Marwadi University partners with Coursera to offer courses in new age skills

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Aims to strengthen student employability, imparting industry ready skills across a host of UG & PG Programs at the campus

Marwadi University announced a partnership with Coursera, one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, to provide its students and faculty access to 4,500+ high-quality, job-relevant courses and 1,500+ Guided Projects to supplement on-campus learning. The courses will help build critical skills for future jobs like AI and Machine Learning Specialists, Data Analysts, Strategic Advisors, Digital Transformation Specialists, Information Security Analysts, Big Data Specialists, and Digital Marketing and Strategy Specialists.

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The partnership will drive student employability, incorporating digital skills programs into the University curriculums. It will also help strengthen MU’s offering of UG, PG, diploma and professional programs across disciplines. MU has been in principle awarded ‘Centre of Excellence’ status by the Government of Gujarat.

Through Coursera for Campus, Marwadi University students and faculty will gain access to job-relevant courses across digital marketing, project management, cloud computing, data science, blockchain, computer science, and AI. These courses are taught by top instructors from over 200 leading universities and companies like Yale, University of Michigan, Google, and IBM, allowing students to learn in-demand, job-ready skills in addition to the rich on-campus curricula. Integrating Coursera’s content into the academic curriculum will allow Marwadi University to expand learning, offer job-relevant specializations, improve job readiness before the students graduate, boosting its strong suit of high-paying placements.

Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Provost, Marwadi University, says: “With this partnership, MU takes another step forward in addressing emerging skill needs in the workforce and prepare students for the future of work. As one of the pioneering Universities to offer varied options for supplementary learning along with coursework on campus, it will ensure aptitude enhancement and promote holistic development. A majority of the students from the Saurashtra region studying at MU have family-owned businesses or are entrepreneurially driven. With Coursera, these students will benefit from the doorstep access and learning exposure in their specialized areas offered by top universities.”

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Naresh Jadeja, Registrar, Marwadi University, says: “Around 8,000 MU students would be able to complete full courses on Coursera. All faculties will be able to take up courses for themselves and can incorporate them into their current academic sessions. 2,500 students will have unlimited access to guided projects to equip them with skills in real-world tools. It can be integrated with the proctored assessment module. MU will use Coursera to offer not just guided projects, but advanced courses from reputed universities and placement-related courses.”

“Higher education institutions play a crucial role in equipping students with industry-aligned and new-age skills. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of blended classrooms to build a resilient and impactful education model,” said Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India and APAC, Coursera. “We are excited to partner with Marwadi University to help their students and faculty develop critical skills and drive stronger employability outcomes. The partnership spans across departments — Technology, Computer Applications, Management, Law, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, and aims to equip the students with multi-disciplinary skills and provide hands-on learning experiences.” 

Till date, over 5,500 Marwadi University students have got placement in reputed companies across India. 

About Marwadi University

Marwadi Education Foundation’s Group of Institutions (MEFGI), Gujarat’s only NAAC A+ Accredited Institute, was incepted as a major organ of Marwadi Education Foundation in 2008, under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950. Marwadi University was established under the Gujarat Universities Act (Act 9 of 2016) on 9th May, 2016. UG & PG programs range across Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. programs in Engineering, Science, Liberal Studies, Law, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Architecture, among others. Our vision is to address the challenges faced by our society and planet through education that builds the capacity of our students and empowers them through their innovative thinking, practice and character building.

About Coursera

Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 87 million registered learners as of June 30, 2021. Coursera partners with over 200 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, Guided Projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in fields such as data science, technology, and business. Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021.

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