Jakarta. IndonesiaX, a local massive open online course platform, is partnering with its US counterpart EdX to allow Indonesians more access to courses offered by some of the world's most prestigious universities.
EdX is an initiative spearheaded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012, while IndonesiaX partners with the Bandung Institute of Technology and the Indonesia Stock Exchange, among other institutions.
"The free online courses under IndonesiaX will help to democratize access to education in Indonesia and this new partnership will allow our students to access materials from one of the best educators' in the world, such as Professor Charles Fried from Harvard University," Lucyanna Mangeondipoero Pandjaitan, the chief executive of IndonesiaX, said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday.
She added that IndonesiaX subscribers would have access to Fried's introductory course on contract law, supported with narrations as well as a verbatim transcript in the Indonesian language. It was not immediately clear how studying US law would help students in Indonesia.
Operated by Education Technology Indonesia, IndonesiaX launched in August with a goal to expand education access across the country. Its board of advisers includes former education minister Mohammad Nuh.
The MOOC platform, which recently launched applications for iOS- and Android-powered devices, claims more than 30,000 registrations for four of the currently available courses on its site.