Education Strategy 2020: Investing in People’s Knowledge and Skills to Promote Development.

| January 8, 2020

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We are living through a period of extraordinary change. The stunning rise of the middle-income countries, led by China, India, and Brazil, has intensified the desire of many nations to increase their competitiveness by building more highly skilled workforces. Technological advances are changing job profiles and skills, while offering possibilities for accelerated learning. Persistently high levels of unemployment, especially among youth, have highlighted the failure of education systems to prepare young people with the right skills for the job market, and have fueled calls for greater opportunity and accountability.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership and is home to 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs. The university is consistently recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education on the publication's list of "Great Colleges to Work For." Founded in 1829, RIT is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges and institutes emphasizing career education and experiential learning. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend the university and with approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, it is one of the largest private universities in the nation.

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Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership and is home to 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs. The university is consistently recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education on the publication's list of "Great Colleges to Work For." Founded in 1829, RIT is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges and institutes emphasizing career education and experiential learning. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend the university and with approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, it is one of the largest private universities in the nation.

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