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Published 11 September 2012 06:17, Updated 12 September 2012 06:13
Hallowed halls ... Learnings from leading institutions such as Harvard University are no longer off limits to entrepreneurs who can’t afford to enrol. Photo: Greg Newington
The tyranny of distance presents challenges for many Australian and Kiwi entrepreneurs, but getting access to business courses from some of the world’s leading colleges and universities is no longer one of them. What’s more, it can often be done for free.
Opening up the new world for entrepreneurs on both sides of the Tasman are websites such as Udacity, edX and Coursera, which offer free access to courses from some of the world’s leading tertiary institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Stanford University.
The courses are proving wildly popular, with The New York Timesreporting in August last year that 58,000 students signed up for a course offer by two Silicon Valley experts. As the NYT notes, that’s nearly four times the size of Stanford’s entire student body.
Entrepreneurs who take the free courses won’t get a qualification, but they do gain access to some of the best educational brains on the planet.
Singaporean website sgentrepreneurs.com has trawled through some of the courses on Udacity, edX and Coursera to come up with a few it thinks are particularly helpful for start-ups:
Online learning resources don’t end there either, with sites such as the Khan Academy offering coaching, as well as access to the types of problems prospective Google and Apple employees are expected to be able to solve.