NTU to offer free online courses to engage wider audience

NTU to offer free online courses to engage wider audience
Professor Vijay Sethi.

From next year, you do not have to be a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student to attend lessons by the world's best business teacher, Professor Vijay Sethi. The 53-year-old information technology expert will be among three professors from the university to offer free online courses for the first time.


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At Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the general elective for undergraduates Introduction to Forensic Science is a popular course that can accommodate 1,600 students each time yet is always over-subscribed.

Now NTU is repackaging this as a free online course for anyone in the world.

Soon you may sniff out clues and make your own expert deductions like the forensic investigators in the popular TV programme CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), even if you are not officially enrolled at NTU.

NTU is partnering Coursera, a leading Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform which has tie-ups with more than 60 universities around the world to offer free online courses.

The new Introduction to Forensic Science course offers a peek into the science behind the tools used by investigators to analyse crime scene evidence. Through this course, you will understand the inner workings of forensic science and how it applies to crime detection and law, all from the comfort of a home computer.

Other courses which NTU is lining up for the initial launch next year on Coursera include Beauty, Form and Function: An Exploration of Symmetry and another on E-commerce and Technology, which is slated for the later part of 2014.

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said the university's move to offer free online courses on Coursera is a strategic step forward to engage a wider international audience, given NTU's rising international reputation.

These short introductory courses are taught by NTU's world-class faculty, which includes Professor Vijay Sethi, who was named the world's best business professor this year by the Economist.

"We recognise there is growing demand globally for open online courses by top universities, including those in Asia. By making some of our courses accessible to anyone from anywhere in the world, we can give a taste of the world-class education we offer here at NTU," said Prof Andersson.

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