Wednesday 26 October 2016

CEO of edX to be honoured by UCC

Published 26/10/2015 | 09:06

The CEO of a non-profit aiming to educate a billion people around the world for free is among those set to be awarded honorary doctorates by University College Cork on November 2.

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Anant Agarwal, chief executive officer of edX, a massive open online course provider founded by Harvard and MIT, says that online eduction is the biggest change in the field since the printing press.

Named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators, Agarwal taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which attracted 155,000 students from 162 countries.

A successful serial entrepreneur and winner of MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching, Agarwal has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.

Scientific American selected Agarwal’s work on organic computing as one of 10 World-Changing Ideas and he holds the Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array.

Currently, edX has more than five million students from every country around the world.

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