Specializations, Academic Partnerships' initiative to help universities extend their reach to non-English-speaking students, has found its first four partners: business schools at the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, Rice University and the University of Cambridge (as well as Queens' College, one of the institution's constituent colleges). The faculty at the institutions will create more than 40 Specializations, a credential that signifies that students have earned two or more certificates, which in turn are awarded after completing courses in the same discipline.
Academic Partnerships announced Specializations last year after talks with Coursera about a potential collaboration fell through. Coursera launched its own Specializations, which have since trended more toward corporate training. Academic Partnerships' Specializations, however, send educational content created at English-speaking provider universities to host universities in countries such as China, India and Mexico. The Specializations are meant to complement educational offerings at institutions in those countries. Host and provider universities will split the revenue generated by students taking Specializations.
In Thursday's announcement, Academic Partnerships said more university partners will be announced shortly.
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