Meet the “international powerhouses” – a group of 53 global universities that have the greatest chance of catching up with and surpassing the likes of Oxbridge and the Ivy League, according to an analysis from Times Higher Education. This cluster includes universities from 11 countries across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Amazon announced the creation of the Alexa Fund Fellowship, an initiative to fund fellows who support the development of undergraduate or graduate school programs in fields like text-to-speech, conversational artificial intelligence, automatic speech recognition, and natural language understanding. The first batch of colleges to receive funding are University of Waterloo, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Southern California.
The skills gap will continue to grow if we don’t make changes now to how students are prepared for the workforce. There are many statistics about the gap, but the two most telling are that 92% of business executives agree there is a skills gap issue, and only 11% of them agree that post-secondary systems are actively preparing students for the workforce. If nothing is done it is estimated there will be six million unfilled jobs by 2020. But people are doing something, many people in fact.
Coursera has announced it is launching Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits. The new division is a “natural extension” of Coursera for Business, which the company launched last year for companies to deliver training to their staff. Through the new division, the two groups of stakeholders will work directly with Coursera to develop study programmes for targeted groups of learners and then offer training on a subsidised basis.
Employers around the world claim that soft skills are harder to find than hard skills. According to a LinkedIn study of hiring managers, 59% said soft skills, like teamwork, communication, organization, creativity, adaptability and punctuality, were difficult to find and this skill gap was limiting their productivity. But what if employers are looking for soft skills in the wrong place?
Students should be able to move seamlessly between higher education providers, picking up academic credits along the way, to create their own degree package. This captivating idea of a fully flexible higher education system prompted amendments to the higher education and research bill announced by universities minister Jo Johnson.
A group of coding boot camps and training programs from around the United States are banding together to create a single standard for reporting graduation and job placement data. The Council on Integrity in Results Reporting will create truth in advertising standards, and common definitions, documentation and validation requirements for all participating organizations.
If you said to kids, "We're going to play football soccer tomorrow” and they showed up but there's no field, no ball, there's only a 50-page textbook called “The History of Soccer” and then after that, there's a quiz, to see if they know the rules. But if they never played, never kicked the ball, never ran, nobody would like soccer. Well, isn't that how we teach science?
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