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Trinity to offer free online courses

TCD has teamed up with universities in the UK and Australia to offer courses online, free-of-charge from later this year.

College Park, Trinity College
College Park, Trinity College
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TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN has announced plans to offer courses online for free in an international partnership with a number of other universities.

The new initiative, FutureLearn, will see Trinity partner up with other universities such as Australia’s Monash University and the University of Edinburgh to offer free online courses.

The courses will become available later this year on FutureLearn.com.

FutureLearn was founded by the Open University,  itself a pioneer of online and distance education for the past four decades, and now has 26 partnerships with universities across the UK with Trinity becoming the first Irish institution to join the collaboration.

“Both innovative and transformational in its potential, FutureLearn, will increase the global reach of our courses renowned for their excellence and research-led teaching,” TCD provost Dr Patrick Prendergast said.

“It will widen participation and provide educational opportunities to prospective students and new audiences.”

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