Sannam S4 Education Newsletter - EduChat

Hello Reader,
We are delighted to introduce the June 2018 issue of EduChat.
This issue of EduChat is special for us: Firstly, we are proud to announce that Sannam S4  was selected as the leading Consultancy Firm operating between the U.K. and India at the U.K.-India Awardson the 22nd of June.
Secondly, we are glad to officially announce the launch of US-India Knowledge Exchange – an initiative of Sannam S4 and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) – at Georgetown University on 19th June. The Exchange is aimed at fostering greater engagements between United States and India in the field of research, education and innovation. More details of these can be found below.
Politics and educational policies are inextricably linked. An interesting article by Simon Baker about the impact of the recent change of government in Malaysia on the country’s branch campus policy is an interesting case in point.
We have rather a lot to get through in this issue which includes the global expansion of Udemy, continued growth of China in scientific research, Indian government’s proposal to replace the UGC with a new body, etc., among others.
You could also find the link to the Open Access and Open Data at PUSH Universities Report in this issue. This report would be helpful in understanding the importance of sharing data created through university research.
As ever, we hope you enjoy reading. 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!
Eldho Mathews
Senior Researcher-Education and Editor

News from Sannam S4:

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Sannam S4 Launches the U.S.-India Knowledge Exchange

The US-India Knowledge Exchange – an initiative of Sannam S4 and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) – was launched at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., on 19 th June. The initiative is aimed at fostering greater engagements between United States and India in the field of research, education and innovation. Philip G. Altbach, Research Professor and founding director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College delivered the keynote address.
Conceived by Sannam S4 and the U.S.–India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), the Exchange’s role is to leverage its collective voice to highlight further opportunities for collaboration and present common practical and regulatory challenges for U.S. institutions in India. The Exchange would make policy recommendations to the U.S. and Indian governments for greater institutional engagement to the benefit of both countries.
The Exchange would combine participant experience, practical knowledge, best practice, and academic resources to encourage, facilitate and unlock the tremendous untapped potential of greater institutional collaboration between both the countries. By highlighting where current regulations lack clarity, hinder or prevent effective local engagement, the Exchange will inform and encourage both governments to make changes to trade policies to precipitate greater bilateral engagement.

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CEO and Founder Adrian Mutton presented on Gender Equality Panel at Annual Horasis Meeting

Adrian Mutton, CEO and Founder of Sannam S4 participated in a panel discussion about gender equality in the workplace and how Sannam S4 has built the business with a majority female workforce, with 75% of our female team under the age of forty. Adrian highlighted the importance of engaging the female workforce in India and made recommendations for how policymakers and private sector companies in attendance could play a role in driving further progress in this area in India.

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Sannam S4 Celebrates 10 Years at NAFSA

Sannam S4 celebrated 10 years of helping universities and institutions with their internationalization goals at the annual NAFSA conference in Philadelphia by hosting a reception for our clients and colleagues. Continuing the celebration, Lakshmi Iyer, presented a NAFSA session focusing on Indian student recruitment alongside Steven Boyd from University of Bridgeport and James Aldridge from Lakehead University.

Insights: Open Access & Open Data at PUSH Universities

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This exploratory study was conducted by the Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University on behalf of Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH), in partnership with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. The purpose of the project was to provide a snapshot of where the 99 universities in the PUSH network were in developing, using, and promoting open access and open data policies and practices. It will help to think about how data created through university research fits into the global data ecosystem and how university policies and research community culture need to change to promote data sharing.

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News and Stories

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Brazilian researchers find silver lining to Zika

Zika’s destructive powers were precisely what caught the attention of geneticists and biological researchers at the University of Sao Paulo.

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Udemy Continues Its Global Expansion with Brazilian Headquarters in Sao Paulo

Udemy, the global marketplace for learning and teaching online, has over 24 million students and more than 35,000 instructors globally.

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Engie to open green energy R&D centre in Brazil

French energy group Engie will set up a research centre in Brazil to act as the company’s regional hub for innovations in wind, solar, biogas and hydrogen projects as well as new technologies for Smart Cities.

China

Chinese institutions continue to rise in Nature Index

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is at the top place among the world’s leading institutions for high-quality scientific research.

China, universities seek to plant ‘Xi Thought’ in minds of students

China’s universities are promoting the thinking of President Xi Jinping to China and the world.

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China to start nuclear technology university amid talent shortage

The university would be built as a national level institution and would function as a base for skill straining, Master’s and PhD programs, and core technology research and development.

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Centre proposes new body to replace UGC

Setting the ball rolling for major reforms in higher education, the Centre has placed in the public domain a draft Bill for a Higher Education Commission of India – aimed at replacing the University Grants Commission – for eliciting suggestions from educationists.

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New norms for recruitment, promotion of college teachers

Move is aimed at bringing focus on research and teaching.

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Centre eyeing major push for higher education infrastructure upgrades

The funding that Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA) is meant to facilitate for higher education institutions would be over and above their budgetary allocations.

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Second Thoughts in Malaysia on Branch Campuses

For almost 30 years, branch campuses set up by foreign universities have been a central part of Malaysia’s higher education strategy. However, this approach is under scrutiny

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Malaysia universities shine in latest QS Rankings

The 15th edition of the QS World University Rankings announced recently sees University of Malaya (UM) achieving its highest rank since the first edition of the rankings in 2004.

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Mahathir proposes Japanese university branch in Malaysia

Mahathir was speaking to the Malaysian media at the conclusion of his three-day working visit to Japan.

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Oxford University denies link with Dubai project

The Government of Dubai claimed last month that the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Future Research at Oxford University had opened with the university’s backing

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UAE University moves up 40 places in QS rankings

The UAEU jumped 40 places in the latest QS World University Rankings 2019 where it is now ranked 350.

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Babson College to open regional hub in Dubai

Babson College, which celebrates 100 years next year, will be tailoring its courses to the UAE.

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