EA has started an initiative called SimCityEDU, in which educators can use SimCity for educational purposes.
The hope is that through games, more universities can attract research, technology and game development students.
The initiative was started due to a government report which stated that the US had only one-third of the graduates needed to fill the demand for workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
SimCityEDU initiatives were kicked off in Washington, DC, with a White House meeting and a panel at the US Conference of Mayors, the MacArthur Foundation, and other education experts from the White House, yesterday.
You can find out more on the initiative through EA.
SimCity releases on March 8, with a beta starting next week.