Sister Cities International Partners with 2U, Inc. to Offer Scholarships for Online Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and International Relations


Washington, D.C. (September 25, 2014) – Sister Cities International today announced a new partnership with 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), a leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions for nonprofit colleges and universities to deliver high-quality education to qualified students anywhere, to offer scholarships for selected 2U-enabled online master’s degree programs in public administration and international relations.

Sister Cities International members and members of its affiliated international partners will be eligible for scholarships when they enroll in either of two 2U-enabled master’s degree programs: MPA@UNC, the online Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina School of Government, or International Relations Online, the online Master of Arts in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service.

“Sister Cities International is committed to offering unique professional development and educational advancement options for our more than 500 members,” said Mary D. Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International. “Our partnership with 2U will enable our members to delve into public and international service in a new way – learning and growing to benefit our global community.”

Sister Cities International is a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices in the field of citizen diplomacy. Through the partnership with 2U, qualified applicants will receive a $5,000 scholarship if they are accepted and matriculate in the selected top-tier 2U-enabled master’s degree programs:

  • MPA@UNC, the online Master of Public Administration (MPA) offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government, prepares students to advance or begin a career in public service, including government service, community management and the nonprofit sector.  
  • International Relations Online, the online Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations offered by American University’s School of International Service, is a top-10-ranked school of international affairs by Foreign Policy. The program prepares students to succeed in this interdisciplinary professional field by providing a foundation in advanced international relations topics.

As with all 2U-enabled programs, MPA@UNC and International Relations Online feature live online classes, immersive self-paced course content, real-world learning experiences and a range of student support services. Students also are able to grow their personal and professional networks by working with university faculty and students across the country and around the world.

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About Sister Cities International

Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for over 500 individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States with relationships in 2,000 communities in 140 countries. This sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers who work tirelessly to promote peace and understanding through programs and projects focusing on arts and culture, youth and education, economic and sustainable development, and humanitarian assistance.

About 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

Founded in 2008 by a team of educational and technology veterans, 2U enables leading colleges and universities to deliver their high-quality education to qualified students anywhere. Our cloud-based software-as-a-service platform provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate their students. Our mission is to enable the education our clients provide to reach its highest potential so students can reach theirs. To learn more, go to


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