Lahore’s Information Technology University (ITU) and edX, the global education platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to integrate edX courses into their degree programs. The MOU was signed by Dr. Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor ITU and Dr. Anant Agarwal, Professor at MIT and CEO of edX. According to the press release, the collaboration between ITU and edX will result in the formation of the “first digital university” in Pakistan.
This collaboration with edX will allow Pakistani students to take courses from top universities across the world under the supervision of ITU faculty members.
“This is the first of its kind partnership of EdX with any university, in which online courses on EdX are integrated into classrooms and supervised exams. Students earn a course completion certificate from a university such as MIT or Harvard, and course credits from ITU,” says Dr. Saif.
Dr. Agarwal says, “By leveraging technology and its university partnerships, ITU is offering its students a blended learning environment focused on improved learning outcomes by combining the best of online education with classroom instruction.”
The press release states that ITU will become the first university in Pakistan and one of the first universities in the world to integrate courses offered by edX into the University’s accredited degree programs.
As part of the collaboration, the newly launched MicroMasters programs from edX will be fully integrated into multiple degree programs offered by ITU. The university will be integrating edX micro-masters into their master’s programs in Data Sciences and Development Economics from next year. Currently, first-year ITU Electrical Engineering students are enrolled into the Circuits and Electronics course at MIT through this partnership.
edX is an online platform that provides high-quality education from the world’s top universities and institutions. Additional lectures, recitations and tutorials will be offered by ITU faculty members to integrate edX courses in the classroom.