IBL News | New York
Udacity’s Nanodegree has revealed as the most promising credential in higher education at scale. Today, there are over 100,000 graduates in the Nanodegree program, sources told IBL News.
The Nanodegree online program currently includes five schools: Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Programming, Autonomous Systems, and Cloud Computing.
Conceived as an industry-oriented credential for career-seeking and job-ready students, Nanodegree was described by Udacity’s founder Sebastian Thrun as “the new fourth degree, beyond the three common university degrees — the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD.”
Sebastian Thrun claims that his company, which has achieved the status of a unicorn of $1 billion, is on the way to becoming the “University of Silicon Valley” –although it’d be an unaccredited university.
“The Nanodegree program is well on its way to becoming a de-facto standard for hiring and corporate training in the tech industry,” he recently wrote.
However, Udacity’s newly appointed CEO, Gabriel Dalporto, a former manager at LendingTree, with no experience in education, contradicted the founder’s view, talking about the need to “get more clarity on our long-term vision and strategy” and the more upcoming partnerships with other universities.
“I do believe that we will be partnering with universities because we can provide the specialization in a lot of areas that universities just aren’t prepared to teach,” he said in an interview at EdSurge last week.
“We’re a company that is going to help universities and governments around the world retrain the world’s workforce in an extremely cost-effective way.”