In a letter to their first-born daughter, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook stock, priced at roughly $45 billion, to philanthropic causes during their lifetime.
NEW DELHI: Training and skills development firm NIIT has partnered with US-based edX to offer online courses from leading international universities including MIT and Berkeley to about 5 lakh people over the next three years. "Through this partnership, NIIT and edX aim to create high-impact learning experiences for learners by offering a blended learning MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model," NIIT Chairman Rajendra Pawar told reporters here.
I received an interesting email from "James in Arizona" today. James offers this comment on online education.
Greetings from Arizona, Mish,
I ran across this website while exploring various online options for my daughter (in high school, but she’s very computer savvy, so I’m looking for options to expand her interests/basis). It is EdX, an online education group started by Harvard and MIT, but other universities are joining.
“I’d rather be lucky than good”-Lefty Gomez
Sometimes, it is easy to spot a lucky guess. When Paul the Octopus, the most famous resident of the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, successfully picked the winner of seven straight FIFA World Cup matches in 2010, few people believed it was due to the cephalopod’s superior football knowledge.
I have written on numerous occasions that the cost of education in the US is ridiculously high.One solution is affordable online education. If Everyone Pitched InYesterday, I received an email from Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy. His motto is "You can learn anything. For Free. For Everyone. Forever."With fewer than 100 employees, Khan Academy serves more than 15 million users each month with over 100,000 videos and exercises.
WASHINGTON: India accounted for the largest number of poor people in any country in 2012, but its poverty rate was lowest among countries having large number of poor population, a latest World Bank report has said. According to the report, the number of people living in extreme poverty around the world is likely to fall to under 10 per cent of the global population in 2015. "India was home to the largest number of poor in 2012, but its poverty rate is one of the lowest among those countries with the largest number of poor," the bank said.
The idea behind offering free MOOCs (massively open online courses) from top universities is a lofty one. They're ideally a way to reach the massive part of the world's population who likely won't ever have a chance to attend a top school, or in many cases, even a bad one.