Stanford Center for Professional Development

Stanford Certificate Program Honors Online Learners

| VPTL News
By BETH CURRAN.

Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award Ceremony

Thirty-five working professionals were honored last month with professional education certificates from the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SI&E) program. Academic Directors Bob Sutton (management science and engineering) and Huggy Rao (GSB) were on hand to recognize the recipients.

The group gathered at the Stanford Faculty Club for a festive celebration, meeting fellow participants and instructors they previously collaborated with online. Representing a truly global community, this new group of certificate earners came from Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Nigeria, the UAE, and the United States.

“The gathering was a joy,” said Professor Sutton. “Participants told us how the program taught them to lead and innovate in new ways, helping them get promotions, land better jobs, and start new companies. When we launched SI&E, I underestimated the power of connection that would develop, taking the same classes, sharing stories and ideas online, and, for some, meeting and taking classes in person. The strong and enduring bonds among those involved in the SI&E program inspire me.”

The Stanford professional education program, established in 2012, features 13 online courses in innovation and entrepreneurship, available to participants worldwide through Stanford Online. Courses may be taken individually or in a sequence. Those who complete eight or more courses earn a certificate, demonstrating mastery of the concepts and a preparedness to apply those concepts to their work and communities.

“All the course material and assignments were so real and so appealing” said Sridevi Krishnan, one of the recent certificate earners who attended the ceremony. “I… with passion, would work on these assignments.”

Nearly 850 professionals around the world have earned certificates since the program’s inception, extending Stanford’s breadth of knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship and innovation beyond Stanford. SI&E is managed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development in collaboration with the School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Business. Faculty and instructors, together with their departments and schools, make connections to a global audience, contribute to Stanford’s impact around the world, and share a portion of the revenue earned from enrollments.

“The SI&E graduation was uplifting - so many people from so many places!” said Professor Rao. “It was also humbling to see the passion and dedication of the learners and their loved ones.”

SI&E is part of a larger portfolio of extended education offered through the Stanford Center for Professional Development and the Office of the Vice Provost for Technology and Learning. Faculty interested in developing content for a global audience should contact the programs team. Find out more about VPTL’s global education programs.