NTU to launch free online courses on Coursera

(18 September 2013) At Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the general elective for undergraduates Introduction to Forensic Science is a popular course that can accommodate 1,600 students each time yet is always over-subscribed. Now NTU is repackaging this as a free online course for anyone in the world.

NTU is partnering Coursera, a leading Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform which has tie-ups with more than 60 universities around the world to offer free online courses.

The new Introduction to Forensic Science course offers a peek into the science behind the tools used by investigators to analyse crime scene evidence. Through this course, you will understand the inner workings of forensic science and how it applies to crime detection and law, all from the comfort of a home computer.

Other courses which NTU is lining up for the initial launch next year on Coursera include Beauty, Form and Function: An Exploration of Symmetryand another on eCommerce and Technology, which is slated for the later part of 2014.

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said the university’s move to offer free online courses on Coursera is a strategic step forward to engage a wider international audience, given NTU’s rising international reputation.

These short introductory courses are taught by NTU’s world-class faculty, which includes Professor Vijay Sethi, who was named the world’s best business professor this year by The Economist.

Read the full announcement here.