DOST partners with online platform to offer free courses for knowledge, skills upgrading

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has partnered with a popular online learning platform to help Filipinos upgrade their knowledge and skills amid the new normal brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOST Sec. Fortunato dela Peña on Friday said that Coursera granted the department with 75,000 slots for free. This is under the platform’s Workforce Recovery Initiative Learning program and is being implemented by the DOST regional office in Caraga.

Ang Coursera ay nabigay ng 75,000 slots, so isang slot ay good sa isang tao, pero ang bawat tao pwedeng mag-enrol ng more than one course,” Dela Peña told CNN Philippines Newsroom Ngayon.

[Translation: Coursera gave us 75,000 slots, one slot is good for one person, but each learner may enroll to more than one course.]

Currently, a total of 55,942 individuals are onboard and enrolled in 736,569 courses offered by universities and organizations around the world.

He also noted that top courses being taken up by learners are those related to business, language learning, and computer science.

Dela Peña said that this program intends to help mostly those in the public sector to upgrade their skills, especially during this time of the pandemic that has led to the creation of new work set ups.

According to DOST-Caraga, anyone above 18 years old, in or out of the region, can apply in the program until Oct. 31. Successful applicants will be emailed with an invitation to accept the grant.

Learners can complete their courses until Dec. 31.