The Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are designed for ambitious individuals from all backgrounds, including especially females and the underprivileged, to gain access to the highest level of education in socially responsible real estate entrepreneurship. Through an international platform, we intend to enable our MOOCs to reach young people, especially those in the People's Republic of China (PRC), who would not otherwise have the opportunity to gain the qualifications and understanding of the subject.

Our MOOCs are designed to help students understand the methods, practice, finance and schools of thought of existing real estate entrepreneurship, and to understand the global issues related to environmental change, engineering solutions, population growth, urbanization, and changing belief structures.

Standards and Contents of the MOOCs

  • Our online courses will comprise an array of subjects ranging from real estate entrepreneurship, finance, and management to China's urbanization and land and housing policy issues.
  • The online courses will be designed for global delivery through the edX platform as MOOCs and will be available free to the greatest number of students possible. 
  • The teaching approach adopted in the MOOCs will emphasize on real case studies.
  • The contents and production of the MOOCs and their delivery methods will be constantly updated and developed as the program progresses.
  • The MOOCs will be delivered using technology that is appropriate to the resources of potential students, particularly those in the PRC.           
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6/7/2016 Washington D.C. World Bank Interview with Dr. Hong on "Land Readjustment". STL Lab will produce our first MOOC on this subject. 

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This article originally appeared on Prof. Susskind's blog, September 13, 2016. Used with permission from author. 

I am trying to build a MOOC (an open course on line) that will help anyone engaged in real estate development, or any aspect of city redevelopment, think hard about their social responsibilities. To date, most discussion of social responsibility focuses on what is called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). That is, what do corporations need to do to meet their social responsibilities? CSR is basically a form of “corporate self-regulation” or “active compliance” with the “spirit of the law,” “ethical standards” and “national or international norms”. By now, after several decades of discussion (and some serious scholarship), CSR advocates are prepared to make the case that corporate actors will have an easier time attracting the workers they want, enhancing their reputations and differentiating their brand, reducing regulatory scrutiny and improving relationships with their suppliers if they take environmental sustainability seriously, get involved in the communities where they operate (often through charitable giving) and avoid false advertising (and engage is what is known as ethical marketing). So, if corporations do “the right thing,” engage in corporate philanthropy and behave ethically they can count themselves as socially-responsible.

World Bank Interviewed Dr. Hong on the concept and implementation of "Land Readjustment". STL Lab will produce our first MOOC on this subject. 

In collaboration with the World Bank and Open Learning Campus, the STL Lab is producing a MOOC on innovative land development methods and urban regeneration.  In May 2016, the World Bank and the STL Lab conducted field visits to Guangdong, China to examine a creative approach called “land re-utilization” (or commonly referred to as land readjustment around the world).