Women flocking to online learning in the Philippines

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

PHILIPPINES: Women learners have greatly contributed to the increase in online learning on the Coursera platform in the Philippines, a new data-driven report has found.

The findings from the The Women and Skills Report, which examined the impact of the pandemic on learning trends among working-age women, showed has been a 774% year-over-year (YoY) increase in enrolments from women on the Coursera platform since the start of 2020.

The study also revealed that there were 40 million new learners who registered during the pandemic, between January 1 last year, and June 30 this year. Some 56% of those new learners are women, bringing the total number of women registered on Coursera within the Philippines to 650,000.

The top course category that Filipino women were looking to learn through Coursera programmes was business skills. 43% enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. This was followed by leadership and management skills at 880,000 enrollees, entrepreneurship skills at 740,000 enrollees, marketing at 630,000 enrollees, and business analysis with 550,000 enrollees.

“The encouraging trends from the report are a testament to the resilience of Philippine women learners and their determination to return to work and advance their careers,” said Raghav Gupta, managing director, India, and Asia Pacific, Coursera.

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