Joburg residents, particularly unemployed and underprivileged youth, will soon have free access to recognised courses from various international universities.

This will be provided by a massive open online course (MOOC) programme that has just been announced by the City of Joburg’s executive mayor, Parks Tau. Tau made the announcement during his State of the City Address this morning at the Metro Centre in Braamfontein in the Johannesburg city centre.

With only 13.2% of Joburg resident having a post-matric qualification, according to Tau, the Massive Open Online Varsity (MOOV) will provide residents with an alternative method of getting a tertiary education without having to deal with the high costs thereof.

40 youths have already been enrolled for the MOOV, and the city plans to grow that number to reach hundreds more students across the city.

The University of Adelaide in Australia, Rice University and the US’s Wharton Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come on board to offer their courses on MOOV.

“This complements our new range of programmes that directly support the new digital economy,” the mayor said.

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