World Economic Forum launches online academy

On 22 January, the World Economic Forum announced the launch of its Forum Academy at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The initiative, started in partnership with edX as the platform provider, will begin in May with the opening course, “Global Technology Leadership”, writes Christian Rhally for Huffington Post.

According to World Economic Forum Chief Information Officer Jeremy Jurgens, who is leading the initiative, the idea is to put the WEF's huge network of industry leaders and opinion-makers at the disposal of a global audience. Other courses, with titles such as “Changing Landscape in the Arab World” and “New Vision for Agriculture”, will be launched in the spring and autumn, at a cost of approximately €200 (US$272) per course.

The WEF's launch of its academy is the latest in a number of increasingly popular online platforms that are moving to compete with traditional higher education institutions at a time when the cost of higher education in the United States is rapidly rising.
Full report on the Huffington Post site