The Business School of Imperial College London has launched its first free series of MOOCs called Essentials for MBA Success. Focused on prospective students considering an MBA degree, the courses are accessible via edX, a non-profit online learning platform established by MIT and Harvard. The program starts on October 17 and is now open for enrollment.
As Communications and Public Affairs Officer Laura Singleton notes on the university website, the four courses cover subjects like math, finance, data analysis and accounting. The MOOCs aim to assist both current MBA students clarify whether they need any additional knowledge on the way to their degree and to provide prospective students with a deep insight into the full MBA program at Imperial.
Designed in a way to give students maximum flexibility in the learning process, the classes can be taken in order by choice. Therefore, learners can combine them with their work and family commitments. Each course represents a mixture of academic theories and real life practices, and interactive content and video exercises are available. Students may also benefit from an online tutor to guide them through the whole learning process.
Each class features leading academic staff from the Business School and combines a pro-active, social approach to learning with extensive multimedia. As noted by Education Dive, the courses also provide a personalized learning plan focusing on the areas that students need to improve to gain the base level of knowledge required to pass the core subjects on an MBA.
Dr. David Lefevre, Director of the Edtech Lab at Imperial College Business School, commented:
"As an active participant in the use of edtech and online programs, Imperial College Business School keenly recognizes the growing need for flexible learning programs that cater for people's busy lifestyles. MBA programs, and business education generally, can change lives and through the edX partnership we are enabling more people from all over the world to access our renowned world leading expertise in business education."
Anant Agarwal, MIT Professor and edX CEO, said it was an honor to welcome Imperial College to the edX family. He also pointed out that the excellent research expertise and world-class teaching of Imperial College share the edX goal to help students worldwide gain skills and knowledge to achieve success in their careers.
The newly-established partnership between Imperial College London and edX is just the beginning of a long-term collaboration, writes Johannes Heinlein on the edX blog. The College is planning to bring more courses to the online platform and to give students all around the world the opportunity to increase their knowledge and improve their lives.
Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, Imperial College London is one of the leading universities in the world. Currently, it has 16,000 students and nearly 8,000 academic staff. Imperial has a distinguished past, having pioneered penicillin and fiber optics, with its researchers working hard to improve health and wellbeing. The university works closely with the National Healthcare Service to improve healthcare in London, and it is among the leading partners in research and education of the European Union. It is also the UK's leading research collaborator with China.