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2U extends LSE online degree partnership

Digital education provider 2U has launched an extension of its partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Students will be able to log on online from anywhere to engage with courses designed by LSE, according to 2U. Photo: pxfuel

Four of the seven programs will launch in 2020

The expanded collaboration will see the number of undergraduate degrees offered with the London institution – the first of which was announced in 2019 – rise to seven.

“The new courses are specifically designed to accommodate adult learners looking to accelerate their careers”

The new courses will range from economics and management to data science and business analytics, and “are specifically designed to accommodate adult learners looking to accelerate their careers”.

“Bringing these degrees online is an extension of our founding charter to create programs that remove traditional barriers and expand access to high-quality education for students globally,” Craig O’Callaghan, director of operations and deputy chief executive at the University of London Worldwide, said in a statement.

The seven courses 2U will be offering on its platform with LSE are an extension of existing textbook-based distance learning programs that the University of London member institution provides.

“Students will now be able to log on to a laptop or mobile device from anywhere to engage with courses… and earn an undergraduate degree from the University of London,” said Chip Paucek, co-founder and CEO at 2U.

The expanded partnership with the University of London and LSE is a “powerful example of higher education delivering on the promise of access, quality, relevance, and flexibility”, he added.

“These degrees provide the means for talented students to access the academic excellence and social engagement that LSE is globally renowned for,” said Paul Kelly, dean of University of London Programmes at LSE.

“This partnership with 2U will enable the University of London and LSE to ensure the continued evolution of the student experience to remain engaging and relevant for our times.”

Four of the seven programs will launch in 2020, while details of the remaining three programs are yet to be confirmed.

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