A Harvard University qualification on your resume will look quite impressive and certainly give you that extra touch of intellectual class. The additional knowledge gained from the free online course could also be a significant confidence booster.
When you are job searching, every extra point counts. And for immigrants to Canada, the more competitive advantages you have, the better.
Notwithstanding, the astronomical cost of studying in Harvard University makes it unreachable and even unthinkable for most people. This is especially true for newcomers to Canada who are also juggling many balls at the same time.
Under the Harvard Extension School and edX platform, Harvard and a number of other Ivy League universities are offering a wide range of free online courses. For a modest sum, often less than $300, an audited certificate can be issued by the university on course completion.
Some of the courses offered include:
- Entrepreneurship in Emerging Market
- Accounting and Financial Statement
- Introduction to Digital Humanities
- Artificial Intelligence Principles
- Fundamentals of Neuroscience
- Leadership Foundational Principles
- Money, Markets and Morals
- Harvard Business Analytics Program
A recent survey by City Square Associates of 1000 online students demonstrated the value of the Harvard brand. 25% of the respondents said they have received a promotion as a result of the Harvard online course.
More than half said it led to an increased scope of work, and even more interesting, one-third said they were able to transition into a new field. Others reported increased attention from recruiters.
Harvard online courses are aimed at a wide range of professionals, and are designed to foster transformational and creative solutions to modern challenges and disruptions. Courses are provided in a wide range of subjects including Business, Computer Programming, Biochemistry, Mathematics and Health & Medicine.
Harvard is undoubtedly an elite university. It has the oldest academic library in the world consisting of 20.4 million volumes, 180,000 serial titles, over 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs and 124 million archived web pages.
Professionals, business owners, new immigrants to Canada as well as fresh graduates seeking extra knowledge, now have an Ivy League free online option at Harvard. Free feels good!