FutureLearn flourishes in London

International online course company FutureLearn set up in London’s Knowledge Quarter to grow its global community of universities and learners.

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About FutureLearn

FutureLearn is the first UK-based platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs).

The company delivers free, online courses from leading UK and international universities to learners around the world.

FutureLearn’s platform is designed to enable learning through conversation, allowing thousands of people to discuss ideas raised at every step of a course with each other and with expert educators.

London’s Knowledge Quarter: a partnership hot bed

FutureLearn set up in the British Library, in central London’s Knowledge Quarter in 2013. The company now has a global community of learners from more than 190 countries.

FutureLearn’s courses come from over 70 of the world’s leading universities and specialist educators including the British Council, the European Space Agency and University College London.

It’s our aim to pioneer the best social learning experiences for everyone, anywhere. Learning should be as social and enjoyable as spending time on Facebook.

Simon Nelson, CEO, FutureLearn

Millions of users join the London-based platform

In May 2015 FutureLearn delivered the world’s biggest ever MOOC, with more than 440,000 people signing up to prepare for the IELTS English language proficiency test.

In October 2015 the number of people using FutureLearn passed the 2.5m mark.

Key takeaways

For FutureLearn, London offered vital partnerships and opportunities for speedy expansion:
In 2013, FutureLearn set up in London in order to grow globally
It chose central London’s world-class cluster, the Knowledge Quarter, for its proximity to leading universities and education brands
FutureLearn’s partner university network extends across the UK and Europe, Australia and Japan

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