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We are delighted to present to you the June issue of EduChat. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP’s victory in the 2019 election, India now has Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank as the appointed Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister. We sincerely hope that the government continues to build a strong economic agenda along with its focus on internationalisation. India’s burgeoning youth population, increasing international mobility and rising demands for technology-based learning, offers plethora of opportunities for the Indian education sector to grow and fulfil the country’s potential. As a result, Sannam S4 continues to be committed in supporting international institutions and partners in their role as significant enablers of this journey towards better. Watch this space to get latest insights on the policy reforms and shifts in the higher education sector.

In this edition of EduChat, we present an insight on the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index and the growth of Indian Edtech sector, under the section ‘Digital Future’. Subsequently, our section on ‘Insights’ highlights the growing Foreign enrolment in the Netherlands.

Besides these, an interview with Ms. Sangeet Jaura, the Pro Vice Chancellor of International Affairs, Chitkara University is included; briefly discussing innovative approaches of the University – to engage with the changing market demands. We hope that you will find it useful.

This edition also covers a mixture of ‘News’ on a range of higher education-related subjects such as, the changing student mobility trends in China, continued emphasis on higher education in India, performance of China, Malaysia and UAE on the THE Asia University Rankings 2019 and the rapid expansion of the startup ecosystem in Brazil, India and Vietnam.

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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Digital Future

Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand lead the way at teaching skills for the future

India’s Edtech startup, upGrad, reports 113% rise in gross revenue in FY19

Finland and Switzerland are the top countries for future skills education, according to the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI). Both countries particularly excel in the policy environment category, and specifically in terms of formulation of future skills strategy, the periodic review of strategy and the assessment frameworks to support future skills training.
Started in early 2015, the edtech startup is now looking at USD 35.6 million (approx.) gross revenue in FY20. upGrad has introduced a total 35 programmes in areas such as data science, technology, and management. It has partnered with academic institutes such as BITS Pilani, IIIT-Bangalore, Cambridge Judge Business School of Executive Education and MICA to develop its course content.


Foreign enrolment continues to grow in the Netherlands

The number of international students in Dutch universities reached a new record high in 2018/19, with total enrolment of degree-seeking students reaching nearly 90,000 students. This is a 12% increase from the year before. Along with this growth, the proportion of non- European Economic Area students among the country’s foreign student population continues to grow.


Sannam S4 got an opportunity to interview Ms. Sangeet Jaura, the Pro Vice Chancellor of International Affairs, Chitkara University, to understand the innovative approaches of the University – to engage with the changing market demands.



Brazil rates 37 in Worldwide Startup Ranking

In Brazil, a hostility to academe

Brazil’s government signs law simplifying bureaucracy for startups

An increase in 22 out of 24 ranked Brazilian cities has been observed. The country now has ten cities in the top 500 list with, three cities in the top 100 club: São Paulo at 23rd, followed by Rio de Janeiro at 64th and Belo Horizonte at 70th.

According to the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, the goal is to focus on areas that will have immediate return to taxpayers, such as veterinary medicine, engineering and medicine. Experts see this hostility as ideologically motivated.

With the new legislation, the Brazilian government aims to increase entrepreneurship in the country and and boost the economy, by simplifying the processes necessary to start a company. There will be less paperwork, and fewer overhead costs with the new law.


Belt and Road projects lead to massive growth in higher education in China

Chinese university tops Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2019

Chinese study destinations and post-study plans changing this year

As Belt and Road construction continues to bring tangible benefits to the countries involved, China’s higher education is also playing an increasingly important role in facilitating the development of these countries through training more overseas talents.

China’s Tsinghua University claims the number one spot in the Times Higher Education’s Asia University Rankings 2019, becoming the first university on the Chinese mainland to top the rankings.

An annual survey of Chinese students highlights that the US is losing ground among leading study destinations while the UK is becoming more popular. Additionally, the growing intention of Chinese students is to return to work in China after graduation.


What to expect in education from PM Modi’s second term in office

India delivers mixed performance in Asian varsity rankings

A steep rise of 364% in investment in B2B startups, since 2014

Authorities from the Ministry of Human Resource Development reported, the education system will be in pace with the modern trends; where the sector will cater to nearly 300 million youth and feed the manpower requirement of the economy.

The rankings, collated annually by ‘Times Higher Education’, found that the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore are below 50 and Jamia Millia Islamia improved its position at 188 from 201-250 last year.

According to the report, ‘B2B Tech Startup Ecosystem and Role of Corporate Accelerators in India’, the growth is largely be attributed to the spurt in the need for digital transformation of enterprises, financial institutions, hospitals, SMEs, etc.


Universiti Malaya debuts in Times Higher Education’s Asia Top 40

Malaysian government allocates funds for tech development among SMEs

Sunway University and Huizhou University establish research center

Universiti Malaya (UM) reached a new milestone by breaking into the top 40 of this year’s Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings. Overall, six out of nine Malaysian universities’ rankings improved in the latest (2019) evaluation.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s government has allocated funding support for the growth and development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia. The goal is to help SMEs adopt technological advancements.

Sunway University, Malaysia and Huizhou University, Guangdong, China signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a Research Centre in Information Technology and International Collaborative Education.


Abu Dhabi Investment Office launches $166 million fund

Khalifa University ranked in Asia’s top 30

UAE’s first AI voice agent in logistics launched

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office has launched $166 million Ghadan Ventures Fund to support the startup ecosystem in the Emirate. The fund aims to aims to encourage investment and innovation and improve the quality of life for citizens of Abu Dhabi.

The Khalifa University of Science and Technology has risen to 28th position in the prestigious Times Higher Education, THE, Asia University Rankings 2019. The University is the only one in the MENA region to be among the top 15 in the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings.

For the very first time in the Mena, Fero has introduced an AI-enabled voice agent for the logistics industry – a technology that will replace repetitive human interaction and eradicate any room for human error.


Swinburne University of Technology, Australia partners with FPT University, Vietnam

PM drives push for science and technology innovation

Vietnam becomes an accelerator for startups

The technology and skills expertise of Victoria, Australia is helping foster a unique relationship in Vietnam as Melbourne based Swinburne University of Technology partners with FPT University, which is a leading private university in Vietnam.

PM Phúc pointed out specific tasks that must receive higher attention, such as, efficiency of the digital economy and performance of science and technology institutes and application of public-private partnerships to push for further involvement of businesses.

Ho Chi Minh City is known as a hub of technology startups and software programmers with more than 800 in operation, accounting for 42% of the country’s total number. The city has launched many programmes over the years to support startup activities.

The U.S. – India Knowledge Exchange Delegation to India

Facilitating Partnerships, Advancing Research, Fostering Innovation, and Spurring Entrepreneurship.

The U.S. – India Knowledge Exchange convenes the leading minds in academia, innovation, public policy, private sector, non-profit and philanthropy from both countries. The purpose of this Sannam S4 – led initiative is to foster greater cooperation and collaboration on a range of topics of mutual interest and benefit, focused on generating tangible outputs with substantial impact.

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