HKUST Launches Open Online Courses in Full Stack Web Development on Coursera to Advance Access to Career-Relevant Education
03-09-2015

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is launching an online course series teaching Full Stack Web Development on Coursera, the world’s largest open online education provider. Scheduled to start on September 15th, the program, named“Full Stack Web Development Specialization”, is composed of a series of courses taught by the University’s top faculty and accessible to anyone. (https://www.coursera.org/specializations/full-stack?utm_medium=listingPage)

The Specialization will be taught by Prof Jogesh Muppala and Prof David Rossiter from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and is designed to give students the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in Web development, including a comprehensive Capstone Project to demonstrate their skills. Towards this goal, the Specialization covers the latest in Javascript-based front-end and server-side technologies including NodeJS, the fastest growing server-side platform, and AngularJS, the most widely used client-side Javascript framework.

“A unique feature of this Specialization is the development of skills targetting mobile devices, the fastest-growing platform for Internet access.” Prof Jogesh Muppala explained.“In particular, it covers Cordova and the Ionic framework, two fastest-growing hybrid mobile application development platforms. This will prepare the students for a red-hot job market for full stack web developers.”

“HKUST has become a regional leader in e-learning through the development of innovative approaches for offering MOOCs and blended learning courses on campus,” said Prof Ting-Chuen Pong, Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice-President and Provost (Teaching Innovation and e-Learning). “We are delighted to be one of two universities being selected in Coursera’s international call for proposals for the development of this Specialization.”

“HKUST is a leading pioneer in MOOCs,” said HKUST President Prof Tony F. Chan.“Ever since the University became one of the first in Asia to join the two main platforms including Coursera in 2012, it has strived to promote and incorporate this innovative pedagogy into traditional teaching. HKUST is committed to innovative e-learning to benefit the younger generation worldwide.Being selected to develop this Specialization is a recognition of our initiatives in innovative e-learning.”

“HKUST has been an innovative partner for Coursera from early days,” said Daphne Koller, President and Co-Founder of Coursera. “The Univeristy’s Full Stack Web Development Specialization is expected to quickly reach hundreds of thousands of learners worldwide who hope to advance their careers in this high demand field, many of whom would never have had access to HKUST’s high quality instruction.”

About the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (www.ust.hk) is a world-class research university excelling in science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science. Internationally renowned for its academic rigor and accomplishments, the University promotes interdisciplinary studies and provides holistic education, nurturing well-rounded graduates with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and relevant skills to thrive in a knowledge economy. As an international university with strong ties to global thought leaders, HKUST has wide-ranging connections with Mainland China while aspiring to be a global premier knowledge hub and a center of research breakthroughs. HKUST was ranked 16th worldwide and top in Greater China in a global survey on employability of graduates in 2014. It was also branded as one of the seven fastest-rising young universities worldwide by Times Higher Education in 2015.

About Coursera
Coursera partners with over 120 top universities and educational institutions to offer hundreds of online courses and Specializations in topics from computer science to social psychology and beyond. Earn certificates from prestigious learning institutions for courses and projects developed in collaboration with top employers that teach the skills you need to succeed. Whether you want to advance your career or pursue a passion, Coursera provides open online education for everyone. For more information, visit www.coursera.org.

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