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We are delighted to introduce the March issue of EduChat. This edition offers a mixture of News on a range of higher education-related topics such as; an AI skills initiative in Brazil, a China global innovation hub, the Indian budget 2019 for higher education, education collaborations between Vietnam and the UK along with separate sections on, Super Stats and Insights.

Our Super Stats is on the latest trends in Canada’s international student enrolments. The subsequent section on Insights includes two reports: ‘Data dominance and digital globalisation’ and ‘UK university applications up for first time in three years, fuelled by rise in international students’.

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Super Stats

Students’ statistics from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) indicate another year of strong growth in Canada’s international student enrolment. The number of foreign students studying in the country rose 16.25% last year, marking a third consecutive year of double-digit growth and an overall increase of 73% in the five years since 2014.

Key Findings:

  • India surpasses China as the leading sending market for Canada. Chinese numbers rose 2% last year to reach just under 143,000.
  • The number of Indian students grew by another 40% in 2018.
  • Other fast-growing markets for Canada in 2018 included Bangladesh, Iran, Vietnam, Colombia, Philippines, Kenya and Brazil.


Data dominance and digital globalisation

UK University applications up for first time in three years, fuelled by rise in international students

In the new era of globalisation, global trade in data is ever rising. However, recent studies indicate that, rather than a continued convergence, the emerging digital economy may aggravate geopolitical and economic inequalities. This is because, the productivity gains from technology development are disproportionately benefitting nations.

Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said the figures show that international students are clearly not being ‘put off’ by Brexit. Based on an analysis of undergraduate applications received at UCAS, a record number of applicants from outside the EU – 63,690 have applied to study in the UK, an increase of 9 per cent as compared to last year.



Microsoft launches AI skills initiative in Brazil

Five-year strategic partnership between São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil and Irish Research Council

Technology developed in Brazil will be part of the International Space Station

With this initiative 3 million Brazilian students will get trained in themes around Artificial Intelligence (AI) to meet the demands for ‘jobs of the future’.

The partnership will support and encourage collaboration in basic scientific research conducted by researchers in Ireland and researchers in the state of São Paulo.

Solar-T, an equipment developed in Brazil will be improved in collaboration with Russia. It will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) to measure solar flares. The launch is scheduled for 2022.


Massive surge in Chinese universities aided AI inventions

China announces plan for a global innovation hub

China, the world’s next Silicon Valley

Chinese universities are making an appearance as top higher education and scientific research institutions in AI inventions.

China´s State Council announced a plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay, transforming the area into a global innovation hub, developing connectivity infrastructure and strengthening the role of four of the region’s cities.

Growth in investment and high education standards and the support of local and national governments in technology led development has made China an attractive destination.


Budget 2019 for higher education

India, EU to jointly develop water technologies

Wipro and Swinburne University of Technology plan to set up a joint innovation centre focused on research in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Interim budget for 2019-20 in Parliament proposed the launch of a scheme named ‘Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) by 2022’ to step up investments in research and infrastructure in educational institutions. Additionally, a total allocation of USD 5.2 billion has been assigned for higher education.

To address challenges relating to water in India, European Union and India will collaborate in seven research and innovations projects costing USD 45 million (approximately).

With Wipro’s innovation ecosystem and Swinburne’s research capabilities, the industry-academic partners will produce unique AI and Machine Learning solutions and new intellectual properties that will have a global impact.


Education Ministry looking into over-regulation of private institutions

Students in Malaysian institutions of higher learning to get financial aid

A new business advisory network will help drive Malaysia’s Industry 4.0 goals

Education Minister Maszlee Malik said, in providing more quality education, the most important enabler is increased autonomy and accountability of schools and institutions.

The finance ministry announced an aid of RM100 for Malaysian students at institutions of higher learning to help reduce their financial burden.

The Croatia-Southeast Asia Business Advisory Network will be a knowledge hub and business incubator aimed at boosting entrepreneurship and innovation in Malaysia.


‘Study in UAE’ targeting exchange students

UAE: An active start-up hub

How Dubai connects with the future

The United Arab Emirates has launched a “Study in UAE” campaign to attract more students to its higher education offerings.

A new study commissioned by Google, found out that the UAE entrepreneurial ecosystem is remarkably active and highly resourced.

With its world-class infrastructure and the willingness to engage with AI, Data Analytics, Robotics and Block Chain, Dubai is confidently taking a lead in connecting with the future driven by technology, innovation and disruption.


Vietnam & UK sign 23 MoUs on education

Universities to meet digitalisation demands

More universities granted Cambridge International Level A qualification

The 23 MoUs cover bilateral cooperation in secondary, tertiary and postgraduate education, vocational training and publications.

Universities have launched new majors to meet the demands of digital transformation in the 4.0 industry era.

Hà Nội University of Science and Technology, HCM City University of Technology and Education, the National Academy of Education Management and the Mekong University in Vietnam have been recognised with a Cambridge International A Level qualification.

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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