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New Age Short Courses by Top Foreign Universities Available Online Checklist

To use quarantine time productively, instead of juggling applications, spend a few hours a week earning professional certifications. Courses are available online at world renowned institutes for class 12 students as well as professionals. Here is a list of emerging technologies in business and from fundamental to advanced courses, which one can pass in a matter of weeks.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Available on, the course is provided by HEC Paris. This is an 18 month course with an average of 20 hours per week. Applications are open and classes will start from June 15th. The costs are 20,000 euros. Formerly known as the Online Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OMIE), it is now an MSc programme.

HEC also offers a beginner level course at Coursera. For this six-month course, the candidate must pay $4,000. By pursuing this, students will earn credit towards the MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSIE). It also includes six projects.

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Successful negotiation: This 17-hour course is offered by the University of Michigan and offers free registration as well as a certificate. Candidates will learn how to plan a negotiation strategy, success tactics, contract creation, performance and evaluation. The course is available on

Analysis and presentation of data: Among the latest additions to the business, but considered one of the most critical tools – data analytics, its understanding and use for business is taught by PwC. The course is available on Coursera. This is a six month course with three hours of instruction per week. Content includes data-driven decision making, problem solving with Excel, data visualization, and more.

Science of happiness at work: Offered by the University of California, the course titled “Professional Certificate in Workplace Happiness Science” is a three-month course with 1-2 hours per week. The course fee is Rs 40,655 and is available on The course is research-based and teaches how to assess the level of happiness in an organization and strategies to boost happiness and resilience to stress.

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Market research specialist: The course is offered by the University of California on This is a four month course with an average of four hours per week. It has four specializations inducing research proposal, qualitative and quantitative research and delivery. Research is used in businesses to provide information about customers. The course claims to teach research techniques and data that can make you a “marketing superhero”

Financial engineering and risk management: It is offered by coursera and teaches financial modeling, financial risk engineering, pricing, and more. It is a 37 hour course and covers economics, statistics and mathematics.

Blockchain fundamentals: A Professional Certificate in Blockchain Fundamentals is a three-month course available at It is offered by the University of California. Candidates can avail it for Rs 13,484. It teaches cryptocurrency, enterprise-level blockchain implementations, and more.

Inclusive management: As companies diversify, it is important that leadership is also more inclusive. The course available at is a three-month self-paced course worth Rs 10,215. It teaches basic inclusive leadership behaviors of empowerment, responsibility, courage and humility through case studies, assessments and discussions with a global group of learners.

Executive Program in Global Business Management: IIM-Calcutta also offers a course twice a week for 12 months, “Executive Program in Global Business Management” on Candidates will receive a certificate from IIM Calcutta and the professors of the institute will teach the course. Learners can also benefit from a two-week visit per year. The course fee is Rs 3.7 lakh.

Insurance agent course with work: The 12-month Postgraduate Diploma in Insurance (PGDI) program consists of four months of residential classroom training at the Manipal campus in Bengaluru and two months of on-the-job training and a six-month paid internship with HDFC Life. The total price of the course is Rs 1.82 lakh. The stipend during the six-month training will be Rs 16,000. The course is available on

Cybersecurity for businesses: Provided by the University of Washington, the Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity Essentials is a four-month course. It is available on at Rs 54,206. From an introduction to cybersecurity to creating toolkits and finding a career path, the course teaches several aspects and also offers a job prospect .

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Build a commercial and financial model: The course is delivered by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. It is available on coursera. This is a beginner level course and is six months in duration. Candidates will learn spreadsheet models for making data-driven financial decisions, linear programming, regression analysis, among others.

Professional certificate in FinTech: FinTech or financial technology is always growing. Those who wish to learn more about cryptocurrencies, blockchain and artificial intelligence and the impact of these technologies on the financial sector can take this course. It is available on at a price of Rs 40,655.

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Strategic brand management: Lasting 60 hours, it is spread over three months during which learners will be trained to build, measure and manage. A beginner can also opt for the course and having work experience is not required. It is available at manipalprolearning at a price of Rs 24,780. Candidates will be taught through case studies and mock tests apart from the course pedagogy.

Executive program for the banking and financial sector: Provided by IIM-Calcutta, the course is for 12 months. You can register at This program will be very useful for middle and senior managers exposed to fintech and analytics, legal aspects, static tools and risk management, etc.

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Certified Investment Banking Operations Professionals: The course provided by Imarticus Learning is 180 hours long and also offers placement options. It will be completed in nine weeks with the first four weeks on introduction to financial markets followed by three weeks on knowledge of a trading life cycle and two weeks on risk management and interview preparation. The average salary of an investment banking professional is Rs 3-8 lakh. At the end of the course, students can also take the CISI Certification Examination (CISI IOC).

Despite a list of about 20 courses, this list is not exhaustive. Keep reading this space as we delve deeper into each area and offer beneficial online courses with the best certification for you.