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We are delighted to present to you the April issue of EduChat. In this edition we have introduced a section called ‘Digital Future’ which includes reports on digital skills gap, growing impact of the education technology sector and the expansion of the Indian education technology sector. Subsequently, our section on ‘Insights’ highlights the International Education Strategy, which was recently announced by the UK government along with, a report on factors influencing international students’ satisfaction.

This edition also offers a mixture of ‘News’ on a range of higher education-related subjects such as, China’s growth in AI research, India’s growing collaborations with countries such as the US and Afghanistan, entrepreneurial growth in UAE and many more.

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Digital Future

Bridging the widening digital skills gap

What 126 studies say about education technology

Indian edtech companies Byju’s, Talentedge spread wings at home & abroad

With rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other emerging technologies, skills gap across industries is expected to grow. At least 133 million new roles will be generated between humans, machines and algorithms globally by 2022. As these new roles emerge and skills requirements change, the size of the existing pool of skilled workers is said to be not enough to meet the shifting demands.
With the widespread expansion of digital technology, there has also been a rapid transformation of technology in education. Depending on how programs are designed, how they are used, and who can access them, education technologies could alleviate or aggravate existing disparities. This is to say, while access to computers and internet is expanding, approximately five million school-age children still do not have a broadband internet connection at home. This puts them at a disadvantage in terms of digital literacy development.
Indian education technology companies such as Byju’s, Talentedge, Simplilearn and Toppr are on a hiring spree to expand their market. For example, Byju’s is hiring talent to develop and launch its international product in 2019. Simplilearn, growing at 40% year-on-year, is planning to add 500 people in 2019. These educational technology companies are hiring talent across verticals, that is, technology, media, business development and product for both, the existing and the soon to-be launched international products.


International Education Strategy: Global potential, global growth

What makes international students happy?

The UK government has announced a new international education strategy with ambitions to grow international student numbers by 30% and boost the economic impact of the industry to USD 46 billion annually by 2030. One of the key points of the strategy is an extension of the post-study work visa and support student employability. This will include, planned improvements in the visa regime through, the extension of post study work to six months for bachelor’s and master’s and one year for PhDs.

As the number of students pursuing higher education outside their home country is now at an all-time high, understanding what factors exert most influence on their overseas educational experience is top of mind for the educators, administrators, and agents. Statistics indicate that international students’ happiness with their studies is influenced broadly by characteristics such as nationality, gender, and stage of study.



Piracicaba’s ag tech valley is an innovation factory

Young people from Macau visit Brazil to promote cooperation in youth entrepreneurship

Brazil to sign accord with U.S. on space technology

The Ag Tech Valley called an ‘Innovation Factory’ because it is the birthplace of about 20% of the total of agricultural start-ups in Brazil, which have 200 initiatives supporting producers inside farms.

A delegation of representatives of youth associations, five higher education institutions and various youth entrepreneurs from Macau visited two cities in Brazil; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, focusing on exchange with public services, youth entrepreneurship incubators and local industrial and commercial associations, on the direction of future cooperation.

The United States and Brazil have negotiated an accord to safeguard U.S. space technology, the South American nation will be used as commercial rockets will be lifting off from its launch site near the equator.


China’s quest for AI glory leads to new university majors in big data, AI

China’s spending on science and research funding is set to continue rising to 2.5 per cent of its GDP

China is fast catching up to the US in AI research

China’s universities will offer around 400 new majors related to big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, along with 612 new engineering research projects.

China will hit its target a year ahead of schedule. It has been closing the gap on spending in recent decades as it pursues ambition of becoming a global tech superpower.

An analysis by the Allen Institute for AI shows that China’s share of top AI publications is rapidly approaching that of the US. The two nations are expected to produce an equal share of top AI publications by 2020.


A higher education research collaboration initiative between US and India

India keen to reach in the top 25 in global innovation index soon

India, Afghanistan collaborate on digital education initiatives

The collaboration is known as Partnership 2020 and will focus on areas such as advanced engineering, artificial intelligence, public health, and energy.

India has jumped 24 positions to rank 57th in global innovation index in a short span of four years, and is keen to break into the top 25 tally soon.

One of the main objectives of the MOU is to facilitate students and faculty from Afghanistan to enroll and learn from the courses offered on SWAYAM, which will expose them to latest technology courses and also upskill them in areas of their interest.


Finance minister launches fund to help Malaysia achieve Industry 4.0 goal

Indian, Malaysian industry, research bodies to work jointly on automation, robotics

Malaysia to target four groups for increased higher education enrolment

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has launched a USD 7.37 million Industry Digitalisation Transformation Fund (IDTF); aimed at helping Malaysia achieve its Industry 4.0 goals by accelerating industry’s adoption of the related technologies.

The MoU between EEPC India and Malaysian Automotive, Robotics and IOT Institute (MARI) recommends investment in robotics, automotives and related areas and would encourage and identify companies from the respective countries for joint ventures.

Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the four groups will be; athletes, orang asli, those from the B40 lower income group and the disabled.


Dubai to create creative and economic free zones in universities

Minister of State for Food Security releases a Roadmap for Innovation-driven Food Security in the Middle East

Entrepreneurial growth set to accelerate in 2019

Dubai has approved a new strategy to create economic and creative free zones in public and private universities enabling students to carry out business and creative activities as integrated part of the higher education.

The roadmap relies on five pillars: building a food data strategy; developing an innovation research & development (R&D) strategy; establishing a national food waste programme; expanding nutritional guidelines; and enhancing the regional trading environment.

With a steady stream of initiatives being launched to support the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector in the UAE, entrepreneurial growth will continue to accelerate in the coming years.


Singapore, Vietnam explores energy tie-ups, Industry 4.0

Start-up incubation programme launched in Hà Nội

Australia and Ireland support Vietnam to promote technologies for equality

Singapore and Vietnam discussed the possibility of private sectors to be involved in the implementation of Vietnam’s Industry 4.0 development plans. The discussion also included strategies to strengthen both their start-up ecosystems.

A start-up incubation programme, entitled “Start & Up – Behind the Scene”, was launched in Hà Nội on Monday. It was co-hosted by the National Economics University (NEU)’s Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Republic of Korea’s Nextrans venture fund and V-Startup.

Jointly funded by Australia and Ireland, the event to mark International Women’s Day 2019, launched a national competition for concepts and innovations beneficial for rural women.

The U.S. – India Knowledge Exchange Delegation to India

Facilitating Partnerships, Advancing Research, Fostering Innovation, and Spurring Entrepreneurship.

The U.S. – India Knowledge Exchange convenes the leading minds in academia, innovation, public policy, private sector, non-profit and philanthropy from both countries. The purpose of this Sannam S4 – led initiative is to foster greater cooperation and collaboration on a range of topics of mutual interest and benefit, focused on generating tangible outputs with substantial impact.

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