The news was announced at a press conference in Mexico City by Carlos Slim, a Mexican business magnate and philanthropist, and Coursera cofounder Daphne Koller. The pair expressed their shared goal to improve access to high-quality content in Spanish.
“Through online education, Coursera is making courses available to millions of people, instead of only to a small number of students. Job markets currently demand people that are highly trained and that engage in continuous education,” a spokesperson from the Carlos Slim Foundation wrote to me.
The goal is to translate 50 English-language courses into Spanish by the end of the year. The foundation is currently partnered up with Mexico National University and Tecnológico de Monterrey to make more original Spanish-language courses available.
You have to hand it to Coursera, the rising star of the online education space. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup is actually making good on its promise to bring high-quality education to millions of students in emerging nations. Since it launched in 2012, Coursera has seen rapid adoption of its free and cheap video courses from lecturers at elite universities like Stanford, Northwestern, and Yale.