“edX is to 2U What Google is to Alphabet,” Says the Founder of edX

IBL News | Lisbon, Portugal

Anant Agarwal, Founder of edX and now Chief Open Education Officer at 2U, defended “the incredible alignment and synergy” with 2U, in the 2022 Open edX Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

“The potential has been unlocked; 2U’s expertise will benefit Open edX,” he said in his keynote titled “The Future University: Pívot to Learner Centricity.”

Anant Agarwal presented edX as the new main brand of the publicity traded company 2U. “edX is to 2U what Google is to Alphabet,” he explained.

Attendants, mostly professionals working in the Open edX environment, received Mr. Agarwal’s remarks well.

Agarwal pointed out these four trends in education:

1/ Broad adoption of online, life-long learning.

2/ Growth at modular, stackable learning.

3/ Shift to blended learning on campus.

4/ Mapping learning to career-relevancy. 68% of learners prefer non-degree programs.

The Chief Open Education Officer at 2U highlighted that 50% of all employees will require reskilling by 2025.

“This is our moment; let’s seize it to create lasting change,” he stressed.