ITU Digital University Update: The Information Technology University (ITU) and the global education platform, edX, have signed a deal to integrate online learning courses in the varsity’s existing degree programmes.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ITU and edX, the non-profit online learning destination founded by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was signed on Monday 2017.
According to a published statement, the collaboration between the ITU and edX will lead to the formation of the first digital university in Pakistan. ITU Digital University will also be categorized as one of the first universities to integrate its courses with edX programs for the university’s accredited degree programs.
As part of the collaboration, edX’s new micro-masters’ programs will be fully integrated to ITU’s multiple degree programs.
edX courses will be taught to the students, using online study material and edX’s technical platform, under the direct supervision of ITU Digtial University faculty. ITU Digitial University faculty members will also offer additional lectures and tutorials for the integration of edX courses in classrooms.
edX is an online platform that provides high-quality education from the world’s top universities and institutions. In a unique collaboration with ITU Digital University, edX courses will be taught to students under the direct supervision of ITU faculty, whilst using edX digital study materials and technological platform.
Upon the successful completion of any course, ITU Digital University students will be given a certificate by edX and its partner university, which can be MIT, Harvard, Columbia etc.
ITU Digital University will begin by offering courses in electrical engineering offer by the MIT only. Students will also earn university credits and grades which will 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, were present at the signing ceremony.
ITU Vice-Chancellor Dr Umar Saif and edX CEO Dr Anant Agarwal signed the agreement, which aims at the formation of the first digital university in Pakistan.
ITU Vice-Chancellor Dr Umar Saif 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.
Additional lectures, recitations and tutorials will be offered by ITU faculty members to integrate edX courses in the classroom. Upon successful completion of a given course, students at ITU will be given a certificate by edX and the partner university offering the course on the edX platform.
Initially, ITU is offering its students edX courses in electrical engineering by MIT. ITU students will also earn university credits and grades counting towards their degree requirements at ITU.
This programme, therefore, combines the edX course, edX certificates with ITU grades to ensure high quality instruction and grading of students.
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