‘College is not a place for learning’, says Elon Musk

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Arash Ferdowsi of Dropbox, Charles Culpeper, the founder of Coca-Cola, and many other entrepreneurs have proven that it is not necessary to hold a college degree to get success. Even Steve Jobs commented on many occasions that formal education kills creativity.

And now Elon Musk was also found saying that a college degree does not equate to ‘exceptional ability.’

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX shared his views at the Satellite 2020 conference and said that is not necessary to go to college if you want to learn something. He further said that knowledge is available for free and colleges are just for fun – a place where you can hang out with people of your own age.

During his interview, he said that his company – Tesla – does not have any prerequisite of a college degree. In fact, he finds the requirement of degrees from prestigious universities absurd. He does, however, require the potential candidate to exhibit great intelligence and capabilities to excel.

For his part, Musk did study from the notable Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario for two years before migrating to The University of Pennsylvania. He has a degree in both – physics and economics.

He did, however, drop out of a Ph.D. program at Stanford University to launch his first venture, Zip2 with his brother. He sold Zip2 to Compaq in 1999 for $22 million.



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