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The Asian century is gaining momentum: universities must prepare

The Guardian – Matt Durnin

“Amidst the handwringing over the effect of Brexit on the UK’s universities, we need to contemplate our place in a future global economy driven by technology and innovation. From where will the most important discoveries of the coming decades emerge? Which countries and cities will give birth to the technologies, cures and ideas that will shape our future? China spends five times that of the UK on R&D each year. For universities hoping to build or maintain their position as global leaders in innovation and enterprise, China is hard to overlook as an option.”(more)

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Forms ‘Woz U’ to Reprogram Tech Education, Address Skills Gap

Business Wire – Staff Writer

“The man who revolutionized personal computing now wants to help revamp higher education for the tech industry. Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak today announced the formation of Woz U, a world-class digital institute to help fill the employment gap for high-paying technology jobs across the U.S. Woz U is designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably, creating long-term financial stability for a new generation of tech workers while providing prepared hires and training solutions for businesses.”(more)

Not doing this when you apply for student loans could cost you

USA Today – Kellie Ell

“More than half of students read less than 25% of their student loan documents, according to a new study. Many skipped reading them altogether. Those are the results of the 2017 State of Student Loan Debt in America survey, which polled current college students and their parents on their attitudes about managing student loan debt and found that most of America’s college students are flummoxed by the lengthy student loan process.”(more)

How freezing credit after Equifax will shut you out of some student loans

USA Today – Susan Tompor

“Here’s something student loan borrowers don’t want to hear: The Equifax data breach now could cast a shadow on applying for some college loans, too. After the Equifax data breach hit in early September, many consumer watchdogs —including the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. PIRG — advocated that consumers consider putting a freeze on their credit report if they felt their Social Security number and other data had been compromised.”(more)

Taking college classes in high school can lead to more college success

Ed Surge – Mikhail Zinshteyn

“New evidence says taking college classes while in high school can improve a student’s chances of earning a college degree. The findings indicate that these “dual enrollment” classes may be another tool as California grapples with a looming shortage of college-educated workers. Dual-enrollment classes have been shown to give students a preview of the college experience and permit students to amass some post-secondary credit before even enrolling at a college or university. That can lead to savings in tuition and reduce the risk of dropping out.”(more)

Analysis: Education Is Falling Behind in Race Against Robots. Here’s What U.S. Schools Can Do About It

The 74 Million – Tim Taylor

“The growth of automation and the increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence in the workplace are starting to create an upheaval so profound that some people are calling it the fourth Industrial Revolution. Our education system as currently structured is incapable of preparing the workers of today and the future for this major transformation. There is still time to reinvent our education system from pre-kindergarten through adulthood so that it can provide people with the lifelong learning they’ll need to stay afloat in turbulent times.”(more)