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Keio University—The First in Japan to Join FutureLearn,
the UK-led Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Platform

Update:Aug. 07, 2015

Keio University has signed a Course Distribution Agreement with FutureLearn, the UK-based MOOC provider, making Keio the first university in Japan to do so.

Keio has signed partnership agreements with numerous academic institutions in the UK, as well as in Europe, and there has been ongoing, vigorous, and active academic exchange. The connection between Keio and the UK also runs deep through sports and culture, including Keio being the Japanese birthplace of rugby football, which originated in the UK.

The British Museum and the British Library, which have a huge archive of valuable materials, are also among FutureLearn’s partner institutions. The Keio University Library is the only library in Asia that holds the Gutenberg Bible (or the 42-Line Bible) and has been highly recognized for its research into and preservation of its incunabula collection (extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages of printing) and rare Japanese and Chinese books. Among the various MOOC providers, Keio has decided to partner with FutureLearn, which will allow the university to work with FutureLearn’s other partner institutions in producing and disseminating content, as well as to strengthen collaborative research networks with various universities in Europe.

Going forward, based on Keio’s valuable knowledge resource acquired through world-class research and education, Keio will develop courses for MOOCs in diverse fields, including content unique to Japan, and beginning 2016, they will be delivered through FutureLearn to the rest of world.