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Dear Reader,

This newsletter carries a selection of curated articles from India, South Asia, China, South East Asia, Latin America and the UAE that are of interest to higher education institutions from around the world with respect to student recruitment, partnerships, scholarships/grants, student/faculty mobility and the regulatory landscape. We also showcase key knowledge initiatives that Sannam S4 conceives of and delivers for the sector around industry practices, SDGs and advocacy.

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Sustainability Goals

Lehigh University to create a climate action strategy

As climate change continues to pose an increasingly dire threat to the environment, public health, infrastructure, agriculture and the economy, Lehigh is taking action to further its commitment to environmental sustainability. As part of its Sustainability Strategic Plan 2030 which was released in October, Lehigh has begun the process of creating a Climate Action Strategy. This strategy will provide a detailed framework and serve as a comprehensive roadmap for measuring, planning and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It will help the university understand where, and how, to achieve emissions reductions. By striving for carbon neutrality with an approach that is realistic for Lehigh, the university will not only align with peer higher education institutions but also support the City of Bethlehem’s Climate Action Plan, which will be published by the city in the first quarter of 2021.

The University of Edinburgh goes big on a green investment after HSBC tie-up

The University of Edinburgh has invested some GBP 5 million in green projects after becoming the first institution in the UK to sign up to a new HSBC initiative. The banking giant’s Green Deposits programme enables organisations to invest directly in environmentally friendly projects that promote the transition to a low-carbon economy. The bank uses funds deposited exclusively in green businesses and projects such as renewable energy, energy efficiency initiatives, sustainable land use, clean transport and biodiversity. The university has invested more than GBP 150 million in low carbon technology, climate-related research and businesses that directly benefit the environment since 2010. Through investments, the university intends to deliver multiple benefits for society, the economy and the environment.

The University of Glasgow sets ambitious 2030 target for carbon neutrality

The University of Glasgow has pledged to go ‘further and faster’ in its response to the climate emergency with a raft of new commitments, including a target for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The ambitious aim is one of a series of actions set out in a new strategy approved by University leaders at a meeting of the University Court. The strategy document, titled Glasgow Green: The University of Glasgow’s Response to the Climate Emergency, was compiled from survey responses from 1,300 students and University staff, consultation seminars with staff and students, and discussions at the University’s senior management group, senate and student experience committees. It acknowledges a consensus across the University community that the University must push its ongoing commitment to addressing climate change further.

Sustainability boost for UK’s chemical industry by Newcastle University

Newcastle University is supporting a new Government push to revolutionise the way resources are managed in the UK’s GBP 32 billion chemical industry to build a greener, more efficient economy. Led by Loughborough University, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy will be based in its Department of Chemical Engineering and will involve seven universities – Loughborough, Newcastle, Cardiff, Heriot-Watt, Imperial College London, Liverpool and Sheffield. It will also involve more than 20 industrial and international partners, ranging from multinationals such as ExxonMobil, Shell and Unilever to SMEs and national and local initiatives, including the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy will aim to reduce the reliance on fossil resources by creating methods to recover and reuse olefins from domestic waste products and CO2 emissions. Olefins are the raw materials for 70% of all organic chemical production, used to create synthetic fibres, plastics, solvents and other high value-specialities. chemical industry to build a greener, more efficient economy.

The Lakehead University to divest from fossil fuels

The Lakehead University has committed to divest from fossil fuel companies by 2023, becoming one of the first universities in Canada to do so. Students and faculty at the school had campaigned since at least 2014 for the institution to drop its investments in oil, gas, and coal to demonstrate leadership on climate change. The institution’s Board of Governors officially voted to take the step, making Lakehead the sixth Canadian university to commit to some form of fossil fuel divestment (others include Concordia, Guelph, and UBC). Organizers with Fossil Free Lakehead, the student group that spearheaded the divestment campaign, hoped the victory would contribute to a broader societal shift toward clean energy.

Digital Future

Higher education post-COVID—Towards a digital blended future

It would be a massive understatement to say that the COVID-19 crisis has thrown some curveballs at the university sector. But there are opportunities for higher education (HE) establishments as we move towards a post-pandemic era.

  • The power of collaboration: At all universities, the focus has been on pivoting online learning to work for students and to support their staff working remotely – all while prioritising the health and safety of the university community and making sense of the directions from the government.
  • Retaining the student experience: In the face of so many unknowns, the HE leaders agree that retaining the best student experience must be a priority. The value of more interactive styles of learning is a golden opportunity.
  • Remote working challenges: Remote working has brought challenges in terms of supporting staff, but it’s more than paid off – and will likely be a lasting legacy.
  • Coping with pressure: Universities have placed a large emphasis on mental health against a backdrop of huge demand among students for mental health and counselling support.
  • Leadership lessons: We may have all the technological solutions in the world, but don’t underestimate the importance of being visible and making time to speak to people.

Super Stats

Report—Higher Education embraces flexibility in technology, data and people to compete

The Industry outlook report from Education Dive looks at how institutions must evolve to deliver a better experience to students and prove ROI to society. This report explores how institutions today are redefining and adjusting their approach to institutional and student success and identifies ways they are changing to flourish in this new economy. The report also highlights why student enrolment is down by almost 20% at some institutions, how to create data processes that safeguard student privacy while empowering your teams to make better decisions and how improving processes reduced one institution’s costs per degree by 15%.

Key insights from the report:

  • 42% of institutions collect and integrate student information system data and 31% actively use that data to inform initiatives.
  • Higher education enrolments are declining as much as 19.7% in some institution types.
  • Increasing productivity with tools like an ERP allowed a university to reduce its cost per degree by 15%
  • Removing bottlenecks in overused and under-resourced call centres allowed a university to spend 20% less on advertising while achieving a 20% increase in new student enrolment.
  • Research has shown a decrease in a student’s likelihood to graduate on time for every 5% increase in staff turnover their first year at an institution.

Insights

How will higher education look like in the next five years?

In 2025, higher education will be a hybrid of in-person and online learning, according to a new Ipsos survey for the World Economic Forum. Ipsos surveyed adults in 29 countries on how they see higher education being delivered in five years. The majority think the split between online and in-person learning that’s come about during the COVID-19 pandemic is here to stay. Respondents in China and Japan were most likely to see higher education being delivered mainly in person. Almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents said higher education in their country would be conducted online at least as much as in-person, if not more. One in four adults surveyed (23%) believe higher education will move mostly online, while around half (49%) think it will be split between in-person and online. Only 29% think it will be delivered only or mostly in-person. Nearly half of respondents in China (48%) and Japan (47%), which have had relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases, think traditional in-person teaching will still be in place. But only a third of adults in India (31%), where cases have been the second-highest in the world, and less than a fifth of adults in Brazil (18%), third-highest for cases, agree higher education will be face-to-face. The survey also found divergent views about the cost of in-person higher education. On average, across the 29 countries, just over half (53%) agree that in-person higher education is worth its cost, compared to just over a third (36%) who disagree.

Sannam S4 Initiatives

Sannam S4 new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 Series

1) Webinar— Navigating the Indian Market Now: Deliver On-ground Insights into the Recruitment Landscape (Upcoming on 3rd December 2020)

  • India is the second-largest sender of international students to the U.S. after only China. Please join experts from EducationUSA and Sannam S4 who will share their on-ground insights and discuss current trends impacting student recruitment in India. Register Now

2) Webinar—Welcome & Discussion on US-India Higher Education with India’s San Francisco Consul General


3) Webinar—Welcome & Discussion on US-India Higher Education with India’s Chicago Consul General


4) Webinar—India’s new National Education Policy (NEP) – Opportunities and implications for Queensland’s IET industry


5) Webinar—How will NEP reforms change internationalisation agendas in Indian universities?


6) Webinar—HE Reform Agenda: Key takeaways from the NEP


7) Webinar—Unpacking the new National Education Policy


8) Opinion— Sannam S4 views on the National Education Policy approved by the Union Cabinet: 10 Key Takeaways


Internationalisation of Indian Higher Education

At Sannam S4, we understand the enormous and border-less responsibility the education sector has to bear. We partner with 85 of the world’s leading institutions to ensure that student and faculty mobility, research and general operations occur seamlessly on campuses and beyond. Given our large partner network of international universities as well as in-house expertise we have the required capabilities to support institutions during their internationalisation journey. In the present-day scenario, it is evident that Indian and overseas universities will have to look towards embracing International partnerships, adopt new technologies and test different modalities for student learning. These initiatives will not only require investment but also significant expertise and knowledge sharing with industry leaders who may have traversed this space and emerged successfully. We believe that this moment presents a unique opportunity to upend existing frameworks and chart new models to deliver world-class education in the country. To that end, Sannam S4 is launching a new series of events focused on the Internationalisation of Indian Higher Education.


Sannam S4 Podcast Season 3

Season 3 brings insights from India’s school university counsellors. Insights from those on the front line as they support students to adapt to the new normal and more about the challenges faced by students and the changing choices.

EdTech Developments

Indian Edtech Unacademy gears up to take on Byju’s K-12 education, coding space

After raising mega funding from SoftBank and Tiger Global, EdTech company Unacademy is gearing up to take on decacorn Byju’s by tapping the K-12 education space and teaching coding to children. Facebook-backed Unacademy is mainly dominant in the area of exam preparation space. Flush with fresh funds, the Bengaluru-based company is planning to make acquisitions and pick strategic stakes in firms that would help it to achieve this goal, according to sources.

 

 

Simplilearn and Purdue University launch the post-graduate program in digital marketing

Simplilearn, the world’s leading online Bootcamp for digital economy skills, in partnership with Purdue University, launched its Post Graduate Program in Digital Marketing. This comprehensive program offers learners the benefit of Purdue’s academic excellence and Simplilearn’s award-winning curriculum, to develop a set of in-demand digital marketing skills and accelerate their career trajectory. The program is ideal for new graduates, working professionals with 1-2 years of experience in the fields of sales, marketing and advertising, and mid-career professionals focused on roles such as brand managers, PPC Specialists, Social Media Strategists and Digital Marketing Managers. On completion of the program, learners will be equipped with skills required to plan and drive digital marketing strategies, with an in-depth understanding of the advantages and limitations. The Post Graduate Program in Digital Marketing is delivered via Simplilearn’s high-engagement boot camp-style learning delivery model.

 

 

upGrad acquires The Gate Academy, forays into test preparation market in India

EdTech start-up upGrad has made its entry into the test preparation market by acquiring The Gate Academy (TGA) for an undisclosed amount. Post the acquisition, TGA will operate as a subsidiary of upGrad and will continue with its brand name. Ritesh Raushan will pursue as the CEO of the entity to build this business line, with support from upGrad, who will be providing its proprietary online learning solution and tools for enhancing the learning experience, as well as its sales, marketing, and content prowess.

 

 

Unibuddy partners with Study in the USA

Peer-to-peer platform service Unibuddy has entered an agreement with Study in the USA aiming to give prospective students “reassurance and confidence” to study in the country. The partnership – announced at the company’s virtual conference – will see colleges join a new platform to “give international students the confidence they need to study in the USA”. Some fifteen colleges have already signed up for the platform, while colleges can place students on the Study in the USA website free for six months.

 

 

Education Fairs –  India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan

Our Education Team compiles all the education fairs that are happening in South Asia.


Regional News

Latin America

Chile—Sorcia Minerals and the University of Santiago announce the signing of an agreement in the extraction of lithium

Sorcia Minerals LLC and the University of Santiago of Chile (USACH) signed a cooperation agreement for research, development and innovation (R+D+I) in the implementation of new mineral exploitation technologies. This will allow the sustainable commercial production of 30% lithium chloride, without using water present in the salars and with reinjection of up to 90% of the brines in their natural state. According to the agreement, the USACH will validate the lithium chloride extraction and production processes developed in a plant created by Sorcia / IBAT and implemented in the university-affiliated salars, which will enable the extraction of lithium in all salars, even those with low concentration. The agreement also contemplates that internationally renowned panellists such as Dr John Burba, give a series of conferences at the USACH.

Google opens the internship process in Brazil

Google announced the opening of its annual intern recruitment program, the Business Internship Program, which reaches its 11th edition. This year, not only will the selection process be online, due to the covid-19 pandemic, but the internship itself will be carried out remotely, which opens the opportunity for students from Brazil. The selection is open to all students from any university course and all higher education institutions. The only prerequisites required are that candidates are expected to graduate between December 2021 and March 2022 and that they can write and speak fluently in Portuguese and English.


South Asia

Bangladesh: University Grant Commission (UGC), GrameenPhone Limited (GP) sign MoU to facilitate online classes of public and private universities

University Grant Commission (UGC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GrameenPhone Limited (GP) to facilitate the online classes in different public and private universities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the MoU, the GP will provide internet data packages at a low cost to the students and faculty members of different private and public universities. Students of public and private universities will be provided with an internet bandwidth of state-owned mobile operator Teletalk at a nominal price to help continue their online education activities. University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) disclosed a press release on September 2, saying students of the universities under UGC run platform BdREN will get the opportunity.

Nepal: upGrad enters Nepal with MentorLab

Merging the latest technology, pedagogy, and services, upGrad, India’s largest online higher education company has entered the Nepali diaspora to create an immersive learning experience anytime, anywhere. upGrad signed an agreement for channel partnership with MentorLab recently. As per the agreement, MentorLab will source and service learners in Nepal seeking higher education to subscribe to various online programs that upGrad has co-created. Now, learners from Nepal can benefit from state-of-the-art product offerings that are the most relevant and accessible online.

Pakistan: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) to declare two-year degree programs illegal

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has declared two-year BA/ BSc degree programs after the academic year 2018 illegal. The announcement has been made by the HEC after noting that some institutions are still offering degrees in the aforementioned programs. The HEC said in its notification that Apropos of the decision of the HEC to phase-out two years BA/ BSc programs after the academic year 2018, and subsequent communication of the policy, it has been noticed with grave concern that these programs are still being offered by universities/ Degree Awarding Institutes (DAIs) and their affiliated colleges. In this regard, universities/ DAIs is directed not to offer admissions in the two-year BA/ BSc programs and that the degrees shall not be recognized by the HEC for students enrolled in these programs after December 31, 2018.

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka graduates can fast-track their way to become Chartered Accountants

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), which is the country’s sole professional body offering a recognised professional qualification and an academic qualification under one roof, is providing a unique opportunity for the graduates of its BSc. Applied Accounting (Special) Degree to become Chartered Accountants and climb the ladder of professional success faster.  Graduates of the BSc. Applied Accounting Degree of CA Sri Lanka, who have completed the four-year special degree programme, recognised by the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Higher Education, must complete only the final level (Strategic Level) of the CA Sri Lanka curriculum while enjoying exemptions for the Business and Corporate Levels of the programme, thereby fast-tracking their route to become Chartered Accountants along with the academic qualification.


South-East Asia

Malaysia: Green entrepreneurship initiative Jaguh to be launched in January next year, says, minister

The Jana Graduan Hijau (Jaguh) initiative, aimed at providing opportunities for graduates to get involved in sustainable green entrepreneurship, will be launched in January next year. The Environment and Water Minister has clarified that currently Jaguh is in the process of module development, as well as identifying strategic partners and applying for government and private funds before the programme to be actively promoted early next year. Jaguh targeted those who had graduated for more than six months but still unemployed and graduates who found employment which did not match their qualifications. Currently, Jaguh is also in the phase of identifying suitable universities and thus far, discussions with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) have been conducted but it had to be postponed due to the spread of COVID-19 outbreak. Jaguh is an initiative implemented by the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC), an agency under the Ministry of Environment and Water (Kasa).

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University Singapore launches new Accountancy Work-Study Degree Programme with Deloitte

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has launched a new Accountancy work-study degree programme in partnership with Deloitte Singapore. The new work-study programme at Nanyang Business School (NBS) enhances students’ employability and job readiness, by enabling them to gain on-the-job experience at established accounting firms and other premier employers during their studies and to progress into junior management roles upon graduation. Under this partnership, Deloitte will offer up to fifty internship positions in Advisory, Audit & Assurance, and Taxation to NBS students each year. NTU’s work-study students at Deloitte will also receive a higher internship stipend and may secure full-time, permanent employment with a higher entry-level position at Deloitte after their graduation.

Indonesia: Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) City to be home to Monash Indonesia

Yayasan Monash University Indonesia, known as Monash Indonesia, announced that a lease has been signed on its Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) City location, southwest of Jakarta. Monash University. The BSD City location was selected as it best represents Monash’s own goals – to be connected to industry, near innovative companies and other Indonesian universities, highly environmentally sustainable, and create a real precinct of work, recreation and lifestyle around the campus. This campus will be working closely with industry in Indonesia – Monash Indonesia needed to be located in the hub of the industry to ensure our students had access to employers, employment opportunities and industry leaders.

Vietnam: Vietnam approves joint online courses

The pandemic has helped accelerate a step-change in Vietnamese education, fostering the expansion of online learning in Southeast Asia’s third-biggest country. A Ministry of Education and Training circular issued, which authorises the online delivery of joint qualifications, completes a two-year policy drive pursued with Australia’s assistance. While foreign officials are still clarifying approval processes, the new regulation should allow overseas higher education institutes to deliver online qualifications in conjunction with local partners. Five pilot programmes involving Vietnamese and Australian institutions have already been established.

Philippines: The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) commits to promote FOI in the higher education sector

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has committed to uphold the public’s right to information, particularly in the academic sector, after it bagged a Freedom of Information (FOI) award. CHED was awarded as the FOI Champion second runner-up during the recent FOI Awards held by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to recognize significant efforts of government agencies in promoting the right to information. Promoting FOI in higher education is particularly “challenging” given the diverse stakeholders, the close to 400 campuses of public universities scattered across the country, and the huge number of students enrolled in public and private higher education institutions (HEIs).

Japan: Universities asked to give more face-to-face classes

Education minister called on universities in Japan to give face-to-face classes as much as possible while taking countermeasures against the new coronavirus. The minister requested a meeting with presidents of public and private universities to discuss how classes should be held amid the virus crisis. With some students afraid of coming to Tokyo from rural areas, it would be difficult for universities to make face-to-face classes the main style of education. While face-to-face classes have merits, classroom teaching is not the only form of education.

Thailand: Thammasat University Collaborates with Khaolaor Laboratories to promote herb and drug research

Thammasat University (TU) has signed an MOU with Khaolaor Laboratories Co., Ltd to collaboratively promote herb and drug research and develop the Drug Research and Development Centre, in Advanced Science and Technology, Thammasat University (TU-SAT). They will be sharing resources, innovations, ideas, comments, and experiences all of which will help advance Thai herb product research and development. Some of the projects are improving manufacturing and quality checking and promoting studies on drugs, cosmeceuticals, and herb products helping them to be patented for commercial uses.

Country News

India

Krea University inks partnership with University of Bristol

Krea University has stepped into a significant partnership with the University of Bristol, consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 and UK’s top ten universities. The partnership will explore deeper collaboration in the area of Sciences and Humanities at both student, faculty and research level. It also includes the beginning of a 3+1 progression partnership for students at Krea, in flagship programmes offered by the University of Bristol which include MSc in Environmental Policy and Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, Economics, Economics and Finance, Economics, Finance and Management, Management (International Business) and Business Analytics.

 

 

MoU between the Welsh government and Telangana State Council of Higher Education for bilateral research

A historic agreement is signed between the Welsh Government and the Telangana State Council of Higher Education to further bilateral research and education exchange between Wales and the state of Telangana, India. The signing is a key milestone in the relationship between Global Wales and colleagues in Telangana who have committed to increasing collaboration across a range of areas. Global Wales, a partnership between Universities Wales, Welsh Government, British Council Wales and HEFCW, helps to build international partnerships between governments and universities. It has been working extensively with organisations across Telangana, with the support of the British Council, in recognition of shared strengths in artificial intelligence, innovation and entrepreneurship, amongst a range of other specialist fields.

 

 

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University signs MoU with Hi-Fi Biotech for mass multiplication of banana hybrids

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hi-Fi Biotech India Pvt Ltd, Salem, for the mass multiplication of banana hybrids. A.S. Krishnamoorthy, Registrar, TNAU, and P. Murugesa Boopathi, Managing Director, Hi-Fi Biotech, both signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations. The university department has been pursuing banana improvement programmes since 1971. The intensive research has resulted in the release of banana hybrid CO2, which is akin to Ney Poovan (a commercial variety) and is tolerant to nematodes. Large-scale multiplication of tissue culture plantlets of CO2 is essential for the supply of planting material to farmers in the banana-growing districts of Erode, Trichy, Theni and Coimbatore.

 

 


China

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University launches new academy of pharmacy

China’s Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University has launched its new XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy. As stated at the Suzhou Biopharma Development Conference, a biopharmaceutical ecosystem will be established in Suzhou, featuring pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and academic forums, with the goal of building, within 10 years. In addition to the support of the local Suzhou government and various partners in the biopharmaceutical industry, the Academy is bolstered by its connection to the University of Liverpool, one of XJTLU’s parent schools. The Academy, which plans to admit its first cohort of students in 2021, will feature three departments (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, and Biopharmaceuticals), six undergraduate programmes and eight master’s and doctoral programmes. The Academy plans to have a total of 2,000 students by 2026. The institution will also feature several research centres, such as the Pharmaceutical Informatics and Data Science Institute, the Pharmaceutical Analysis and Testing Centre and the XJTLU-UoL Pharmacology Research Centre, among others.

 

 

LafargeHolcim partners with Southeast University 3D concrete printing materials research

Switzerland-based LafargeHolcim has announced the formation of a green building solutions partnership with Southeast University (SEU) in Nanjing for research into concrete and mortars for use in 3D printing in construction. The company clarified that the partnership is a step towards achieving its aim of becoming a full 3D printing solutions provider.

 

 

“China-Japan Joint Talent Training Programme” launched

To better promote educational exchanges and development between China and Japan, Peking University, under the guidance of the Ministry of Education of China, recently proposed to China Scholarship Council to launch China-Japan Joint Talent Training Programme based on the platform of China-Japan University Presidents Forum. Such a programme was then approved and supported by the aforementioned department. According to this programme, China Scholarship Council will support member universities of China-Japan University Presidents Forum to carry out talent exchanges and joint training in advantageous disciplines and professional fields. Additionally, the specified programme of “International Cooperative Innovative Talent Training Programme” will add one more programme quota every year for the member universities in China. Based on their respective talent training needs, Chinese universities, together with Japanese counterparts, can make applications to the China Scholarship Council.

 

 


UAE

Middlesex University Dubai signs MoU with Aviareps

Middlesex University (MDX) Dubai and Aviareps have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cross-industry engagement, collaboration and expertise sharing between the two entities. With the establishment of the MoU, both parties will explore opportunities to further develop international best practice across several fields through the sharing of knowledge, collaborative research, guest lectures, events, and student internships.

 

 

Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities to be set up in UAE

The President of Abu Dhabi has issued a law to establish the Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities (MBZUH). The university will offer programmes in social studies, humanities and philosophy for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The MBZUH aims to cement cultural and academic ties through signing cooperation and exchange agreements with distinguished institutions, locally and internationally; develop and sponsor academic research in the fields of the programmes it offers; and train graduates in all categories of humanities. It will conduct academic and applied research in areas of scientific and strategic importance; facilitate and support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship; provide advice, information and services in all academic, research and administrative fields; and organise public seminars, conferences and training courses.


 

UAE to issue 10-year golden residency visa to professionals 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday approved the issue of a 10-year golden visa to professionals which include engineers, physicians, PHD holders to keep ‘talented people and great minds’ in the country. The UAE Golden residency will also be offered to professionals specialising in AI, big data, virology, epidemiology & UAE’s high school top graduates and their families. The changes will occur from December 1, 2020. The new Golden Residency categories expand the programme to further encourage innovation, creativity and applied research, adding to the appeal of a career in the Emirates for the world’s brightest minds, a Gulf news report stated. The UAE cabinet approved the decision to lure in a talented professional from various fields of expertise.

 

 


 

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