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This edition offers a mixture of news and analysis on a wide range of higher education-related topics such as China’s decision to allow international students to take part-time jobs, implications of lack of English language proficiency in Malaysian higher education, introduction of a course on happiness at Abu Dhabi University and India’s move to allow semi-government entities to become accreditation agencies.

We also have included a report on the implications of internationalisation in Irish higher education in our ‘Insights’ section. This study was commissioned by the Higher Education Authority and funded by the Irish Research Council.

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Insights: Implications of Internationalisation in Irish Higher Education

Insights image - EduChatA recent study by Marie Clarke, Linda Hui Yang and David Harmon explores the internationalisation strategies of Irish higher education institutions. This study was commissioned by the Higher Education Authority and funded by the Irish Research Council.

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Unpredictability in Brazilian higher education

The cancellation of a scholarship programme is not ordinarily something that has the power to destabilise higher education systems, but the proposed cuts would have been different.

Federal University of Minas Gerais to offer law course on 2016 political coup

The new course will focus on the motives and events that led to the impeachment of the country’s first female president in 2016.

Tupperware to Expand Global Links Program to Brazil

The program, which is in partnership with Rollins College, is designed to build capacity for women’s entrepreneurship and seeks to engage established female Brazilian business or economics professors working at universities in Brazil.


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China to allow international students to take part-time jobs

The government has been introducing a number of exploratory changes that allow international students in Beijing and Shanghai to take part-time jobs and internships.

Challenges of Creating World-Class Universities in China

The obsession with internationalization had resulted in priority being given to overseas scholars and graduates and has diminished graduates of many top domestic universities to second or third-class status.

Overseas college tours for Chinese teens a growing market: Study

According to a study of the University of Illinois, a growing number of Chinese families are sending their teenage children on college tours overseas, and are creating a potentially lucrative market for universities and college towns.


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UGC to allow semi-government entities to become accreditation agencies

According to the new regulations, the UGC will set up an accreditation advisory council with 10 academics to examine proposals by government and semi-government agencies that seek to register as accreditation and assessment agencies.

IITs to Cut Fees for Foreign Students

India’s Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said at a meeting of the Institute of Technology (IIT) Council that he would also discuss the issue of hiring permanent faculties from overseas with the ministries concerned.

India Targets Universities in Predatory-Journal Crackdown

Many publishers that host suspected predatory journals are based in India. And multiple studies have found that a high proportion of articles in such journals come from academics in the country.

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Glaring English deficiency in higher education

Although English was made a compulsory second language, nationalist and patriotic sentiments along with political exigency and the lack of competent teachers, progressively gave way to the greater usage of Bahasa Malaysia, while the use of English was allowed to significantly deteriorate.

Universiti Malaysia Pahang achieved 5-Star QS Rating

Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) has added another feather to its cap after emerging as the first local technical and non-research university to receive the QS 5-star overall rating.

Academia and the community

The bureaucratisation of universities, which began with the intrusion of government rules and regulations into universities to curb their freedom, has now virtually reduced the learning institutions into appendages of the government.

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University of Stirling to open UAE campus

The campus is located in the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone, an area of the Ras Al Khaimah emirate designed as an investment analysis and business hub.

300 UAE students sent to six international universities

During their visit, the students received hands-on expertise and knowledge in various scientific fields related to innovation.

Abu Dhabi University sets standard for student experience

ADU is the first university in the country to offer a course on happiness and positive psychology as part of its official curriculum.

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U.S.-India Knowledge Exchange Roadshow, 2018

New York
San Francisco

September 17, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

Consulate General of India, New York
3 E 64th St
New York, NY 10065, United States

September 19, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT

Consulate General of India, Houston
4300 Scotland St
Houston, TX 77007, United States

September 24, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM PDT

International House – UC Berkley
2299 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720, United States

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