The Information Technology University (ITU) and edX, which is a popular online learning platform and massive open online course (MOOC) provider, have signed a Memorandum of understanding.
According to a statement issued, the collaboration between ITU and edX will give a pathway to the establishment of the first digital university in Pakistan. ITU will also be included as one of the first universities to combine its courses with edX’s programs for the accredited degree programs of the university. As part of the collaboration, edX’s new micro-masters’ programs will be fused to ITU’s multiple degree programs.
Students will be taught edX courses by using online study material and technical platforms, under the direct supervision of the faculty of ITU. Members of the ITU faculty will offer additional lectures and tutorials for the integration of edX courses in classrooms as well.
Upon the successful completion of any course in the university, students of ITU will be rewarded with a certificate by edX along with its partner university like MIT, Harvard, Columbia etc.
ITU will initially begin by offering courses in Electrical Engineering by the MIT only. Students of the university will earn their credits and grades which will be then be counted towards their degree at ITU.
ITU Vice Chancellor, Dr Umar Saif, and Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and chief executive officer of edX, Dr Anant Agarwal, graced the signing ceremony with their presence.
The vice chancellor said,
“The collaboration with edX will allow Pakistani students to take courses from top universities in the world in their classrooms at the Information Technology University under the supervision of the ITU faculty members. This is the first of its kind partnership of edX with any university, in which online courses on edX will be integrated into classrooms.”
He added that,
“We will be integrating edX micro-masters into masters’ programs in data sciences and development economics from next year. Currently, our students of electrical engineering have been enrolled in the circuits and electronics course at the MIT through this partnership.”
On the occasion, Professor Anant Agarwal said,
“By leveraging technology and its university partnerships, the ITU is offering its students a blended learning environment focused on improved learning outcomes by combining the best of online education with classroom instruction. We are honored to partner with the ITU and to work together to further our shared mission of increasing access to high-quality education.”