Professor Andrew Ng, Co-founder of Coursera and Chief Scientist of Baidu gave a talk on campus for the Sir Run Run Shaw Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture, titled ‘Education without Limits’.
The lecture attracted over 200 guests, including scholars, students and teachers. As one of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers, Coursera has been offering online courses from top universities for free since 2012.
In 2013, CUHK partnered with Coursera and started to open online courses in areas including humanities, social sciences, economics and finance, as well as information technology.
During the lecture, Prof. Ng explained to the audience the mission behind his MOOC platform and the benefits it can bring to the users.
He believes that “Education shouldn’t be just for the elite or the privileged. Getting education should be a fundamental human right.”
At the end of the lecture, in a Q&A session, the speaker and audience discussed further the development of the MOOC platform and the challenges to it.