Bharti Airtel Limited, India’s largest telecommunications services provider, today announced its partnership with Coursera, the global leader in online education and learning, to equip its employees with advanced skills as part of its vision to build a future ready organisation.
This strategic partnership will give Airtel employees in India access to Coursera’s enterprise platform, Coursera for Business, and equip them with relevant emerging skill sets. A wide range of world-class courses on the Coursera for Business platform have been specially curated for Airtel in order to develop expertise across domains ranging from emerging technologies, network technologies, cloud computing to leadership and softer skills as well.
India, which is currently the 2nd largest mobile market globally and has the 3rd highest number of internet users in the world, is going through an enormous digital transformation triggered by emerging technologies. Airtel’s partnership with Coursera is an effort to equip its employees to be future ready. To help them achieve this, Coursera will offer a plethora of courses on Machine Learning, Data Science, Digital Technology, Cyber Security, Cloud, IoT along with some soft skill courses like Leadership, HR Skills among others, from its repertoire of more than 2000 courses. Upon completion, the learners will receive certificates from Coursera, which will add to their professional credits and qualifications.
Talking about the partnership, Srikanth Balachandran, Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Airtel said, “With technology changing dramatically, it is changing the way organizations operate and the role of an individual is evolving as well. We have always promoted a strong culture of learning within our organization as we feel that it is imperative to equip employees with specialized skills of the future. We are delighted to partner with Coursera who will help us provide world-class online certification programs to our workforce. With their help we aim to create a rich pool of talent across verticals to contribute to our vision of building a digital Airtel.”
“Keeping in mind the emerging technologies, it is of foremost importance for companies to keep the workforce ready for the future. For an organization like Airtel, being one the leading telecom players of the country working in various domains, it is critical to keep up with the pace of change. We are very confident that we can help Airtel drive their learning objectives much like the way we have for prominent IT companies, telecommunication brands across the globe, to provide courses and specializations to address the skill gap through our enterprise platform, Coursera for Business.” said Raghav Gupta, India Country Director, Coursera.
Coursera has helped millions of learners worldwide succeed and grow in their careers. Coursera for Business builds on Coursera’s unmatched technology platform and content foundation to deliver an enterprise learning solution that helps companies meet modern business challenges. Coursera for Business customers benefit from many powerful features, including curated, in-depth content from top universities, reputable and stackable certifications, a robust and easy-to-use mobile platform, and centralized program management and progress tracking tools. Within a year of launch, Coursera for Business has been adopted by more than 100 large enterprise and government customers around the world, including brands such as Axis Bank, Tata Communications, Infosys, AXA, L’Oreal, PayPal, Danone, JP Morgan Chase and AIR France-KLM.
Coursera is an online education company that partners with 150 of the world’s top universities and education institutions to offer courses, Specializations, and degrees that empower learners around the world to achieve their career, educational, and personal enrichment goals throughout their lives. Since launching in 2012, the company has grown to 29 million registered learners who can choose among 2,000 courses and 180 Specializations available to enroll in at any time.
For more information, visit www.coursera.org
About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 17 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G, 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 379 million customers across its operations at the end of June 2017.