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Hello Reader,
We are delighted to introduce the November issue of EduChat. This edition offers a mixture of news and analysis on a wide range of higher education- related topics such as Reuters World’s Most Innovative Universities, China’s emergence as the biggest producer of scientific research, launch of two research-oriented schemes in India, etc.
Besides these, an interview with Dr. Ram K. Sharma, Director of International Affairs at Shiv Nadar University in India is included. We hope that you will find it useful especially in the context of growth of private universities with innovative practices in India.
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
Editor & Senior Researcher – Education


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Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities 2018

For the fourth year running, Stanford University tops Reuters’ ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries.

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China becomes world’s biggest producer of scientific research

New international publishing figures confirm China has overtaken US and leading European countries.
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Dr. Ram K. Sharma is the Director of International Affairs at Shiv Nadar University. He is also a Fulbright Nehru Visiting Research Fellow at Center for Studies in Higher education (CSHE), University of California, Berkeley. As Founding Associate Dean, UG Studies, he has played a significant role in implementing the liberal studies based undergraduate programs at the University, including development of various undergraduate majors, minors and core common curriculum (CCC) programs/courses. As the Founding Head of the International Office, he successfully led the formulation of the internationalization strategic plan including international student recruitment and is leading its implementation in coordination with various stakeholders at the university.

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Dr. Ram K. Sharma - Shiv Nadar University

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One-Third of Brazilian Universities Are Irregular

A recent survey shows that one in three universities in Brazil does not meet the legal requirements to be considered a university.

What the Bolsonaro victory means for Brazil’s startup ecosystem

The president-elect advocates for the open market as the main engine of innovation, through what he calls a “positive technological shock”.

Swiss-Brazilian disease research faces uncertain future

Drastic budget cuts in the science sector are putting the joint research activities in jeopardy.

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China gets first private research university

China’s first private research university has been officially inaugurated in Zhejiang Province’s Hangzhou city.

The consolidation of Chinese private higher education

The private sector in higher education is witnessing a trend of convergence by acquisitions.

Universities tighten up on graduation requirements

This move is in the context of complaints that education standards among younger graduates appear to be dropping.

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India now fastest-growing source market for international students

A recent survey finds that a shift is occurring at the top of the source market ladder as India is widely perceived as the fastest-growing source market for the next three years.

HRD Minister launches web portals for research-oriented schemes

IMPRESS and SPARC are aimed at strengthening the research ecosystem in the country.

Central University teachers demand the withdrawal of Civil Service Conduct rules

Many teachers argue that the new rule goes against their fundamental beliefs of what teaching should be.

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Higher education eco-system in need of continuous stimuli

Malaysia has to constantly check on the enablers for the higher education eco-system, said education minister Dr Maszlee Malik.

Japanese govt serious about setting up university branches in Malaysia

Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia said to date no Japanese university has set up a branch outside the country, and Malaysia may be the first one to have such a branch.

University of Malaya among Asia top 20 universities

From the 24th position it held last year, UM has moved up to 19th in the 2019 edition of the QS World University Rankings: Asia.

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Khalifa University ranked first in Arab Region in research

The university was ranked top in the region in the categories of ‘Research’ and ‘Industry Income in the THE World University Rankings 2019.

New reforms will make UAE a global education hotspot

The UAE is positioning itself to be a popular education destination for international and local students through its recent visa and labour law changes.

UAE launches largest e-learning platform in Arab World

The new platform now gives students free access to 5,000 educational videos which will benefit over 50 million students in the region.

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U.S. – India Knowledge Exchange

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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