World’s Most Prestigious Universities 2016

May 10, 2016

World’s Most Prestigious Universities 2016

Times Higher Education

  • The THE World Reputation Rankings 2016 is based on a survey of more than 10,000 top scholars from around the world. Each academic was asked to name up to 15 universities that they believe are the best for research and teaching in their discipline. Votes for institutions based on research prowess were given twice the weight of those for teaching.
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Keywords: rankings, higher education, prestige, reputation, research, teaching

30 Under 30: Education


  • Forbes published a new list of the 30 Under 30 education edition highlighting the education leaders and innovators who are making a difference in the industry. Mathew Ramírez, who uses artificial intelligence to teach students how to write, leads this year's list.
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Keywords: innovation, education, leaders, innovators

MIT is Raising $5 billion to Make the World a Better Place


  • MIT's new fundraising initiative called "Campaign for a Better World" seeks to tackle some of humanity's (and our planet's) biggest challenges. The institute lists its various projects under the campaign's six priority areas: Discovery Science, Health of the Planet, Human Health, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Teaching-Learning-Living, and the MIT Core.
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Keywords: education, science, research, innovation, learning, leadership, entrepreneurship

Zuckerberg and Chan Hire Education Leader to Run Philanthropic Effort

The New York Times

  • Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan, hired James H. Shelton, a former deputy secretary of the federal Education Department, to lead the education component of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, focused on customizing learning for students and addressing barriers to education like poverty and illness.
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Keywords: education, personalized learning, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Why Silicon Valley Recruiters Are Flocking to Ontario

The Wall Street Journal

  • The University of Waterloo, in Ontario, has become a magnet for recruiters at Silicon Valley companies who seek the school’s entrepreneurially minded engineering graduates. Waterloo has intensified its focus on entrepreneurship through an in-house incubator, called Velocity, and an affiliated dormitory for student entrepreneurs that provides opportunities for funding, mentorship and collaboration, according to the school.
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Keywords: higher education, Silicon Valley, entrepreneurship

Universities Can’t Solve Our Skills Gap Problem, Because They Caused It


  • The class of 2015 graduated with an average of $35,000 in student loan debt, the most in history. And yet, hiring managers continue to complain about their inability to fill skilled positions in their companies. So why aren’t universities addressing this problem? Because they can’t. Here’s why.
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Keywords: higher education, labor market, skills gap

Ted Mitchell Wants Equity to Drive Higher-Ed Innovation


  • Ted Mitchell is adamant that equity should be the end goal for innovation in higher education. "We need innovation that cracks the code around providing access to high-quality, affordable education for the new college student who is more diverse, who has more needs, who in many ways is a challenge to the traditional system.” In this interview, Mitchell explains that too often, higher ed institutions forget about this goal.
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Keywords: higher education, innovation, leadership, interviews

How Blockchains Could Change the World

Mckinsey & Company

  • In this interview, Don Tapscott explains why blockchains, the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency, have the potential to revolutionize the world economy. Tapscott believes the technology could offer genuine privacy protection and “a platform for truth and trust.” The implications are staggering, not just for the financial-services industry but also right across virtually every aspect of society.
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Keywords: technology, economy, business, innovation

Who's Investing in Ed-Tech (2010-2016)

Hack Education

  • Here are the most active ed-tech investors – and a sample of their portfolios – since Hack Education was founded. These are the investors who have made 20 or more education-oriented investments since 2010 – about one per quarter over the last 5.5 years.
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Keywords: education technology, edtech, venture capital, ed-tech investment

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