RWTH Aachen University Offers New MicroMasters Program


It is the first German university out of only 23 higher education institutions worldwide to provide such a course: Via the edX online learning platform, RWTH Aachen University makes it possible for learners worldwide to complete a so-called MicroMasters credential. Successfully completed, the credential can be recognized as credit towards a full-time Master's degree program.

The English-taught Micromasters from RWTH Aachen University, titled “Managing Technology & Innovation: How to Deal with Disruptive Change,” is scheduled to start in May 2017. It was developed by TIME, the Technology, Innovation, Marketing, Entrepreneurship Research Area at RWTH’s School of Business and Economics. The program is supported and certified by the newly founded RWTH Business School.

The edX online learning platform was founded in 2012 by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. EdX offers massive open online courses, so-called MOOCs, from leading universities worldwide to learners everywhere. International higher education institutions contributing to edX include Harvard University, MIT, Université Paris-Sorbonne, and Delft University of Technology. In 2016, about 12,000 students from all over the world registered for RWTH’s first offering on edX on the topic of entrepreneurship.

As Professor Malte Brettel, RWTH’s Vice-Rector for Industry and Business Relations, explains: “The Micromasters program makes it possible for working professionals to complete a high-quality continuing education program, which provides them with an opportunity to take their careers to the next level.” Furthermore, participants have the chance to get to know the academic offerings of the German University of Excellence without the burden of a larger financial investment.

The online courses for the MicroMasters are created by the Media for Teaching unit at RWTH Aachen University.