Coursera, a prominent online learning platform, has released data revealing the preferences and trends of Filipino learners based on information from over 2.1 million users in the country. The data shows a strong interest in technology, data science, and personal development courses, indicating a dedication to thriving in the digital economy.
The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing countries on Coursera’s platform, with consistent yearly growth. The platform offers access to a wide range of courses from reputable universities and organizations.
In 2023, there was a significant increase in interest in generative AI (GenAI) content, with a five-fold rise in searches for GenAI courses compared to the previous year. The top three GenAI courses in the Philippines were Introduction to Generative AI (Google Cloud), Prompt Engineering for ChatGPT (Vanderbilt University), and the newly launched Generative AI for Everyone (DeepLearning.AI), which became the fastest-growing course globally on Coursera in 2023.
Additionally, foundational literacy in data and technology courses, such as Google’s Foundations: Data, Data, Everywhere, were popular among Filipino learners. Eight out of the ten most popular courses in the Philippines were from Google.
Furthermore, there was enthusiasm for personal development, mental health, and well-being courses, highlighting a balanced approach to self-improvement.
Raghav Gupta, Coursera’s Managing Director for APAC, expressed the platform’s commitment to helping learners and institutions in the Philippines prepare for the digital future. He highlighted the renewed focus on lifelong learning, technology and human skills, and blended learning on campuses as crucial for employability in the AI-driven world.