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Google: Online Courses Outnumbering Traditional Colleges in Searches

24 SEP 2014
Career Path : Education News

The 2014 top searched university in the world according to Google is Phoenix University, located in the U.S. and host to many online courses. This brings Phoenix University ahead of renowned U.S. institutions like Harvard, Columbia and Stanford. Second in the rankings was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a school which also offers a plenitude of online courses.

For a while now, the internet has been a successful way for students to shop around for schools, and a convenient way for students to receive diplomas or degrees from accredited institutions overseas. For example, in the U.K., international IPs account for 40% of university searches. The U.K. online school Open University was the top European university in terms of number of searches, setting the stage for other less-popular universities to determine whether adopting online courses is a way to garner more students.

Online courses are desirable for a number of reasons. One, they are considerably cheaper than attending the institution in person, especially for those who would need to travel to do so. Online courses also add a level of comfort and flexibility. If someone can learn in their own home, it saves time in their day that would otherwise be spent commuting.

Here are the 2014 top 10 searched universities in the world according to Google:

  1. University of Phoenix
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Open University
  4. University of Calicut
  5. University of California, Los Angeles
  6. Anna University
  7. Stanford University
  8. London School of Economics
  9. Columbia University
  10. New York University

Source: BBC