Hello Reader,
It is a new year and we hope your 2019 got off to a wonderful start.
As always, we have got our regular roundups of news and analysis on a wide range of topics such as Jair Bolsonaro taking the reins of Brazil, successful landing of the Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, launching of France-Malaysia research partnership, top ranks occupied by Indian institutions in WSJ/THE Rankings, etc., in this issue.
As you have probably noted, with this issue, we are including latest news and analysis from Vietnam as well. Besides these, we have added two reports: ‘All around the world – higher education equity policies across the globe’ authored by Jamil Salmi and UNESCO’s ‘Digital Credentialing: Implications for the recognition of learning across borders.’
Best wishes and thank you in advance for your feedback which would help us to improve the quality and impact of the forthcoming issues.
Happy Reading!
May your 2019 be a happy and healthy one.
Eldho Mathews
Editor & Senior Researcher – Education

Insights

All around the world – Higher education equity policies across the globe

This study assesses the nature and extent of policy commitments of national governments to address inequalities in access and success in higher education. The study also analyzes the equity promotion policies of relevant multilateral and regional agencies involved in providing policy advice, technical assistance and financial support.

Digital Credentialing: Implications for the recognition of learning across borders

This report published by UNESCO covers a wide spectrum of factors associated with the emerging digital credential ecosystem.

News and Analysis

Brazil

Bolsonaro assumes presidency, promises big changes

Seven of Bolsonaro’s 22 Cabinet ministers are former military personnel, more than in any administration during Brazil’s 1964-1985 dictatorship.

Princeton’s new Brazil LAB leads relief efforts for National Museum

Princeton University’s Brazil LAB is coordinating efforts to assist the Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, which lost offices, libraries and academic spaces in the fire at Brazil’s National Museum.

University of Campinas organised first entry exams for indigenous people

A 2017 Justice Ministry report showed that the number of indigenous people enrolled in Brazilian universities increased by 52.5pc from 2015 to 2016.

China

China Moon mission lands Chang’e-4 spacecraft on far side

The “lunar mini biosphere” experiment was designed by 28 Chinese universities.

Biomedical Revolution in China

Biomedicine, synthetic biology and regenerative medical techniques are listed as strategic fields and industries in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.

Yoga Gains Popularity in China

The China-India Yoga College that was founded in June 2015 in Yunnan as part of a Delhi-Beijing cultural exchange program, plans to expand its training locations.

India

India needs better strategies to promote ‘Study in India’

India began to consider internationalisation’s benefits only recently, although most public institutions and smaller private institutions have little interest in hosting foreign students.

WSJ/THE Ranking: ISB-Hyderabad and IIM-Calcutta among top 3 for one-year MBA programme

Two out of the top five schools in the one-year MBA programme in the world are from India.

UGC pushes for autonomous colleges

The University Grants Commission (UGC), has pushed ahead with the strategy of providing autonomous status to better performing colleges to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Malaysia

France, Malaysia launch Research Partnership

France and Malaysia have agreed to create a joint funding programme for the innovative development and high-level joint research projects, known as Hubert Curien Partnership France-Malaysia Hibiscus (PHC Hibiscus).

Malaysia poised for first overseas Japanese university branch

Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia said that the first ever overseas branch campus of a Japanese university might be established in Malaysia.

Status of private higher education sector

Private higher education sector is largely overlooked in the current debate on reform of higher education in Malaysia.

UAE

UAE University reveals blueprint to enter world’s top 200

University of the Future Project aims to see UAEU move into the top 20 academic institutions in Asia and among the first 200 globally by 2030.

UAE ministry, Zayed University sign R&D tie-up

This agreement is aimed at developing a framework for joint cooperation in research activities and studying the economic indicators of the health sector in the country.

Emirati university students can now be part of Mars mission

The opportunity was launched under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programme.

Vietnam

Vietnam: a promising destination for education investors

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment, the number of foreign-invested education projects has surged in recent years, to 374 by the end of 2017 from 111 in September 2012.

Revised law: universities would enjoy higher degree of autonomy

The major objective is to improve the international competitiveness of the Vietnamese universities.

The greatest achievements in the education sector in 2018

Two Vietnamese universities were listed among top 1,000 best universities in the QS World University Rankings, marking a milestone in Vietnam’s tertiary education.

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