GetSmarter determined to change the face of education globally

As part of CapeTalk In the Boardroom series on Friday morning, CapeTalk's Breakfast Show broadcasted from the offices of GetSmarter, an online education company in Woodstock.

CapeTalk's Africa Melane spoke to MD of GetSmarter Rob Paddock about their business model and some of their achievements to date.

According to Paddock, you don't need a degree or any kind of qualifications to access the programs that GetSmarter offers.

They work in collaboration with the world's best institutions to offer the best courses, says Paddock.

Get Smarter works with top-tier universities like Harvard, University of Chicago, Oxford, London School of Economics, UCT, WITS and Stellenbosch University.

We realised that there is an enormous market of working professionals who are out there in the working place who need to pick up skills throughout the course of their career.

Rob Paddock, MD of GetSmarter

As a working professional you are constantly learning, unlearning and relearning throughout your life, you risk the chance of become obsolete.

Rob Paddock, MD of GetSmarter

GetSmarter employs about 300 full-time staff and a network of tutors throughout the world, servicing students in 140 countries.

The benefit of online education is that you can get your subject matter experts in every corner of the globe.

Rob Paddock, MD of GetSmarter

We believe that our job is to help working professionals stand out from the crowd. We want to give them both the competence and the confidence to help them advance with their careers.

Rob Paddock, MD of GetSmarter

CEO of GetSmarter, Sam Paddock spoke to Africa Melane about how they joined forces with US-listed company 2U to continue providing top class education to the world.

We feel we are much stronger than before. We are about to undergo a very energetic recruitment drive to build a far broader human capital in Cape Town.

Sam Paddock, CEO of GetSmarter

I am excited about the potential this holds for our team and their careers, for the broader Cape Town community - and we will be able to reach more students through what we believe would be a better education.

Sam Paddock, CEO of GetSmarter

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