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We are delighted to present to you the May issue of EduChat. In this edition, we present a strategy report on Education Technology published by the Government of UK under the section ‘Digital Future’. Subsequently, our section on ‘Insights’ highlights the first global impact ranking of universities, which was recently published by the THE World University Rankings.

Besides these, an interview with Mr. Sandeep Goel, Chief General Manger, Study in India, EdCIL India Limited is included; briefly discussing the background of EdCIL India and the ‘Study in India campaign’. 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, Brazil’s strong outbound student mobility, China’s closing innovation gap, India’s startup ecosystem, new licensing policy for universities in UAE and many more.

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

A strategy for education providers and the technology industry

India’s education technology startup, claims USD 25,000 global tech prize

A report by the Department of Education, Government of UK, highlights strategies to secure digital infrastructure, develop digital skills, promote digital safety and then set up a dynamic Edtech sector followed by innovation and improvement of education digital services. This report emphasizes on the need for a technology revolution in education.
India’s Edtech startup ‘Dost Education’ bagged USD 25,000 along with two other winners from Tanzania and Egypt on the Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019, run by UK-based Varkey Foundation. Dost was awarded for its ability to empower parents to take charge of their child’s early education by creating short, friendly audio content.


First global impact ranking of universities released by THE World University Rankings

The world’s first university impact ranking was published by Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. The ranking table uncovers a new list of institutions across the world based on the universities’ approach towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This list recognises the work that the universities do towards gender equality, climate action and sustainable cities and communities, among other areas.

Tête-à-Tête: Study in India Programme

EdCIL India, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, launched a ‘Study in India’ Education campaign in the year 2017-18. Through the campaign, it aims to target 200,000 international enrolments by 2023.



Brazil marks a second year of strong outbound growth

Brazil and Purdue launch graduate fellowship program in agriculture

Brazil Digital Report

An overall 23% increase in Brazilian outbound was recorded for the year 2017. Statistics indicate that the outbound mobility has grown by nearly 40% over the last three years, marking a pronounced recovery from the 2015 downturn in the market.

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture and the Brazilian Ministry of Education through CAPES, a public foundation for the development of graduate education in Brazil, have signed an agreement to forge a new educational partnership.

A comprehensive report on Brazilian digital economy, developed in collaboration with Brazil@SiliconValley. The report highlights the macroeconomic indicators, internet trends, investment facts, and data on the overall entrepreneurship and innovation landscape of Brazil.


New report shows China closing innovation gap

China building up soft power capacities using education as the key instrument

The coming ‘China crisis’ in global higher education

Amidst stagnation in the US, China may be poised to overtake the United States in innovative capacity in a host of areas. A new report outlines 36 different metrics by which China is either catching up to the US or leapfrogging it in terms of innovation.

With rapid economic development and increasing political impact, China is lavishing scholarships on foreign students and opening up institutions around the world as it looks to exert influence and serve the national interest in a different way.

Within China, several important transformations are taking place such as the demographic trends and the expansion of China’s higher education system. However, China has come under increasing criticism and pressure from abroad leading to restrictions from some countries such as the U.S.


President of India releases the India rankings – 2019

India, Sweden to collaborate on solutions for smart cities

India has world’s second largest startup ecosystem

Shri Ram Nath Kovind, released the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) India Ranking 2019 in nine categories which included Overall, Universities, Engineering, Colleges, Management, Pharmacy, Medical, Architecture, and Law.

The India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research and Development Programme, co-funded by Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Swedish agency Vinnova, was launched towards addressing a range of challenges around smart cities and clean technologies.

India today has the second largest startup ecosystem in the world. The median age of founders of these enterprises is only 31 years. Youth in India are forging new alliances and partnerships across the government, civil society, business and academia.


Mimos, Microsoft to set up applied AI centre in Malaysia

G3 Global, SenseTime Group to invest US$1b in Malaysia’s first AI park

Nine Malaysian varsities listed in Impact Rankings

Mimos Bhd and Microsoft have jointly established an applied artificial intelligence (AI) centre in Malaysia, known as Centre of AI for Future Industry (CAIFI). The strategic collaboration is expected to place Malaysia on the roadmap to be a ‘digital-first nation’.

G3 Global Bhd and China’s SenseTime Group Ltd to set up Malaysia’s (AI) park, in collaboration with China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), with a total investment of more than US$1 billion over the next five years.

There are nine Malaysian universities listed in the inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2019. THE global rankings editor reported that the rankings recognise the work universities do to tackle some of the most pressing global issues.


New licensing standards to improve education in UAE universities

Chinese, UAE entrepreneurs seek to enhance trade, investment cooperation

AI Everything to highlight UAE’s emergence as global AI testbed

The Ministry of Education (MoE) launched a new set of standards for licensing universities in the UAE, streamlining the accreditation process, introducing a quality-based evaluation scheme, and addressing the gaps in the existing standards.

A Trade and Investment Seminar, co-organized by China’s Council for Promoting South-South Cooperation (CPSSC) and the UAE Ministry of Economy, is expected to lead to a healthy development of China-UAE trade and investment cooperation.

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) to host the first-ever edition of one of the most influential Artificial Intelligence (AI) event to date — Ai Everything (AiE). AiE aims to bring together AI collaborations from around the world, demonstrating its power and benefit.


University of Economics, Vietnam launches innovation hub

Vietnam’s first IoT Innovation Hub launched

Foreign investment funds upbeat about Vietnam’s startup prospects

University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH), in collaboration with Singapore Management University (SMU), have jointly launched the UEH Institute of Innovation (UII), to support entrepreneurial students and start-ups based in Singapore and Vietnam.

The first Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub in Vietnam was launched at Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, Hanoi. It aims to provide a platform to startup firms for research and development speeding up IoT technology in Vietnam in the context Industry 4.0.

Vietnam offers a huge potential for startups, driven by its young population and growth of digitisation. In addition to financial support through funds, the government also needs to increase investments in training and education to build a skilled workforce.

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.

U.S.-India collaborations: Co-designing assistive technologies in India. MIT students connect with premier Indian institutes, hospitals, and students to collaborate on “humanistic” assistive design.

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