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Is Amazon dipping into higher ed?

January 30, 2018

Amazon has been popping into higher education conversations more often, as the company narrowed its list of now 20 cities where it could place its second headquarters — potentially creating a technology career hub for graduates in the chosen location. Microsoft made a similar, but deliberate, move to do this when it invested $1 billion in the University of Washington to create a pipeline of skilled graduates for the company.

But, this latest move by Amazon to hire Candace Thille is perhaps not as exacting to industry stakeholders for the development of a potential new competitor. Though the company hasn’t revealed much information about its intentions beyond developing corporate learning platforms — which means nothing substantive yet.

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