Education

MOOCs, sensors, apps and games: The revolution in education innovation

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been touted by some as the breakthrough that will transform education. Top universities such as MIT, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley are scrambling to make their lectures available online. Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) described one such program…

WSJ: The Truth About the ‘Age Premium’

 They don’t prepare you for this in college or admit it in job interviews. The harsh reality is that if you are middle-aged, write computer code for a living, and earn a six-figure salary, you’re headed for the unemployment lines. Your market value declines…

LinkedIn: Look Before You Leap Into That MBA

My Wall Street Journal article about why I discourage students who want to become entrepreneurs from doing an MBA provoked a far stronger reaction than I expected. The vast majority of the emails and comments were in agreement — including from business-school professors. What shocked me…

WSJ: Vivek Wadhwa: Why I Don’t Advise Startups to Hire M.B.A.s

  I have no doubt that my M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business was one of the best investments I ever made. It helped me climb the corporate ladder and become an entrepreneur. As a tech executive, I would readily pay…

Washington Post: Ray Kurzweil on the future workforce

By Vivek Wadhwa & Ray Kurzweil, Published: November 15 Singularity University, on the grounds of the NASA Research Center at Moffett Field in Silicon Valley, abounds in optimism, and, as Singularity’s Vice President of Innovation and Research, I have understandably caught the bug. I have written…

Read Write: Obama and Romney Should Quit Worrying About China And Start Worrying About Education

In the presidential debates both candidates focused much of their energy on job creation and the future of America. They missed the third part of that equation, namely, the role immigrant entrepreneurs play in economic growth—and why the exodus of these highly-educated workers is…

Mashable: Dear Peter Thiel: Let’s Fix College, the Right Way

Dear Peter Thiel: We disagree on whether college is necessary. First we debated whether too many kids go to college last October, and we just duked it out on CBS 60 Minutes. Judging by the feedback, America is deeply divided on this issue. Most…

Washington Post: Peter Thiel sings siren song to America’s youth

Attention high school graduates with dreams of becoming a doctor: That’s a bad idea. Instead, become a plumber. You’ll make more money. If you think that sounds crazy, that’s because it is. But that’s precisely the message noted investor and Libertarian Peter Thiel intoned…

CBS News/60 Minutes: Partying and its benefits

May 20, 2012 4:00 PM Entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, who teaches at Duke and Stanford, explains how the social skills gained in college actually help Americans get ahead. 3540 Views

CBS News/60 Minutes: Dropping out: Is college worth the cost?

May 20, 2012 7:02 PM (CBS News) One of the wealthiest, best-educated American entrepreneurs, Peter Thiel, isn’t convinced college is worth the cost. With only half of recent U.S. college graduates in full-time jobs, and student loans now at $1 trillion, Thiel has come…

Washington Post: Why Silicon Valley needs humanities students

Quit your technology job. Get a PhD in the humanities. That’s the way to get ahead in the technology sector. That, at least, is what philosopher Damon Horowitz told a crowd of attendees at the BiblioTech Conference at Stanford University in 2011. Horowitz is…

MIT Tech Review: Innovation without Age Limits

Venture capitalists in Silicon Valley prefer to fund the young, the next Mark Zuckerberg. Why? The common mantra is that if you are over 35, you are too old to innovate. In fact, there is an evolving profile of the “perfect” entrepreneur—smart enough to…

ASEE PRISM: Engineers, Save Higher Ed! — Technology can propel a needed revolution.

Americans are becoming disenchanted with higher education. They say it lacks relevance and isn’t cost justified — and that therefore we should send fewer children to college. They blame universities for skyrocketing education costs. That is what I’ve learned — the hard way —…

Intelligence Squared debate: Too many kids go to college

A part of the Chicago Ideas Week, this debate is the first Intelligence Squared U.S. debate to be held live in Chicago. The herd mentality that assumes college is the only path to reaching one’s full potential is under fire.  Student loan debt has…

Washington Post: An open letter to Peter Thiel

Dear Peter: I want to congratulate you and political scientist and author Charles Murray on winning the debate in Chicago Wednesday against Northwestern University President Emeritus and Rasmussen College Chairman Henry Bienen and me on whether too many Americans go to college. I should not have been surprisedconsidering Washington Post…

Washington Post: What we really need to fear about China

American policy makers worry about the dramatic increases in the number of academic papers being published and patents being filed by Chinese researchers. They believe that these will give China a formidable competitive advantage when it comes to innovation. After all, China is now…

ASEE Prism Magazine: Over the Hill at 40 — Tech graduates face a career roller coaster

The ugly reality of engineering — one that no one wants to admit — is that it is an up-or-out profession. If a 40-year-old engineer is doing the same job that can be done by an entry-level worker, he or she is headed toward…