edX Welcomes the University of Cambridge
August 25, 2020 | Carolyn Tiernan
We are thrilled to welcome the University of Cambridge to the edX partner community. With a renowned 800 year history, Cambridge’s students, faculty, and researchers are bold, passionate, and innovative. The University has had an immeasurable impact on history and is using that legacy to tackle today’s challenges like climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and societal inequities. We’re excited to partner to expand this impact, together.
Cambridge’s first offering on edX is a MicroMasters® program in Writing for Performance and Entertainment Industries from the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, which provides accessible, affordable part-time qualifications for adults.
The program is designed for professional dramatists, writers, and those involved in related creative industries. It offers an experimental and industry-relevant opportunity to engage with the film, TV and digital entertainment industries and hone your skills. Creativity, the most sought after soft skill for 2020, is among these skills mastered.
Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education Professor Graham Virgo said: “edX has an outstanding reputation and experience in the field. This collaboration is a critical step to further scale the University’s strategy for online education, whilst at the same time complementing the University’s traditional offer.
“We look forward to growing our presence on the edX platform and sharing Cambridge expertise to learners of all ages and backgrounds across the world.”
ICE Director Dr James Gazzard said: “The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education is delighted to partner with edX to launch this new MicroMasters program, the first on edX from Cambridge.
“ICE’s role is to make Cambridge quality courses accessible to adult learners in flexible and affordable ways. edX is an excellent enabling platform.
“Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen the societal importance of high-quality film, television and radio. They’ve entertained, educated and lifted our spirits. We hope this new course will engage and inspire future writers, some of whom may aspire to study for a Master’s degree at Cambridge.”
MicroMasters programs on edX are a series of graduate-level courses that provides learners with valuable standalone skills that translate into career-focused advancement, as well as the option to use the completed coursework as a stepping stone toward credit in a full Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters® program certificate may apply for admission to the Masters of Studies in Writing for Performance at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and, if accepted, the certificate will count as a maximum of 30 credits towards the degree.
More in-demand edX programs from Cambridge will be announced soon, including a range of Professional Certificate programs. Professional Certificate programs on edX are a series of courses designed by industry leaders and top universities to build and enhance critical professional skills needed to succeed in today’s most in-demand fields.
We’re excited that our collaboration will enable edX’s 33 million learners all over the world to benefit from Cambridge’s passion for knowledge and their quality education. Please join me in welcoming the University of Cambridge to edX.