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Khalifa University first in UAE to make courses globally available to learners on Coursera

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 24th
March, 2022 –
As the UAE prepares the next generation of talent for the modern
workforce, equipping learners with in-demand skills remains a high priority. In
response, Khalifa University, an internationally ranked research-intensive
university located in Abu Dhabi, has partnered with Coursera Inc. (NYSE: COUR) — one of the largest online platforms in
the world — making its rich and relevant content accessible to Coursera
learners worldwide.

Khalifa University will launch six
Specialisations on Coursera in the second half of 2022, including Machine
Learning and Deep Learning Methods: From Data to Decisions; Artificial
Intelligence for Executives; and Introduction to Digital Design FPGA Based
Training. The university will also offer courses targeted to a broader audience,
including Arabic for Beginners and Online Course Development Processes. These courses have been
carefully curated to align with the skills development agendas of the UAE and broader Middle East
region.

“We
are excited to join forces with Coursera to equip learners in the region, and
beyond, with the essential digital skills they need to contribute to the
accelerating knowledge economy,” said Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student
Services at Khalifa University.

With
the addition of Khalifa University, alongside Al Faisal University and King
Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, and
Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in Jordan, Coursera has
doubled its number of university partners in the Middle East.

Coursera
currently serves the needs of over
5.5 million learners in the Middle East, and offers a continuously expanding
catalogue of world-class content, which currently includes over 2,000 courses
in Arabic. The company’s right-to-left functionalities make navigating Coursera
in Arabic a more seamless experience for enterprise learners. These features
enhance readability across the company’s homepage, search and browse,
assessments, grades, notes, transcripts, and e-mails.

“Learners in the region have
embraced online learning at a greater pace since the beginning of the pandemic
— over 1.4 million new Middle Eastern learners enrolled across the region in
2021. By expanding our range of partnerships with some of the region’s
pioneers in higher education, we look forward to continuing to deliver
transformational, relevant learning to everyone,” said Betty Vandenbosch, Chief
Content Officer, Coursera.

DF

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