As the UAE prepares the next generation of talent for the modern workforce, equipping students with in-demand skills is a top priority. As a result, Khalifa University, an internationally ranked research-intensive university in Abu Dhabi, has partnered with Coursera Inc., one of the world’s largest online platforms, to make its rich and relevant content available to Coursera learners worldwide.
In the second half of 2022, Khalifa University will launch six Specialisations on Coursera, including Machine Learning and Deep Learning Methods: From Data to Decisions, Artificial Intelligence for Executives, and Introduction to Digital Design FPGA Based Training. Arabic for Beginners and Online Course Development Processes will be among the courses offered by the university to a broader audience. These courses have been carefully curated to align with the UAE’s and the wider Middle East region’s skill development agendas.
“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, Coursera has doubled its number of university partners in the Middle East, joining 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.
“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.
Coursera currently serves over 5.5 million learners in the Middle East and has a constantly expanding catalogue of world-class content, including over 2,000 Arabic courses. For enterprise learners, the company’s right-to-left functionalities make navigating Coursera in Arabic a more seamless experience. These functions improve readability on the company’s homepage, search and browse, assessments, grades, notes, transcripts, and e-mails.