The Coursera returned to Crimea despite sanctions

American platform of online learning, Coursera has received a special license from the division of the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control and resumed work in the Crimea. About this newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to the head of Institute of education development HSE Isaac Frumin.

According to Frumin, the license was obtained at the end of June. This became known from the representative of Coursera Inessa novel. “We think it is very important that the opportunity to receive the best education was all who need it, wherever they were,” she said.

Frumin said that during the international conference EdCrunch in 2015, the HSE rector Yaroslav Kuzminov told the American Professor that the US sanctions that affected Coursera, “nullify the idea of education as a global public good”. Position Kuzminova was actively supported by professors. Then the Russian Association of global universities gave the Professor Stanford University Daphne Koller, who is one of the founders of Coursera, an official request to return the access service for the residents of the Crimea. Frumin noted that this was an important argument in negotiations with Coursera and the state Department.

Sanctions against Russia and Crimea were imposed by the US and the European Union in 2014. Restrictive measures were imposed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and the beginning of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.