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We are delighted to present to you the first fortnight issue of EduChat for 24/September–07/October 2019 as October (Fortnightly) Edition 1.

In this edition, the section on ‘Digital Future’ talks about the need of creating digital equivalents or environment to foster social learning among online learners.

‘SuperStats’ section entails Education at a Glance 2019 report focusing on tertiary education in the OECD countries and a number of partner economies.

Subsequently, our section on ‘Insights’ involves an analysis of Asia’s top universities outperforming Europe’s universities in the QS world universities ranking league table.

This edition also covers a mixture of ‘News’ on a range of higher education-related subjects such as, online infrastructure, student housing segment and internationalisation strategy.

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

Colleges Need to Build Digital Quads to Support Social Learning for Online Students

As online students, and increasing numbers of their on-campus counterparts, are engaging more frequently and more authentically online, universities need to meet them there with spaces and tools for both formal and social learning. Hence, universities can and should create digital equivalents and environments to replicate—or even enhance—the authentic student interactions they are likely encounter on campuses.

Super Stats

Education at a Glance is the authoritative source for information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the structure, finances and performance of education systems across OECD countries and a number of partner economies. The 2019 edition includes a focus on tertiary education with new indicators on tertiary completion rates, doctoral graduates and their labour market outcomes, and on tertiary admission systems, as well as a dedicated chapter on the Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Key Findings:

  • In 2018, 44% of 25–34-year-olds held a tertiary degree, compared to 35% in 2008, on average across OECD
  • 25–34-year-olds with tertiary education earn 38% more than their peers with upper secondary education while 45–54-year-olds earn 70% more
  • In countries with the highest tuition fees, more than 70% of students benefit from grants or loans
  • More than 40% of 19–20-year-olds in nearly half of OECD countries are enrolled in tertiary programmes
  • The average age at entry into a bachelor’s programme ranges from 18 in Japan to 25 in Switzerland
  • In most OECD countries, the share of primary and secondary teachers among 50-59-year-olds is larger than the share among 25–34-year-olds, which raises concerns about future teacher shortages


Asia outperforms continental Europe in top 500 universities for boosting student careers

According to QS universities ranking, Asia’s top universities were shown to outperform continental Europe’s leading institutions. Tsinghua University in Mainland China ranked sixth while continental Europe’s top university Switzerland’s ETH Zurich placed 11 spots below it at number 17. Mainland China has five institutions among the world’s top 50 in total and is the third-best represented study destination after the US, which boasts 20 top-50 institutions, and the UK with seven.



Educators from Brazil visit Tech, establish connections

Policy decisions impacting higher education and development in Brazil

Focus on creating jobs to revive Brazilian economy

Texas Tech hosted visitors from Brazil to discuss furthering engineering education in Brazil. The purpose of the visit was to find departments of U.S. institutions from which Brazil can take inspiration as higher education institutions in Brazil want to make connections with fellow institutions in the United States.

The recent declarations by President Jair Bolsonaro since assuming office in January 2019 and measures enacted or proposed by his government have caused great concern and created considerable confusion. This article summarises the main events that have taken place and possible implications for the future in the development of higher education, science, technology and innovation.

Employment is the best kind of social programme as it ensures economic autonomy, social prosperity and independence from clientelism. Therefore, the role of public power is to create favourable conditions in which small, medium and large entrepreneurs may invest and keep the economic wheel turning.


China to improve its online education infrastructure

China higher education system has improved from the last 70 years

The “Study in China” programme helps American students build career advantages

China Government and other authorities plans to boost its efforts in building infrastructure in online education. China will promote the use of modern information technology, including the Internet, big data and artificial intelligence, in online education. By 2022, all schools in China are expected to have high-speed and stable access to Internet service.

With China completing its 70th anniversary, the country higher education system has grown up strongly with more than 30 million students on campuses and 60,000 doctoral graduates. The universities rankings are improving with increasing focus on research, vocational and technical education.

The number of Americans studying in China have increased by over 500% to nearly 9,000 in the decade from 1995 to 2005, making China one of the top 10 study abroad destination countries for US students, as per a report. The rise in China overall economy lure students towards learning the Chinese language to pursue careers in journalism, law, diplomacy, as well as academic fields.


India Higher Education Bill in winter session

Student Housing to witness investments of over USD 700 mn investment

The University of Queensland Partners with India To Create Change

A Bill that aims to create a single regulator for higher education, replacing the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), is likely to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.

As per a report by Student Accommodation Provider Association of India (SAPFI) and CBRE – world’s largest real estate consulting firm – the Student Housing/Co-Living space is expected to witness an investment worth USD 700 million and an addition of 0.6 million beds by 2023 across the country. The Student Housing segment is witnessing rapid growth across all the major markets in the country and expected to witness a growth of 36% between 2019 and 2023.

The University of Queensland (UQ) has returned to India to pave the way for students and academics to address issues of international importance. The partnership between UQ and IIT-D enables students to gain a global qualification from both the institutes in four years. Projects are goal-directed and address grand challenges of interest to Australia, India and the global community including, but not limited to, food security, sustainable energy, water management, medicine and health, social sciences and the humanities, and engineering and technology.


Malaysian students choose universities based on job prospects and subject interest

Malaysian plans to recalibrate its strategy for more international students by 2020

Malaysia to focus on creative thinking and innovation

As per QS Enrolment Solutions survey, the decision-making criteria for Malaysian students to get enroled in higher education universities is mix of career prospects and interest lie in the subject. 29% of the total Malaysian surveyed students, opt for further study prospects, 28% is for the workforce need and 23% are motivated by their personal interest in the subjects.

Malaysia plans for its public and private universities and stakeholders to work together to attract international students. Malaysia has hosted 127,583 international students as of March 2019– 70% of which were in private higher education institutions. Government plans to improve its institutional capacity in providing high quality and adequate support services in higher education for its international students.

Malaysia education system plans to focus towards inspiring its students for creative thinking and innovation. The new relevant courses to help in changing the current old system of education framework. Malaysia addresses the challenge in new system and plans to adapt the culture of innovation going forward.


Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), UAE to encourage study and cultural exchanges for UAE & Finnish Students

Ministry of Education, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Bloomberg collaborate to enhance UAE youth skills

The world’s leading universities are coming to an educational roadshow in the UAE

The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), the UAE’s largest applied higher education institution, will collaborate with its Finnish counterparts to promote student exchange and encourage Finnish students to pursue higher education in the UAE, after it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Universities of Applied Education in Finland.

The UAE Ministry of Education, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, and Bloomberg L.P. signed today a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to implement a training and development programme — called the ADNOC-Bloomberg Education Initiative.

The first event takes place in Dubai on Friday September 27 at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre, while the second one takes place in the capital at InterContinental Hotel Abu Dhabi on Saturday September 28.


Vietnam Swinburne Australia officially launches in Hanoi, Vietnam with FPT University

Vietnam, UK sign MoU on educational cooperation

Swinburne Vietnam officially opened in Hanoi on 1 October 2019, delivering a small suite of sought-after undergraduate programmes in partnership with the technology-focused FPT University. The launch of Swinburne Vietnam enables enrolled and future students.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on educational cooperation between the governments of Vietnam and the United Kingdom was signed in Hanoi on October 3 by Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha and Ed Vaizey. Trade Envoy of the British Prime Minister.

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.

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