• Google’s new Career Certificates program is changing higher education by offering a new alternative to traditional university degrees.
  • Students are now facing an increasing number of options for higher education and universities will need to decide how to adapt to a changing market. 
  • Adam Weinberg is the president of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
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Google recently announced its Google Career Certificates program, and it’s making waves in the pond of higher education. Among its other ambitious undertakings, Google is starting to act like a university, offering short, profession-specific credentials that can be completed in as little as six months.

Want to become a Data Analyst or a UX Designer? How about a Project Manager? Google Career Certificates provides a pathway to these well-paying jobs — no college degree necessary.


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Come January 1, 2021, importers of 24 major food crops will have to mandatorily declare that the products are not genetically-modified and that they also have a non-GM origin.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has come out with this order to ensure that only non-GM food crops come into the country.

The 24 food crops include apple, eggplant, maize, wheat, melon, pineapple, papaya, plum, potato, rice, soyabean, sugarbeet, sugarcane, tomato, sweet pepper, squash, flax seed, bean plum, and chicory.

Environmental groups have been complaining that imported foods often contain genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Stricter assessments at ports

The FSSAI is in the process of framing regulations on GM foods.

While a draft regulation on that is under consideration, the latest GM order, in the interim, is expected to tighten safety assessments of imported food crops at ports.

In an order released on Friday, the FSSAI said:

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Residential properties stand on the city skyline in Reykjavik.

Photographer: Arnaldur Halldorsson

The first country in the world to certify equal pay between the genders is floating the idea of a “rainbow certificate” for businesses that employ LGBTQ workers.

The National Queer Organisation of Iceland and Reykjavik Pride want guidelines for companies on how to foster diversity and make the labor market welcoming for all kinds of people.

“We see that there is a will to show support, but this needs to go deeper than waving the rainbow flag once a year,” Vilhjalmur Ingi Vilhjalmsson, head of Reykjavik Pride, told Bloomberg. “Our vision is that companies could get a rainbow certificate similar to the equal-pay certificate.”

Read more: Their Jobs Haven’t Changed, But Iceland’s Women Are Getting Raises

The country’s Finance Ministry has agreed to test guidelines on diversity in its offices.

Iceland is considered a trailblazer

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