The University of Western Australia has joined forces with Harvard Business School to provide local students with access to some of the world’s best online courses.
In an Australian first, UWA will collaborate with Harvard’s digital learning initiative, HBX.
“Through this agreement, we will be able to offer our students new learning opportunities through Harvard Business School’s prestigious online learning platform, HBX,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said.
HBX will offer UWA students access to their Credentials of Readiness (CORe) courses, which were designed to introduce students to the language of business.
CORe is comprised of three courses – business analytics, economics for managers, and financial accounting – which must be taken together.
According to HBX, CORe is designed for undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students in non-business fields who want to prepare themselves for a business career or for a graduate business school.
UWA plan to utilise CORe by asking students to step into the role of a business leader and engage with their peers to work through real world business challenges.
The end result will be students who have a new perspective on the world and a deeper understanding about how businesses work.
“This unique collaboration will allow us to provide exciting global learning opportunities for our students and better help prepare them for their future careers,” Ms Freshwater said.
Ms Freshwater said she was committed to further improving the university’s teaching quality and ensuring its students had an outstanding experience while studying at UWA.
“I am delighted that we can now provide our students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills with one of the world’s finest universities,” Ms Freshwater said.
HBX Executive Director Patrick Mullane said HBX is eager to offer CORe to students at The University of Western Australia.
“CORe was designed to expand the reach of Harvard Business School and to provide individuals from around the world with the skills needed to excel in their careers,” he said.
“We look forward to welcoming UWA students on the HBX platform.”
The HBX collaboration follows UWA’s 2012 collaboration with another US university, Stanford, to offer open and online courses.