OXFORD, England and LANHAM, Md., August 12, 2021 / PRNewswire / – 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), a global leader in educational technology, and Saïd Business School, Oxford University, today officially announced the establishment of six new professional GetSmarter short courses on popular, market-relevant economic topics, from the “future of real estate” to “climate protection emergency preparedness”. This brings the total number of Oxford Saïd’s GetSmarter short courses since partnering with 2U began in 2017 to 18, with at least one more expected to be rolled out in the coming year. Also announced today is an extension of the partnership between 2U and Oxford Saïd through 2024, marking a continued collaboration to offer a range of high quality short courses on cutting-edge business topics.
The six courses, launched this spring and currently open for enrollment, last six weeks and are designed to provide flexible, high quality skills development programs to learners around the world. As with all GetSmarter Short Courses, these online programs help professionals and executives worldwide advance their careers and prepare for the many business challenges and opportunities ahead.
Courses officially announced today include:
“Our goal at Saïd Business School is to equip global leaders with the skills, perspective and background necessary to become truly dynamic leaders and create a stronger, fairer future,” said Sue Dopson, Interim Dean and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Oxford Saïd. “Our expanded partnership with 2U to create and operate these courses has been fundamental to achieving this goal, with more than 20,000 learners worldwide to date, and we look forward to meeting even more professionals in these increasingly important and to train more relevant business topics. “
As companies and governments continue to fight COVID-19 and prepare for the post-pandemic economy, business leaders are increasingly being challenged to develop innovations, strategies and solutions that will not only protect shareholders, but also companies, NGOs and organizations as leaders in social, ecological and economic justice. Acquiring the skills to react quickly to these trends and implement quick solutions is essential to success. In fact, according to a recent McKinsey survey, many executives reported moving 20-25 times faster than they thought possible during the peak of COVID-19, suggesting a sharp acceleration in the use of technology, digitization and new forms indicates that employment in all sectors will be the “new normal”.
“Today’s complex and challenging business environment requires executives to adopt new skills and knowledge in order to keep abreast of industry trends and training to help professionals around the world achieve their goals,” said Andrew Hermalyn, President for Global Partnerships at 2U. “The introduction of this expanded portfolio of short courses demonstrates Oxford Saïd’s continued leadership in digital education and commitment to innovation, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with this world-class global institution.”
For more information on all of the 2U-powered short courses offered by Oxford Saïd, please visit https://www.getsmarter.com/universities/university-of-oxford.
About 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU)
Eliminating the bottom line in higher education is not just a metaphor – it is our mission. For more than a decade, 2U, Inc., a global leader in educational technology, has been a trusted partner and branding agent for great universities. We develop, deliver and support more than 500 educational offers, including bachelor and master degrees, professional certificates, bootcamps and GetSmarter short courses. Together with our partners, 2U has positively changed the lives of more than 300,000 students and lifelong learners. To learn more, visit 2U.com. #NoBackRow
Kate What, 2U, Inc.
About Saïd Business School, Oxford University
Said Business School at the Oxford University combines the best of new and old. We are a lively and innovative business school, but deeply embedded in an 800-year-old world-class university. We develop programs and ideas with a global impact. We train people for successful business careers and try as a community to tackle global problems. We deliver cutting-edge programs and breakthrough research that is transforming individuals, organizations, business practices and society. We are a world-class business school community embedded in a world-class university that addresses world-class problems. www.sbs.ox.ac.uk
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