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MathWorks and edX Announce New MATLAB Course Offering

MathWorks | December 01, 2021

Accelerated engineering and scientific education
MathWorks, the leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists, in partnership with edX, the leading global online learning platform, today announced the availability of MATLAB Essentials, an introductory course on the widely used programming environment, through edX. Registration for the course is now open at www.edx.org/course/matlab-Essentials.

MATLAB Essentials was created as an introductory course for students and professionals who need to learn MATLAB® to advance their education or careers. Millions of engineers and scientists worldwide use MATLAB to build advanced applications in machine learning, deep learning, signal processing, communications, image processing, and control systems.

Students of the course will master the essentials of MATLAB to perform data visualization, data analysis, programming, and app design interactively with minimum time writing code. The course takes approximately four weeks and, upon completion, learners will be able to process, analyze, and visualize data collected nearly everywhere in today's digital world. Additionally, the course will give participants the skills needed to prepare for the MathWorks Certified MATLAB Associate exam. Certification verifies valuable transferable skills to help accelerate academic and professional growth.

“Growth in the high technology industry due to Industry 4.0 continues to accelerate, and that means even greater demand for workers with foundational programming skills like MATLAB,” said Anant Agarwal, edX Founder and MIT Professor. “Partnering with MathWorks to bring this essential course to our community of 40 million learners means more people will have access to this career-relevant knowledge, giving them a leg up in the competitive job market.”

“MathWorks is committed to accelerating engineering and scientific education, and opening access to MATLAB for learners everywhere. edX is renowned for its high caliber curriculum and user-friendly platform, and this course provides a strong foundation for those looking to develop MATLAB skills. We look forward to offering additional learning content through edX in the future.”

Craig Santos, Director of Training Services for MathWorks

About edX
edX is the education movement for restless learners and a leading global online learning platform from 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU). Together with the majority of the world’s top-ranked universities and industry-leading companies, we bring our community of over 40 million learners world-class education to support them at every stage of their lives and careers, from free courses to full degrees. And we're not stopping there — we're relentlessly pursuing our vision of a world where every learner can access education to unlock their potential, without the barriers of cost or location. 

About MathWorks
MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of engineers and scientists, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial automation, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink® are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 5,000 people in 16 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. 

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