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Hello Reader,

We are delighted to introduce the April 2018 issue of EduChat.

With the increased role of research and innovation in the global knowledge economy, the direction of scientific research in higher education institutions is increasingly influenced by national priorities and global benchmarking programmes. These changes are happening worldwide and this issue of EduChat provides us with a chance to reflect on the recent changes in Brazil, UAE, Malaysia and China.

Some of the new initiatives from India and Malaysia make it clear that the disruptive environment in higher education due to digital change is putting greater emphasis on online learning to meet the changing demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The interview with Professor P.D. Jose, Chair, Digital Learning at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, gives more practical examples of this change and tells us how IIMBx allows learners to access highly valued programmes from top-ranking institutions without being limited by financial capacity or geography.

Another interesting development is highlighted in John Morgan’s article in the THE on Westlake University, which looks at a new form of governance proposed for private universities in China. It is interesting to note that the Chinese State news agency Xinhua reported that the University, which will be established in Hangzhou, would prioritise research areas in natural science, medical science, and advanced technology.

Another development we have included is a story about the Indian government’s ambitious plan to attract 200,000 foreign students as part of ‘Study in India.’

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Tête-à-tête #16 –   Professor P.D. Jose, Professor in Strategy Area and Chair, Digital Learning, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore


Dr. P.D. Jose is a Professor in Strategy Area and Chair, Digital Learning at IIMB. Prior to joining IIMB, he was a member of the faculty at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad. Professor Jose teaches core courses on Strategy and Electives on Corporate Environmental Management, Sustainable Enterprises and Understanding Corporate Failures. He has been a visiting faculty at Cardiff Business School, IIM Kozhikode, and Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.

Professor Jose was a Fulbright Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, and Kenan-Flagler Business School, North Carolina during 1999-2000. He also visited the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, as a research scholar on a UNDP/GoI fellowship. He was also an ESRC Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University during 2005-06, and again in 2008.

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Sharp rise in Brazil’s contribution to high-impact science

This overall increase reflects the intense research activity and resilience of the Brazilian institutions, which all have a strong history of international collaboration.

New policy widens participation of differently-abled students

A survey revealed that differently-abled students are enrolling in federal higher education institutions in increasing numbers.

Brazil’s First Crypto-Finance Master’s Degree Launches In São Paolo

The FGV Master’s aligns with a wider movement in the Brazilian higher education system to embrace digital currencies and Blockchain as part of their study programs.


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China’s IP system sees tremendous development: WIPO chief

As China’s economy is undergoing a fundamental transition towards a knowledge-based economy, its intellectual property (IP) system has seen tremendous development, and fares much better than the global average in terms of women’s inventions.

China ‘trials new form of governance’ with private university

Experts suggest that Westlake University may be Chinese government’s pilot of more autonomous institutions.

Challenges faced by China’s Research Environment

The scholars, who completed the project, see their research as a baseline, establishing the atmosphere of China’s current STEM environment in higher education so that future studies can compare and contrast.

Source: Xinhua

Source: ScienceDaily


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NIRF: IISc Bangalore, JNU make it to the top spots

IISc Bangalore is followed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and IIT Kharagpur – the top five on the overall list.  Delhi’s Jawaharlal University (JNU) holds on to its sixth position, while Anna University, Chennai is a new entrant in the top 10.

‘Study in India’ programme to attract 200,000 international students

“Initially, we are targeting 30 partner countries,” said R. Subrahmanyam, higher education secretary, adding that his ministry has shortlisted 160 colleges and universities to execute the plan initially.

New policy for digital universities

As part of its Digital India programme, the government has started the process of formulating a policy for digital universities across the country.

Source: Livemint

Source: DNA



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Ministry’s preparedness to address challenges of disruptive technologies

The Higher Education Ministry today launched a book entitled “Framing Malaysian Higher Education 4.0: Future-Proof Talents” to address challenges of disruptive technologies.

300 Scholarships to Malaysian Students to Study in Saudi Arabia

This year the Saudi government has increased the number of scholarship to 300 compared to 100 last year.

Mentor-mentee programmes to promote STEM programmes

THE low number of students enrolling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programmes has prompted numerous higher learning institutions to come up with initiatives to encourage the interest of secondary school students in STEM subjects.

Source:  theSundaily



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Urgent need for development of scientific research and technological innovation

In the field of higher education, the Arab Annual Report on Cultural Development highlights major issues that have impacted Arab countries over the past two decades. These include mismatching outcomes of higher education to societal needs, and failing to adapt digital technologies to higher education.

Top international universities bid for Dubai’s latest space challenge

Launched in February, the challenge has received more than 260 research proposals from 200 leading universities in 55 countries.

Dubai to build student housing community

The Myriad Dubai is designed to provide affordable living for students and ensure comfort, safety, and a fun community experience.

Source: Gulf News

Source:  The National

Source: Emirates 24 | 7 


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