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Education from Google could replace university degrees

by Jordan McKay, Nov 9
1 minute read

Google is set to launch 3-6 month courses for career certificates. The courses will require approximately 5 hrs a week to complete and cost around $600. They require no previous education and will be recognized as equivalent to 4-year college degrees by Google’s hiring teams.

group of fresh graduates students throwing their academic hat in the air

So what?

A growing number of firms including, Starbucks, Hilton, Penguin Random House, Intel, Apple, Chipotle, IBM, and Bank of America are posting jobs without college degree requirements.

Could Google’s online education subscription service bring EdTech to the mainstream? Can it accelerate the trend away from traditional university classroom learning to online learning?

If so, what consequences would ubiquitous online learning have on wider socio-economic and environmental systems including mental health, social engagement, equitable hiring practices, and environmental impact?



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I help organisations anticipate change, set and achieve sustainability objectives and act strategically to create the future they want. I value creating collaboratively, designing ambitiously, and communicating frankly.

Focus areas: The future of mobility, Technology, Transport, Circular economy, Biodiversity

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