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Founded in 1848, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public research university based in Madison, Wisconsin. The prestigious institution is considered one of America's "Public Ivy" universities and is also classified as a Research 1 university, indicating it engages in the very highest levels of research in the United States.

Among its alumni, faculty and researchers, the University of Wisconsin counts no less than 26 Nobel laureates, 2 Fields medalists and, in recent years, more CEOs of Fortune 500 companies than any other university in America. Among its long list of proud academic and social achievements, the university was responsible for the discovery of vitamins A and B, the development of vital medicine such as Warfarin, and the creation of the country's first poverty-research centre.

In order to help others benefit and learn from their research and expertise, the university has partnered with Alison to make some of their textbooks freely available in the form of free online courses. With an emphasis on project management, these courses draw on material from the university's top quality curricula.