MOOCs at Swiss Universities

Several Swiss universities are now offering exciting Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that you can learn for free* and from home. Here’s a brief overview of the courses offered by the best universities in Switzerland –

University of Lausanne (HEC)

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations

This course aims to answer several questions, including: Why do good people sometimes make unethical decisions in Organizations? How can we protect ourselves or our organizations against that? Learn more about it here.

Starting date:  March 6, 2017

ETH Zurich

Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities

Considering the growing urbanization that the world is witnessing, this course proposes insights about livability and quality of life in a future city. Several topics will be addressed, such as urban planning, energy, climate, ecology and mobility. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: Self-paced, current

EPFL

Space Mission Design and Operations

This course will enable the participants to learn about the principles used in the design of space missions (manned or unmanned) and operations, based on the professional experience of the lecturer. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: February 22, 2017

Nature, in Code: Biology in JavaScript

The main idea of this online course is to learn JavaScript through the concrete example of key biology concepts (for example, natural selection, genetics and epidemics). Learn more about it here.

Starting date: Self-paced, current

Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function

The mammalian brain function will be mechanistically described at the level of individual nerve cells and their synaptic interactions. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: Self-paced, current

Plasma Physics: Applications

This MOOC presents plasma applications; from nuclear fusion powering the sun, to making integrated circuits, to generating electricity. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: Self-paced, current

Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies
Learn how to plan affordable and context-specific sanitation solutions. Through this course, the participants will be updated on the newest developments in urban sanitation planning and programming, and get insights about best practices examples of urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: March 6, 2017

Management of Smart Cities

The Smart Cities MOOC provides an introduction to the principles of management of smart urban infrastructures, and features a series of lectures from academics from EPFL and other universities as well as a series of interviews from expert practitioners.

Starting date: Self-paced, current

University of Geneva

Humanitarian communication: Addressing key challenges
This programme of study focuses on the challenges of communication in a humanitarian setting. More concretely, the participants will learn how to implement a communication plan in the midst of a humanitarian action. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: February 21, 2017

University of Zürich

Biodiversity and Global Change: Science & Action
Participants will learn about the concept of “biodiversity science”. For instance, the importance of biodiversity will be assessed and the processes that create and maintain diversity will also be studied. Finally, the last part of the course will focus on the major threats and challenges concerning biodiversity. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: February 27, 2017

University of Basel

Exploring Possible Futures: Modeling in Environmental and Energy Economics
This course will be aimed at determining how the future cities will look like and in what extent humans contribute to climate change. Answers will be found through the use of economic modeling and also the development by participants of a new economic model. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: To be announced

University of Lugano

Enroll in the first MOOCproduced by the Institute of Italian Studies at USI and dedicated to the Divina Commedia, entitled ‘From time to eternity. An introduction to Dante’s Commedia’. The course will be available online (in Italian) free of charge from March 21st, 2016, for a full year. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: Self-paced, current

 

* The access to the courses mentioned above are free. However, the payment of a small fee is required if the participant is willing to receive a diploma certifying his/her participation to the course.