EduChat – November 2019 Edition 1

Dear Reader,

We are happy to present the first edition of November 2019. In this edition, we have covered news under various heads i.e. Digital Future, Funding Opportunity, Super Stats, Insights and Country News.

‘Digital Future’ talks about the plan to build an innovation centre by the University of Michigan. The high-tech research and education centre will help students to focus on various technology issues such as mobility, artificial intelligence, sustainability, cybersecurity and others.   

‘Super Stats’ section provides a report that describes the postsecondary experience and early labour market outcomes of international students (study permit holders) in Canada.

The section on ‘Country News’ covers news on various partnerships happening in the field of higher education among countries such as India and Germany, Malaysia and Korea, US and Vietnam etc. In addition, the section also incorporates updates on China revision of higher education law, Indian government permit to foreign university campuses and Malaysia grant of RM3.8 million to educational institutes.

We hope this edition will apprise you of some key developments in the higher education space.

Thank you in advance for your feedback which would help us to improve the quality and impact of the forthcoming issues.

Happy Reading!!

Digital Future

The University of Michigan to build USD300 million Detroit innovation centre

The University of Michigan plans to open a USD300 million, 14-acre research and education campus in downtown Detroit. The Detroit Center for Innovation (DCI) will house high-tech research and education centres. The facility is expected to serve 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students focused on tech issues like mobility, artificial intelligence, sustainability, cybersecurity and others.

Super Stats

The Postsecondary Experience and Early Labour Market Outcomes of International Study Permit Holders in Canada

The purpose of this study is to describe the postsecondary experience and early labour market outcomes of study permit holders (international students) in Canada. Some of the key findings are:

    • 69.5% of postsecondary study permit holders actually enrolled in a postsecondary program in 2015—up from 51.8% in 2009.

    • Between 2009 and 2015, the number of international postsecondary students nearly doubled.

    • The five-year graduation rates from specific programs were generally higher among international students (63.9%) than among Canadian citizens (58.6%) and permanent residents (57.0%).

    • In 2015, 85.9% of Canadian citizens who were enrolled in postsecondary programs combined school and work, compared with 73.6% of permanent residents and 49.3% of international students.


How institutions can use technology to scale student-advisor relationships

In a recent survey of 1,000 U.S. students, two-thirds report feeling overwhelmed by the process of choosing a major and more than half changed majors at least once, resulting in delayed graduation/completion dates and increased tuition costs. Students rely on their advisors for help and institutions can implement technology solutions that extend human interaction to better support students.


Latin America

Instride expands its university network into Latin America

Tecnologico de Monterrey University, Mexico has joined InStride, a global learning services enterprise, as a global university partner. This partnership will help the university in expanding its reach to US-based and global Spanish-speaking learners and provide them with opportunities

Latin America’s 400 Best Universities made it in the QS World University ranking

The QS World University Rankings has included the Latin America’s 400 best universities in the list. Latin America’s most productive research university, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), remains 2nd overall. After Brazil, the most-represented nations are Mexico (59), Colombia (57), Argentina (43), and Chile (40).

Latin American Association and Emory University partners to inspire students to pursue higher education

Emory University partnered with the Latin American Association to reach out to potential students in the region. The partnership is to establish new learning opportunities for students in higher education space.


Law revision proposed to boost China’s higher education

China’s top legislature has suggested revising the Higher Education Law to promote the development of higher education. In response to the new conditions and demands for developing higher education, the law needs to be amended to include the experience and institutional innovation achieved in higher education reform and development in recent years.

Hong Kong is contributing to China’s tech rise with a higher education push

Hong Kong has become an unlikely incubator of tech talent, pumping new blood into China’s start-up scene—mainly in the form of students from the city’s cluster of world-class universities. The notable Chinese tech companies with Hong Kong roots include SenseTime, the world’s most valuable AI start-up; AutoX, an autonomous driving start-up; and Orbbec, a 3D motion-sensing firm.

China dominates US News’ latest university rankings

The US and China have dominated in the US News & World Report 2020 Best Global Universities Rankings, further cementing research reputations of the two countries’ institutions. In both the engineering and computer science rankings, four of the top 10 schools are based in China.


India and Germany sign two MoUs in higher education

India and Germany have signed two agreements in the field of Higher education. One around extending the funding period and the other is on extending the higher education partnership. The association will help in furthering the relationship in education and improve the research ecosystem.

Government revives the plan to permit foreign branch campuses

Government has revived its policy around allow foreign universities to establish campuses in India. The new bill with ‘Exclusive Education Zones’ and a single higher education regulator to replace UGC and AICTE has been proposed.

Credenc raises USD2.5 million funding by Omidyar Network India

Credenc, a loan platform for higher education from India, raises USD2.5 million in seed funding round led by Omidyar Network India. The company plans to use the funds to expand operations to 1,000 colleges across 50 cities over the next two years.


RM3.8 million grants for 6 higher education institutions

Six higher education institutions have been given a grant of RM3.88 million for research and postgraduate scholarships through the Industrial Collaboration Programme from the Government. This move is in line with the desired national development to conduct more research and meeting the job demand.

Korean polytechnics ready to help Malaysia develop TVET

Korean polytechnics to help establish technical and vocational education and training (TVET) schools and to further develop TVET in Malaysia. Vocational training would enable more employment opportunities for Malaysian students.

Universiti Malaya is the world’s 15th best university for engineering

Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Engineering has been recognised as among the world’s best in the engineering studies category after being listed in the Best Global Universities rankings. UM’s Faculty of Engineering obtained 84.1 points and the ranking encompasses 1,500 of the world’s best universities.


ADGM Academy and Plug and Play sign MoU to establish technology and innovation education hub in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Global Market Academy (ADGM Academy) and Plug and Play have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on establishing a Technology and Innovation Education Hub in Abu Dhabi. The two entities will co-host lectures, courses and conferences on trending topics in innovation, technology, and global entrepreneurship.

Abu Dhabi’s AI university has 3,200 applicants in its first week

Mohammad Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI)—the first AI university in the world—has already received 3,200 application requests in its first week of launch. The majority of applicants are from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, India, and China.

Education Leaders in the UAE develop skills of the future through professional CPD programmes

The University of Birmingham Dubai has held the first of its CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops for education leaders. The workshops, held at the university’s Academic City campus, are aimed at education leaders and teachers looking to develop their skills sets for the classrooms of the future.


Purdue University partners with a University in Vietnam

Purdue University Northwest (the US) to collaborate with a university in Vietnam to allow for the exchange of students and the development of special programmes that benefit both institutions.

Vietnam and Australia partner to promote vocational education

Vietnam and Australia partnered to raise the profile of vocational education and training in Vietnam. As part of Bilateral education and training relations, the conference will help to raise the profile of vocational education and training in Vietnam and improve its status as an aspirational career pathway.

Edtech startup Ruangguru, Indonesia forays into Vietnam

Vietnamese edtech startup Ruangguru, that helps students find tutors online, is foraying into Vietnam. In a separate development, the government is all set to build a startup hub in Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, to facilitate the growth of start-ups in the region

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