Nabil Zary.

"We've been wanting to share our knowledge and make our courses more widely available for a long time, and now at last we've found the means to do it. This is just the beginning."

The EdX system was devised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Karolinska will join top universities such as Berkeley, Cornell, Toronto and McGill.

By next autumn, Karolinska will offer four courses online.

"It makes Karolinska Institutet an important actor on the global educational arena…and puts it in good company," said dean of higher education Professor Jan-Olov Höög.

“"We hope that by being part of this global context we will show the way for other Swedish universities,” added Zary.

"Being able to offer courses online not only lifts our overseas profile, but also importantly motivates the development of new courses."

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