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Coursera Boosts MOOC Partnership Roster with 29 Universities in 13 Countries

Educational technology startup Coursera has signed agreements with an additional 29 American and international academic institutions to provide free online courses.

Since launching the company in 2012, the company has already partnered with 33 universities and reports it has registered more than 2.7 million students in their open access education platform, which provides interactive online courses that target large-scale global student participation.

Coursera also plans to add more than 90 new courses to its current catalog of more than 100 free courses ranging from chemistry, medicine, and engineering to history, literature, business, and the arts. Because 16 of the institutions are internationally based, many of these new courses will also be available in multiple languages, including Chinese, Spanish, French, and Italian.

The following institutions join Courcera's 33 current free course providers:

"We have been humbled by how quickly Coursera has grown in less than a year, and we're working hard to continue to build our network of university partners to offer a high quality learning experience to anyone who wants it," said Coursera Co-Founder Daphne Koller, in a prepared statement. "One of our top priorities is to reach the people who need education the most, including those who would not otherwise have access to the type of courses offered by the institutions that we have the honor of working with."

In addition to the free MOOCs, Coursera offers students options to obtain college degree program credits through Signature Track and credit recommendations through the American Council of Education (ACE).

For more information, visit Coursera.org.

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Sharleen Nelson is a freelance journalist based in Springfield, Oregon. She can be reached at snelson858@comcast.net.

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