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Elon Musk's advice to Ireland: Give engineers free tuition

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It's been a good year for Elon Musk. His company, Tesla, is having a breakout year. He unveiled his idea for a potentially game-changing transportation system. And he's being discussed as the world's "greatest living inventor."

Now, he's giving advice to world leaders.

As Bloomberg reports, Musk was recently on a panel with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny during which Kenny asked Musk what he would do if he were the leader of Ireland. Musk's idea: free schooling for engineers.

Musk suggested Ireland should help midsize companies acquire funding and to somehow cultivate a high concentration of talent. Then, the Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies co-founder paused, and said he should avoid speaking in “platitudes.”

“For a technology company, you need engineers,” Musk said. “Maybe engineering could be tuition-free or something like that."

One caveat: "They’ve got to stay in Ireland.”

That might be a difficult proposition for a country which was one of the worst hit by the Great Recession. But with the economy slowly turning around maybe it's time to start considering the idea.

Read more: Bloomberg

Photo: Flickr/jdlasica

— By on November 3, 2013, 11:11 PM PST

Tyler Falk

Contributing Editor

Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure