The National University of Córdoba or UNC (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba) has joined Edx, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing open-source education to millions of leaders worldwide. Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, Edx is already in partnership with over 90 institutions and top universities, but the UNC is the first university from Argentina and only public one present in collaboration from Latin America.
Enrollment for the first available course on gravitational waves, taught by Dr. Gabriela González, member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team that won the Nobel Prize for Physics, has already begun. The course will officially start on November 27.
Divided into short modules, the 4-week program will be taught with the aid of teachers appointed by Dr. González, and will cover everything from the meaning of gravitational waves according to Einstein’s first theory of relativity to the detection of the mysterious black holes. Like most of Edx, the course will be free of charge, with an option to add an approved degree for $39 USD.
“We work to increase access to education for all students, everywhere,” CEO of Edx and professor at MIT, Anant Agarwal, told La Nación. “We attract students with different objectives, from those who maintain a traditional focus in their area to those who sign up to interact with other students and thus expand their understanding of the world around them.”
According UNC dean Hugo Juri, the university will also provide courses through its virtual campus directly to unions and the residents of towns located in the interior of the country, arguing that a higher education is necessary to get a job in the modern world.
the UNC will be in the company of other distinguished universities and organizations such as Georgetown, Berkley, Columbia, the Sorbonne, Oxford, Microsoft, Linux, and Google. Edx currently has 13 million students around the world. 2 million of them live in Latin America, and 100,000 in Argentina.