Chinese universities jump the gun on disclosing partnerships with Coursera

In announcing its latest round of funding, online education startup Coursera said it was planning a bigger global push, particularly into Russia, India and China. And it looks like some of that expansion has already begun.
According to a report in the New York Times, representatives of Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University confirmed that they had signed agreements this month to offer Mandarin Chinese and English Classes on Coursera. And a Shanghai government website also disclosed the news earlier this month.
But apparently PR representatives for Coursera told the Times that the partnerships were “revealed prematurely” as the contracts have not yet been completed.
As hype around massive open online courses (MOOCs) has grown, more online education providers have launched overseas, including services in the U.K., Berlin, India and Latin America. But Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng previously told us that he believes his startup, which already partners with 80 institutions around the world and has raised $65 million, can make a big impact in international markets and is planning to infiltrate those areas with new mobile apps and translation and distribution partnerships.
Coursera already partners with National Taiwan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. But the partnerships with Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University would be its first in mainland China.