World University Rankings by MOOC Performance 2021 - Results are out

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Coventry University (UK) has been named as the world's best university for its provision of Massive Open Online Courses or "MOOCs" in MoocLab's World University Rankings by MOOC Performance 2021.

MOOCs are educational courses which are delivered online and are open and available for anyone to enrol. MOOCs are often delivered by renowned professors from prestigious universities and they're usually free to access, making them an affordable and flexible way to gain in-demand skills.

Released today, the World University Rankings by MOOC Performance 2021 (WURMP 2021) include 200 universities covering 34 different countries across the world offering online courses on the three leading MOOC platforms - Coursera, edX and FutureLearn. This year, 14 new entrants are included in the top 200 with 255 universities evaluated in total.

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The tables rank universities based on 5 performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across the number of MOOCs provided, the provision of course programs, course programs bearing credit, MOOC-based degrees and the institution's average world ranking*.

Coventry University (UK) took the #1 rank primarily through its impressive provision of 21 MOOC-based degrees* available on the FutureLearn Platform - that's 15 more degrees than the next best achieving university for their number of MOOC-based degrees, Deakin University (Australia) with 6 degrees also delivered via FutureLearn.

*Figures taken before end of year 2020.

Overall, US universities dominate the rankings with 55 universities listed in the top 200, 37 in the top 100 and 7 in the top 10. University of Michigan and Arizona State University have #2 and #3 places. The United Kingdom follows with 30 universities in the top 200, 12 in the top 100 and 2 in the top ten. Australia is the only other country to have a university making it to the top ten with the University of Queensland.



*The average world university ranking is the mean score obtained from three of the most trusted World University Rankings: Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE), QS World University Rankings (QS) and Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Although the US has the highest number of universities in the top 200 by country, Europe heads the leaderboard by world region with 41% of all 200 universities being based there, followed by North America (31%), Asia (12%) and Oceana with 9%. The picture changes however when looking at the Top 100 universities where North America leads with 41% of universities represented compared to 32% in Europe. These figures show very little change to those reported in the 2019 - 2020 WURMP rankings.



MOOC platform Coursera holds the lead in the number of partner universities listed in the rankings with a total of 68 institutions ranked in the Top 100 compared to 50 for edX and 19 for FutureLearn. However, edX has the highest number of universities listed in the Top 10 with a total of 6 compared to 5 for Coursera and 4 for FutureLearn. Both Coursera and edX have 3 university partners in the Top 5, whereas FutureLearn claims the Top 2 overall with Coventry University and University of Michigan.

To note, some universities deliver courses on multiple platforms.


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