22 December 2016

The University of Queensland has partnered with education platform XuetangX to offer five massive open online courses (MOOCs) in Chinese, attracting an audience of more than 65,000 learners.

XuetangX, launched by Tsinghua University in 2013, is the biggest Chinese language MOOC platform, offering more than 1000 courses to six million users around the world.

UQ’s popular The Science of Everyday Thinking, delivered on XuetangX by UQ academics and supported by Chinese instructors, has had more than 50,000 users register since its release on the platform two years ago.

XuetangX Chairman and Tsinghua University Deputy Secretary-General Dr NieFenghua said the opportunities offered by the Internet to impart knowledge had produced a boom in online courses offered by prestigious universities like UQ.

“Our company feels greatly proud that Chinese learners can use our platform to access high quality courses from Australian Universities.”

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright said UQ’s partnership with XuetangX provided a valuable opportunity to raise UQ’s profile among Chinese learners and to give them an insight into UQ’s excellent teaching, research and on-campus experience.

“I am delighted that UQ’s MOOCs are reaching a wide Chinese audience through the XuetangX portal,” she said.

“UQ’s partnership with XuetangX extends the reach of our on-campus offerings to Chinese speaking people.

“The XuetangX online experience also reminds Chinese learners that UQ offers world-class campus-based learning for those who may wish to continue their learning with us.”

UQ’s Chinese language MOOCs on XuetangX can be accessed here, and the full catalogue of UQ’s English language MOOCs is available on edX.

XuetangX – a consortium of leading Chinese universities – and The University of Queensland have both partnered with online learning platform edX.

Media: Catherine Bennett, UQx, c.bennett1@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3346 0850. Alejandro Bauza, xuetangx, alex@xuetangx.com +86 1082152526.

About XuetangX

XuetangX is the biggest Chinese Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform in the world, which was launched by Tsinghua University. It is also a research, exchange, and application platform for Online Education Research Center, Ministry of Education and the only authorized partner of edX for the mainland of China.

XuetangX went live on October 10, 2013 and is committed to providing more quality educational resources and a more efficient resources sharing mechanism for users and partners. As of November, 2016, XuetangX has been able to support different devices including PC, mobile phone, pad, and TV, with a registered user base of 6 million. XuetangX can deliver over 1,000 courses. There were over 6.70 million course registrations and nearly 200 partners. 

About The University of Queensland

For more than a century, The University of Queensland (UQ) has maintained a global reputation for delivering knowledge leadership for a better world. UQ has won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other university. This commitment to quality teaching empowers our 50,000 current students, studying across UQ’s three campuses, to create positive change for society. Our research has global impact, delivered by an interdisciplinary research community of more than 1500 researchers at our nine research institutes and 100+ research centres. The most prestigious and widely-recognised rankings of world universities also consistently place UQ in the top 50 globally.