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April 30, 2013 11:11 am

New Online Course at Hebrew University Attracts Students from Lebanon, Iran and Saudi Arabia

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Scan of the human brain. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A new online course offered by Hebrew University is bringing the world together a synapse at a time, reports.

The school has started teaching a global course in partnership with Coursera, which provides free online courses from senior lecturers at universities across the globe. Synapses, Neurons and Brains, as the course is titled, has attracted approximately 40,000 students from around the world, including students from Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, India, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco and Algeria, as well as  Europe, South America, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

“The course incorporates an active forum where students are invited to ask questions and there are active discussions. Students come from different backgrounds   some without any prior knowledge in the field of brain research,” said Guy Eyal, a moderator from the Hebrew University. “The most interesting thing is the number of students coming from dozens of different countries all over the world. This is really globalization at its best.”

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