As China’s tech scene continues to evolve at a rapid pace, Chinese universities struggle to prepare their students for the world outside of the classroom.

“We need to reduce the gap between the theories and concepts taught in class and the expectations and realities of the corporate world,” says Jianwei Jiang, the Vice Director of “the Office of MOOC” at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. “That’s why we have to take the knowledge and tools from the corporate world to prepare students for the future.”

Specifically, Shanghai Jiao Tong University wants MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) that are designed by tech companies. On Thursday, IBM and Shanghai Jiao Tong University announced that the university’s online platform for free MOOCs,  CNMOOC (好大学在线), now features courses from IBM’s ‘Big Data University‘. IBM is CNMOOC’s first corporate partner and has contributed 22 courses on big data analytics topics, such as Hadoop, Spark, and data analysis with ‘R’, an open source programming language.

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Eva Xiao

Eva Xiao is a tech reporter based in Shanghai. Contact her at eva.xiao@technode.com or evawxiao (wechat & twitter).