26 mln candidates enrolled in Chinese initiative for free online courses

Students at universities in China's less-developed western regions had benefited from a Ministry of Education initiative that provided free massive open online courses (MOOC) given by professors at prestigious universities like Peking and Tsinghua, China Education Daily reported Monday.

Launched in 2013 to help address the unbalanced distribution of education resources between universities, the series of online courses on physical education, health and arts were open to all higher education institutions across the country.

Over the past six years, a total of 26 million people took optional courses through the initiative across China, the newspaper said, citing official figures.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency