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