HSE Enters Top 10 Universities by Number of Online Courses on Coursera
As of today, HSE offers 46 courses on Coursera, an international online education platform, and one third of them are English-taught. This means that HSE is one of the Top 10 universities by the number of online courses offered on that platform.
‘The number of Russian students has been increasing by at least 50% annually over the last two years, and the number of registrations for courses has doubled. We owe these results to our Russian partners, especially to our most active ones, such as HSE’, said Inessa Roman-Pogorzhelskaya, regional manager at Coursera, ‘I would particularly like to emphasize not just the quantity, but the quality of their work. Rankings and student feedback lead us to the unequivocal conclusion that HSE courses are high quality, subject to high demand and also that students find them interesting. Working with HSE is an honor, and we are keen to share any tools and expertise needed to offer new courses to students in Russia and worldwide’.
The Higher School of Economics first made its courses available via Coursera in 2014. Over the following three years 850,000 students registered for the university’s online courses. In terms of the number of subscribers, HSE is ranked 28th out of 147 global universities on Coursera.
‘Online courses that are open to the general public seriously expand the educational field. Their appearance was a real breakthrough in terms of the availability of high-quality education’, said Yaroslav Kuzminov, HSE Rector. ‘We are willing to attract the best teachers to HSE, and making sure as many students learn from them as possible is part of our educational mission. MOOCs help to successfully accomplish this mission. As for more down-to-earth issues, online courses can considerably decrease the costs universities incur in offering additional courses to a growing number of students – especially when there is a shortage of strong teachers’.
For HSE, offering courses on Coursera is not only part of its social mission to open up access to high-quality basic courses in economics, sociology, and administration for everyone interested. It also increases the international recognition of Russian education and helps promote the HSE as a brand. Expanding the list of courses offered by Russian universities on the world’s largest online education platform will also have a positive impact on the prestige of Russian education in general. High-quality courses from Russia are in demand by students all over the world, which, in the end of the day, positively influences the country’s image. For example, HSE courses have been selected by 142,000 students from Europe, 118,000 from the USA, and 30,000 from Ukraine.
‘It’s brings a real sense of satisfaction and honor to be the only Russian university in the top 10 global educational brands that have the most courses on the platform’, said Evgenia Kulik, HSE Director for eLearning, ‘And especially to be among such renowned universities as Pennsylvania State University, Peking University, and Duke University. Developing online projects is one of our university’s strategic goals, and we aim to be a serious player on the online education market – not only in Russia, but globally’.
The Coursera international education platform allows anyone to learn from the world’s best professors without leaving home. It makes online courses by the leading and most innovative global universities available to anyone, anywhere. In 2016, the number of registered users on Coursera stood at over 22 million people. The platform offers courses by 147 universities, including leading institutions according to global rankings, such as Stanford, Princeton, and University of London. Russia is represented by seven universities: St. Petersburg State University, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, MEPhI, Novosibirsk State University, Tomsk State University, MIPT, and HSE.
CourseBurg.ru, a Russian platform for course searches, has analyzed mass open online courses. The Higher School of Economics (HSE) was the leader among universities in Russia — our institution had prepared 22% of the courses under review.
On June 30, the world's largest online education platform Coursera is switching to a new website offering a reduced list of available courses. Only those courses that are outdated and which the platform’s partner universities have not decided to renew will be eliminated. Any users who have yet to complete these courses are advised to download the remaining lectures and to self-study.
HSE has teamed up with the University of California at San Diego (ranked 14th on the ARWU ranking, 41st on THE, and 59th on QS) to launch the new Data Structures and Algorithms specialization on Coursera. The specialization is taught completely in English and consists of five interrelated courses. Registration is open until March 7.
How Russians think bears little resemblance to Germans’ attention to detail or American cheerfulness. The difference can be explained, at least in part, by looking at linguistic peculiarities. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launched by HSE called ‘Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication’ investigates cases when basic Russian cultural values show up through linguistic choices, which may influence the way people act. The nine-week course was first offered in 2014 and was tremendously successful. It will run for the second time starting October 12, 2015. Mira Bergelson, professor in the Faculty of Humanities at HSE and the author of the course, shared the core principles of making contact with people who don’t smile on the street but who may become your best friends after just a few meetings.
Starting today, students from around the world will be able to register for classes taught in Russian by renowned teachers from the Higher School of Economics on Russia's National Open Education Platform. All lectures meet the regulatory requirements set for educational disciplines in Russia.
At the HSE Faculty of Economics Professor Marek Dabrowski teaches a Master’s course in Macroeconomic Policy in Transition and Emerging Economies. Global trends are changing and everything from consumer goods to life insurance is available online. Should education follow the trend of immediate online access or is there a special path for it? In December 2014 the course in Macroeconomic Policy in Transition and Emerging Economies was launched on Coursera. Could it help students from less developed countries achieve their career goals? HSE online student magazine Read Square has asked Professor Dabrowski to share his ideas.
Dr. Marek Dabrowski became a Professor at the HSE Faculty of Economics in 2014 where he teaches a Master’s course in Macroeconomic Policy in Transition and Emerging Economies. In the run up to the XVI April Conference he agreed to talk to the HSE English News service about being an international academic at HSE.