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Value of Higher Education Discussed on WEF Panel

Last week the World Economic Forum (WEF) held a panel on the value of higher education titled “Higher Education – Investment or Waste?

The panel consists of professors and stand out entrepreneurs such as Zach Sims, the founder of Codecademy and Professor Daphne Koller, who teaches Computer Science at Stanford University and one of the founders of the popular Coursera learning platform. In an extensive discussion the panel talks about the state of education in the United States and abroad, the rising expenses of higher education and finding innovative ways to bring learning opportunities to the greater world population. Take some time to watch or listen through the discussion, what are your thoughts on the value of higher education?

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Yet today, the US has a trillion dollar student loan bubble and the graduate unemployment rate has reached 14%. With over 285,000 university graduates working at minimum wage in the US, many students are faced with buyer’s remorse. Is it time to reconsider whether a college degree is worth the investment?

Speakers: Angel Gurría, Sean C. Rush, Daphne Koller, Gianpiero Petriglieri, Zach Sims, David Callaway