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Hello Reader,
We are delighted to introduce the October 2018 issue of EduChat. This edition offers a mixture of news and analysis on a wide range of higher education- related topics such as Times Higher Education World University Rankings, growth of ‘English medium’ programmes in Brazil, China’s emergence as an international education hub, Khalifa University’s partnership with Alibaba Cloud, etc.
We have included two reports in this issue: ‘Staying Ahead: Are International Students Going Down Under?’ and ‘The Future of Jobs Report 2018.’ Besides these, an interview with Dr.N. Rajendran, Director of Anna University’s Centre for International Affairs is also included. We hope that you will find it useful especially in the context of the proposed ‘Study in India’ programme of the Indian government which encourages international students to choose India as a study destination.
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


Staying Ahead

Future of Jobs Report

Staying Ahead: Are International Students Going Down Under?

This report seeks to support the UK Government’s ambition by identifying how higher education could be grown to deliver the 2020 target of the government. It also recommends a 12-point plan for protecting the UK’s place in the global higher education marketplace.
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The Future of Jobs Report 2018

According to the global employers surveyed for this report, four specific technological advances: ubiquitous high-speed mobile internet; artificial intelligence; widespread adoption of big data analytics; and cloud technology—are set to dominate the 2018–2022 period as drivers positively affecting business growth.
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Global Rankings

World University Rankings

THE World University Rankings 2019

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 includes more than 1,250 universities.
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Dr. N. Rajendran is a Professor of Chemistry and the Director of Centre for International Affairs, Anna University, Chennai,India.
Anna University was established as a unitary type technical university in 1978 by integrating the four prominent technical institutions in the city of Madras in India (now Chennai), including the College of Engineering, Guindy which was established in 1794. It is the largest affiliating type university for technical education in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu.
The Centre for International Affairs of the university is an autonomous body and its main objective is to strengthen bilateral research and academic cooperation with international universities.

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News and Stories


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‘English Medium’ Courses in Brazil Grow to More than 1,000

A growing number of higher education institutions in Brazil are recognising the importance of offering English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) courses, as the number of EMI courses rose from 671 in 2016 to over 1,000 in the first semester 2018.

How Brazil is Boosting Innovation

Recent changes of both institutional and legislative nature have helped increase Brazil’s innovation capabilities and achievements.

Indo-Brazil Agri-Innovation Corridor

The two centres intend to create an Agri Innovation Corridor that will foster links between both hubs & enhance collaboration in science-based entrepreneurship and research by leveraging upon each other’s ecosystems.

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China leads Asia Rise in 2019 THE World University Rankings

Tsinghua University has overtaken the National University of Singapore as the top institution in Asia.

China: Emerging International Higher Education Hub

China’s plan for the development as an international higher education hub not only benefits from the strong driving force of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) but is also rooted in unique comparative advantages.

China Leads the Emerging Scientific Research Institutions Rankings

An analysis undertaken by Times Higher Education believes that by 2022 China could dethrone the United States in scientific research and consequently become one of the most innovative nations in the world.

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New Institutions Outrank Old Powerhouses

Nine-year-old Indian Institute of Technology, Indore became India’s second highest-ranked university and a global top 400 institution in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.

Government Introduces Atal Ranking for Institutions to Promote Innovation

To promote a culture of innovation and research in higher education, the Union government has introduced Atal Ranking of Institutitions on Innovation Achievements (AIIIA).

University of Hyderabad to Collaborate with Brazil Universities

The University of Hyderabad has been identified as the nodal institution for Brazil under the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) of the Ministry of Human Resources Development.

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Universiti Malaya Rises in THE World Rankings

Malaysia has 11 institutions represented in the 2019 table – up from nine last year.

Promoting Malaysia as an International Education Hub

The Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education) 2015-2025 is the continuation of the National Higher Education Strategic Plan Beyond 2020 and encapsulates the strategic plan to establish the country as an international education hub.

Honda Malaysia Collaborates with Education Ministry

This partnership will pave the way for Honda’s training modules to be incorporated into selected automotive syllabi.

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Abu Dhabi Unveils Programme to Accelerate Knowledge and Innovation

These initiatives are aimed at enhancing business competitiveness in Abu Dhabi & for attracting investment & increase economic opportunities.

IAEA, University of Sharjah Deepen Cooperation in Nuclear Technologies

International Atomic Energy Agency’s collaboration with the University of Sharjah started in early 2018, with the launching of a regional training course in the Middle East on pressurized water reactors.

Khalifa University, Alibaba Cloud Launch AI Lab

The Lab will be an innovation hub for clean energy solutions, utilizing artificial intelligence, cloud computing and big data technologies to develop future energy technologies and energy-saving materials.

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Our Executive Director & Head of Education Lakshmi Iyerhas been selected to serve on the Research Advisory Board of Intead. Based in the United States, Intead provides specialised solutions to colleges and universities to expand their international student enrollment.

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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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