Crimea residents will no longer be permitted to register for courses on edX.org, amid Executive Order issued by US President President Obama, reads the statement on official EdX website.
This comes as the United States imposed sanctions against Crimea in Dec, showing its policy of non-recognition the region’s unification with Russia.
“EdX has applied for a license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets and Control (OFAC) to allow us to offer courses to these learners and we are awaiting a determination from OFAC on our application. We are deeply sorry the U.S. government has determined that we have to block these learners, and we are working diligently to rectify this situation as soon as possible”- reads the statement.
“We believe that a similar OFAC license for edX with respect to Crimea will not interfere with U.S. foreign policy goals served by the sanctions. To the contrary, edX learners have the chance to study concepts of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and in all courses, edX learners directly experience the free exchange of ideas in an academic setting”- said in the statement.
“EdX believes that an educated world is a better world. We are hopeful that we will receive specific authorization from OFAC to be able offer education to learners throughout the world, including learners in the Crimea region. However, until we receive such authorization, we regretfully must block learners in Crimea from all edX courses”- summed up in the statement.
Note: EdX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider and online learning platform. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience, some at no charge. It also conducts research into learning based on how people use its platform. EdX differs from other MOOC platforms, such Coursera and Udacity, in that it is nonprofit and runs on an open-source software platform.
EdX was founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in May 2012. There are currently more than 60 schools, nonprofits, corporations, and international organizations that offer or plan to offer courses on the edX website. As of 22 October 2014, edX has more than 3 million users taking over 300 courses online.