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Meedan partners with leading global organizations to translate education resources

Meedan is extremely proud to share the following press release, announcing our partnership with - amongst others - Taghreedat and Coursera to translate MOOC resources into Arabic.

Coursera, a leading Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider, is announcing a partnership with ten top organizations from eight countries to translate complete course lectures across multiple disciplines for students around the world, for free.

Leading translation companies, philanthropic organizations, mobile carriers, nonprofits, corporations and universities have joined forces in this partnership, including Digital OctoberEs CorporationKcellKoc UniversityLemann FoundationMeedan, New Thinking, Taghreedat, and Victor Pinchuk Foundation. The organizations will begin translating select courses into many of the most popular language markets reflected by Coursera students: Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Japanese, Ukrainian, Kazakh, and Arabic. Each Coursera Global Translation Partner will begin by translating 3-5 select courses, with the majority of translated courses being available by September 2013.

Additionally, Coursera is partnering with Transifex to use their continuous localization platform. Transifex’s cloud-based tool will host Coursera’s translatable content and allow these organizations and individuals to easily contribute course translations from anywhere.

Students can log in to Coursera and check class landing pages for updated information on translation offerings in the coming months. For the time being, course lectures will be translated via subtitles while all other course material, including quizzes and assignments, will remain in the course’s original language. Coursera’s long-term goal is to have our platform localized to global audiences.

Since Coursera launched, the company has been taking large strides to connect people with a great education and help students learn without limits. Over the past few months, Coursera has welcomed 29 new universities to its platform, in addition to 6 educational institutions and museums, bringing the total number of participating institutions up to 69. The new additions include 16 international schools that offer courses in Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish. In April 2013, Coursera also kicked off a pilot translation project with Russian organization Digital October.

Now, by joining forces with top organizations globally to produce fully translated course lectures, Coursera and our translation partners are taking a giant leap forward toward making high-quality education accessible to anyone, anywhere — regardless of what language they speak.