The Global MOOC Alliance was officially launched on Friday, December 11, at the 2020 Global MOOC Conference, jointly hosted by Tsinghua University and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE).

China’s Minister of Education Chen Baosheng attended the conference and delivered a keynote speech. Qiu Yong, the President of Tsinghua University, Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, and Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General delivered opening addresses. Representatives and guests from more than 2,000 international organizations, government agencies, universities and online education institutions attended the conference offline and virtually.

The members of the alliance include Tsinghua University, Cornell University, Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI), edX platform, Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Nanyang Technological University, Peking University, Politecnico di Milano, Rice University, RWTH Aachen University, Saint Petersburg State University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Thai MOOC platform, The University of Auckland, University of Chile, The University of Manchester, University of Nairobi, University of Toronto, XuetangX and Zhejiang University.

The alliance will serve as a leading platform to build a diverse community of universities and online education platforms from all over the world, facilitate international cooperation and exchanges in educational technologies and innovation to improve the quality of global MOOC and online education.

The alliance will also help its members roll out online education practices in regions across the world, through collaborative teaching, capacity building, knowledge sharing, and publicity, and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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