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Students from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Iran and Pakistan learn about the human brain at the Hebrew University

Course is taught online by Prof. Idan Segev in the framework of the Hebrew University’s partnership with Coursera, which offers free online courses from senior lecturers at leading universities in the world

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has started teaching its first course in partnership with Coursera, which provides free online courses from senior lecturers at the world’s leading universities. The course, Synapses, Neurons and Brains, will acquaint students with the human brain’s functioning and basic components, exciting aspects of current brain research, and the future of brain research. The nine-week course, which began on May 31, is taught by Prof. Idan Segev of the Hebrew University’s Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences.

Approximately 40,000 students from around the world registered for the course, including students from Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, India, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco and Algeria, as well as  Europe, South America, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
"The course incorporates an active forum where students are invited to ask questions and there are active discussions. Students come from different backgrounds   some without any prior knowledge in the field of brain research," said Guy Eyal, a moderator from the Hebrew University. "The most interesting thing is the number of students coming from dozens of different countries all over the world. This is really globalization at its best," said Eyal.
According to Prof. Idan Segev, "We are in a unique moment in the study of the brain, as Europe and the U.S. have just announced huge projects costing billions of dollars to advance our understanding of both healthy and diseased brains." Professor Segev is a partner in the giant Human Brain Project that was recently granted one billion Euros by the European Union.
In addition to the course on brain science, other courses will soon be offered by Hebrew University faculty including Prof. Yaakov Nahmias, director of the Center for Bioengineering, and Prof. Jonathan Garb, the 2010 recipient of the Hebrew University President’s Prize for Outstanding Researcher, who teaches at the Department of Jewish Thought at the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies.  Dr. Yuval Noah Harari will also offer a course on Coursera.
In September 2012 the Hebrew University announced it would partner with Coursera, joining leading U.S. and international universities to make quality content available outside the classroom. The initiative will enable millions of people worldwide to learn from Hebrew University faculty who are leaders in their fields. The Hebrew University is the only Israeli university in the program, alongside partners such as Caltech (California Institute of Technology), Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University and Stanford University.
Coursera was founded in 2011 by Stanford University professors looking for a way to use technology to bring higher education to more people. Backed by leading venture capital firms, Coursera is on a mission to change the world by educating millions of people, by offering classes from top universities and professors online for free. More information and course registration are available at
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Students from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Iran and Pakistan learn about the human brain at the Hebrew University