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hashtag FutureEDUToday, we kick off the edX Global Forum on the campus of Boston University. Members of the edX community—educators, thought leaders, technologists, researchers, visionaries, innovators and students—will gather to share their experiences, ideas and research. Together, we will examine new developments in online and on campus education that will shape the future of education globally.

We begin the edX Global Forum by welcoming all of our 65 partner institutions and organizations to Boston, and proudly announcing our newest members. We are honored to collaborate with the best institutions in the world who lend their incredible expertise and global perspectives to creating high-quality educational content for anyone, anywhere in the world with the desire to learn.

We are truly humbled by our partners’ dedication, commitment and passion as we work to achieve our shared goal of improving education online and on campus. And, we are honored to welcome new institutions from Tokyo to Bangalore, Johannesburg to Spain and beyond as we continue to grow a distinguished academic body.

We are pleased to introduce our newest Charter Members: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) from Belgium and the University of British Columbia from Canada. We are also honored to welcome an exciting array of worldwide universities, colleges and organizations as new members: Catalyst, Chalmers University of Technology, Harvey Mudd College, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB),Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Purdue University, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

To our new members we say: Welcome, Bienvenidos, Yōkoso, Welkom, Välkommen and Namaste. We look forward to working collaboratively and engaging our worldwide community of learners.

We also say thank you to our gracious host, edX Charter Member Boston University, for welcoming our worldwide partners to Boston.

We look forward to sharing these findings with you, our edX community. For an insider’s look into the conference, check out #FutureEDU on Twitter and Instagram for live chats, panel coverage, photos and more. We are excited to delve into this week’s discussions and collaborations and explore the future as we work together to increase access to education for all.

By Johannes Heinlein, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships