TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) signed a cooperation agreement with HTC Corporation and the Institute of Information Industry (III) to develop MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses, the university announced recently.
The agreement was signed by NCKU President Hwung-Hweng Hwung, together with representatives from both the Digital Education Institute of III and the HTC Corporation, on November 13, to utilize online learning courses to bridge the digital divide between the general public and industries.
NCKU President Dr. Hwung-Hweng Hwung said, MOOCs will provide interactive forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants.
NCKU Executive Vice President Dr. Huey-Jen Jenny Su gave a brief overview of NCKU’s current situation in regards to the online learning development, stating that, in attempt to decide upon the main direction for the use of MOOCs, NCKU has been looking into the major areas that are unique to the university.
She also said, given NCKU’s acclaim for its science, engineering and biomedical research, as well as creative development regarding social sciences and humanities, the MOOCs will use these fields as its foundation, covering intelligence from undergraduate-level to master’s degree, or even doctoral.
According to its representative, HTC Corporation hopes that this joint endeavor with NCKU will become the new highlight of education in Taiwan, and is keen to develop a better online platform for learning to facilitate this goal.
From the Digital Education Institute, its representative stated that the collaboration effort with NCKU and HTC Corporation began last year, and has yielded excellent results.
Under the endorsement of the Ministry of Education, many universities are now embracing MOOCs learning courses, with their main targets being the current students.
However, as NCKU is renowned for both its research excellence and sterling reputation in academia-industry collaboration, the institute will place special significance in not limiting its audience to students, and also aim the MOOCs towards the industry at large.