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We are delighted to present to you the September 2019 issue of EduChat.

The section on ‘Digital Future’ has reports on effectiveness of AI in imparting online courses and digital badge credentialing for gauging employability. In addition, it also apprises of the launch of an app facilitating student exchange programs.

Within ‘Funding Opportunities’, we have covered about a US-based university trying to empower future entrepreneurs with scholarships and seed money.

‘SuperStats’ section found an increase in number of international students in UK universities in 2017—18 compared with 2016—17.

‘Insights’ has information on the relevance of updating skills for better employment prospects and devising an international strategy to make Canada a preferred study destination.

The current edition also covers news from various countries that are on the minds of Universities for recruitment, new (offshore) campus, and partnerships. Hence it covers collaborations, investments, initiatives and changing trends within higher education space.

There is an event update on roundtables happening in Washington, DC and New York to highlight the opportunities to participate in India’s development and challenges which US organizations face while implementing projects and operating in India.

We hope you will enjoy the read.

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Digital Future

Affective Artificial Intelligence: Better Understanding and Responding to Students

Analyzing the Impact of Digital Badge Credentialing on Student Opportunity

GoXchange student app launched

Artificial intelligence is recognizing and responding to human emotions, oftentimes better than many humans. This will enhance the communication between and among students and instructors in online classes.

Scientists at IIT Hyderabad have developed low-cost, eco-friendly solar cells by employing an off-the-shelf dye used to make kumkum or vermilion in India in a research collaboration with ARCHEM (University of Hyderabad) NIT Kurukshetra and IFSC-USP, Brazil, employed a very cheap magenta-dye called New Fuchsin, which is used to make kumkum or vermillion when grounded with turmeric.

GoXchange, an online community network seeking to support exchange students by connecting them with peers at the same study destination has been launched to give new exchange students “first-hand advice” about life in their new home. This will help in reducing the stress and uncertainty of living and studying in another country.

Funding Opportunities

Nexford University launches USD 200K startup funding for its graduates

The Washington DC-based University unveils Entrepreneurship Scholarship and USD 200,000 funding opportunity for scholarship graduates to empower next-generation leaders across the world. Through this initiative, the University is not only providing entrepreneurs with the right skills but also the funding to implement the promising start up ideas.

Super Stats

A report by Universities UK International (UUKI) with 2019 International Facts and Figures on the UK higher education (HE). It shows that the number of international students in UK (both EU and non-EU) has climbed once again, with 458,490 foreign students enrolled in UK universities in 2017-18. This represents 19.6% of the total student population in the UK. Out of total number of international students enrolled, 14% are from undergraduates and 35.8% are from postgraduates.

Key Findings:

  • 106,530 Chinese students enrolled in UK universities in the year 2017-18, which made up 23.2% of all international students; an increase by 12.0% since 2016-17.
  • The total number of 19,750 Indian students has enrolled in 2017-18, which contributes 4.3% of the international student population; grew by an impressive 19.3% from 2016-17.
  • Business and administrative studies is the most favourite course for international students in 2017-18, with 126,955 enrolments followed by Engineering & technology and Social studies courses with 52,635 and 42,785 number of students respectively.
  • In 2017–18, 87,615 international staff worked at UK HEIs an increase of 25.3% since 2013–14. Almost 60% of international staff came from the EU nations.
  • In 2017–18, 139 UK universities delivered some form of Transnational Education (TNE) to 693,695 students in 225 countries and territories worldwide.


South-East Asia youth survey: skills prized over salary

According to the World Economic Forum and Sea Ltd. (a consumer internet company in Southeast Asia and Taiwan), young people in South-East Asia face a relentless challenge to upgrade their skills as technology disrupts job markets. Survey of 56,000 young people in the ASEAN region reveals they want to upgrade skills to succeed in a changing job market.

Building on Success: Canada’s International Education Strategy (2019-2024)

The Minister of International Trade Diversification, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship launched a new International Education Strategy designed to maintain and enhance Canada’s standing as a high-calibre place to study.



Brazilian governor hopes to attract investment in visit to China

IFSC-USP, in joint research collaboration with several technical institutes in India including IIT-H develops low-cost solar cells

FCFRP-USP in collaboration with Harvard Medical School (US) discovers a bacteria as a source for novel drugs

The aim of Governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria’s visit to China is to avail 21 infrastructure, technology, and services projects, valued at around USD 7 billion, to Chinese companies. They will also inaugurate Sao Paulo’s first commercial office in Shanghai, which aims to promote bilateral trade, investment and cooperation in several fields, including education, innovation and technology.

Brazilian medical education group Afya Ltd (AFYA.O) plans to double the number of undergraduate students, acquire companies and expand internationally. By 2025, the number of undergraduate medical degree students is likely to reach 10,000 from the current 5,000.

A research group led by the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FCFRP-USP), and Harvard Medical School in the US, discovered cyphomycin, which, when tested in vitro and in vivo, was shown to be capable of killing fungi that cause diseases in humans and are resistant to currently available drugs.


No US or China higher education winners in trade wars

China-US joint university to double campus size

Cameroon officials hails higher education cooperation with China

In the backdrop of US – China trade war, universities began to show changes in student application rates, educational exchanges, scholar visa approvals, revenue streams and international research cooperation. As a result, universities in the two countries are at risk of having diminished capacity as institutions for peace, geopolitical stability and sustainable development.

Duke Kunshan University, one of several joint venture higher education institutes set up by foreign universities in the country in collaboration with local counterparts will double the size of its current campus by the end of 2021. The university’s new campus is following a global trend in trying to create more environmentally-friendly universities.

As a part of bilateral friendship between China and Cameroon, the number of Chinese scholarships awarded to Cameroon students to study in China in 2019 hit a record high since 2006. These scholarships are giving an opportunity to an increased number of Cameroon students to learn the type of technology Cameroon needs for its development.


Edtech startup AdmitKard raises USD I million

Premier tech status for Malaysian universities

Technology trends are pushing up Digital Education in India

Indian edtech start-up AdmitKard has raised USD 1 million in a Pre-Series A funding led by Growth DNA, an Australian edtech fund company and other investors. The company plans to use this funding in AI-driven algorithms and blockchain managed partner contracts. AdmitKard has listed over 100,000 courses and helps students who are seeking to study abroad.

HRD ministry has prepared a proposal for granting work permit to international students in selected areas to boost the enrolment in higher education institutions in India. Fee waivers are also being offered to prospective students from 30 countries across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

The Indian education sector is rapidly changing its learning paradigm with the advent of technology. Educational technology empowers students with self-paced learning space, interactive study material and video-based lectures and training. The AI and virtual reality helping students in accelerate learning.


The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) to help more poor parents tap RM1 billion education fund

More Malaysian institutions to get recognised by China

Qatar, Malaysia discuss co-operation in higher education sector and research

The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) will continue to promote the “matching grant” incentive scheme to encourage more parents from low-income households to save for their children’s higher education. The government will redouble promotion efforts and campaigns on the matching grant to ensure that the B40 (low-income) group fully utilises the benefits provided by the government.

HELP University, Islamic International University Malaysia (IIUM) and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman have been recognised as Premier Digital Tech Institutions, joining 13 others with the same status. This initiative is jointly developed by the Education Ministry and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to produce top talents and future leaders in digital technology.

The first meeting of the Joint Working Group of Qatar and Malaysia discussed co-operation in higher secondary education and issues prevailing in the sector. The meeting was held within the framework of the agreement that was signed between Qatar and Malaysia in 2017 for co-operation in higher education sector.


United Arab Emirates: Higher ed in the heat

There has been an uprising in Arab higher education

Incorporating biosecurity in UAE higher education curricula recommended

Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) will work with the Department of Tourism to brand “Study in Dubai” realising that universities in Dubai are academically strong. This plan is part of a new Study in the UAE program, originating from the central government in Abu Dhabi to encourage more global students to choose the nation for a full study program, rather than a study abroad period or short-term work on branch campuses.

New figures suggest steep rise in university participation rate in several Middle-Eastern countries. This rise can be attributed to changing attitude about family size and increasing participation in online degree programmes.

Members of the National Biosecurity Committee have recommended including educational materials on biosecurity into the curricula of universities and higher education institutes. This will support in engaging and qualifying the national workforce and ensuring effective community participation to achieve the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 – focused on building integrated biosecurity mechanisms that enhance the UAE’s overall safety and security


Everest Education, a Vietnam education start-up, raises USD 4 million

Vietnam National University launches distance medical training

YOLA, a Vietnam education provider, receives USD 10 million funding

Everest Education has raised USD 4 million in a Series B round of funding from foreign funds. The company plans to use the funds to develop its learning centres. The company has developed its own classroom management software and courses to prepare students on qualifying exams and assessments for study abroad opportunities.

Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City will offer distance learning for the nation’s medical students. The learning platform of Beowulf Blockchain, will offer medical students across Vietnam remote learning in their home or place of work.

Kaizen Private Equity fund invested USD10 million in a second round of funding in YOLA Education. YOLA, an English teaching institute, helps its students to get into universities in US, Australia and UK. This is line with Government focus of committing 20% of the State budget to education every year.

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