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MOOC at IIM-Banglore has 65% Foreign Takers
Almost 65% of enrolments are from the international students for the IIM-Bangalore's tie-up with edX platform that offer students world-class education free of cost. Only 45% of the students who enrolled are Indians. Out of the 90,000 to 1 lakh foreign candidates
- 15% belongs to the US
- 3% belongs to Europe
- 1.2% belongs to African nations.
"There's a wide range of professionals from CEOs to engineers taking MOOCs. They also come from unconventional backgrounds like store owners in operations management," Ramya Srinivasan, manager, IIMBx, said.
The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) allows students to attend classes of faculty at top universities worldwide while sitting at their homes.
"We did a special session on MOOCs in some Hubballi colleges and educated them about it. Parents too should understand that MOOCs is not a substitute for education but a supplement," he added.
"MOOC is the new digital learning technology which can be used by young Indian professionals and students. It'll change the face of higher education in India. It can be made accessible to colleges in Tier 2 and Tier 3 colleges and in places where it's not available. Today, every student has a smart phone but she does not know about MOOCs or is not encouraged to take it up. In rural areas, there is tremendous young talent and a thirst to learn, but there's no internet connectivity. We'll collate the success stories of Indian students who attend MOOCs and share them to encourage others," IIM-B director Sushil Vachani said.
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