Coursera, a leading online learning platform, has announced several new partnerships, degree and certificate programs from top-tier Indian institutions, platform innovations powered by ChatGPT, and expanded immersive learning experiences at its annual conference – Coursera Day with IIT Bombay. According to an official statement, the company also launched Coursera Hiring Solutions, which aims to connect learners in India with entry-level digital jobs worldwide.
Coursera has partnered with more than 275 leading universities and companies to bring flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. The platform offers a range of learning opportunities—from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs.
Speaking about the latest move, Chief Operating Officer of Coursera, Shravan Goli, said:
We’re excited to see our continued momentum in India, driven by the efforts of institutions and the government to equip individuals with skills for a digital future. India is one of our fastest-growing markets and is critical to our global strategy. We’re proud to support and empower learners with several new content and platform innovations to accelerate the next phase of their education and career.
The company has announced four new partnerships, one career-focused degree programme, and two university certificates. The new partnerships have been inked with S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), offering their flagship degrees online, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and industry experts like Zoho and Fractal Analysis to prepare learners for in-demand digital jobs.
PGDM (Online) from SPJIMR is a two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Management that offers an integrated approach to functional management and related problem-solving tools and includes a choice of three micro specializations in marketing, supply chain, and finance.
Expanded partnership with IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) to offer two new certificate programmes:
Decision-making Using Game Theory: The programme covers key behavioural economics and strategy concepts like Nash Equilibrium, Prisoner’s Dilemma, and Network Effects. It provides practical, interactive learning experiences through real-world case studies, live games, and experiments, enhancing students’ strategic thinking and decision-making skills. The course is designed for working professionals in strategy and general management, entrepreneurs, and graduate students.
Elephants and Cheetahs – Operations strategy: The course is meant for general management professionals and early to mid-stage functional managers. Students will learn interlinkages between various functions such as sales, marketing, HR, and operations to develop integrated business strategies. The 100% case study-based program encourages live discussions and peer learning.
To make learning and teaching more interactive, effective, and personalized, Coursera is introducing ChatGPT-powered tools and VR features:
Coursera Coach: A virtual coach powered by generative AI to answer learner questions, share personalized feedback, and provide quick video lecture summaries and resources. Rollout begins in the coming months.
AI-Assisted Coursera Building: Based on prompts from human authors, the AI-powered course-building tool will auto-generate content, including course structure, descriptions, readings, assignments, and glossaries already available on Coursera. The pilot will be available to select educator partners later this year.
Immersive learning: Expanded VR course experiences for learners on the platform. These include Courses from Duke, Peking University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington covering a range of skills such as public speaking, leadership, human physiology, mobility, language learning, and training for healthcare practitioners.
Coursera is also launching a skills-based recruitment service to unlock career opportunities for its learners:
Coursera Hiring Solutions (Beta) matches industry-trained, job-ready talent for companies filling entry-level digital roles. Job seekers can build skills and use their Skills Profile to showcase their readiness to employers with credentials, assessments, and projects. Recruiters can use the Talent Dashboard to view pre-qualified entry-level talent and verify skill proficiency at scale with job-aligned assessments. Leading Indian employers, including Axis Bank, Kantar and Appario, are piloting the offering and uncovering talent from universities such as Graphic Era Deemed to be University, K L Deemed To Be University and Chandigarh University. The solution is available in India, with plans to expand to the US soon.
Managing Director, India and APAC, Coursera, Raghav Gupta, added:
We’re committed to creating a skilled, resilient, and competitive workforce by making job-relevant education accessible and fostering institutional collaboration. Our partnerships with leading Indian educators and new platform features will make learning more relevant, personalized, and interactive for learners of all ages and backgrounds in India and abroad.
Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, to provide universal access to world-class learning. It partners with leading universities and industries to offer content and credentials, including courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, Guided Projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions worldwide use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in data science, technology, and business.