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Germany’s Leuphana launches Online-University in 91 countrys

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Students from all over the world design models for life in the city. Not only South African and German students can participate in this course.

The Leuphana University Lüneburg is entering the online tertiary education sector. Participation in its new "Digital School" is open to people from all over the world free of charge and with unrestricted admission. Leuphana is the first German University to offer its digital range via its own individual facility. A special feature is the awarding of credits. Depending on their home university these credits may be countable towards the participating students‘ degree program.

In the first Leuphana-Online-University course "ThinkTank Cities" participants design models for future living in urban centers under the direction of renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. The closing date for applications is January 21. Details can be found on the Leuphana webpage www.leuphana.de/digital-school. The three-month course starts on January 23, 2013.

So-called social learning systems are radically changing the field of academic education and setting new standards for the communication of knowledge. Internationally distinguished scientists from the Columbia University New York, the Arizona State University, the London School of Economics, the Goldsmiths University of London, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the ETH Zurich, the Collegium Helveticum and the University of Zurich, the Sun Yat-Sen University Guangzhou and the City University Hong Kong, as well as leading experts from politics, media and economy will be advising students participating in the first online course at Leuphana.

Participants in the Leuphana online course "ThinkTank Cities" will be working in teams of five. They will solve theoretical and practical assignments and accompany the work of the other groups through commentary and evaluation. Further down the line they will translate their ideas of the city of the future into 2D- and 3D-models.