Ep 06: The Future of Education – Riley Batchelor

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Riley Batchelor

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About this conversation
Technology is disrupting and enhancing the education industry at a rapid pace. Australia’s edtech industry is booming and taking on the world. Hear about the future trends in education driven by technology and startup practices.


Conversation notes

  • What are the drivers of change in the education industry?
  • Blockchain technology
  • Online learning space: MOOC’s
  • How will education look in 2025?
  • Unaccredited learning growth
  • Are universities losing their competitive edge?
  • Learning becomes a lifelong journey and courses are taken as needed


More about Riley
Riley is a serial tech entrepreneur, investor and startup advisor. Riley is currently CEO of EduGrowth, Australia’s edtech acceleration network. Riley has founded 5 technology startups over the last 13 years, with 3 successful exits to date. Riley was the local partner of General Assembly Asia Pacific. Through a joint venture with the US-based digital skills education startup, he opened General Assembly in Sydney in 2012, later expanding it to Melbourne, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Riley is passionate about changing lives through education and improving education models through technology.


Riley’s LinkedIn: Riley Batchelor

Riley’s Twitter: @riley_batchelor

EduGrowth: edugrowth.com.au

EduGrowth’s Twitter: @edugrowthaus

EduGrowth’s Facebook: @EduGrowthAus


“In Australia, we have an amazing platform to become one of the top 3-5 edtech hubs globally. We have a huge education industry. I’m sure most of the folks in here already know this but education is our largest service export industry to the tune of about 21 billion dollars a year. At any one time, there are about 500,000-600,000 international students in the country. There are big dollars there – it’s our biggest export (beyond the stuff that we rip out of the ground). It’s an amazing platform we have. We have 43 high quality, well-established universities in Australia, a relatively good school system and we have some fantastic foundations for the country to make the most of what’s happening in disrupting this space.”

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