About us and our purpose

2U partners with the world’s leading universities to transform the lives of thousands of students across the globe through online education. As part of 2U, GetSmarter offers premium short courses with a data-driven focus on skills gain. GetSmarter provides professionals with a better learning experience and equips them to thrive in the future of work.

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University partners
We partner with the world's leading universities so that you can thrive in an ever-changing world.

Experts in lifelong learning

Stay relevant, competent and confident with 2U’s portfolio of online learning options.
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Short courses

Learn from the world’s leading universities with market-led online short courses from GetSmarter.

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Boot camps

As part of 2U, Trilogy Education partners with leading universities to help companies bridge their digital skills gaps.

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Degree programs

2U powers engaging and interactive undergraduate and graduate degree programs so that students can improve their lives on a schedule that works for them.

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LIFELONG LEARNING

Prepare for the future workplace

GetSmarter enables professionals to adapt to change in the workplace and stay ahead of trends in business and technology.

Our courses are tailored to the latest skills needed to prepare for the future and drive your career or business forward.

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Every 5 years an employee’s skill set will only be half as valuable as it was previously
Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown

'The New Culture of Learning'

The 2U and GetSmarter story

2008
2U, Inc. was founded outside of Washington, D.C.

GetSmarter was founded in Cape Town, South Africa. The first online short course presented was Wine Evaluation in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch.
2009
2U and the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education launched an online Master of Arts in Teaching program – MAT@USC.
2012
Forbes named 2U as one of the ten ‘Start-Ups Changing the World’.
2013
30,000 working professionals gained new skills by completing a GetSmarter online short course. 
2014
2U went public on the NASDAQ.
2016
GetSmarter started to partner with leading global universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
2017
After finding alignment in purpose and vision, 2U acquired GetSmarter, which was recognized as the largest acquisition of a South African EdTech company at the time.*
2019
Trilogy Education became a part of the 2U portfolio, adding digital boot camps to their offering.
2019
Over 100,000 students successfully completed GetSmarter online short courses.
2030
GetSmarter aims to improve the lives of 1,000,000 working professionals through better online education.


Become a working professional who thrives with verifiable skills, competency and confidence.