iversity launches as Europe’s largest MOOC platform with more than 115,000 students

Berlin, 15.10.2013 – iversity.org, the European platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), launches today with over 115,000 students. The launch includes the start of the first six from a total of 24 MOOCs provided by top professors from Europe and the US.

With over 115,000 students on day one, more students are enrolled on iversity.org than at Stanford University, Freie Universität Berlin and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge combined. Some of the MOOCs on iversity.org have reached five-figure enrolment numbers, the three largest being:

  • The Future of Storytelling by the Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) Potsdam has more than 29,000 enrolments, which is more than nine times as many students as the entire student body of the Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) Potsdam.
  • Design 101 (or Design Basics) has 18,000 enrolled students. This course offered by the Accademia di Belle Arti in Catania teaches insights and hands-on skills about design in the age of digital technology.
  • Public Privacy: Cyber Security and Human Rights by the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance in Berlin. 17,000 students have enrolled in this course dedicated to a cutting-edge topic that gained world-wide prominence through the revelations of Edward Snowden.

Marcus Riecke, CEO of iversity, comments: “We are delighted to launch our first courses today with so many students. In so doing, we have established iversity.org as the leading European MOOC platform and have delivered the proof-of-concept that MOOCs are as relevant and revolutionary to the future of higher education in Europe as they are in the US, where the phenomenon erupted last year.”

iversity’s MOOC curriculum spans a wide range of topics from philosophy to physics, architecture to economics, and politics to engineering. In some of the courses on iversity.org, students will be granted credit points in accordance with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

“We are thrilled and a little proud to be going live with such a strong curriculum of fascinating MOOCs. We receive requests from professors and institutions wanting to produce a MOOC on a daily basis. This is a clear sign that universities and professors have recognised the potential for bringing university-level education online,” says Hannes Klöpper, Co-Founder and Managing Director of iversity.

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 simultaneously. In online courses given by renowned professors, students from all over the world can access an academic education.

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