The U.S. based-online learning platform Coursera has announced that the users can now use Alipay to earn and purchase Verified Certificates according to the company website. The online education provider also claims that it now has a million registered users in China, its largest market outside of the U.S. 

Coursera’s entry into China has been facilitated by a slew of partnerships, helping it to localize content and extend their platform capabilities. The addition of Alipay, one of the country’s largest e-commerce tools, is the next step into a market where education apps are currently thriving.

In July 2013 two top Shanghai-based universities Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University, reached partnership with Coursera to provide open online courses. Three months later, Coursera partnered with Chinese science community Goukr to translate English courses into Chinese. 150 Goukr volunteers took part in the translation project in partnership community translation website Yeeyan.  

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com