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 Geneva

Children’s Human Rights – An Interdisciplinary Introduction

Drawing on the contributions of several academic disciplines including law, psychology, sociology, history, educational and health sciences, economy and anthropology, an interdisciplinary approach guides the student into a selection of critical issues concerning children’s rights.

Starting date: April 30, 2018
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International Water Law

In recent decades, international law has undergone a series of major developments in order to accommodate the many new facets of freshwater management and protection. The adoption of universal, regional and basin instruments highlights how important it is to study the evolution of international water regulations and to be able to identify the main principles in this field. This course aims to provide the necessary background to understand and examine the regulation applicable to transboundary freshwaters especially to rivers, lakes and aquifers.

Starting date: May 14, 2018
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École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Introduction to Astrophysics

How can we study the Universe we live in using the only available information it provides us with: light? This course provides an overview of the physical phenomena at play in the astronomical objects surrounding us, from planets and stars to the cosmic filaments, from galaxies such as our own Milky Way to large galaxy clusters.

Starting date: self-paced, current
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MATLAB and Octave for Beginners

Take an exciting crash course in MATLAB and Octave programming. Both languages allow users to experiment with advanced mathematical functions and produce exciting matrix visualisations.

Starting date: self-paced, current
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Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development

Technology innovation can be a great enabler for development and in low and middle-income countries. This course presents a methodology and an approach to develop impactful innovations that have the power to foster sustainable development.

Starting date: self-paced, current
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University of Lausanne

Disease Screening in Public Health

Current and future public health is characterized by the increase of chronic and degenerative diseases, corresponding to the worldwide ageing of the population. This MOOC will help you understand the important concepts for screening programs that will be explored through a series of examples that are the most relevant to public health today.

Starting date: May 7, 2018
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University of Basel

Statistical Shape Modelling: Computing the Human Anatomy

In this free online course, you will get insights from mathematics, statistics and machine learning, in order to address practical problems, as well as a theoretical and practical introduction to the open source software Scalismo.

Starting date: current, self-paced
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One Health: Connecting Humans, Animals and the Environment

In today’s globalised world, old diseases persist and new illnesses spread faster than ever thanks to interconnected ecosystems and the close ties between humans and animals. Stressing this interrelatedness, One Health calls for closer cooperation between human and animal health. This course explores how One Health works in practice, bringing together different scientific perspectives.

Starting date: current, self-paced
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ETH Zürich

Smart Cities

Smart cities, such as Zurich and Boston, consist of human-made structures or environments that are, in some capacity, monitored, metered, networked and controlled. In this architecture course, you will learn the basics of information cities and urban science research, as well as how dynamic behavior and citizen-driven learning differentiate the responsive city from the smart city.

Starting date: self-paced, current
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Autonomous Mobile Robots

Robots are rapidly evolving from factory workhorses, which are physically bound to their work-cells, to increasingly complex machines capable of performing challenging tasks in our daily environment. The objective of this course is to provide the basic concepts and algorithms required to develop mobile robots that act autonomously in complex environments.

Starting date: self-paced, June 18, 2018
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University of Zürich

An Intuitive Introduction to Probability

This course will provide an intuitive and practical introduction into Probability Theory. You will be able to learn how to apply Probability Theory in different scenarios and you will earn a “toolbox” of methods to deal with uncertainty in your daily life.

Starting date: May 28, 2018
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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.

Starting date: current
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* 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.