This newsletter carries a selection of curated articles from India, South Asia, China, South East Asia, Latin America and the UAE that are of interest to higher education institutions from around the world with respect to student recruitment, partnerships, scholarships/grants, student/faculty mobility and the regulatory landscape. We also showcase key knowledge initiatives that Sannam S4 conceives of and delivers for the sector around industry practices, SDGs and advocacy.
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The University of Illinois’s new climate action plan includes divestment from fossil fuel
The University of Illinois is committing to divesting its investments in fossil fuels. The university has already divested its direct investments in coal, and under the new goal, by fiscal 2025, it would divest from other fossil-fuel companies, which currently make up less than one per cent of its portfolio. The plan, developed by the UI’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment and Facilities & Services, also calls on the university to commit to a sustainable investing policy by fiscal 2024. In the spring, the UI system committed that it would be investing nearly USD 160 million of its USD 720 million endowments into a new portfolio strategy focused on companies that rate highly on environmental, social and governance criteria. Like its last update in 2015, the plan calls on the UI to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest. Sustainability Programs Coordinator Meredith Moore has clarified that the 2020 update has been more than a year in the making, with input from students, faculty and staff, various revisions and forums and feedback from experts.
La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus is well on track to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2022
La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus is well on track to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2022. The carports will cover close to 200 parking spaces and add more than 1500 solar panels to the campus’ infrastructure. The project is expected to significantly reduce the campus’ running costs and carbon emissions, edging the University closer to achieving its ambitious goal of net-zero carbon emissions on its regional campuses by 2022, and on all campuses by 2029. The carports are part of a suite of measures the University is implementing to meet its target, including thousands of roof-top solar panels and high-efficiency LED lights, and large-scale organic waste composters. La Trobe students and staff are now using the La Trobe Energy Analytics Platform software developed at the University to monitor energy production and identify further energy efficiency improvements. La Trobe is internationally recognised for its commitment making the world a better place, ranking fourth in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.
The Concordia University joins the decade of action with its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
To accelerate solutions for the world’s biggest challenges—from poverty and inequality to climate change and resource depletion—the United Nations has declared 2020 to 2030 a worldwide Decade of Action to meet its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Concordia is officially joining the effort. To signal its commitment, the university is signing the University Global Compact, a declaration that enlists postsecondary institutions in the work of delivering on the SDGs. Concordia is also joining Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada, part of an international movement of universities, colleges, research centres and knowledge institutions that aims to develop practical solutions for a cleaner, fairer future. The UN developed the 17 SDGs after a years-long consultation process. Approved in 2015, the goals provide a call to action and game plan for promoting prosperity while protecting the planet. Also, Concordia will be exploring the creation of an SDG Lab for Montreal and Quebec. It will be modelled on the SDG Lab in Geneva, Switzerland, which aims to spur collective action on the SDGs locally and provincially.
Evenly distributing the future: Digital transformation in higher education teaching and pedagogy
Since March, there has been extensive debate about the efficacy of online learning. As many institutions whose histories are built on brick-and-mortar classrooms struggle with how to learn, teach, and enrol in an environment that limits interpersonal contact, these conversations about whether online learning is as effective as in-person learning has been ubiquitous. Even though online education has existed for over a generation, there are institutions at which it has not been widely adopted beyond a small number of committed departments or faculty. Digital transformation is not just about infrastructure, hardware, software, and business models. The heart of higher education–that which separates one institution’s mission from the next and makes all higher education sectors necessary in serving disparate learner needs–is curricula and how faculty teach it. Much has been asked of faculty this summer, particularly at institutions that have pivoted away from in-person learning. A pedagogical digital transformation will not happen overnight, but with a commitment to the human element, online learning design, learner-centred data, and time-fluid competencies, the higher education can quickly adapt to a future crisis without losing students or quality.
Report—The State of Student Success and Engagement in Higher Education
Canvas, the largest learning management system provider in the US, has released a global research report on “The State of Student Success and Engagement in Higher Education.” The report reveals changing views among higher education students and administrators around student success and engagement. Key findings include that nearly 70% of college students feel they are falling behind on their studies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the socioeconomic disparities among students have been significantly heightened during the pandemic and threaten student engagement and success. The report issued was based on a survey it commissioned from Hanover Research. The research shows that college and university students increasingly define their success as students based on their preparation for the workforce. In light of the global pandemic, nearly 80% of students identified work preparedness as the number one priority as they work toward graduation. The survey also shows that socioeconomic inequities are impacting student success more than ever. Students from lower-income families are four times less likely to be engaged in their online and remote studies.
Key insights from the report:
- Nearly 70% of students report that they are falling behind on their studies due to the pandemic.
- 85% of respondents said that COVID-19 was most impacting student success. 71% cited its impact on academic progress.
- Regionally, students in Asia-Pacific countries (78%) were much more likely to report that COVID-19 negatively impacted student engagement compared to their peers in EMEA (62%) and the United States (75%).
- More than 60% of administrators and 50% of students say they have a more positive attitude and preference toward online learning.
Are micro-credentials the future of talent development?
The business of online learning is booming. Because of the conditions brought on by the pandemic, employers looking to prepare workforces for uncertain times are delivering all or most training online for the foreseeable future. Many large names entered the online learning space during the past few years. Google, LinkedIn (Microsoft) and Salesforce, for example, have all made significant investments in coursework, including certificate programs aimed at indicating proficiency. Major retail and foodservice employers such as Wal-Mart and Subway have started offering online education as a worker benefit, too. Even beyond higher education, access to leadership training and other development opportunities within companies may be walled off for most employees. One valuable aspect many beliefs is lost when training goes online is the element of group work or opportunities to discuss new topics with peers. Online providers are looking to overcome this obstacle through digital forums where learners can replicate some of that interaction. Another benefit of online technical training is the opportunity to try out new concepts. This type of learning helps ensure efficacy. To ensure positive learning outcomes, it’s not just enough to encourage employees to do it. Companies need to create space and develop a culture that is accommodating of learning activity.
Sannam S4 Initiatives
Sannam S4 new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 Series
1) Upcoming Webinar—Welcome & Discussion on US-India Higher Education with India’s San Francisco Consul General; 28th October 2020
The Consulate General of India, San Francisco, US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), and Sannam S4 will discuss with the new Consul General in San Francisco, Dr T V Nagendra Prasad, about US-India collaboration on higher education.
The objective of the session is to introduce Provosts, Vice Provosts, and Senior International Officers of US higher education institutions, particularly those located in the West Coast of the U.S., to the new Consul General and for him to share his priorities related to the sector in his new post.
India’s historic release of its National Education Policy 2020 provides opportunities for foreign universities to form a cohesive strategy for engaging India on student and faculty mobility, internationalization best practice, and joint research and we will explore those opportunities in this session.
2) Webinar—Welcome & Discussion on US-India Higher Education with India’s Chicago Consul General
3) Webinar—India’s new National Education Policy (NEP) – Opportunities and implications for Queensland’s IET industry
4) Webinar—How will NEP reforms change internationalisation agendas in Indian universities?
5) Webinar—HE Reform Agenda: Key takeaways from the NEP
6) Webinar—Unpacking the new National Education Policy
7) Opinion— Sannam S4 views on the National Education Policy approved by the Union Cabinet: 10 Key Takeaways
Internationalisation of Indian Higher Education
At Sannam S4, we understand the enormous and border-less responsibility the education sector has to bear. We partner with 85 of the world’s leading institutions to ensure that student and faculty mobility, research and general operations occur seamlessly on campuses and beyond. Given our large partner network of international universities as well as in-house expertise we have the required capabilities to support institutions during their internationalisation journey. In the present-day scenario, it is evident that Indian and overseas universities will have to look towards embracing International partnerships, adopt new technologies and test different modalities for student learning. These initiatives will not only require investment but also significant expertise and knowledge sharing with industry leaders who may have traversed this space and emerged successful. We believe that this moment presents a unique opportunity to upend existing frameworks and chart new models to deliver world-class education in the country. To that end, Sannam S4 is launching a new series of events focused on Internationalisation of Indian Higher Education.
Sannam S4 Podcast Season 3
Season 3 brings insights from India’s school university counsellors. Insights from those on the front line as they support students to adapt to the new normal and more about the challenges faced by students and the changing choices.
The Department for International Trade, UK organised a two-day UK-India Virtual EdTech Mission on September 30th and October 1st 2020
Recognising the synergies that the UK and India share in EdTech, the Department for International Trade organised a virtual trade mission to India, aimed at scoping market opportunities in emerging regions and exploring opportunities for collaboration within the UK and Indian EdTech markets. The Indian delegation included tech companies providing solutions to the education sector, distributors/resellers, EdTech consultants and representation from EdTech industry associations. This mission’s programme included presentations from Indian and UK EdTech experts on growth opportunities in the regions, representation from the government on education policy and guidelines and pitching sessions for UK and Indian companies.
Indian ed-tech market to quadruple over the next 5 years in value terms
India’s ed-tech unicorn Byju’s isn’t the only reason that the start-up environment in the country is chasing new ideas across the online education space. A new report suggests that there is a USD 10 billion market opportunity in this space where paid subscribers are likely to touch over the next four years. India’s ed-tech market size is estimated to grow 3.7x over the next five years from the current levels of USD 2.8 billion to USD 10.4 billion. The report suggests that ed-tech would go beyond supporting school curriculum and test preparation, to include skilling and learning management systems. Factors such as the deep penetration of the internet and the rampant use of smartphones and other electronic devices have spiked the online content consumption in India. This has also, in turn, impacted India’s addressable market for ed-tech products and services. The report also noted that it is the youth of the country who is driving the adoption of the ed-tech products and services in India.
Brighteye Ventures sees USD 54 million first close of its second fund to back ed-tech start-ups in Europe
Brighteye Ventures, the European ed-tech VC firm, is announcing the USD 54 million first close of its second fund, bringing total assets under management to over USD 112 million. Backing comes from a mixture of existing and new investors, made up primarily of unnamed international family offices. The fund’s second close is expected to take place next year and will include additional institutional investors. Founded in 2017, Brighteye describes itself as a thesis-driven fund investing in start-ups that enhance learning. Unsurprisingly, the VC says it sees an unprecedented opportunity within the USD 7 trillion global education sector “as educators and students are adapting to distance learning en masse and millions of displaced workers are seeking to upskill’. Out of this new fund, Brighteye will invest in 15-20 companies over the next three years at the seed and Series A stage and write cheques of up to USD 5 million.
IBM launches artificial intelligence centre in Brazil with the University of São Paulo (USP)
IBM Brazil has launched the largest research facility, that focuses on artificial intelligence, through a collaboration between the private and public sector. The Artificial Intelligence Centre (C4AI) is supported by investments made by IBM along with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the University of São Paulo (USP). This AI centre — C4AI has been established to tackle five significant challenges that are related to health, the environment, the food production chain, the future of work and the development of NLP technologies in Portuguese. Along with this, it will also aid in projects relating to human wellbeing improvement as well as initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion. While launching the centre, the USP research dean stated that the AI centre is expected to attract more attention to Brazil concerning AI research and the immense talent that is available in the country to support the AI-enabled future.
Brazil’s Sao Paulo to hand out 750,000 phone chips to keep students, teachers connected
Brazil’s southeast state of Sao Paulo plans to distribute 750,000 mobile phone chips with free internet access to help keep students and teachers connected as in-person education remains restricted due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In-person classes began in some cities in September, with limits on occupancy and frequency, and online learning continues to be key to continuing education. Officials have earmarked BRL 75 million (USD 13 million) over 12 months to provide 250,000 chips to teachers with 5 gigabytes (GB) of internet, and 500,000 chips to students with 3 GB, according to a press release from the local government.
Flywire Partnership with Brazilian Educational & Language Travel Association will support international students in the UK
Flywire a high-growth vertical payments company, and BELTA, the Brazilian Educational & Language Travel Association, announced a new strategic partnership which expands the availability of Flywire’s cross-border payment services to Brazilian students studying abroad. The collaboration also provides a secure and trusted global payment channel to ensure tuition and other expenses are seamless between education recruitment agents, schools and students. Brazil is one of the fastest-growing origination markets for international students. Some of the key capabilities of partnership benefitting agent organizations include:
- Seamless integration with agent websites, reducing friction and adding a convenient and trusted payment experience for students
- Increased visibility for agents, payers and schools, both on payments and reimbursement processes, with real-time status updates
- Centralized student information on a single platform to store, manage, import and export data
- Robust fraud capabilities which prevent unauthorized vendors from acting as agents, and secure delivery of payments to education institution accounts
- Access to favourable foreign exchange rates, protecting students from unnecessary costs
- Full compliance with new Brazilian General Protection Data laws
Bangladesh: Dhaka University launched a Mentorship Program to help cottage-to-medium enterprises overcome trade challenges
Dhaka University has launched a weekly mentorship programme aimed at providing expertise to the cottage, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (CMSMEs) that play a key role in the economy of Bangladesh. The ‘CMSMEs Mentorship Program’ was launched by DU’s Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Centre under the REVIVE project to help the small businesses overcome their various trade challenges and scout growth opportunities. The mentorship program will be virtual and CMSMEs will get the opportunities to interact with experts from government, industries, academicians, and other relevant stakeholders and receive their valuable insights and experiences. The ICE Centre has launched its weekly CMSMEs Mentorship Program under the REVIVE Project in partnership with UNDP Bangladesh. The programme will also provide mentorship on topics like finance, governance, mental health, marketing and supply chain.
Nepal: Nepal universities, colleges allowed to conduct exams
Nepal has allowed universities and colleges across the Himalayan country to conduct exams by ensuring social distancing and other safety measures enforced in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing the media, Foreign Affairs Minister clarified that the government also gave permission to vocational institutions to conduct training, but the number of participants should not exceed 25. Registrar of the Tribhuvan University told that it has already conducted engineering and M.Phil. exams and was preparing to hold other stalled examinations from mid-November.
Sri Lanka: Special examination centres to be set up for quarantined students sitting for national exams
A discussion was held at the Ministry of Education on the use of examination centres in conducting GCE (Advanced Level) and Grade 5 Scholarship examinations and how to obtain the assistance of the Sri Lanka Police and the transport sector for this purpose. It has been decided to set up separate examination centres for the students quarantined in the relevant premises. The Commissioner General of Examinations clarified that special examination centres have been set up in the Gampaha District for students sitting for the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination and the GCE Advanced Level Examination according to the police jurisdictions where the students reside.
Pakistan: The Khyber Medical University and the University of York, UK launch joint mental health study project
The Khyber Medical University (KMU) in collaboration with the University of York, UK, has launched a mental health study project titled “Developing and evaluating an adapted behavioural activation intervention for people with depression and diabetes in South Asia” worth about PKR 636.46 million. This multi-country, the multi-centre research project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, UK. Other partner organisations include University of Southampton UK, University College London UK, Hull York Medical School the UK, Institute of Psychiatry Rawalpindi, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, Hayatabad Medical Complex Hospital Peshawar, Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Trust UK, University of Leeds UK and Ark Foundation, Bangladesh. The experts emphasised a joint approach using a scalable intervention to recognise and treat depression, integrated with diabetes care.
Shiv Nadar University and Dassault Systemes establish a unique centre of excellence for design and innovation
Shiv Nadar University (SNU), India’s leading multidisciplinary and research-focused university, and an ‘Institution of Eminence’ (IoE) as chosen by the Government of India, has established the Shiv Nadar University-Dassault Systèmes Centre of Excellence (SDC). The SDC, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes, is for research, innovation, design and entrepreneurship, and is also aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of multidisciplinary education at SNU in a way that prepares students to develop products or services and be better equipped for opportunities across industries in the new global economy. The SDC is a physical lab with a virtual extension, based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, that covers key aspects of product design and business analytics to inculcate design and experience thinking among students in the product development journey. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables students to undergo a thorough process involving social listening, market analysis, product benchmarking, feasibility assessment, etc. to develop real products or services. Along with Engineering Design and Business Analytics, a recent focus of the platform has been on Predictive Sciences for drug discovery & systems biology analysis.
Microsoft and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) collaborate to skill students and educators in next-generation technologies
With a vision to provide uninterrupted online learning to millions of students across the country, the Government of India’s All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has partnered with Microsoft to empower learners and educators with future-ready skills. As part of this partnership, over 1,500-course modules from Microsoft will be made available to students and educators free of cost through AICTE’s e-learning portal, ELIS. Microsoft’s learning resource centre, Microsoft Learn, has been integrated with the ELIS platform to provide access to personalized learning paths and resources for students, covering a broad range of technologies including AI, IoT, data science, and cloud computing among others. The collaboration also gives educators access to best-in-class online learning paths and instructor-led training material through the Microsoft Learn for Educators platform. Eligible educators and faculty members can access Microsoft’s ready-to-teach curriculum and teaching materials aligned with industry-recognized Microsoft certifications.
JK Lakshmipat University launches a new integrated program with St. Cloud State University to make International education available despite COVID-19
When the students’ dreams of studying in a foreign university are getting shattered because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, leading educational institute JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) has decided to collaborate with the prestigious St. Cloud State University, USA to make the students’ wishes fulfilled in the unprecedented times of COVID-19. The new curriculum, designed by both the Universities, will enable students to get a proper Engineering Management degree in five years. Under this program, the students will pursue this degree in a 3.5 plus 1.5 year of duration. In the first 3.5 years, the student will be studying at the JKLU campus and the remaining 1.5 years, which comprises of six months project and one-year study, at St. Cloud State University. Through these programs offered at JKLU, the Indian Students do not have to appear for the TOEFL exam and will also save one year of his academic year in bagging the Master’s degree. It will also enable them to save the living expenses which they would have to shell out while staying in the USA.
Belarus’s Maksim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University (BSPU) and China’s Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) signs a memorandum of cooperation
Maksim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University (BSPU) and China’ Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) have signed a memorandum of cooperation. The document was signed by BSPU First Deputy Rector Svetlana Kopteva and NUIST Vice President Jiang Zhihong during an online meeting. The memorandum is meant to establish a partnership between the two universities and to promote a long-term, effective, and mutually beneficial cooperation aimed at developing educational and research potential. The BSPU and NUIST have outlined areas of cooperation for the implementation of the memorandum.
China’s Tsinghua University seeks academic cooperation with African universities
Tsinghua University, one of the most prestigious universities in China, seeks academic cooperation with African universities to help groom human resources for the continent’s development. Yang Bin, Vice President of Tsinghua University, made the remarks in a virtual forum with the Ghanaian Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as part of the Ghana-China economic and cultural week program. Tsinghua University seeks to build an inclusive and resilient educational structure with its partners in Africa, through information literacy, compassion, and solidarity would stand the test of time in the face of crises. The dean of international programs at KNUST Rexford Assasie-Oppong said the university takes its relationship with China very seriously, with some of its teachers trained in Chinese universities.
China considers giving experimental COVID vaccines to students going overseas
One of China’s leading vaccine developers is working on a plan to inoculate students going overseas with COVID-19 shots that are yet to get regulatory approval, as the country pushes scientific boundaries in the race for a viable immunization. China National Biotec Group Co., or CNBG, a subsidiary of state-owned Sinopharm Group Co., is in talks with the Chinese government about giving students headed abroad to study its experimental vaccines. Various government agencies are still working on the plan and no final decision has been made. Student are concerned about leaving China, where the pathogen has been nearly eradicated through aggressive containment measures, for foreign countries where the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly prompted the discussions. Infections in the U.S. and Europe are re-surging, while outbreaks across South America and India show few signs of coming under control.
Higher Education Ministry recommends postponement of physical intakes at Malaysian public universities
The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) advised all public tertiary learning institutions to defer physical student intakes because of growing COVID-19 cases. It said all student registrations and classes could be shifted online. The decision to postpone the physical or face-to-face registration of the students involved must be made to preserve the well-being and safety of all students, university staff and all parties involved. For students who are on campus and are pursuing academic activities, they can remain on their respective campuses. It urged all public universities to extend the needed assistance to the students affected. The ministry also advised the same universities to suspend events and programmes that required gatherings.
Higher Education Ministry sets up a 24-hour hotline for university students, releases FAQ on the postponed intake
The Higher Education Ministry announced that help for university students will be available round the clock through its hotlines, and also released a guide on frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the recent postponement of physical registrations and new intakes at public universities. In posts on its official Facebook page, the ministry said that its operations room for the student intake for the 2020/2021 session and on COVID-19 matters will be operating 24 hours a day, before proceeding to provide the contact details. As for university students who had already purchased flight tickets to fly to their university campuses, the ministry advised them to directly contact the airlines’ customer service hotlines and provided the contact details for Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo to seek for flight rescheduling.
Poland wants to sign MoU with Malaysia on higher education
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Malaysia looks forward to the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on higher education with Malaysia by next year in conjunction with both countries’ 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations in 2021. The Ambassador of Poland clarified that the MoU should provide ways to increase cooperation in education, including scholarships for students in exchange programmes as well as additional programmes in education and culture. The participants will be able to learn more about Poland as a higher education destination, its universities, student life, scholarships, and other opportunities for foreign students.
British University in Dubai and Saint-Gobain UAE sign a collaborative MoU on academic research and innovation
The British University in Dubai (BUiD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saint-Gobain UAE to collaborate on academic research and innovation. The MoU will align the two organisations’ efforts to research in the field of energy efficiency and the built environment through deep retrofitting. The MoU was signed at BUiD campus by Professor Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD’s Vice-Chancellor, and Paul Button, CEO of Saint-Gobain UAE. The two organisations share the same interest in sustainability and their collaboration will establish an in-depth knowledge of building energy retrofit, strategies, measures and principles applicable to the UAE. This MoU is an important step to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
Italian and UAE universities to collaborate on joint design research for a project at Mina Zayed
Abu Dhabi’s industrial port in the focus of joint research between Italian Universita’ Politecnica Delle Marche (UNIVPM) and Zayed University in Dubai. For the autumn semester 2020, UNIVPM architectural engineering course ‘Architectural Design for the Enhancement and Conservation of the Architectural Heritage,’ led by Prof. Gianluigi Mondaini and doctoral researcher Cristiano Luchetti will collaborate with the ZU/CACE course ‘Interior Design Studio II,’ taught by Dr Basem Eid M and Prof. Rund Hiyasat. The two academic institutions will share lectures, common reviews, and a final exhibition of students’ projects at the end of the semester. The theme of the two courses will focus on Abu Dhabi and the areas, buildings, and infrastructures of the port.
The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) signs a cooperation agreement with Wayne State University
The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) received an American delegation led by the U.S. Ambassador to the UAE John Rakolta Jr., and U.S. Consul General in Dubai Mr Philip Frayne, to discuss different aspects of cooperation between the two sides in various academic, scientific, and research fields. Through this agreement, WSU and AURAK aim to establish a UAE – US Higher Education Collaboration Initiative. The funding provided by the U.S. Mission Embassy to the U.A.E. will help both universities expand current collaboration efforts, including student exchange and joint/dual degree programs, while pursuing new initiatives to further connect the campuses, such as joint research, faculty and staff cooperation, and non-degree programs.
The Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics sets up the Institute of Smart Cities and Management
The Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics launched the Institute of Smart Cities and Management (ISCM), whose mission will be to mobilise international cooperation in addressing urban issues globally. The launch was attended by officials from economics, urban studies, transport, and environment universities and organisations from Asia, Europe and the US. Smart cities are a major topic of urban research and development in many countries, she said. The institute offers five areas of expertise, Smart Management, Smart Planning, Smart Design, Smart Traffic, and Integrated Applications. The Institute of Smart Cities and Management was established in May to undertake a range of academic activities by bringing together more than 40 leading experts and professors and leaders from universities, companies, public and non-governmental organisations from around the world.