EduChat January 2020 Edition 1

Know what is happening in the world of education - EduChat January 2020
Sannam S4 EduChat January edition 1

Dear Reader,

We are happy to present EduChat—the first edition of 2020—highlighting trends of the decade ahead of us.

As a team, the unfolding climate crisis is very much on our minds with the bush fires that Australia is witnessing. Sustainable Development Goals and their pursuit should very much be in the DNA of every educational institution tasked with shaping the minds and careers of the future generation.

The next decade is expected to progress with the use of digital technologies in the higher education space. Institutions are increasingly making use of digital apps to operate in a cost-efficient way. Moreover, technology skills will drive the graduate employability. With more automated, digitised and fluid job markets, today’s higher education system needs to adapt quickly to meet structural challenges identified under ‘Insights’.

The governments will continue to play a key role in facilitating quality higher education and building a robust research ecosystem in the country.

The collaborative approach to uplift international higher education is another trend likely to remain in the years to come.

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

Wishing a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Practitioner Series: Volume 3

Rethinking the Climate Crisis as an opportunity to transform international education for the better

Rethinking the climate crisis as an opportunity to transform International education
Sannam S4 Practitioner Series

In the third volume of ‘Practitioner Series’, Ailsa Lamont, Director of Pomegranate Global and Co-Founder of Climate Action Network for International Educators (CANIE), talks about carbon emissions linked with international education and initiatives to reduce the associated environmental cost. A climate action manifesto for international education should include:

  • An institutional and sectoral commitment to reducing carbon emissions with clear and ambitious targets
  • Climate action literacy as a required graduate attribute
  • Employability and experiential learning initiatives using climate action as a platform
  • Environmentally friendly procurement policies to drive change among suppliers

Education Fairs: January 2020

Our Education Team compiles all the education fairs that are happening in India, Nepal, Kathmandu, Pokhara,  Butwal, Dhaka and Bangladesh for all countries.

Digital Future

Colleges encouraging freshmen students to use mental health apps

As mental health problems among college students have dramatically increased, there is a rise in student wellness applications. Often, these apps measure student progress with routine assessments that prompt students to track their thoughts, physical activity, diet, and symptoms. The prevalence of mental health apps provides ongoing access to traditional mental health services to students without any stigma.

Funding Opportunity

UW Energy Resources Council seeks proposals for Carbon Capture Coal-Based Generation Pilot Project

The University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council (ERC) is seeking proposals from research and technology providers, and other interested entities (private industry, public and private universities, government agencies, research institutions, and individuals) regarding the design and construction of a pilot project using advanced coal-based generation technology that captures at least 75% of carbon emissions. Final submissions of proposals will be due in the UW’s SER (School of Energy Resources) offices no later than 14 February 2020.


The four biggest challenges to higher education model and what to do about them

With more automated, digitised and fluid job markets, today’s higher education system is quickly becoming incompatible with the future we are looking towards. While most debates around the future of education focus on the skills needed for the future and the imperative of reskilling, it is equally important to discuss the inevitable structural transformations of higher education i.e. increasing need for life-long learning in a non-linear world, evolving needs and expectations of the “student-consumer”, emerging technologies and business models and moving towards a “skills over degrees” model.

Making education accessible by using digital technologies for economic growth

As advances in artificial intelligence and automation continue, demand for high-skilled labour is outpacing supply with the emergence of the global elite of highly educated, highly paid professionals leading to economic disparity. With the use of digital technology, the current economic disparities can be reduced by providing greater access to higher education at a reasonable cost.


Latin America

Peru needs government support to boost science research

Despite strong investment from universities, there is little investment from the government of Peru into science—the country invests only 0.12% of its gross domestic product into science and technology, compared with 0.36% in Chile, 1.27% in Brazil and 2.8% in the United States. This lack of support for learning and undertaking science in the country has led to an exodus of academic researchers.

South Asia

Universities in Nepal to be developed as a place for research

Minister for Education, Science, and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel has emphasised the need to develop Nepal universities as a place for research and academic uplift. To facilitate the same, Bills relating to Higher Education, Technical and Vocational Education have been forwarded to the Council of Ministers for discussion.

Number of students admitted to Sri Lankan state universities will be increased

The government of Sri Lanka has decided to increase the number of students enrolled in state universities from next academic year by 50,000 from the current 33,000 to 83,000. In addition, attention will be paid to improve the facilities of the universities. The Cabinet of Ministers has also given nod to change the Z-Score system that is used for selecting students for state universities

Bangladesh plans to establish a research centre which will be the hub of standard research

The president Abdul Hamid while at a delegation of the University Grants Commission (UGC), has called for modernising Bangladesh’s higher education system and making it time-befitting. As part of the plan, teachers will also be given higher and necessary training at home and abroad.

Pakistan offers scholarships to 1,000 Afghan Students

As part of the Allama Iqbal Scholarship Programme, Pakistan is offering a scholarship to 1,000 Afghan students to promote education in Afghanistan and helping the children from a poor background to get an education. The selected students will be pursuing higher education in various universities across Pakistan in different fields including medicine, engineering, agriculture, management, and computer science.



More Taiwanese are studying in China’s universities

The number of students from Taiwan who have applied to study at mainland universities had risen significantly in 2018. The spike in the number of applications from Taiwan is a result of China’s rapid economic development and improvements in the quality of its higher education sector. Moreover, China’s welcoming policies and a larger number of job opportunities compared with Taiwan are other factors leading to a surge in Taiwanese applicants.


HRD Minister launches five documents covering verticals of quality mandate in higher education institutions (HEIs)

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has launched the five documents developed by the University Grants Commission covering the verticals of ‘Quality Mandate’ in HEIs. These documents cover evaluation reforms, eco-friendly and sustainable university campuses, human values and professional ethics, faculty induction and academic research integrity

India Rankings Society to grade colleges from next year

A separate body, India Rankings Society, will administer the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) from the next academic year instead of National Board of Accreditation (NBA). Under NIRF, the country’s higher educational institutes, including professional institutions, are ranked annually under separate categories based on a set of parameters including teaching and learning resources, research and graduation outcomes.


SAS, Swinburne University Sarawak to power smart city plans with local analytics talent

SAS, a key player in the global analytics market, announced its partnership with Swinburne University Sarawak to jointly form a Centre of Excellence (COE) for collaborative advanced analytics. The COE aims to be a leading institution in research and development for data analytics and management, as well as a key education provider for Sarawak. Graduates from the programme will serve the state’s smart city goals, and support Malaysia’s overall national digital plan.

Nurturing Malaysia’s talent through greater industry-academia collaboration

To address skills mismatches in Malaysia’s labour market and strengthen graduates’ readiness for the workplace, TalentCorp has partnered with the Ministry of Education (MOE) on the Industry-Academia Collaboration (IAC). Through this initiative, TalentCorp brings employers into universities to partner on curriculum development, competitions and industry attachments towards producing industry-ready graduate talent to support the country’s economic growth.


US university signs transfer agreement with American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK)

Appalachian State University, North Carolina has signed an agreement titled “AURAK-Appalachian 3+1 Undergraduate Transfer Student Programme in Hospitality Management,” with the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) in the UAE that establishes a collaborative undergraduate transfer student programme in hospitality management.

New York University, Abu Dhabi launches its first Master’s degrees

New York University Abu Dhabi has launched its first full-time master’s degrees in economics (MSc) and fine art (MFA), with courses set to start next autumn. Not only are they the university’s first master’s offerings but the economics course is also the first of its kind in the country and fine arts is the first of its kind in the region. The full-time, one-year MSc in Economics offers a unique two-path degree for both policymakers and prospective PhD students. While the full-time, two-year MFA will allow students to integrate art, media, and design through creative processes that combine theory with practice.


Vietnamese universities rise up global university rankings from last year

Eight Vietnamese universities were in the ‘University Ranking by Academic Performance for 2019–20’ published by Turkish non-profit organisation named, University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP). The Vietnam National University—Ho Chi Minh City—climbed 443 places to 1,107th while its sister institution—the Vietnam National University, Hanoi—rose 30 places to 1,181th. Moreover, The Hanoi University of Science and Technology rose 15 places from last year to 1,534th while the Hanoi Medical University jumped 136 places to 1,925th.

Beowulf Partners with Ho Chi Minh City University of Science to provide an unprecedented learning experience via the Victoria Distance Education Platform

The decentralised communication network pioneer, Beowulf, has announced a strategic partnership with one of Vietnam’s universities, Ho Chi Minh City University of Science. Under this partnership, Beowulf will help strengthen the teaching capability, flexibility and enable an immense reach for academic delivery via the innovative Victoria platform for long-distance education.

Bulgaria increases the number of scholarships for Vietnamese higher education students

In a recently organised event at Hanoi, a joint office was set up by the Hokkaido University and Vietnam National University—University of Science (VNU-HUS) in order to strengthen student and faculty exchanges as well as develop the Hokkaido University community in Vietnam. As stated by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, in the coming months, Bulgaria expects to finalise the agreement for cooperation with Vietnam in the field of higher education for the period 2019–22, which increases the number of scholarships for Vietnamese students in Bulgaria and allows for short-term specialisations.

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