Manipur International University (MIU) has announced a long-term strategic partnership with online learning platform Coursera to provide its students and faculty with unlimited free access to more than 8,500 job-relevant certificate courses, hands-on projects and case studies from over 250 leading universities and industry educators worldwide.
As part of the collaboration, students will get to learn from educators from reputed institutions including Yale University, University of Michigan, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.
The partnership will drive student employability by incorporating multidisciplinary, industry-relevant skills, which will help to fill the gap between academia and industry.
The MIU-Coursera partnership aims to equip the students with interdisciplinary skills and provide hands-on learning experiences in addition to the current curriculum. It includes essential to advanced courses in almost all disciplines, including upcoming areas like data science, cloud computing, digital marketing, IoT, AI, ML, Analytics and blockchain.
"This partnership will help in bridging the industry-academia gap by giving access to best quality interdisciplinary research-driven content. It will support students towards having the latest knowledge and skills which boosts their confidence for facing challenges of the world along with the additional benefit of employability," said Harikumar Pallathadka, chancellor of the MIU.
"We feel proud to be partnering with Coursera, and It shows our commitment towards bringing quality education to the masses," he added.
Integrating Coursera's content into the academic curriculum will allow the university to expand its learning and teaching beyond the classroom, offer job-relevant specialisations, improve job readiness before the students graduate, and step into reality. The partnership covers various domains, including Research, Technology, Computer Applications, Management, Psychology, Law, Social Sciences, Physical Science, Linguistics, Life Sciences, and Healthcare.
"Access to new-age quality content helps students future-proof their skills and prepares them to leverage new opportunities for success in the fast-changing world," said Raghav Gupta, managing director, India and APAC, Coursera. "We are thrilled to partner with Manipur International University to deliver high-quality learning and equip their students with industry-aligned digital and human skills," he added.
MIU is also the first University from India to sign a memorandum of affiliation (MoA) with the prestigious Council of Higher Education Accreditation / International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG) of the USA, which is designed to affirm, support, and promote fundamental principles for higher education quality with another signatory from India being the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru.