March 18, 2016: Friday news roundup

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day to everyone and a special shout-out to our friends in Udemy’s Dublin office! Here’s hoping the luck of the Irish carries through your weekend too. Last weekend was a big one for our CEO. Read on…

Udemy CEO Dennis Yang delivers EdTalk at Global Education and Skills Forum
In case you didn’t already read it on our blog, check out this recap of Dennis’ visit to Dubai, including video of his presentation on new models to transform education. This event attracted educators, policy makers, and media from around the world, and Dennis got to meet influencers like CNN/Washington Post’s Fareed Zakaria. The highlight, however, might’ve been when a security agent at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport told Dennis he’s a big Udemy fan!

Helping solve the global education crisis
Still on the topic of the Global Education and Skills Forum, this article gives a nice overview of the rest of the summit and the issues discussed there. Of note was the address by the event’s founder, who described the state of global education as being in “crisis” and pointed out that “despite the [United Nations’] Millennium Development Goals pledging fifteen years ago that every child will get an education, there are still a staggering 58 million children around the world who do not attend primary school while half a billion others are failing in school.”

How do we give Americans better access to opportunity?
As anyone who’s looked at the media recently knows, Americans are feeling less and less optimistic that the American dream is attainable. Pearson and Atlantic Media conducted a poll to measure just how hopeful they feel, and the findings are sobering: “fewer than half of all Americans—just 44%—believe that anyone who works hard has a fair chance to succeed.” About two-thirds of respondents said investment in education is the best way to improve the economy.

Advice college admissions officers give their own kids
‘Tis the season for high school juniors to make the rounds of college campuses and decide where they want to apply. The New York Times asked a bunch of admissions officers to share what they tell their own kids about navigating the application process and finding the best fit for their academic needs.