University of Oxford's First MOOC Attracts Tens of Thousands of Students

More than 33,000 people from 192 countries have enrolled in the University of Oxford’s first MOOC “From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development”, according to the institution. This free, open course, scheduled to start on February 21, 2017, on, is led by Professor Paul Collier from the Blavatnik School of Government.

United States and UK have attracted the largest number of learners, followed by India, Mexico, and Thailand, respectively, with more than 1,000 students each. Other countries such as Peru, Turkey, Nigeria, Zambia, Mongolia and Iran also rank highly, each providing hundreds of learners.

Professor Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School has explained: “All societies need a critical mass of well-informed citizens who understand key issues. That so many people from around the world have enrolled in this course demonstrate the strong appetite for that understanding.”

Other interesting figures about the pool of learners so far:

  • 42.8% female; 56.7% male
  • Median age is 30 years (31% under 25; 50% from 26 to 40; 19% 41 and over)
  • 18% high school diploma or less, 44% college degree, 36% advanced degree.

(Watch some videos of the course below)