Skip to main content

Hogwarts for hackers: new Bletchley cyber security college to open in 2018

Bletchley Park, a suburb of Milton Keynes in England, was central to World War Two intelligence efforts. Scientists including Alan Turing designed the first ever electric programmable computer there (Colossus) and used it to crack the Nazi’s Enigma Code. Bletchley Park is synonymous with British codebreaking and also now houses the National Museum of Computing.

The university without any teachers

There are hotels in Europe without any staff. You drive up and check in via a machine that issues your room key, the door unlocks and you go up to your room. Then you eat from vending machines, stay the night and check out, all without any human contact.

This concept has now been brought to classroom education. There’s a coding school – started in Europe, just like the hotels – that offers programming courses without any teachers, and does not issue any diploma or degree qualifications. It’s open 24/7, and it’s very popular.

The digital natives are restless: Geek camp for kids

When you see a child’s eyes light up at the sight of a Star Wars lightsaber, an Arduino kit or a LEGO Technic set, there’s really only one thing to do: sign them up for out-of-school geek classes. They will find themselves in their element, surrounded either physically or virtually by like-minded kids with a burning passion for technology. This welcoming environment might do something for their social skills, too, if they are lagging a bit behind their technical skills.

The degree with a 91% employment rate

The old saying ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ seems to be redundant in the digital age. It wouldn’t raise too many eyebrows in the marketing community if it changed to ‘familiarity breeds sales’. When we arrive at a buying decision, we are far more likely to buy something we have heard of before than something we haven’t.