Auckland, Liverpool and Newcastle join FutureLearn

Three more universities - two from England and one from New Zealand - have signed up to FutureLearn, the UK’s massive open online course provider.

October 2, 2013

The University of Auckland becomes the platform’s third international partner, joining Australia’s Monash University and Trinity College Dublin, while the universities of Liverpool and Newcastle have also joined.

In addition, telecommunications operator BT has struck a deal with FutureLearn that will see it sponsor the development of professional development courses in collaboration with the platform’s partner universities.

A well as training existing telecommunications workers, it is hoped that the BT courses, which will be available to all FutureLearn users, will “inspire school and university students to aim for a career in technology”, according to a statement from FutureLearn.

Simon Nelson, chief executive of FutureLearn, said he was “delighted” with the speed at which the company, which is currently owned by the Open University, had grown since its launch two weeks ago.

“I welcome the University of Auckland, the University of Liverpool and Newcastle University to FutureLearn and look forward to working with them,” he added.

Details of what courses the new partners will offer have yet to be announced.

chris.parr@tsleducation.com

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