Hebrew University of Jerusalem is among the latest batch of institutes of higher learning to join a massive online educational project, geared at allowing Internet users access to courses from the best universities in the world.

On Wednesday, the Coursera project announced the addition of 17 universities, including HUJ, and such elite institutions as Brown University, Columbia University, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Following the newly announced inclusion, Coursera, founded by two computer science professors from Stanford, will now offer about 200 courses from 33 educational institutions worldwide, with a reported reach of 1.3 million students.

HUJ, making its first steps in the massive project, currently offers only three courses: Introduction to Tissue Engineering, led by Dr. Yaakov Nahmias; Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought, led by Prof. Jonathan Garb, and Synopses, Neurons and Brains, led by Prof. Idan Segev.

About 40 percent of Coursera's registered students hail from the United States, with the rest of the website's student body originating in 196 countries. According to the data at hand, a little under 6,000 Israeli students have signed up to one class or more.

Students enrolled to the site study together in "classes" comprised of thousands of students from across the world, connected via video link, lesson summaries, which are translated to several languages, and are even ask to do homework.

Some of the institutions taking part in the project award diplomas to students who finish the courses, with some giving students credit for possible use in the future.