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Top scholars from reputed universities share courses online

(China Daily)

10:32, November 10, 2011

BEIJING - China now has its version of Harvard open courses.

Twenty courses provided by 18 top Chinese universities went online on Wednesday, China's latest attempt to disseminate teaching resources within the nation and promote Chinese culture globally.

These courses feature 20 subjects or lectures given by speakers and professors from several universities, including Zhejiang University, Nankai University and Wuhan University. Most of the courses will focus on traditional Chinese culture, according to the Ministry of Education.

They are available through the websites of NetEase and China Network Television, as well as icourse.edu.cn, for free.

The ministry called the introduction of open courses, enabling university students across the country to have access to lectures given by top scholars, a "breakthrough".

It promotes the idea of open education by using the Internet, the ministry said.

"These online courses are designed for university students, but they can also be shared by the public for free," said Liu Ju, vice-director of the department of higher education under the ministry.

The ministry said that up to 1,000 online open courses will be offered by the end of 2015, and 100 will be available by the end of the year.

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