ITU & edX SIGNS MOU FOR PAKISTAN’S FIRST DIGITAL UNIVERSITY
Information Technology University (ITU) of the Punjab, Lahore and the global education platform, edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) here today to integrate edX courses in the existing ITU degree programs. Dr. Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor ITU and Dr. Anant Agarwal, Professor at MIT and CEO of edX, signed the MOU on behalf of the respective sides. The successful collaboration between ITU and edX will lead to the formation of the first “Digital University” in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of ITU, Dr. Umar Saif stated that, “the collaboration with edX will allow Pakistani students to take courses from top universities in the world in their classrooms at ITU under the supervision of the ITU faculty members.” “This is the first of its kind partnership of EdX with any university, in which online courses on EdX are integrated into classrooms and supervised exams. Students earn a course completion certificate from a university such as MIT or Harvard and course credits from ITU. Specifically we will be integrating edX micro-masters into masters programs in Data Sciences and Development Economics from next year. Currently our first year Electrical Engineering students are enrolled into the Circuits and Electronics course at MIT through this partnership.”
“By leveraging technology and its university partnerships, ITU is offering its students a blended learning environment focused on improved learning outcomes by combining the best of online education with classroom instruction,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO and MIT Professor. “We are honored to partner with ITU and to work together to further our shared mission of increasing access to high-quality education.
ITU will become the first university in Pakistan and one of the first universities in the world to integrate courses offered by edX into the University’s accredited degree programs. As part of the collaboration, the newly launched MicroMasters programs from edX will be fully integrated into multiple degree programs offered by ITU. EdX is an online platform that provides high-quality education from the world’s top universities and institutions. In a unique collaboration with ITU, edX courses will be taught to students under the direct supervision of ITU faculty, whilst using edX digital study materials and technological platform. Additional lectures, recitations and tutorials will be offered by ITU faculty members to integrate edX courses in the classroom. Upon successful completion of a given course, students at ITU will be given a certificate by edX and the partner university offering the course on the edX platform e.g. MIT, Harvard, and Columbia etc. Initially, ITU is offering its students edX courses in Electrical Engineering by MIT. ITU students will also earn university credits and grades counting towards their degree requirements at ITU. This program, therefore, combines the edX course, edX certificates with ITU grades to ensure high quality instruction and grading of students.