January 19th, 2016
Episode 440 of 836 episodes
China has unveiled its latest GDP figures, showing growth is now below 7% - the lowest it has been since the 1980s. But the country's top property developer believes there is no cause to panic. Three leading western analysts though - George Magnus of Oxford University, Diana Choyleva of Lombard Street Research, and Ken Rogoff of Harvard University - aren't so sure. Each of them estimates real growth to be much worse. Also, in the face of a technology revolution, is conventional education really up to the mark? We hear from Evgeny Shadchnev, the founder of a new UK firm, The Makers Academy, which pledges to train entry-level computer programmers in just three months. We get a personal view on the future of internet learning from Sal Khan. He is the founder of one of the world's leading online teaching platforms, Khan Academy, and he explains how the web can and will revolutionise the classroom and help to bridge the skills gap. (Photo: Chinese worker manning a machine at a factory in Binzhou. China; Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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