Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.
People interested in getting educated at the Hebrew University can now do so – for free.
Though the graduate and undergraduate courses will not count for credits, some Hebrew University classes will now be available online through the educational organization Coursera.
Assignments, forums, and exams will also be part of some of the courses.
Hebrew University is the first Israeli university to join Coursera’s program, which already features lectures from leading universities such as Cal Tech, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and Stanford. The first three courses out of Jerusalem will be by Professor Idan Segev, head of the Department of Neurobiology and member of the Interdisciplinary Cdnter for Neural Computation, Professor Yaakov Nahmias, director of the Center for Bioengineering, and Professor Jonathan Garb of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, 2010 winner of the HU President’s Prize for Outstanding Researcher.
Coursera’s free classes are downloaded by over 1.3 million students worldwide.
About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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