2U Closes Acquisition of GetSmarter


2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), a leader in delivering best-in-class digital education in partnership with the world’s top colleges and universities, today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of GetSmarter (incorporated as Get Educated International Proprietary Limited), a leader in collaborating with universities to offer premium online short courses to working professionals.

GetSmarter, based in Cape Town, South Africa, powers engaging online short courses in partnership with some of the world’s most renowned higher education institutions, including the University of Cambridge; the London School of Economics; Harvard University’s strategic online learning initiative, HarvardX; the University of Chicago; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and Africa’s top three universities: University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Stellenbosch Business School.

“We are pleased to wrap up our acquisition of GetSmarter,” said Christopher “Chip” Paucek, CEO and co-founder of 2U. “The acquisition of GetSmarter is expected to accelerate our growth, extend our global footprint and provide a broader suite of services by matching more students to the right digital education opportunities – whether graduate programs or short course certificates. With this acquisition, we expect to expand our total addressable market while strengthening our position as a global leader in delivering high-quality, high-touch, digital education focused on student outcomes. We welcome the GetSmarter employees to the 2U team.”

“We are proud and delighted to be joining the 2U family,” Sam Paddock, CEO and co-founder of GetSmarter. “We now have an even stronger base from which to fully realize our potential in a global market and serve our stakeholders.”

About 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

2U partners with great colleges and universities to build what we believe is the world’s best digital education. Our platform provides a comprehensive fusion of technology, services and data architecture to transform high-quality and rigorous campus-based universities into the best digital versions of themselves. 2U’s No Back Row® approach allows qualified students and working professionals around the world to experience a first-rate university education and successful outcomes. To learn more, visit 2U.com.

About GetSmarter

GetSmarter is an online education company based in Cape Town and London. We collaborate with the world’s legendary Universities to offer premium online short courses to working professionals around the world. To learn more, visit GetSmarter.com.

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