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FEB 21th, 2013

IE becomes first European Business School to run free online courses through Coursera

IE Business School has signed an agreement with Coursera, the leading international platform for free online courses known as MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses).

Thus IE Business School has joined 61 other prestigious international institutions involved in the Coursera initiative, including Brown University, Columbia University, Duke University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Berklee College of Music and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

IE’s contributions will include a course led by IE Business School economist Gayle Allard headed Understanding Economic Policymaking, which will examine governments´ roles in influencing macroeconomic factors. Rolf Strom Olsen, professor of humanities at IE Business School, will teach a course on Critical Perspectives on Management, centered on different approaches to analysis and decisionmaking in the field of business management.

Santiago Íñiguez, Dean of IE Business School explained that the two organizations were able to reach the agreement very quickly. “Both our organizations are dynamic and innovative to the point of positive disruption, as well as sharing a belief in social commitment. IE’s experience in online education provides synergies with Coursera and its MOOCs, which are bringing about the irreversible transformation of higher education.”