We are about to celebrate our two year anniversary here at Coursera, and we have exciting news to share with you. In the past two years, Coursera has grown significantly – we have expanded our offerings to over 600 courses, partnered with 108 leading institutions, engaged 7 million learners, and worked to build products that provide students worldwide a great education. And we couldn’t have done any of it without a phenomenal team, which has now grown to around 100 people.
Throughout our growth, we have always kept paramount our mission to change the world through education. It is with this in mind that we are thrilled to announce that, starting in April of this year, Rick Levin will join our team as CEO. Rick was until recently the President of Yale University, and is a sought-after government advisor and business leader. We are eager to leverage Rick’s expertise and leadership to accelerate us toward Coursera’s mission.
Rick comes to us after a highly successful 20-year tenure in higher education. As Yale’s president, he led numerous initiatives to strengthen the university’s brand, pedagogy, areas of study (including science, engineering and medicine), international relationships, and open knowledge sharing. Rick was instrumental in launching Yale’s visionary foray into online education, first in partnership with Stanford and Oxford, and later with Open Yale Courses. He also played a key…