EduChat – October 2019 Edition 2

Dear Reader,

We are happy to present the second edition of October 2019. In this edition, we have covered news under various heads i.e. Digital Future, Funding Opportunity, Super Stats, Insights and Country News. Within ‘Country News’, we will now be bringing education sector news from Latin America as more and more of our partners become active in this region.

‘Digital Future’ talks about the growing importance of digital credentialing in higher education while ‘Funding Opportunity’ throws lights on the gap in funding for upgradation of infrastructure for German universities.

‘Super Stats’ provides a detailed picture of the geographical and socio-economic make-up of Ireland’s higher education institutions and courses. Whereas, the section on ‘Insights’ discusses the techniques to improve the learning environment for online students.

The section on ‘Country News’ covers news on various collaborations happening in the field of higher education among countries such as Australia and Vietnam, Australia and Latin America, India and China etc. In addition, the section also incorporates updates on funding in higher education i.e. private universities in India wants access to CSR funding, and the education ministry in Malaysia has got largest share of funding in Budget 2020.

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 Diwali and Happy Reading!!

Digital Future

Why digital credentialing will render university transcript obsolete and redefine higher education

Digital credentialing has been getting the recognition as the new and better way to keep track of important university degrees and certificates. As more colleges and universities implement a digital credentialing interface, they are becoming more common. However, in just a few years, they may be the only form of credentials that anyone uses.

Super Stats

A Spatial & Socio-Economic Profile of Higher Education Institutions in Ireland

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has published a detailed picture of the geographical and socio-economic make-up of Ireland’s higher education institutions and courses. Among the key findings are –

    • While approximately 15%-16% of the wider population are defined as “affluent”, 19% of the higher education student body come from this category while over 36% of enrolments in medicine education come from “affluent” backgrounds.

    • Though 15% of the second level school student body are defined as “disadvantaged”, it is 10% of the higher education student body that are so classified. Just 3.5% of medicine enrolments come from “disadvantaged” backgrounds.

    • Dun Laoghaire IADT has the highest proportion of affluent students (35%) in its student body while UCC, UCD and RCSI (all at 5%) have the lowest proportion from disadvantaged backgrounds Letterkenny Institute of Technology has the highest proportion of disadvantaged students (24%). Note, however, TCD is not part of this study.

    • In the case of most institutions, their socio-economic profiles reflects the socio-economic makeup of their location.

    • Medicine, Business, Finance and Engineering programmes have higher proportions of affluent students while Agricultural, Environmental, Social Work and Childcare programmes have higher proportions of students from “disadvantaged” backgrounds.

    • The socio-economic profile of the student body at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (now part of Technological University, Dublin) most closely mirrors that of the national population.

    • Students from Mayo and Donegal travel the furthest to attend college. The overall average distance from college of a student’s home base is 69km. Students are most likely to go to colleges geographically closest to them.

    • Students at St. Angela’s in Sligo and NUI Galway on average travel furthest from home to attend college while those at the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown have, on average, the least distance to travel.


How colleges are bringing online students into the classroom

Several administrators are moving online education forward at their institutions. Teaching students the skills needed to thrive in online classes, reinforcing online learning with field-based projects and bringing together residential and remote students with the use of cameras and TV screens are the techniques being used to improve the learning experience for online students.


Latin America

Cuba and Mexico strengthen ties in higher education

Cuba and Mexico strengthened their ties in higher education with the signing of an agreement between both countries’ institutions. The agreement, signed by the National Association of Universities and other Mexican higher education centre and the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education (MES), reinforces “collaboration in search of scientific development and innovation.

Australia is recruiting more students from Latin America than ever before

In just four years to 2017, the number of Latin Americans studying in Australia almost doubled, making it the fastest-growing source of international students, albeit from a low base. Universities are also being urged to offer more scholarships to overcome the major barrier of the cost of an education in Australia.

Brazilian Edtech Company Quero Educação seizes the private education opportunity

Having partnered with over 6,000 higher education institutions, the edtech company based in São José dos Campos facilitates access to private education through a marketplace. Through the company’s flagship product, institutions can list their vacant study places along with their tuition fees to attract students. Another area Quero is investing heavily is an educational intelligence platform intended to reduce university dropout rates.


India, China hold first joint working group meet on Education

India and China held their first Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on education in Beijing during which the two sides discussed various aspects of respective educational systems as well as explored areas of cooperation. The Indian side made presentation on the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) and Study in India programme.

Australian university delegation to enter new alliance with Chinese university

Australian university leaders will land in Beijing for a visit aimed at deepening research and education ties with China. The elite Group of Eight research universities will enter into a new alliance on research collaboration with 11 top Chinese institutions and meet with businesses to ensure that students training at Australian universities are meeting the needs of Chinese employers.

China, ASEAN universities ally to promote medical, health care

Supported by the ASEAN-China Centre, the China-ASEAN University Consortium on Medicine and Health was founded in Beijing, helping deepen China-ASEAN medical and health care cooperation. The consortium, led by the Peking University Health Science Center, has members from 42 universities and medical schools in China and ASEAN countries, including the Peking Union Medical College, Mahidol University in Thailand etc.


Private universities also want access to CSR funding

Private universities may approach the government to propose that contributions to privately funded higher education be included within the ambit of corporate social responsibility (CSR) which is now available to public-funded universities, IITs, national laboratories and government-funded research bodies.

NITI Aayog plans to make India education hub

Aiming to attract two lakh foreign students annually from 2023, the NITI Aayog panel will be working on implementing a proposal to create ‘Exclusive Education Zone (EEZ)’ in a few select cities, besides blending technical education with short-term vocational courses.

Karnataka and Kerala lead industry-university linkage index

Industry-university linkages are found moderate in India with an overall score of 4.7 in a scale of 10. Within India, a survey reveals that Karnataka and Kerala have topped in this parameter. The survey said it took into account 10 parameters, including joint patents, industry consultations, placements, role of industry in developing curriculum and pedagogy.


Malaysia plans to attract young minds from India

To convince young students from Tamil Nadu, India to study at Malaysian universities and colleges, Tourism Malaysia has launched ‘Malaysia Educational Tourism’ as part of Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign. Those students who are on educational tour can visit the universities and industries like automobile, food and IT. The first batch of 100 students from Tamil Nadu will visit Malaysia in January 2020.

Free tertiary education in the pipeline for Malaysian students

The Education Ministry is in the final stages of finding the best mechanism for implementing free university level-education. Education Minister Maszlee Malik has pledged to fulfil Pakatan Harapan’s promise of providing free tertiary education before the end of its mandate, saying a mechanism is being worked out to study its implementation.

Malaysian Education Ministry largest 2020 Budget recipient with RM64.1b

The Education Ministry is the biggest recipient of the 2020 Budget with an allocation of RM64.1 billion, RM3.9 billion more than this year’s allocation. In efforts to mainstream Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the government has also increased the allocation from RM5.7 billion in 2019 to RM5.9 billion in 2020.


Abu Dhabi announced the establishment of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI)

MBZUAI is the first graduate level, research-based AI university in the world. It will introduce a new model of academia and research to the field of AI, providing students and faculty access to some of the world’s most advanced AI systems to unleash its potential for economic and societal development.

Ministry of Education and Expo 2020 collaborate to provide exceptional learning opportunities for university students

Expo 2020 Dubai and the Ministry of Education (MoE) announced a collaboration that will provide students of UAE public universities with exceptional opportunities to learn and develop their skills through the Expo 2020 University Visit Programme. The programme provides university students in the UAE with the opportunity to participate in educational tours that enable them to learn and connect with experts and pioneers in various fields.

UAE- 7,400 students benefit from ADNOC’s STEM education programmes

ADNOC, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company aims to develop STEM education in the UAE, and train a new generation of scientists and inventors and provide them with the required skills. A total of 7,400 students and 958 teachers have benefitted from the social responsibility programme of the ADNOC in STEM education, since its launch in 2017.


Vietnam university makes world top 400 in engineering and technology

Three Vietnamese universities find a place in the global rankings by subject published by Times Higher Education (THE). They include the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in the 301-400 group, the Hanoi branch of the Vietnam National University (401-500) and its Ho Chi Minh City branch (601-800) in engineering and technology.

HCM City expanded cooperation with Australian educational institution

Ho Chi Minh City wants to cooperate with Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) in building a vision action plan related to education and training in the next 20 years. To facilitate this, HCM City supports a proposal to open more branches of RMIT University in Vietnam, and will provide more assistance for the university’s operations in the coming time.

Dublin University and Vietnam University strengthened academic links in a new agreement

Dublin City University and Vietnam University Ho Chi Min City Science University signed an agreement that will further strengthen their academic links into the future. It is anticipated the universities will focus on collaborative research in areas such as ICT, Bio-technology and Medical Devices and AI.

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