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2U, Inc. and IMD | Online Short Courses

2U to power IMD’s latest professional short course offerings on a range of innovative business topics

LANHAM, MD and LAUSANNE, Switzerland – February 9, 2021 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), a global leader in education technology, and the Institute for Management Development (IMD), a Swiss academic institution with global reach created by business leaders for business leaders company, today announced a new partnership to develop and launch a suite of professional short courses during a five-year collaboration. The new courses will cover topics such as cybersecurity for business leaders, digital supply chain operations, and digital strategy, and they will be available later this year through GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand.

“Our mission at IMD is to equip executives around the world with the knowledge, experience, and professional networks that drive innovation for maximum business impact, which includes increasing value for their businesses and organizations, while generating positive outcomes for their communities,” said David Bach, Dean of Innovation and Programs at IMD. “Our partnership with 2U will allow us to give executives of local and multinational companies access to high-demand, industry-relevant, short online courses that provide the skills needed to stay ahead in the changing workplace. fast today.”

COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of digital transformation for business and highlighted new and emerging topics that organizations will prioritize when seeking competitive leadership talent in a post-pandemic world. Professionals will increasingly need flexible, high-quality higher education opportunities to meet the needs of employers these areas while strengthening their own skills and career paths.
Especially, cybersecurity skills will continue to be in high demand post-pandemic as the rise of remote working further exposes gaps in data and network security. In fact, according to the Information Systems Security Association, there has been a 63% increase in pandemic-related cyberattacks. At the same time, the supply and demand shocks resulting from the pandemic have highlighted the global supply chain vulnerabilities that will have major implications for businesses across all industry sectors for years to come.

With these new short courses, IMD and 2U will provide leaders with new opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of the ever-changing modern business landscape while building businesses, NGOs and organizations to resilient and sustainable nonprofits.

“IMD is where today’s top business leaders go to hone their skills and become the transformative, resilient leaders needed to become key agents of change across industries,” said Andrew Hermalyn, President of Global Partnerships at 2U. “We are honored to work alongside such a distinguished group of global faculty and practitioners to deliver 2U short courses in this elite business training ground.”

Each of IMD’s new 2U short courses will be taught in English. Students will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion from IMD. To learn more, visit here.

About IMD

The Institute for Management Development (IMD) is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, founded 75 years ago by business leaders for business leaders. Since its inception, IMD has been a pioneering force in developing leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society. Based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Singapore, IMD has been ranked in the Top 3 of the annual FT Executive Education Global Ranking for the past nine consecutive years and in the top five for 17 consecutive years. We believe this industry-leading consistency is based on IMD’s unique approach to creating “real learning.” real impact”. Led by an expert and diverse faculty, we strive to be the trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations around the world. Challenge what is and inspire what could be #IMDImpact

About 2U (Nasdaq: TWOU)

Eliminating the back row in higher education isn’t just a metaphor, it’s our mission. For more than a decade, 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology, has been a trusted partner and brand guardian of leading universities. We design, deliver and support over 475 digital educational offerings, including undergraduate and graduate degrees, professional certificates, Trilogy-powered boot camps and GetSmarter short courses. Together with our partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of over 275,000 students and lifelong learners. For more information, visit #NoBackRow

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