NIIT & edX Partner to Redefine Online Education to Boost Future-ready Talent

Dated: May 13, 2016

NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent development, and edX, the non-profit global leader in online learning co-founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), entered into a strategic partnership to redefine the online education space in India. Through this partnership NIIT and edX aim to create high-impact learning experiences for learnersby offering the next generation Blended Learning MOOC model that provides an engaging and live interactive experience that goes much beyond the core MOOC content. The partnership was announced by Rajendra Pawar, Chairman NIIT and Anant Agarwal, CEO edX and MIT Professor at a press conference in the capital today.

edX and NIIT pioneers in their respective domains have a track record of offering the best education & training experiences to their learners across the globe. Over the last 15 years, NIIT has continuously invested in its Blended Learning delivery capability through innovations such as its Imperia Synchronous Learning delivery model and its Cloud CampusTM with student-centric learning enablers. Under this partnership, the live synchronous delivery capability and on-ground student servicing capability of NIIT will be combined with the world class MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) provided by edX and its university partners to offer futuristic talent development programs to learners in India.

Additionally, many organizations in India are also looking at integrating MOOC offerings in their overall talent development plans to bring in range and flexibility while promising to lower costs of upskilling employees. Select pilot courses would be made available to organizations looking at MOOCs for upskilling. NIIT will work closely with industry bodies such as NASSCOM and the member organizations to add value to the learning development initiatives.

Rajendra Pawar, Chairman, NIIT, said, "As a pioneer in the use of technology in education, NIIT has been at the forefront of technological & pedagogical innovations in learning. With the Indian education system moving fast towards online learning, MOOCs is a great way to bridge the quality, affordability and accessibility gap in education. It gives us great pleasure to join hands with edX, one of the leading providers of MOOCs, to transform the talent development space in India by introducing the next-level of MOOC-based learning that delivers superior outcomes & higher completion rates".

The alliance between NIIT and edX will bring the best of eLearning and instructor-led education to the students. For select courses, NIIT & edX will offer a pre-configured course that includes the MOOC, blended services from NIIT, and the certification exam from the Institutional partner. Thus, the students will be able to earn a Verified Certificate from the concerned Institute.

Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX and MIT Professor, said, "At edX, we take our mission of increasing global access to high-quality education seriously. We connect learners to the best universities and institutions from around the world. India has always been a focus for us, especially with the government's emphasis on Digitalization and Upskilling. With this strategic tie-up, edX will offer a tremendous opportunity to learners to access high-quality education, with a blend of Instructor-led education by NIIT. We're proud to partner with a pioneering organization such as NIIT, and support its mission of providing quality training & know-how to a wide spectrum of learners."

Since edX began in 2012, India has consistently remained the platform's second largest learner base, underscoring the strong need for high-quality education in India and the enthusiasm of Indian learners. edX works to increase access to high-quality education from the world's best institutions and universities and has partnered with Indian universities IIT Bombay, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani. edX currently has more than 730,000 Indian learners and has witnessed great momentum with 96% growth in its Indian learner base over the last year. With strong regional university partners, an engaged learner base and a CEO with strong ties to India, edX has a deep commitment to the region.




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