Bill Gates cites "scary trend" of decline in IT studies

February 24, 2008

During his speech at the University of Waterloo last week, Microsoft founder Bill Gates emphasized the growing need for skilled IT workers, despite declining numbers of North American students enrolling in IT since the dot-com bust five years ago. "These are fun jobs," he asserted. "They really are about changing the world." Gates slammed US visa restrictions, while praising Canadian policy. (Microsoft recently opened an office in Richmond BC, a few  hours north of corporate HQ in Redmond WA, to accommodate international workers without a US visa.) According to the uWaterloo dean of Mathematics, applications for IT are up 30% this year. The Globe & Mail | Maclean's