Edtech company 2U Ltd. has announced that it will partner with LSE to deliver its first online undergraduate degree programme.
The programme will be delivered by 2U in partnership with the University of London, and its member institution the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
The programme, which will be a Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics, will be developed from LSE’s Departments of Statistics, Mathematics, Economics and Management with a strong curriculum focus on statistics, mathematics and computing skills.
2U says successful graduates of the programme will bring essential digital skills to the workforce and be well-equipped to meet a demand that is no longer confined to the tech industry.
LSE and 2U partner to ‘prepare students for digital economy’
Chip Paucek, co-founder and CEO of 2U, said: “We are thrilled to partner with the University of London and the LSE, two world-class institutions, on our first online undergraduate degree.
“Data science and business analytics have become essential skills in today’s digital economy, and our bachelor’s degree offering will help prepare students across the globe for this new workforce reality.”
Speaking from the University of London Worldwide, Craig O’Callaghan the director of operations and deputy chief executive said: “Here at the University of London, we are committed to delivering programmes that are relevant for both students and employers alike.
“Key to doing this is out internationally recognised tradition of innovation in delivering new and up-to-date programmes across the world through newly available channels.
“The BSc in Data Science and Business Analytics is highly relevant for today’s employers across all sectors, who now require their staff to routinely deal with data and analysis. This degree programme equips them to meet these demands and ensures they are work-ready.”
Synergy between statistics, mathematics, and computer science
Professor Irini Moustaki, programme director at LSE, said: “This degree programme is designed to respond to the modern challenges that arise from the availability of large and complex data in many areas of life. Handling big and complex data requires a synergy between statistics, mathematics, and computer science.
“Employers, whether in the private or public sector, have strong (and unmet) demand for graduates who combine statistical and computing skills are able to handle and develop models and algorithms in order to tackle real-world commercial or public policy problems in various disciplines.”
LSE faculty will design the programme which will then be delivered through a combination of both asynchronous and live classes on 2U’s online platform that can be accessed from nearly anywhere in the world using mobile devices.
The partnership will help expand access to education, and the announcement claimed it will ‘further the University of London’s almost 200-year history as “The People’s University”.’
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