Sannam S4 Education Newsletter - EduChat

Hello Reader,

We are delighted to introduce the May 2018 issue of EduChat.

Inside this issue of EduChat, you will find a mixture of news and analysis on a wide range of topics which include; new models of international research partnerships in Brazil, a new visa policy in the UAE, the Times Higher Education Ranking 2018, India’s move for signing a pact on mutual recognition of academic qualifications with thirty countries, etc.

In this issue, we are publishing an interview with Kartik Shanker, Director of a unique knowledge-generating research institution in India ‘ATREE’ known for its interdisciplinary work and international partnerships.

We are also excited to announce the launch of a new section ‘Insights’. ‘Insights’ in this issue focuses on the Universitas 21 Ranking 2018, which is the only ranking system in the world to assess national higher education systems rather than individual universities.

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

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Insights: U21 Ranking of National Higher Education System

The Universitas 21 (U21) Ranking is the only one in the world to assess national higher education systems and meets a long-standing need to shift the discussion from the ranking of the world’s best universities, to the best overall system in each country.

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Tête-à-tête #17: Dr. Kartik Shanker, Director, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

ATREE is among the top 20 environmental think tanks in the world, according to the latest Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program survey carried out by the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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News and Stories


Brazil - May1

Brazil - May2

Brazil - May3

Kyoto University opens large research base in Amazon jungle

Student Loans in Brazil: Investment or Expenditure?

Global Navigation Satellite Systems Project to support the advancement of precision agriculture

The university established the base in cooperation with the state-affiliated Japan International Cooperation Agency, major Japanese trader Itochu Corp. and Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA).

Although enrollments in HEIs have been increasing in Brazil, access to this level of education remains highly inequitable due to entry requirements and financial challenges.

The University of Nottingham is working with Brazilian and EU partners to solve atmospheric interference problems that hamper satellite-based positioning in Brazil.

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China - May1

China - May2

China - May3

Have Chinese universities hit a plateau?

China’s haves and have-nots

China emerges top destination for Pakistani students

In this article, Alex Usher argues that while top Chinese universities have had a very rapid rise to internationally competitive levels of funding over the past two decades, it was never plausible that they would continue to grow at such a rapid rate.

China is supporting an elite group of universities to achieve world-class status. But this strategy will create a new set of problems, says Ka Ho Mok.

Currently, 2,700 Pakistani students are pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees in top Chinese universities on fully funded scholarships sponsored by the Chinese government.

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India - May1

India - May2

India - May3

India eyes 30 countries for education pact

UGC allows online degrees

Indian Institute of Science in top 100 world university list again

The HRD ministry has forwarded a proposal to the Ministry of External Affairs, requesting the latter to reach out to 30 countries for signing a pact on mutual recognition of academic qualifications.

With the University Grants Commission approving the UGC (Online Courses) Regulations, 2018, selected higher educational institutions can now offer certificate, diploma and degree programmes in full-fledged online mode in line with their regular programmes.

For the second time, Indian Institute of Science has been featured in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

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Malaysia - May 1

Malaysia - May 2

Malaysia - May 3

Education blueprints to stay

UM ranks 27th in emerging economy universities

Government to get wish list of reforms from students

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said there will be periodic mid-term reviews on all activities and programmes in the blueprints.

University of Malaya (UM) ranks 27th among 378 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Ranking 2018.

Student activists are seeking university autonomy and more public participation in policy making.

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UAE - May1

UAE - May2

UAE - May3

Five-year visas will attract international students to UAE

UAE University ranked among top 50 universities

UAE cities named for student experience

Universities in the UAE have welcomed the new move, saying that it will give a huge push to the higher education sector in the country.

The UAE University has been ranked the 50th best university in the Times Higher Education’s 2018 list of Emerging Economies University Rankings.

Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman have been named in a global list of the cities that offer the best student experience.

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