Dear friends and colleagues,
I am pleased to share with you an interview with Christopher ‘Chip’ Paucek, Co-Founder and CEO of 2U, as well as updates about new thought leadership pieces and new links to our webinar series. 


Elena Sterlin
Head of Health and Education, IFC

Expert Voices: An interview with Christopher 'Chip' Paucek

Christopher ‘Chip’ Paucek, Co-Founder and CEO of 2U, which partners with universities to design and deliver online short courses, discusses how online tertiary education is being reshaped by the pandemic—both in emerging and advanced markets. Read the interview here.

Thought Leadership

Jobs requiring digital skills in Africa will increasingly be found in many industries, including in agribusiness, manufacturing, and tourism, writes Alejandro Caballero, IFC Principal Education Specialist, and Sajitha Bashir, World Bank Education Advisor, in a blog for the World Economic Forum.

Our latest client case study recounts the rise of Brazil’s Ânima Educação, from its inception in 2003, when the founders took over a university on the verge of bankruptcy, to a higher education provider with some of the best academic quality indicators in Brazil.

A new report from Convergence, a global network for blended finance, features insights from IFC Head for Health and Education, Elena Sterlin, who highlights online universities, student funding, and early childhood education as areas seeing growth in blended finance transactions.

Webinar Series

TEC Monterrey | November 17

Learn about the ambitious academic reform project of Mexico’s Tecnologico de Monterrey launched in 2013 and the more recent adaptations it has made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Survey on Covid’s Impact on Tertiary Education | October 28 

Highlights from survey by L.E.K. Consulting’s Global Education Practice of 35 higher education institutions and 17,000 students on how the pandemic is transforming digital practices.
Anima | September 24 

Listen to how Brazil’s Anima university continued to provide high quality education while socially distancing during the pandemic.
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