Sunday, October 27, 2013



The  Geneva Business Insider ("GBI") is now just over two years old.

Over the past two years I have been interviewed by many talented and well informed people on TV, Internet TV, talk shows, radio shows etc. and learned a great deal in the process.

Today I am taking the GBI in a new direction and commencing interviewing invited guests on subjects of particular interest. I will however continue with my regular appearances on existing media shows.

In general the previous discussions have been around finance, economics geopolitics and business.

Today's discussion is all about University Education and the Education Industrial complex which has sprung up around it over recent years. As a concerned father with a daughter preparing university applications as I write, I shared my concerns with today's guest whose daughter has just started university this semester.

My guest is John Hancock, a Canadian national, a well known economist with a history degree from Cambridge, and currently advisor to the Director General of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.

By way of background, the cost of university education is reaching record highs, the number of students obtaining degrees and unable to find work is soaring, student debt is sky rocketing with no end in sight.

We discuss what value added if any is created by the universities, which universities have a real future and why, and the alternative higher education solutions that are springing up.

We examine above all the fact that the personality, interpersonal skills, character and work ethic of student plays a more important role in his  own future development than any university produced high cost piece of paper.

The you tube link interview in two parts can be found below:

Part 1:

Part 2:

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