Hello Reader,

We are delighted to introduce the February issue of EduChat. This edition offers a mixture of news and analysis on a wide range of higher education-related topics such as THE’s Emerging Economies University Rankings, impact of new Brazilian government’s policies on science, NASA’s discussions with the China National Space Administration on lunar research, annual Bloomberg Innovation Index, etc.

This issue also covers the highly successful visit of representatives of various U.S. universities to New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai from January 15th-20th 2019 under the U.S.-India Knowledge Exchange.

Besides these, we have added two reports: ‘QS International Student Survey 2018’ and European University Association- Council for Doctoral Education’s report on ‘ Doctoral Education in Europe today.’

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

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Eldho Mathews
Editor & Senior Researcher – Education

USIKE hosts first HE Forum & leads Delegation to India

The U.S. – India Knowledge Exchange, an initiative launched last year by Sannam S4 and the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, convenes the leading minds in academia, government and the private sector. The purpose of the Exchange is to revitalize the former G2G dialogue between U.S. and India on higher education, encourage policies that will increase ability for cross-border collaboration and convene appropriate partners for collaborative research and unlock significant funding pools.

On the 16th of January, the Exchange hosted its first ever event in New Delhi: A higher education forum that brought together US and Indian universities, government officials and corporates to discuss the latest developments in India’s higher education ecosystem. The day’s discussions revolved around India’s upcoming innovation and entrepreneurship centers, opportunities for cross-border collaboration and case studies that highlighted the potential of academia, government and industry working together to solve society’s biggest challenges. Cornell University, Drexel University, Lehigh University, Northeastern University, Purdue University, University of California Berkeley, Troy University and University of South Florida were part of the day’s events.

From the 17th to 20th of January, certain U.S. universities joined USIKE for a delegation visit to Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The delegation had an opportunity to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit and meet relevant stakeholders in Gujarat, especially from the innovation space to advance new partnerships.


QS International Student Survey 2018

Doctoral Education in Europe today: approaches and institutional structures

World’s Most Innovative Countries

67,172 prospective students from 193 different countries were surveyed for the sixth International Student Survey.This report covers the results of the survey and also outlines recommendations to help countries from across the world adapt to the changing expectations of international students and harness the opportunities presented by the shifting global higher education market.

This EUA-CDE report presents the results of an extensive and unique study on the state of play of doctoral education in Europe. Offering findings gathered from more than 300 institutions across Europe, the report provides an overview of the deep transformation that has taken place in doctoral education over the past ten years.

The annual Bloomberg Innovation Index, in its seventh year, analyzes dozens of criteria using seven metrics, including research and development spending, manufacturing capability and concentration of high-tech public companies.

News and Analysis


Brazil’s new science and technology minister takes over

Impact of new government’s policies on science

New government and Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Astronaut Marcos Pontes will focus on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence and review areas such as Internet of Things and broadband coverage.

Government officials say climate change will continue to be a priority. But scientists and environmentalists are alarmed.

President Bolsonaro has inducted many technical experts into his new cabinet and their deeper knowledge of the different sectors is expected to better inform policy decisions and open the way to more funding for innovation.


THE Emerging Economies Higher Education Rankings dominated by Chinese universities

Government recommends online courses to boost the development of MOOC

NASA to work with China’s space agency on lunar research

China enjoyed its best year yet in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies Rankings, claiming four of the top five university rankings and seven out of the top 10 institutions.

The universities and colleges that offer online courses include Peking University and vocational schools like the Nanjing Institute of Industry Technology

The US space agency has been in discussions with the China National Space Administration (CNSA) to collaborate after gaining approval from Congress.


49 Indian universities in Times Higher Education Emerging Economies ranking

Government announces 10 per cent quota in higher education for economically backward sections in the society

India, Morocco conclude key pact for mutual recognition of academic qualifications

India has increased its representation in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings with 49 universities in the list as compared to 42 in 2018

In a landmark move ahead of the general elections, the Union cabinet approved a ten per cent reservation in higher education and jobs for “economically backward” sections in the society.

This pact was inked before a high-level political visit from India to Morocco in near future.


UM secured the 18th spot in THE’s Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019

Malaysia to host Japan’s first overseas branch campus

Progress towards institutional autonomy

The University of Malaya (UM) has secured the 18th spot in THE’s Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019; its highest position yet.

The University of Tsukuba could be the first Japanese university to set up a branch in Malaysia, and the first Japanese campus anywhere overseas.

Malaysia is in a bind as the government strives to jettison the country’s stifling Universities and University Colleges Act.


Engineering popular with UAE graduates

UAE’s Mars Mission will take place in 2020

10-year residency visa granted to 20 expatriates

Engineering has been most in demand among graduating students across the UAE for providing the best of employment opportunities, revealed a research conducted by the Ministry of Education.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced that the Mars Mission will take place between July 14 and August 3 in 2020.

The long-term visas are ai at enhancing the country’s position as a destination for creative minds and talents.


University leaders to be given more autonomy

Universities set English as admission criterion

Prime Minister pledges support for space race

University leaders will have more freedom to set institutional policy in areas such as student enrolments, curriculum development and senior management under a revised law set to go into effect later this year.

Many universities have included English as one of the criteria in their enrolment plans for the next academic year.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has pledged full support to Vietnamese scientists and engineers to develop space technology.

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