EduChat – November 2019 Edition 2

Dear Reader,

We are happy to present EduChat—second edition of November 2019. This edition covers different themes i.e. Digital Future, Super Stats, Insights and Country News. Please also note the launch of the second article within our ‘Practitioner Series’ that talks about leveraging of PSW policies by destination countries for attracting international students. 

‘Digital Future’ covers recognition of Examity—an AI-enabled online proctoring solution to hundreds of colleges and employers—as the fastest-growing Edtech company in the US.

Included under ‘Super Stats’ are key stats from the recently released Open Doors report.

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!!

Launch of Practitioner Series: Vol. 2

In the second volume of the ‘Practitioner Series’, Prof Delia Heneghan talks of the ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Global PSW Landscape’. Post Study Work (PSW) policies are now a part of the country promotion mix. With key destination countries for international student mobility grappling with political and immigration rhetoric headwinds, the time is opportune to consider the importance of moving the lever of PSW for the longer-term benefits of the sector and the wider economy of the recipient nations.

Digital Future

Deloitte named Examity fastest-growing edtech company in United States

Examity announced its second straight year of recognition by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, known as one of the most objective rankings of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech companies. The Boston-based company provides an AI-enabled online proctoring solution to hundreds of colleges and employers across the US and around the world.

Super Stats

Open Doors 2019 Report on International Educational Exchange

Institute of International Education in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State has published data pertaining to the international students studying in the US, US students studying abroad and global student mobility. Among the key findings are:

  • The total number of international students stood at 1,095,299 in 2018/–, an increase of 0.05% over the last year
  • International students makeup 5.5% of all students in US higher education and contributed USD 44.7 billion to the US economy in 2018, an increase of 5.5% from the previous year.
  • 51.6% of international students in the US pursued STEM fields in 2018–19 and the number of international students in Math and Computer Science programs grew by 9.4%, surpassing Business and Management to become the second-largest field of study for international students
  • European countries remain the most popular destinations for U.S. study abroad students; 54.9% of study abroad students went to Europe in 2017–18. The United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and Germany hosted the most US study abroad students.
  • The population of study abroad students has also continued to become more diverse; 30% of study abroad students in 2017–18 identified as a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, compared to 23.7% in 2012/13 and 18.2% in 2007–08.


Agents mull destinations likely to become key for the future – ICEF Berlin

Canada, Germany and Ireland are the three key study destinations that will see a rise in demand in the future, agents reported at ICEF Berlin in the German capital earlier in November. The US—which was previously the most popular study destination for Brazilian students—has lost market share to Canada, Maura Leão president of Belta in Brazil and CEO of Yázigi Travel Intercâmbios noted.


Latin America

D2L joins 21st-century skills coalition in Latin America

D2L, a world leader in learning technology has joined the 21st Century Skills Coalition, being the only Canadian technology firm & learning platform provider to join the initiative. The coalition was launched by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to promote 21st-century skills & support the implementation of a new generation of educational & training policies throughout Latin America & the Caribbean.

The 7th 2019 GCHERA World Agriculture Prize granted to Chile food engineering expert

The QS World University WAP (World Agriculture Prize)—an international award established by Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA)—aims at encouraging individuals who have made outstanding contributions to education, research and innovation in agricultural and life sciences.


China unveils new push for excellence in undergraduate programmes

The Chinese government has outlined a plan to reform the quality of undergraduate teaching, courses, and evaluation procedures at its universities in order to improve the employment prospects of students coming into the labour force.

Canadian university signs partnership with largest private higher education group in China

University Canada West (UCW) and The Language Gallery (TLG) Canada have signed a three-party partnership agreement with Beifang Education Group, the largest private higher education group in China.

USD 962 million raised by China edtech in 2019 Q3

72 deals from China edtech ventures have raised around USD 962 million. STEAM (Science, Techn, Engineering, Arts & Math), early childhood education, & K12 learning are the top 3 sub-sectors where the funds are concentrated.


Deloitte and CII report on the annual status of higher education of states and UTs in India

India has the third-largest HE system in the world, with 32.6 million students. The top five states with the highest number of universities include Rajasthan (8.75% of total in India), followed by Uttar Pradesh (8.42%), Gujarat (7.20%), Karnataka (6.64%), and Tamil Nadu (6.42%).

Indian education policy under renewal: students may now pursue PhD directly after graduation

Students in India may now get to pursue a PhD directly after their four-year graduation or master’s programme. The Indian education board is planning to phase out M.Phil degree from academic institutions.


543 students get Penang government tertiary education aid

A total of 543 students from Seberang Perai Tengah district were given financial aid by the Penang government totaled RM 540,800 to register for the September intake of institutions of higher learning this year. The state government would allocate RM 4 million for this aid scheme next year, as announced in the 2020 state budget.

UAE keen to collaborate with Malaysia in research, education, says the minister

UAE is keen to collaborate with Malaysian universities in the field of research & education. Malaysia’s Education Minister Dr. Maszlee Malik, who welcomed the idea mooted by UAE Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development, said he was ready to facilitate & help connect any Malaysian university to enhance cooperation & strengthen institutions of higher learning

UOW Malaysia KDU Inauguration marks new era for Malaysian higher education

A formal inauguration ceremony in Kuala Lumpur  ushered  a new era for Malaysian higher education by launching the new UOW Malaysia KDU brand, celebrating UOW’s establishment as direct provider in Malaysia’s vibrant education sector & opening up new international education & research opportunities for Malaysian students & academics.


The UAE Ministry of Education showcase its world-class education at the Morocco Educational Fairs

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education (MoE) is participating in the 2019 fall edition of the Morocco Educational Fairs in Casablanca and Tangier. During the exhibition, the ministry will be present through “Study in UAE” platform, a global innovation and cultural hub, offering students a world-class education.

American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Cambridge Assessment English sign MoU

American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Cambridge Assessment English have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a frame of cooperation and facilitate collaboration in areas of mutual interest between the two organisations.


Bulgaria and Vietnam to deepen their cooperation in the field of education

The Council of Ministers has approved a draft agreement on cooperation in education between Bulgaria and Vietnam for the period 2019 – 2023, the government press office reported. The draft document covers all aspects of the dynamic development of bilateral cooperation in education over recent years

Vietnam National University—Ho Chi Minh City, a pioneer in AI research

VNUHCM invested nearly VNĐ7 billion (USD 301,372) to set up an AI lab at its one-member University of Science for research into advanced machine learning methodologies, speech translation into Vietnamese, bio-informatics and others.

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