Two universities on opposite sides of the world have launched a co-created online postgraduate degree.
In one of the first collaborations of its kind, Australia’s Deakin University and Coventry University in the UK are offering a postgraduate course in entrepreneurship on the FutureLearn platform, drawing on research and expertise at both institutions.
This model of collaborative degrees is seen by some as the next step in online learning, and a possible threat to the attractiveness of some campus-based institutions that do not embrace this sort of partnership.
Beverley Oliver, deputy vice-chancellor (education) at Victoria-based Deakin, said that the course was “designed to ensure students network with their peers”. She added: “In the digital economy, their communities and future customers will be global.”
FutureLearn became the first online platform to offer internet-only postgraduate degrees in a partnership with Deakin launched in early 2017. Coventry joined the initiative later the same year.
Students who complete the course, which starts in May, will be awarded a graduate certificate from Deakin and a postgraduate certificate from Coventry.