Harvard Online Venture EdX Grows to 27 Universities Adding Asia

EdX Founder Anant Agarwal
EdX founder and president Anant Agarwal poses for a portrait in this handout photo made available to the media on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Source: EdX via Bloomberg

May 21 (Bloomberg) -- EdX, the online education consortium founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has expanded to add 15 universities, including schools in China, Korea and Japan.

EdX will offer online courses from 27 universities with the additions of Peking University, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Seoul National University and Kyoto University, among others, according to a statement from EdX, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cornell University and the University of Washington also signed up, EdX said.

“We are moving forward with our mission to reimagine education,” Anant Agarwal, president of EdX and an MIT professor, said in the statement.

EdX, which started last year with $60 million, is one of a number of providers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are sweeping across higher education. Coursera, a for-profit company founded by two Stanford University professors, has signed up more than 60 universities and is offering courses to more than 3.5 million students. While some colleges have embraced MOOCs as a way to spread the best of their teaching, faculty at some schools have objected that it will be used to replace classroom instruction.

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