Today is a big day for the edX community, and I’m so excited to share the update with you all that edX is now part of 2U! You may remember that we first shared this news earlier this year, and with the promise that we would combine to create one of the world’s most comprehensive free-to-degree online learning platforms. Today we take our first steps towards that reality!
In all of the conversations leading up to this moment, the 2U and edX teams spent a lot of time thinking about you, our learners. Until this point, 2U and edX were remarkable pieces of the higher education puzzle – now, we are an unbeatable mission-driven multiplier of human potential.
As part of 2U, we will bring you unprecedented choice, access, flexibility, and limitless learning pathways. We are thrilled to begin working to deliver on our promise to unlock new opportunities for you to accelerate your learning journeys, achieve your career goals, and enrich your lives.
More opportunities for you to learn
Starting today, edX learners can access Boot Camps and Executive Education courses from great universities around the world through edX. And very soon we look forward to sharing more news of new credentials and degrees.
In addition, we’re also excited to share that more than 25 new universities and colleges are joining the edX partner consortium and committing to contribute affordable, high-quality learning to the edX platform. This means even more courses and credentials, in the subject areas you care about, from the top education institutions in the world.
Stewarding the edX mission
I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on edX and our mission in the lead up to this moment. When edX began, in partnership with Harvard, MIT and other top institutions, our mission was to improve access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere. I was (and still am!) a professor with the unwavering belief that education is the key to transforming individuals and, in turn, the world. This is why I’m excited to continue stewarding the edX mission and reimagining education, as I join 2U as their first Chief Open Education Officer. When I say this is a dream job, I mean it!
You may have more questions about what the 2U and edX combination means for you, or want to dive deeper into this news. If so, I encourage you to read our press release and review our Help Center article and FAQs.
We’ve accomplished so much together already, and I’m excited for the step-function increase in impact we’ll have as part of 2U. As always, thank you for being part of this community, and I look forward to following all that you continue to accomplish. Onwards to our next chapter!