ANU and Cousera Partnership
Africa Nazarene University and Coursera Partner to Support Students with Online Learning During COVID-19
Through Coursera for Campus and Coursera’s Coronavirus Response Initiative, Africa Nazarene University students and staff will gain free access to 3,800+ courses from the world’s top university and industry educators.
In order to protect its students and staff from the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic, Africa Nazarene University is switching to online blended learning for the September 2020 Semester which starts on the 7th of September 2020. This extraordinary online education opportunity which opens up access to Coursera’s catalogue of 3,800+ courses. To access these courses all that the 5,000 students and staff of the University need to do, is to register on the African Nazarene University Coursera Learning platform today with their @anu.ac.ke email address at this link: http://bit.ly/anucoursera. As the world’s leading online learning platform, Coursera was founded by Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere.
Today, more than 60 million learners from around the world use Coursera to learn skills of the future. Coursera offers more than 3,800 courses from 200 of the world’s top university and industry educators, including Yale University and the University of London, as well as major companies such as Google and IBM. Starting today, 5,000 students and staff will have free access to their own Africa Nazarene University Coursera Learners Platform through Coursera’s Coronavirus Response Initiative, which provides every impacted university in the world with a set of free licenses to Coursera’s course catalogue to deliver job-relevant, multi-disciplinary online learning to learners.
“COVID-19 has impacted higher ed institutions around the world, disrupting the lives of more than 1.4 billion students in 156 countries. At this critical moment, higher education institutions must work together to swiftly embrace digital courses and address the needs of their students online,” said Leah Belsky, Chief Enterprise Officer at Coursera. “We are humbled to partner with Africa Nazarene University, which is setting an example during this difficult time by supporting students with online learning and enabling seamless continuation of their studies.”
Coursera courses and guided projects, which span popular university subjects like engineering, business, data science, health, and arts, are divided into weekly modules with video and reading lessons. Course performance is assessed via quizzes and peer assignments, and learners receive a certificate upon completion. In terms of this partnership Coursera courses will complement current Africa Nazarene University curricula based on Coursera’s Course Match technology for curating collections of courses that will provide a substitute for on-campus courses that cannot be taught in person for the moment.
Based on its core values, of Character, Competency and Community, Africa Nazarene University, a non-profit Christian, Liberal Arts University has since its inception, twenty-six (26) years ago, prided itself in producing graduates who are technologically savvy global citizens, who are both ready for the job market and are committed to making their world a better world. The University which offers 23 programs from Diplomas to Doctoral programs, through its five schools; the School of Law; the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; the School of Business Studies; the School of Religion and Christian Ministry and; the School of Science and Technology has an alumni of about 10, 000 literally scattered around the globe.
“Before the advent of the Corona virus pandemic, the University was already seized with curricula changes to ensure that all its programs were shaped around the emerging skills of the future based on the core strengths of a holistic Christian Liberal Arts Education. We are therefore immensely delighted about this partnership with Coursera because it allows us to remain focussed on delivering a quality education that ensures that our graduates are armed with the latest globally benchmarked knowledge in their chosen fields of study, fused with all the leading skills of the future job markets as validated by leading global industries” said Stanley Makhosi Bhebhe, the Vice Chancellor of Africa Nazarene University.
The goal of the partnership, therefore, is to provide a broad support for the implementation of extraordinary online learning. In the mediumterm the objective of the collaboration is to promote the integration of some of the Coursera courses into the university curricula as well” the Vice Chancellor added. To access Coursera, students can sign up through the Africa Nazarene University website https://www.anu.ac.ke/coursera or by clicking this link: https://www. coursera.org/programs/3e9e1440- 52f2-4f4e-9a10-1888328befc1
Coursera was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere. It is now a leading online learning platform for higher education, where more than 65 million learners from around the world come to learn skills of the future. Nearly 200 of the world’s top universities and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses, Specializations, certificates, and degree programs. 2,300 companies trust the company’s enterprise platform Coursera for Business to transform their talent. Coursera for Government equips government employees and citizens with indemand skills to build a competitive workforce. Coursera for Campus empowers any university to offer high-quality, job-relevant online education to students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Coursera is backed by leading investors that include Kleiner Perkins, New Enterprise Associates, Learn Capital, and SEEK Group