The MOOC is on! Brought to you by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Commission, Eurostat, the European Investment Bank, Interreg Europe and URBACT, the massive open online course (MOOC) on making the most of EU resources and EU funding for regions and cities starts today.

The course spans six weeks (15 January-23 February 2018) and a new topic will be introduced each week. All content is accessible online and available for free.

Interreg Europe will be featured in the fifth course week, 12-16 February. You will learn about the programme and our Policy Learning Platform and have a chance to explore the good practice database together with thousands of other MOOC participants from all over the world.

Our projects will also have the word. RaiSE will walk you through their project journey and ERUDITE will share some insights on the benefits of interregional cooperation and exchange of good practice.

In addition, there's much, much more - have a look at the MOOC overview and schedule:

  • Chapter 1: Regions and cities in the EU (15-19 January 2018)
  • Chapter 2: The EU budget: revenue, expenditure, management and prospects (22-26 January 2018)
  • Chapter 3: EU Structural Funds and cohesion policy: supporting growth and solidarity (29 January-2 February 2018)
  • Chapter 4: The social dimension of the EU funding (5-9 February 2018)
  • Chapter 5: Stimulating the local and regional economy: financing and advice for investment in regions and cities (12-16 February 2018)
  • Chapter 6: The future of Europe: options and debates (19-23 February 2018)

So, how does it work? There's six chapters with different themes. A new chapter will open every Monday, starting from 15 January 2018. Each chapter consists of short videos, factsheets, infographs, small assignments and related study materials. Study time is about 1.5 hours per week. Each chapter will close with a quiz - go through the materials, test your knowledge, and pass the quizzes to eventually receive your statement of participation. While doing that, take a moment to network with the other course participants (10 000+ and counting) and exchange views with your peers.

What are the requirements? Basic knowledge of EU helps to get started, but the materials will provide all the information you need. All participants from beginners to more advanced experts will learn interesting facts and find additional information to dig deeper into the course topics. The main thing you need is motivation to build your expertise - and an internet connection. The course platform is accessible via computer, tablet, phone or any other such device.

Don't have time right now? Don't worry. The content will remain online for one year, so you'll have plenty of time to go through the course material in your own pace and earn your free certificate.

Want to know more? Join the course and start learning now! It's free, it's online and it starts NOW!