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01.06.2015

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UN together with HPI Start New Online Learning Platform in China

On June 1 the United Nations, the German Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and a Chinese hi-tech company, are starting an Internet learning platform in the 24 million inhabitant city of Shanghai. This platform is available at https://openune.cn and will offer all interested parties a wide range of open, online courses - so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

The interactive learning platform includes vocational and professional education as well as knowledge for specific population groups and company employees. Especially the aspect of Industry 4.0 – the intelligent networking of industrial production – will play an important role. Successful course participants receive a certificate from the participating United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Hasso Plattner Institute, the Potsdam university-institute, contributes its software system and experience as a MOOC pioneer in Germany. The Shanghai company Guofuguangqi Cloud Computing is responsible for the technical operation.

Minister President of Brandenburg, Dietmar Woidke and Director of Hasso Plattner Institue, Prof. Christoph Meinel traveled to Shanghai for the launch of the platform. Together with the Chinese partners they opened the teaching operation of the online course platform: openUNE. The project is also being supported by the German software giant SAP. This company’s own platform, called open.SAP.com, also uses the modern e-learning technology provided by Hasso Plattner Institute. Until the end of 2015, openUNE is expected to provide simultaneous training and support for one million participants. In the next years the partners are planning to facilitate learning for up to 100 million learners to take part in the on-line courses in Chinese and English.

"MOOCs can help decrease the expense incurred in the conventional use of educational institutions, as well as that for the teaching staff. At the same time, this service will greatly improve the population’s access to life-long learning," said HPI Director, Prof. Christoph Meinel. In Shanghai, Meinel entered into an agreement with the high-tech company Guofuguangqi on "Innovation Labs". This agreement established the framework for the innovation projects of both partners, for example in Massive Open Online Courses in the field of e-learning and for a new Tele-Board. This HPI development brings innovation teams, who are separated by huge distances, together in a shared virtual space.