Online learning in the region is getting a big push. Coursera, the global online learning platform, announced at the end of last week that it was officially “expanding” into the Middle East.

The expansion is twofold: Coursera will open be opening an office in Abu Dhabi, while also launching its enterprise platform ‘Coursera for Business’ to partner with government and private organizations in the region.

These organizations include the Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG), DEWA, Etihad Airways, TECOM Group, and Dubai Asset Management, who Coursera will be helping on their workforce development goals.

For ADSG, Coursera will train 60,000 government employees on skills like data science, Artificial Intelligence, and digital transformation.

Coursera says that this is online trainer’s largest enterprise partnership to date.

According to Coursera, it will be offering 70 of its courses will be offered with Arabic subtitles, while 30 will be fully translated.

Coursera was founded in 2012 by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, and now has tie-ups 170 universities and industry educators for over 38 million learners.

Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, and Learn Capital.

Coursera, of course, has always been accessible to students in the region for a while now.

Some of the more popular streams for Coursera in the UAE included was technology (software engineering, operating systems, security engineering), data science (statistical programming, machine learning), and business (management, communications, and sales). .. see more

source: mashable