The Future of Education: 10 Trends To Watch


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encouraging. In this, also, lies the answer to the question of how a liberal arts college or an engineering school can teach entrepreneurship or programming to large numbers of students (not 50 students, 5000 students).

Entrepreneurship Education and Incubation

Entrepreneurship has justifiably become cool, and its education on high demand. This trend will continue. At every level—high school, college, graduate school, community college—entrepreneurship needs to be taught, and by 2020, we will see much greater penetration of entrepreneurship education throughout society. Entrepreneurship as a vehicle of economic development and prosperity is becoming well understood. Its education will also become so within this decade.


There is a lot of discussion around whether unpaid internships should be legal. I think this is nonsense. Any opportunity to educate and develop skills in people should be welcome. If employers are willing to train free of charge, it is absolutely ridiculous to not let them. It takes a lot of bandwidth for an organization to train green, unskilled people. It is free education that makes youth employable. I hope that aided by online services, the process of matching interns with employers will become pervasive at every level, in every country. This is an incredibly important youth development strategy for the world.

Those are currently my observations. I have a long view, and fully acknowledge that it will take time. Many of the experiments are at their very beginning stages. Nonetheless, I do believe that we end this decade on high note, having achieved meaningful strides in the education domain.

Happy New Year!

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Sramana Mitra is the founder of One Million by One Million (1M/1M), a global virtual incubator that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka, and Uuma. Sramana has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Follow @sramana

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One response to “The Future of Education: 10 Trends To Watch”

  1. shesaidsomething says:

    I am not sure if Ms. Mitra is an educator, professor or otherwise, but I see her faith in “digital learning” to be unfounded. I could record my lectures and they would still be okay but this would not be teaching. This would be a one-fit approach to education (which contradicts the promise of individual learning through technology). Professional development makes better teachers and teaching makes better teachers. Videos are no substitute to being in a smaller class with an instructor.