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Anant Agarwal

Chief Platform Officer of 2U & Founder of edX

Anant Agarwal is chief platform officer of 2U, founder of edX, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. Since launching edX in 2012, Agarwal has guided the organization’s vision to expand access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere.

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One Year Later: Uniting Quality and Access to Create Exponential Impact

Discover 10 ways that 2U and edX have jointly evolved and innovated since we came together, enabling us to make an even greater impact for learners, our partners, and the world in the years to come.

Partner Spotlight

Learning at the Right Size and Right Time at Any Stage: 5 Organizations Successfully Embracing a Learner-Centric Approach

Learn how Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science, Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de València, Israel’s Campus-IL, and U.S.-based LabXchange and Starbucks Global Academy are leveraging Open edX—the open source platform that powers—to deliver great outcomes for learners across the globe.

May 12, 2022·Anant Agarwal

Partner Spotlight

Learn How 10 edX Grantees Will Teach the Unique, Essential Human Skills Needed for the Virtual Age

From digital teamwork to conflict management to emotional resilience, learn more about the edX grantees developing new courses to help learners navigate today’s increasingly remote and hybrid workplaces.

May 3, 2022·Anant Agarwal


Doing What You Love is Good Food For the Soul: Meet Lauren Holliday, Managing Director of Open Courses and Marketplace

Get to know Lauren Holliday, 2U's managing director and edX's former vice president of product responsible for maintaining and advancing the "front door" to 2U.

Apr 27, 2022·Anant Agarwal


Introducing edX Live—Uniting Leaders Across Industry to Shape the Future of Learning and Work

I’m excited to host edX Live, a new LinkedIn Live series that will bring together influential leaders from academia and business in conversations where we can cross-pollinate ideas, break glass, and learn from each other’s expertise how we can transform for the better.

Mar 28, 2022·Anant Agarwal

Partner Spotlight

The Pivot to Learner-Centricity: Why 4 Universities Are Meeting Student Demand for Flexible, Workforce-Aligned Education

In higher education, the power dynamics have begun to shift from institutions to learners and employees. Here are examples of four international universities taking a more learner-centric approach as part of their digital transformation strategies: The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Cambridge, MEF University, and University of Birmingham.

Mar 24, 2022·Anant Agarwal

News & Press

Standing With Ukraine: Supporting Displaced Learners

At 2U and edX we stand with the people of Ukraine and all those who urgently seek peace. Learn how we are supporting Ukraine’s academic institutions and students.

Mar 4, 2022·Anant Agarwal

Partner Spotlight

3 Predictions About the Future—and Fusing—of Work and Education from IBM, The Linux Foundation, and World Bank Group

Hear how three of our corporate partners—IBM, The Linux Foundation, and World Bank Group—see the worlds of work and education coming together in more collaborative and innovative ways to drive societal impact and superior value for learners at scale into the digital age.

Feb 14, 2022·Anant Agarwal


The Age of Learner-Centricity: 4 Educational Trends Opening Doors to Remarkable Opportunity

Due to the pandemic and rapid pace of technology, learners now increasingly come first in the world of education. At the dawn of this new normal, I see four significant shifts that offer meaningful, transformative opportunities for learners and universities alike.

Jan 28, 2022·Anant Agarwal


The Power of MicroBachelors® Programs: Affordable Access to Career-Relevant Skills Now—and Credit Toward a Full Degree

Learn about these modular and stackable online programs from edX that not only put in-demand skills in the hands of learners quickly, but also bear real college credit along the way.

Jan 19, 2022·Anant Agarwal