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Coursera companions with IFC and the European Fee to publish international examine on ladies and on-line studying in rising markets 

New examine uncovers challenges, greatest practices, and promise of on-line studying to create extra alternative for girls and underserved populations within the post-pandemic financial system 

By Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content material Officer, Coursera

In partnership with IFC and the European Fee, I’m happy to announce our international examine on ladies and on-line studying in rising markets. Our analysis addresses data gaps associated to on-line studying participation and labor market outcomes for girls in growing international locations, and informs  public-private sector approaches to cut back  social fairness gaps within the new financial system.  

Girls and different underrepresented teams have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and automation. Expertise is creating jobs, however weak populations want entry to versatile, reasonably priced, and fast-tracked studying and profession pathways to reap the benefits of these new alternatives. 

Whereas there’s work to be accomplished, the Girls and On-line Studying in Rising Markets uncovered some promising traits. Among the many findings: 

On-line studying can result in profession outcomes in rising markets.

  • About one-third of the ladies learners surveyed stated they discovered a brand new job, arrange a enterprise, or improved their job or enterprise efficiency after taking on-line programs. 
  • Twenty-two p.c of girls noticed a rise of their revenue, practically 40% of whom reported a rise of 10% or extra. 
  • Almost half (47%) of learners who joined Coursera to start out or develop their enterprise succeeded in doing so – and ladies and men achieved equal outcomes.
  • On-line schooling produces positive factors inside the broader financial system by way of direct and oblique results: one job is created for each 30 folks educated on Coursera within the 4 focus international locations. 

Elevated demand for on-line studying is more likely to outlast the pandemic. 

  • In the course of the pandemic, ladies’s participation in on-line studying globally jumped from a median of 39% within the earlier three years to 45% in 2020 and 2021. 
  • Almost each learner stated they plan to proceed studying on-line (75%) or in a blended format (24%) after the pandemic. 

Girls and different underserved populations view on-line studying as extra accessible than in-person schooling.

  • 45% of girls and 60% of girls caregivers stated they’d have needed to postpone or cease research if on-line studying weren’t an choice.
  • Almost half of the learners surveyed reported incomes of their nation’s backside fiftieth percentile of revenue.
  • Amongst learners in Mexico and India who recognized as lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+), 40% stated they had been extra more likely to ask questions and over half (51%) had been extra more likely to voice their opinions on-line in comparison with conventional lecture rooms.
  • 17% of all learners self-identified as disabled, reporting a slight choice for blended studying.

The examine attracts on consumer information from practically 97 million Coursera learners in over 190 international locations, surveys of practically 10,000 learners throughout Egypt, India, Mexico, and Nigeria who accomplished a minimum of one lesson on the platform, and interviews with over 70 international learners and trade consultants.

I’m hopeful that the information and insights from this report will assist the private and non-private sectors work collectively to construct aggressive, equitable, and sustainable workforces – and assist ladies and different underrepresented teams unlock their full financial potential.  

To obtain the complete Girls and On-line Studying in Rising Markets report, please go to



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