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Rice will work with 2U on the launch of e-commerce “short courses” – Campus Technology

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Rice to work with 2U on launching e-commerce “short courses”

Less than a year later rice university in Houston announced plans to introduce a new Masters in Business Administration with the program management company 2U, the institution said it would work with the company to also offer master’s-level “short online courses” in business and management. The first short course offered by Rice and 2U will be Project Management, slated to launch this fall. This will also be provided through the university business school.

As is the case with the Online MBA, the new short courses will be developed by Rice faculty in conjunction with course design experts at 2U. School officials said course students will receive “high quality, personalized support”. Those who complete the courses will receive a certificate.

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“Rice University meets the needs of ambitious professionals by offering dynamic online courses focused on business and management,” Caroline Levander, Rice’s vice president for global and digital strategy, said in a prepared statement.

Although 2U contracts with university customers to provide short courses, it also competes with them. According to 2U Annual Report 2017the company offers some 80 “short courses” through its acquisition in 2017, Become smarter, which offers online courses from universities around the world. All short courses target working professionals looking to advance in their careers through skill acquisition. Courses usually last between six and 16 weeks.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former editor for educational publications at 1105 Media, THE Journal, Campus Technology, and Spaces4Learning.