St Petersburg University has welcomed a Coursera delegation comprising its Director of partnerships for EMEA and APAC Nayeli Wild and its Associate Director for University and Industry Partnerships Nora Juraboeva.

St Petersburg University has been a Coursera partner since 2017. Today, the platform hosts 169 online courses with more than 840,000 students. With its impressive indicators, the University ranks among the top five Coursera universities. With its predominant number of online courses posted on the platform, it has become number one in Europe.

During the meeting, the Coursera leadership and Marina Lavrikova, Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities, discussed the prospects of joint courses involving the University. Among them were objectives to launch: digital master’s programmes; master-track certificate programmes; and some pilot courses for specialities in various fields of study. They also gave their attention to the issues on programmes taught in English and on how to increase the relevancy of the standard courses.

The platform's most sought-after online courses are: ‘Japanese for Beginners’, ‘Neurolinguistics’, ‘Competitive Programmer’s Core Skills’, ‘Psychology of Consciousness’, and ‘Psycholinguistics’.

The participants of the meeting visited the St Petersburg University Centre of E-learning Development. The state-of-the-art equipment of the video studio impressed them greatly. After that, the guests had an excursion around the University.

‘The spirit of generation continuity prevailing at the University resembles me Oxford where I studied,’ noted Nayeli Wild.