iversity doubles number of students to 220,000 only three weeks after launch

Bernau/Berlin, 6 November 2013 – iversity.org, the European platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), sees accelerating growth since its launch. Only three weeks after the start of the first academic online courses on 15 October, iversity.org has reached 220,000 students.

Thus far, nine courses out of a total of 25 announced MOOCs are live on iversity.org. The most popular courses continue to be The Future of Storytelling by the Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) Potsdam, featuring appearances of twelve guest lecturers, among them Cornelia Funke, the world-famous author of children’s books, with more than 74,000 enrolled students, Design 101 (or Design Basics) by Accademia di Belle Arti in Catania with more than 30,000 enrolled students and Public Privacy: Cyber Security and Human Rights by the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance in Berlin with 25,000 students.

iversity’s students come from more than 180 countries from all over the world. The top 10 countries in terms of registrations are – in alphabetical order – as diverse as Brazil, Germany, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Many of the users enrol in more than one course, therefore, the number of enrolments has reached over 300,000.

“Our users come from all around the globe. This as well as the impressive growth rate prove that there is a huge unsatisfied demand for quality higher education. Clearly we are on the right track,” comments Hannes Klöpper, co-founder and Managing Director of iversity.

“When we launched three weeks ago, we were already delighted by the sheer number of registrations. This is a great endeavour and seeing our concept resonate so well is an exciting feeling. The great feedback we receive from our users reinforces our commitment to continue to expand,” comments Marcus Riecke, CEO & Managing Director of iversity.

A selection of user feedback:

  • “Thank you for your great work to provide free education globally - Always have my support” Michael from Ohio, US
  • “I have really enjoyed the short videos, the variation of materials and the possibility to access everything in a very easy, flexible way. Great way to teach virtually!” Thomas from the Netherlands
  • “Thanks a lot! I'm enjoying the course. God bless all you!” Maria Alice from Brazil
  • “I can’t remember when last I enjoyed anything this much.” Erica from Germany

About iversity

iversity.org is an online platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). iversity supports universities and professors in seizing the opportunities that online teaching offers. On iversity.org, professors can share their knowledge with thousands of students at once. In online courses given by renowned professors, students from all over the world can access academic education.

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