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We are delighted to present to you the monthly issue of EduChat for 22nd August- 23rd September 2019. From October 2019, EduChat will be published fortnightly on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

In this edition, within ‘Funding Opportunities’, we have covered an update on invitation made by the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and Ministry of Science & Technology, India, for research proposals.

We highlight two developments under the section ‘Digital Future’, the former on the deployment of institution level virtual assistants and the latter on the securement of loan by MPOWER.

‘SuperStats’ section entails the results of Global Learner Survey by Pearson and the 2020 global rankings for universities, provided by ‘THE World University Rankings’.

Subsequently, our section on ‘Insights’ identifies various issues facing US college leaders with respect to international student enrolment.

This edition also covers a mixture of ‘News’ on a range of higher education-related subjects such as, merger of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), announcement of mentor institutes under ‘Paramarsh’ scheme’ in India, establishment of China’s first courier college and more.

We are also pleased to inform you the launch of our first-ever ‘Practitioner Series’, a platform to share thoughts and opinions on higher education system at a global level.

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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Launch of Practitioner Series

As we complete 10 years of working in the field of higher education, Sannam S4 is launching its first-ever ‘Practitioner Series’, an initiative to bring together the leading experts of the sector to share best practices, challenge opinions and kick-start conversations on crucial internationalisation topics from around the world. These practitioners are our partners, friends, and colleagues whom we have had the honour of working with over the years. We launch our series with an insightful article on the challenges and opportunities in the Indian higher education system by Professor N.V. Varghese.

Funding Opportunities

India-UK Tackling AMR in the Environment from Antimicrobial Manufacturing Waste

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Ministry of Science & Technology, India, are inviting collaborative research proposals under the India-UK Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the environment from antimicrobial manufacturing waste. This programme aims to support new research to develop strategies to limit environmental contamination by antimicrobial waste from pharmaceutical manufacturing. The applicants can request up to GBP 3.8 million (80% of Full economic cost) for the UK component of a project, and matched in terms of research effort from Indian DBT. It is expected that up to five projects will be funded. The deadline for submission is 14 October 2019.

Digital Future

Chatting with Chatbots is infiltrating every corner of higher education

MPOWER secures $100m to boost loan portfolio

More and more colleges are deploying institution level virtual assistants or chatbots to communicate with students on all aspects of college life, creating a virtual “one-stop-shop” for student queries. As students feel more comfortable in asking questions to such digital tools than humans, personalization will drive the next generation of chatbots by enabling them to talk in an individualized way involving emotions and user’s interests.

International student loan provider MPOWER Financing has secured a $100 million loan facility from Goldman Sachs, which the company says will help expand its loan portfolio and help more students from around the world study in North America.

Super Stats

Pearson has published a Global Learner Survey, a new study capturing the opinions of learners worldwide. Pearson conducted this study so learners in 19 countries could have their say on subjects such as the quality of their nation’s education system; careers and the future of work; and technology. It’s the first time the world has heard the collective voice of this many learners on such a wide range of education topics. A 20-minute online survey was completed by 11,083 people aged between 16-70 years old.

Key Findings:

  • 68% of people globally agree that a degree or certificate from a vocational college or trade school is more likely to result in a good job with career prospects than a university degree
  • Globally, 70% of people agree that the notion of working for one employer for your entire career is old-fashioned
  • Globally, 65% think that the notion of traditional retirement is old-fashioned
  • Among those who said they needed to upskill in their jobs in the last two years, globally 20% say they did it to combat automation; this is most pronounced in India where 30% indicated this was the case
  • Globally, 78% of people think they need to develop their soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity
  • In the US, 67% of people see higher education as getting more out of reach for the average person
  • 63% globally believe that colleges and universities aren’t teaching the right skills
  • 81% of people globally believe learning will become more DIY the older you get
  • 76% of people globally agree more college/university students will attend school virtually vs. attending a traditional school within ten years

THE World University Rankings 2020: results announced

As per the recently announced THE World University Rankings 2020, the institutions based in Germany, China and Australia have made a notable progress while the UK universities have suffered declines. Germany managed to boost its numbers in the top 200 by three to 23, China by five to seven and Australia by three to 11.

Key Findings:

  • The University of Oxford tops the 2020 edition of the rankings for the fourth consecutive year
  • Overall, 18 of the 28 UK institutions ranked in the top 200 of the table have declined since last year
  • China strengthens its overall representation in the rankings, claiming 81 spots, nine more than last year

Insights

Five issues that college leaders in the US will confront this year

Flagging enrolment has long been a concern for college leaders, but projections of a decrease in high school graduates in the next decade has created a sense of urgency around finding new student pipelines. The decrease in enrolment can be attributed to competition from other destinations, cuts in state funding, tighter immigration policies, increase in tuition fees and political rhetoric making international students feel unwelcome.

NEWS

Brazil

Brazilian university and firms partnering with World Bank to help students learn Blockchain

Brazil Higher Education institutes are investing in distance learning degrees

Brazil Universities to exchange ideas and share data

Education start-ups such as MakerDAO, Banco Mare and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro partnered with World Bank to provide blockchain education to Brazilian students. The free web learning programs on blockchain technology and computer programming will help students with hiring opportunities.

Distance learning in Higher education in Brazil is gaining traction as 2 million students have enrolled in private courses majorly online. The teachers are undergoing specific trainings to teach more students online. At Kronton Education institute, more than 500,000 students are studying in distance learning courses.

54 Higher education institutes in Brazil are collaborating from past nine months to exchange experiences, sharing information and offer courses together. The colleges with common characteristics are grouped into specific collaborative groups to offer courses in business, marketing and innovation.

China

Philippines, China sign 6 deals in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s 5th Beijing visit

China’s first ‘courier college’ established in Nanjing

The 2019 China higher education exhibition organized in Ethiopia

The documents signed between the Philippines and China include two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) – one on Higher Education Cooperation between the Commission on Higher Education and Ministry of Education of China, and on Science and Technology Cooperation between the Department of Science and Technology and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

A university in east China’s Jiangsu Province established the country’s first “courier college” to boost China’s fast-growing courier sector. Based in Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, the college was jointly set up by the university’s School of Modern Posts and Suning Logistics, the logistics arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Suning.

The exhibition was jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the China Scholarship Council (CSC). 31 renowned Chinese universities participated the exhibition. It aims at providing opportunities for Ethiopian students and universities to get information on scholarship and study opportunities in China as well as cooperation and exchanges among universities.

India

Number of British students in India to double by March 2021

India to fund 1000 PhD fellowships for ASEAN students at IITs

UGC to announce mentor institutes under ‘Paramarsh’ scheme’

The higher education-focused bilateral programme, UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), which has 235 British students in India at present, aims to raise the number to 400 by March 2021. The students will be enrolled across graduate as well as post-graduate courses.

Indian government planned to fund 1,000 scholars from South East Asian countries to pursue PhD at its 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The move will help in strengthening ties between India and ASEAN nations. The funding will cover the entire cost of study, and living expenses for up to five years of a PhD program. This initiative will fund 250 scholars this year, 300 in 2020 and 450 the year after.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) will soon announce the first batch of mentor institutions under its ‘Paramarsh’ scheme. As part of the scheme that aims to improve the quality standards in higher education system, top institutions will mentor five non-accredited institutes to secure the National Assessment and Accreditation (NAAC) grade certification.

Malaysia

Malaysia e-learning industry revenue to reach over USD 2 billion by 2023

More Malaysian students receive Chevening scholarship for their Higher Education

Merger of two Malaysian universities for better structural higher educational institutes

Malaysian e-learning industry is expected to reach USD 2 billion by 2023. The Higher education enrolments expected to rise from 1.3 million in 2018 to 1.6 million in 2023. With the increasing government focus towards digital learning, many schools and universities in Malaysia are trying to adopt the e-learning tools to accommodate the rising demand.

39 Malaysian postgraduate students will receive Chevening scholarship award, UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth grant program, for the 2019-20 academic session. With the continuous increment in number of Chevening Scholarships, more Malaysian students are contributing in country’s public policy, legislation and research fields.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) are proposed to merge in next 6 months and got the approval from Education Ministry. The merger is expected to improve the structure of Higher education institutes and provide better learning & research environments to students, academics and administrative staff.

UAE

Emirates Aviation University woos global students

Gulf Medical University expanded partnership with Osaka City University for medical education, research and joint academic programs

Fujairah ruler grants land for HCT campus expansion

Emirates Aviation University has introduced an international student study package, offering financial benefits and support to international students. The package includes 20 percent savings on costs for university accommodation, 15 percent discount on program fees, and a complimentary economy class return ticket per year on Emirates. The package will also offer the students free services for three persons from Marhaba, a passenger services provider, free hotel accommodation for two adults for three days as well as a waiver for all visa administration charges.

The partnership between Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman and the Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, Osaka City University (OCU) has progressed to a higher and more comprehensive level of mutually beneficial opportunities, opening up a host of benefits to students, faculty and researchers of both universities.

HCT (Higher Colleges of Technology) is the largest higher education institution in the UAE, with around 23,000 students attending 16 men’s and women’s campuses across the UAE. In light of the growing demand for technology skills in the economy, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah, has granted to the HCT 22,126 square metre plot to expand its campus in the emirate.

Vietnam

Flywire partners with Vietnam Prosperity Bank

Big Data vital for AI development in Vietnam

First EducationUSA Graduate Fair 2019 to be held in HCM City

Flywire has announced a partnership with private bank Vietnam Prosperity Bank which the company said will simplify international tuition payments for Vietnamese students. The new partnership will enable students to take advantage of digitalisation in submitting the required documents, making an international bank transfer and paying tuition fees in Vietnamese Dong via bank transfer.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of key technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and impacts all aspects of society. In Vietnam, AI has been studied and developed at universities and institutes to resolve the country’s specific problems such as writing, Vietnamese language, and understanding and analysing Vietnamese texts.

As a part of multi-country fair series, the US Consulate General in HCM City will hold the first-ever EducationUSA Graduate Fair in Vietnam this month. The Graduate Fair gives students the opportunity to interact one-on-one with representatives from 18 accredited US universities offering graduate-level programmes, and two educational organisations.

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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