EduChat – December 2019 Edition 1
Sannams4 Monthly Newsletter - Educhat December 2019

Dear Reader,

We are happy to present EduChat—the first edition of December 2019. In this edition, ‘Digital Future’ covers the news on a growing appetite for digitally delivered higher education.

The report included under ‘Super Stats’ covers the expansion in the Indian higher education sector with increasing students’ enrolments in graduation, postgraduation, and research programs.

Our ‘Insights’ section talks about the increase in the number of Australian students doing mobility programs and also points to an article on the increasing number of students choosing to study in the USA.

The section on ‘Country News’ looks at China’s efforts to promote Tibetan medicine subjects, Australian universities plans to set up their branch campus in India, Malaysia Online education market expansion and an increasing number of Vietnamese students in the US.

Thank you in advance for your feedback which would help us to improve the quality and impact of the forthcoming issues.

Happy Reading!!

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Digital Future

Going digital – appetite for digital education is increasing

Traditional campus-based universities are facing headwinds as they try to expand student enrolment. The challenge is especially acute in more advanced developing countries where the college-age population is shrinking for the first time due to decreasing birth rates. Meanwhile, the appetite for digitally delivered higher education continues to grow. Enrolment in online education and blended online or in-person education grew by 13% annually from 2012 to 2016, while 37% of new university students in Brazil opted for distance learning.


Australia: one in four undergrads undertake mobility experience

The number of Australia students who undertook a mobility program as part of their studies has hit an all-time high – Australian Universities International Directors’ Forum. The 2018 Australian Universities Learning Abroad report, released in November and undertaken by i-Graduate, found more than 52,000 Australian domestic students went abroad during their studies last year, representing 19% of the entire graduating cohort.

Rising number of international students going to the US

The steep decline of international students coming to the US has ended. Enrollment data, released from the Institute of International Education and US Department of State, show foreign students enrolled for the first time in a US higher-education institution declined 0.9% from a year ago, recovering from the sharp drop of 6.9% a year before.


Latin America

Startups are helping close Latin America’s skills gap

According to the World Economic Forum, the skills gap in Latin America is still the largest in the world. Approximately one-fifth of young Latin Americans, or roughly 30 million people, are not employed or engaged in any form of education or training. Rather than wait for the education and government systems to catch up, many entrepreneurs are tackling these issues directly themselves.

Students push to speed up artificial intelligence adoption in Latin America

To raise living standards, lower health care costs, improve literacy and promote greater transparency and accountability in government, MIT graduates want to bring awareness in the field of AI in Latin America. They worked together to conduct a three-day workshop that will bring together policymakers and AI researchers in Latin America with AI researchers in the United States. The AI Latin American summit will take place in January at the MIT Media Lab.


Shanghai Jiao Tong University Asia-Pacific Graduate Institute (SJTU – APGI) unveiled in Singapore

The unveiling ceremony was officiated by Hong Xiaoyong, Chinese ambassador to Singapore. SJTU is one of the first universities to bring its programs outside of China, benefiting nearly 600 graduates in Singapore.

Seven Chinese universities make top 10 in QS Asia ranking

QS Quacquarelli Symonds released in their latest assessment of Asia’s 500 best universities, which saw institutions from China taking seven out of the top 10 slots in the rankings. China’s advanced technology and research areas have helped in achieving the universities in the leading position.


Australia wants to set up university campuses in India as Modi government changes rules

The Government of India has been planning on allowing foreign universities to establish their off-shore campuses in India. For the same, Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan met with MHRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal discussed the possibilities of setting up off-shore campuses of the Universities from Australia in India and Indian Universities campuses in Australia. The move assumes significance in view of the Narendra Modi government’s proposal to allow foreign varsities to set up campuses in India in the future.

Number of Indian students in the UK for higher studies up 63%: High Commission

The number of Indian students going to the UK for higher studies in 2019 has increased by 63 percent from last year, according to the British High Commission. According to a statement, the latest UK immigration statistics show that over 30,000 Indian students received a Tier 4 (study) visa for the year, up from almost 19,000 the previous year.

Indian University opens a first-ever chapter in Qatar for diaspora

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Maharashtra’s Savitribai Phule Pune University (STPU) and Qatar’s Milestone International Education enabling the University to set up its campus in Doha, with an aim to provide opportunities in higher education to the Indian diasporas based in Qatar. In spite of such a large number of Indians in the State of Qatar, no Indian university has its campus in the country. Realizing this gap, the memorandum has been signed to promote cooperation between the two institutions with the support of the government of the State of Qatar.


Malaysia is emerging as a new education hub

Malaysia has allowed a range of universities from the US, UK, and Australia to set up their branch campuses in the country and offer international students to study the same courses at competitive prices. Malaysia has a single Malaysian Qualification Framework modeled on European standards that clarifies all academic and vocational education levels. This allows international students to take courses of their own choice and have Malaysian qualifications recognized in their home countries.

Malaysia Online education market expected to rise during 2016- 2023

Malaysia Online Education (e-education) Market comprising online learning, learning management systems, mobile e-learning, podcasts, virtual classroom, etc., is expected to flourish at a significant CAGR of 16.4% over the forecast period. Increasing penetration of smartphones & tablets and favorable government initiatives are the two major growth drivers of the Malaysia online education market. Moreover, Malaysia online education market is anticipated to garner noteworthy revenue by the end of 2024.


University of Birmingham says the second phase of its Dubai campus opens in 2021

The University of Birmingham has started on with the second phase of its Dubai campus in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). The campus will be home for up to 2,900 students – featuring innovative teaching, research space incorporating digital technology and a student hub to support student needs.

Ajman University (AU) recognised as an emerging leader on the global academic map

The 2020 QS World University Rankings lists AU among the top 800 universities globally, and among the top 10 worldwide for the proportion of its international students and faculty. All nine colleges, feature 24 under-graduate and 12 graduate programs.

Graduate employability is a top priority for UAE universities

World’s leading institutions have established campuses in the UAE offering future-ready curricula and educational programs that prepare students for the workplace, the country’s higher education sector is witnessing a major transformation. Along with universities, the UAE government is playing a lead role in setting global standards in the UAE and has taken several initiatives to assess the career readiness of graduates.


Vietnamese students continue to head for the US

The number of Vietnamese studying in the U.S. has increased for an 18th straight year, according to the Institute of International Education. Vietnam remained the sixth leading country of origin for international higher education students in the U.S. in 2018-19, accounting for 2.2 percent of them as per the institute’s Open Doors report.

Vietnam and India Sign MoU For Cooperation in the Field of Education

Vietnam had signed an MoU with India for cooperation in the field of education and scientific research. The Vice-Chancellor of Defence Institute of Advanced Technology and Lt General Nguyen Cong Dinh, the President of Vietnam’s Military Technical Academy signed the MoU.

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