Saïd Business School, University of Oxford announces new short professional online courses and expands partnership with 2U, Inc.


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 creation of six new GetSmarter short professional courses on high demand and market relevant business topics ranging from ‘the future of real estate’ to ’emergency preparedness in the face of climate change ”. This brings the total number of Oxford Said’s GetSmarter short courses to 18 since its partnership with 2U began in 2017, and at least one more is expected to launch in the coming year. An extension of the 2U and Oxford Said partnership through 2024 is also announced today, marking an ongoing collaboration to deliver a range of high-quality short courses on cutting-edge business topics.

The six courses, which started rolling out this spring and are currently open for enrollment, last for six weeks and are designed to provide high-quality, flexible skill development programs for learners around the world. As with all GetSmarter short courses, these online programs will help professionals and leaders around the world advance their careers and prepare for the many business challenges and opportunities ahead.

Courses officially announced today include:

“At Said Business School, our goal is to equip global leaders with the skills, perspectives and experience to become truly dynamic leaders and shape a stronger and more equitable future,” said Sue Dopson, Acting Dean and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Oxford Said. “Our expanded partnership with 2U to create and nurture these courses has been fundamental to achieving this goal, with over 20,000 learners worldwide to date, and we look forward to educating even more professionals on these growing business topics. more important and relevant. “

As businesses and governments continue to fight COVID-19 and prepare for the post-pandemic economy, business leaders will increasingly be called upon to develop innovations, strategies and solutions that not only protect shareholders, but also position businesses, NGOs and organizations as leaders in social, environmental and economic equity. Acquiring the skills to move quickly on these trends and execute quick fixes will be imperative for success. Indeed, according to a recent survey by McKinsey, many executives reported that during the peak of COVID-19 they were moving 20 to 25 times faster than they thought possible, indicating that a great acceleration in the use of technology, digitization and new forms of work will be the “new normal” across industrial sectors.

“Today’s complex and demanding business environment requires leaders to adopt new skills and knowledge in order to stay on top of industry trends, and we are honored to extend our partnership with Said Business School to help them deliver high quality online services. training to help professionals around the world achieve their goals, ”said Andrew Hermalyn, president of global partnerships at 2U. “The launch of this expanded portfolio of short courses demonstrates Oxford Said’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 Said, please visit

About 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU)
Eliminating the bottom ranks of 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 brand steward of leading universities. We create, deliver and support over 500 educational offerings, including undergraduate and graduate degrees, professional certificates, boot camps, and GetSmarter short courses. Together with our partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of over 300,000 students and lifelong learners. To learn more, visit #NoBackRow

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About Saïd Business School, Oxford University
Saïd Business School at the Oxford University mixes the best of the new and the old. We are a dynamic and innovative business school, yet deeply rooted in an 800-year-old world-class university. We create programs and ideas that have a global impact. We educate people for successful business careers and, as a community, seek to solve problems on a global scale. We deliver cutting-edge programs and groundbreaking research that transforms individuals, organizations, business practices and society. We are a community of world-class business schools, integrated into a world-class university, tackling issues on a global scale.

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