The Information Technology University (ITU Lahore) and the massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX, have signed a deal to integrate online learning courses in degree programs.

A memorandum of understanding was signed on Monday between the Information Technology University and edX.

The signing ceremony was attended by ITU Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif and Dr Anant Agarwal, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and chief executive officer of edX.

The successful collaboration between the Information Technology University and edX will lead to the formation of the first digital university in Pakistan and one of the first universities in the world to integrate courses offered by edX into the university’s accredited degree programmes.

ITU Students will also get Certificates from Partner Universities:

edX courses will be taught to students under the direct supervision of the ITU faculty, whilst using edX digital study materials and technological platform.

Upon successful completion of a given course, students at the ITU will be given a certificate by edX and the partner university, offering courses on the edX platform .

Initially, ITU is offering its students edX courses in electrical engineering by MIT. ITU students will also earn university credits and grades counting towards their degree requirements at ITU.