The American University in Cairo (AUC) has elected to grant course credits to their students who successfully complete the MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). AUC will be both the first university in the Middle East and the first international school to award course credit for this program. The DEDP MicroMasters was developed by MIT’s Department of Economics, together with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)–a sister organization to J-WEL. It is comprised of five online courses, including the following:
- Data Analysis for Social Scientists
- The Challenges of Global Poverty
- Foundations of Development Policy, and
- Designing & Running Randomized Evaluations.
J-PAL Director Esther Duflo explains the current enrollment and importance of the DEDP MicroMasters:
At this point, we have students from 190 countries working hard to master the material and earn our MicroMasters credential. When universities recognize these learners’ efforts by offering credit for our classes this creates new opportunities for students all over the world. Universities often struggle to spot talent in unusual places, stacking the cards against those who didn’t attend prestigious universities for their undergraduate degrees. The MicroMasters helps alleviate these issues, as universities — MIT included — can rely on the credential to select the best and the brightest regardless of background. We see enormous potential in this blended learning model, and are thrilled that others see it, too.
A free informational webinar on the 2018 DEDP MicroMasters program will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00). To find out more or register for this webinar, please click here.
J-WEL members receive a discount on MITx MicroMasters programs.