EdX platform powers China's online education portal

The edX MOOC platform will now power China's latest attempt to tap into the online education market.


EdX has been selected to power China's equivalent of an open learning portal by a consortium of leading Chinese universities.

At a press event at Tsinghua University in Beijing on October 10, representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Education and partner Chinese universities said the edX open source platform will help China's newest and largest online learning portal, XuetangX, to improve access to education for Chinese students.

Universities that will join Tsinghua University in the XuetangX initiative include Peking University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, University of Science and Technology of China, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Renmin University of China, Beijing Normal University and China Agricultural University.

The first XuetangX courses will launch on October 17.

"The institutions that have joined together today are among the leading universities in China with a long history of offering the highest quality education," said Anant Agarwal, president of edX, who attended the ceremony in Beijing. "Their choice of the edX open source platform for XuetangX is a vote of confidence in our global partners' efforts to build a world-wide movement to improve education."

Founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the non-profit offers free, open, online courses from 29 academic institutions worldwide. The joint venture offers classes to thousands of students through a web-based platform -- otherwise known as a massive open online course (MOOC) -- in a variety of subjects.

Last month, MITx, a division of MIT that offers courses on edX, announced that certificates would be offered to students who completed a prescribed syllabus of courses.