HEC Partners With Coursera to Offer Free Training to Pakistani Youth

As part of its ongoing commitment to equip Pakistani youth with high-demand skills needed for jobs of the future, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has embarked on the third phase of its partnership with Coursera through the Digital Learning and Skills Enrichment Initiative (DLSEI).

HEC launched DLSEI in 2018 in partnership with Coursera, and the previous two phases of the program witnessed a cumulative 0.25 million hours of online training for 12,000 learners. Some of the popular industry courses are in the areas of project management, data analytics, programming, social media marketing, and soft skills like negotiation, communication, public speaking, and presentation.

In the third phase of DLSEI in 2023, HEC will sponsor skill development opportunities for Pakistan’s youth by offering free access to 5,300 online courses and 3,400 guided projects on Coursera across 11 domains with a view to rapidly deploying high-quality digital and human skill training at scale across the country.

In his remarks about the HEC-Coursera partnership, Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that the objective of the bilateral partnership is to ensure maximum utilization of the opportunity to provide Pakistani youth with online certifications and courses to enhance their skills.

He vowed that HEC and Coursera would strengthen their partnership by following a building-blocks-mechanism to gradually build upon their achievements. “Let’s work together for a common goal of benefitting mankind by equipping the youth with relevant skills,” he emphasized.

The Chairman said HEC believes in employing education as diplomacy to jointly solve the borderless problems facing the entire world. He urged local universities to adopt the Coursera courses and incentivize the course-picking students with special credits.

The Director of International Governments at Coursera, Mr. Matt Klein, said,

The youth today are graduating into a new labor market that demands new skills, reshaped by automation and the pandemic.  Coursera is honored to partner with HEC to equip the next generation of talent in Pakistan with the skills and credentials needed to unlock their full earning potential in the digital economy.

He maintained that it is gratifying to see that HEC is responding to the pressing trends by improving access to job-relevant education and skilling to deliver better outcomes for the country’s youth.

He asserted that HEC’s vision and leadership will improve the lives of tens of thousands of students navigating the digital economy. He said it is Coursera’s privilege to be the learning partner of choice to make this vision a reality.

Coursera is a global online learning platform with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning, with 110 million registered learners as of September 30, 2022.

Coursera partners with over 275 leading university and industry partners, including Yale University, Stanford University, Google, IBM, and Microsoft, to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including guided projects, courses, specializations, certificates, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

More than 7,000 institutions have used Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students, including in high-demand fields such as data science, technology, and business.


  • I paid the fees but never got access to Coursera, sent several emails to HEC, posted on their FB, no response.

      • I paid for lat test to @hecpkofficial Some of my friends get their result but they didn’t upload my result waiting from 72 hours as I complained on their official email and they do not reply.
        This is the Pakistani educational culture?
        #HECUNFAIR #LATTESTREVIEW #HEC

      • Yai notification hec k taraf sai nhi hai yai jhoot hai. Abhi jo yai post ap dhekte ho yai website hai propakistani. Agr is tarah hota hainto phit news par ajaega

    • I got a link via university mail to access my account, after almost 2 months of paying fee. But it worked.

    • just go to the coursera website and start the course also apply for the financial aid and it will be free for you. No need of HEC and any fees.

  • I really appreciate HEC this step keeping in view market demand at digital world. I will love to serve and take courses, Projects

  • That’s a very good step , how can we take these courses? How to apply for the course?

    • I paid for lat test to @hecpkofficial Some of my friends get their result but they didn’t upload my result waiting from 72 hours as I complained on their official email and they do not reply.
      This is the Pakistani educational culture?
      #HECUNFAIR #LATTESTREVIEW #HEC

    • Yai notification hec k taraf sai nhi hai yai jhoot hai. Abhi jo yai post ap dhekte ho yai website hai propakistani. Agr is tarah hota hainto phit news par ajaega

    • I paid for lat test to @hecpkofficial Some of my friends get their result but they didn’t upload my result waiting from 72 hours as I complained on their official email and they do not reply.
      This is the Pakistani educational culture?
      #HECUNFAIR #LATTESTREVIEW #HEC

  • Good to know this initiative by HEC, waiting to be taken in onboarding with different skill sets, want to learn the mechanism for enrollment in various course. Anybody here may guide?

    • I paid for lat test to @hecpkofficial Some of my friends get their result but they didn’t upload my result waiting from 72 hours as I complained on their official email and they do not reply.
      This is the Pakistani educational culture?
      #HECUNFAIR #LATTESTREVIEW #HEC

    • I paid for lat test to @hecpkofficial Some of my friends get their result but they didn’t upload my result waiting from 72 hours as I complained on their official email and they do not reply.
      This is the Pakistani educational culture?
      #HECUNFAIR #LATTESTREVIEW #HEC

    • I paid for lat test to @hecpkofficial Some of my friends get their result but they didn’t upload my result waiting from 72 hours as I complained on their official email and they do not reply.
      This is the Pakistani educational culture?
      #HECUNFAIR #LATTESTREVIEW #HEC

  • Delighted to hear such good news. Programmes like these are much-needed especially when our education system doesn’t acquire us with necessary skills required for work life. Thank you HEC!

    For everyone asking, you should be able to take this course for free when downloading the coursera app. Most courses I’ve taken are available for free but if you want to get certified you’ll need to pay for it. Financial aid is also available for most courses.

    • I paid for lat test to @hecpkofficial Some of my friends get their result but they didn’t upload my result waiting from 72 hours as I complained on their official email and they do not reply.
      This is the Pakistani educational culture?
      #HECUNFAIR #LATTESTREVIEW #HEC

  • I am really happy for this great initiative by the HEC, as an undergraduate student, i often find myself lost in the lectures and tutorials. But even after hours of studies I don’t gain much, as for Coursera, each course has a detailed curriculum and it is very well structured as well, so the learning process becomes much much easier


  • close
    >