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Wits joins edX as its first African university partner

[Johannesburg, 26 November 2014] - The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) announced today its partnership with edX, the non-profit online learning destination founded by MIT and Harvard to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) to a global learning audience. The collaboration is the first of its kind between a major international MOOC provider and an African University.

The total number of students pursuing higher education in Africa tripled between 1991 and 2006; however, public investment in education has remained the same1. This increase in demand, along with the growing value of university degrees on the continent, means that the current high levels of educational expansion may still not be enough2. The edX and Wits partnership will help bridge this gap by delivering education opportunities to students on the continent and beyond.

The edX community throughout Africa, which is already more than 200 000 learners strong, will now have access to courses from a top university on the continent.
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Wits joins edX as its first African university partner

Last updated : 26 November 2014


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