We are thrilled to welcome Telmex as the newest member of our Next Decade Alliance, and we greatly appreciate their support for MIT OpenCourseWare. Here is the press release:
Telmex makes sponsorship commitment to MIT OpenCourseWare
Joins Accenture, MathWorks, Dow and Lockheed Martin in OCW Next Decade Alliance to support global educational opportunity
CAMBRIDGE, MA, May 30, 2013 — Telmex has joined Accenture, MathWorks, Dow and Lockheed Martin as a member of MIT OpenCourseWare’s Next Decade Alliance (http://ocw.mit.edu/about/next-decade/alliance/). Next Decade Alliance sponsors make significant multi-year commitments supporting MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), MIT’s effort to share the core academic materials—including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams—from all of MIT’s courses. The materials are made freely available on the web under open licenses that permit reuse, modification and redistribution of the content for non-profit purposes.
Since OCW’s launch in 2002, the program has shared materials from more than 2,150 MIT courses, including video recordings of the complete lectures from 50 classes, through the OCW site (http://ocw.mit.edu). OCW has distributed 339 copies of the site on hard drives to universities in bandwidth constrained regions, and translation partners have created more than 1,000 translated version of OCW courses. In the past decade, OCW materials have been accessed by 150 million educators and learners worldwide.
“Telmex and MIT have a long history together and we are very pleased to enter the latest chapter of this relationship,” says MIT President L. Rafeal Reif. “The Next Decade Alliance will provide OCW the resources to build on its past success and innovate in bringing educational opportunities to the world.”
In the next ten years, OCW is poised to explore the rapidly expanding world of open education. Though a series of initiatives supported by the Next Decade Alliance, MIT will push forward in expanding the reach of OCW materials, explore how OCW content can be shaped to meet the needs of specific audiences, experiment with a broader open education ecosystem including online communities, and work with teachers to bring OCW content into more classrooms.
“Telmex is proud to play a role in broadening access to education, and in exploring the possibilities of the web in improving the lives of millions around the world,” says Telmex. The agreement with MIT, is part of the efforts made TELMEX permanently for more than 20 years to promote digital inclusion in Mexico. This ongoing work has benefited more than 3.5 million students, teachers, parents, researchers and older adults, from all socioeconomic levels of the population, providing education and digital culture from the basic level to the most specialized in Information Technology and Education. In this regard, it highlights the work done by the Academic Platform: Technological Innovation for Higher Education, which already includes more than 340 institutions of higher education and research in Latin America, promoting the collaborative work of these institutions. “This is an effort we feel is truly worthy of Telmex’ sustained support”, says Héctor Slim Seade, Telmex CEO.
Telmex is a pioneer in digital inclusion 22 years working in the promotion of education and digital culture, with initiatives such as the creation of the Instituto Tecnologico de Telmex (INTTELMEX); a program for scholarships for outstanding students and Houses of Fellow with equipment, internet access and training; Telmex Digital Libraries where people have the same facilities: Internet access, computer equipment on site and free loan. In Mexico now we have more than 3,600 Digital Libraries that have benefited more than 3.5 million Mexicans. We also work with local and state governments for traditional Public Libraries migrate to Digital Libraries, under the same scheme of operation. As a result of our experiences, this year came Telcel Infinitum Digital Village, recognized by Guinness World Record as the largest gathering of digital inclusion in the world, having trained in ten days to more than 152,000 people of all ages and socioeconomic levels.
About MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of substantially all of MIT’s undergraduate and graduate courses—more than 2,000 in all—available on the Web, free of charge, to any user in the world. OCW receives an average of 1.5 million web site visits per month from more than 215 countries and territories worldwide. To date, more than 150 million individuals have accessed OCW materials.
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