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2U, Inc. and SDA Bocconi | Online Short Courses

SDA Bocconi School of Management signs agreement with 2U to create, deliver and support online short courses on fundamental and emerging business topics

LANHAM, Maryland and MILAN, Italy — October 29, 2020 — 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), a global leader in education technology, today announced a new partnership with SDA Bocconi School of Management to develop and launch a suite of short courses on business fundamentals, sales management, blockchain and a new offering for both organizations: sustainable fashion. These four short courses will be available in 2021 until Become smartera 2U, Inc. brand.

“At SDA Bocconi, we are training the next generation of business leaders in the skills needed to guide businesses towards profitability with a focus on ethical and sustainable operations,” said Gabriele Trolio, Vice Dean of the Open Division. SDA’s Market and New Business. Bocconi School of Management. “To continue to fulfill this mission, we are partnering with 2U to increase our global impact by delivering rigorous, cutting-edge online business programs to more learners in Italy and beyond.”

The global economy needs an influx of skilled business talent, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professionals around the world need flexible training programs to meet this demand while advancing their job prospects and career development. Two areas in particular – blockchain and sustainable fashion – are on the rise in 2020, both on the B2B and B2C front. According LinkedIn data, blockchain is at the top of the list of skills employers are looking for in 2020. And according to a recent McKinsey survey, the commitment to sustainability deepened during the COVID-19 crisis, “with European consumers wanting fashion players to act responsibly and consider the environmental impacts of their business”.

With these new short courses, SDA Bocconi and 2U provide professionals with access to the in-demand professional training needed to lead today’s businesses, NGOs, and nonprofits to long-term success.

“We are thrilled to join SDA Bocconi, our premier partner in Italy, in its mission to provide world-class business education,” said Andrew Hermalyn, President of Global Partnerships at 2U. “The partnership between 2U and SDA Bocconi will provide students around the world with engaging, career-relevant, high-quality online learning that further centers business education on social responsibility and emerging technologies.”

Each of the short courses will be taught in English. Participants will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion from SDA Bocconi. To learn more, visit

About SDA Bocconi School of Management

The SDA Bocconi School of Management has been a leading institution in management education for over 50 years. The School’s mission is to help individuals, companies and institutions to develop by promoting managerial culture, knowledge and innovation. MBA programs, Executive Masters and Specialized Masters, Executive Programs, Personalized Programs, Applied Research, Research Laboratories and Knowledge Centers contribute to this – a wide offer aimed at professionals from all over the world and from all sectors of the economy. SDA Bocconi is among the best business schools in Europe and is among the few to have obtained the triple accreditation – EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB – which places it among the elite of business schools in the world.

Choosing to study at SDA Bocconi in Milan means choosing a stimulating environment in the entrepreneurial, industrial and financial capital of Italy – a gateway to Europe rich in connections and opportunities. Milan is also synonymous with culture, fashion, design and the art of living. It drives urban development in Europe, and the avant-garde architecture of the new SDA Bocconi campus, with its soft lines and transparent, transparent surfaces, is definitely part of it. Located in the heart of the city, designed with environmental sustainability in mind and designed to become a hub of excellence, it is the ideal place for research and teaching to remain open to an ever-changing world.

SDA Bocconi also launched the Pan-Asian hub with the opening of the SDA Bocconi Asia Center, which aims to strengthen the school’s global presence.

About 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: OF THEM)

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 create, deliver, and support over 475 digital and in-person 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. To learn more, visit #NoBackRow


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