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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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launches “Green Nudges” programme for universities
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a new publication, “The Little Book of Green Nudges”, which aims to inspire up to 200 million students around the globe to adopt environmentally friendly habits and greener lifestyles. Nudges are positive and gentle persuasions that are meant to influence behaviour and decision-making. Such interventions include choice architecture, default-setting, social influence and increased salience. UNEP is collaborating with higher education institutions around the world to pilot nudging on campuses. Already 20 universities have joined the programme. With COVID-19 forcing a major rethink in higher education, redesigning processes, and routines to make their campuses safer, this is a strategic time to make them more sustainable too by incorporating green nudges in their schools. Adopting green nudges could also make universities more desirable to prospective students who are looking to attend institutions that share their values. A recent survey found that 86% of first-year students in the UK want their higher education institutions to actively incorporate and promote sustainable development.
The University of Oxford and Lombard Odier launch strategic partnership on Sustainable Investment
Lombard Odier and the University of Oxford announced the launch of a new multi-year partnership to foster research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment, with a particular focus on climate change, circular economy, and nature. The collaboration between Oxford University, one of the oldest centres of higher education, and Lombard Odier, an outspoken leader in the field of sustainable investing, will provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange between scholarship and financial services and support sustainable finance. It will support sustainable finance in becoming a major field of academic research globally and harness the vast potential of the financial sector to drive environmental, social, and economic. The multi-year partnership will create the first endowed professorship of sustainable finance at any major global research university.
Washington University in St. Louis reaches major sustainable building milestone
Five buildings on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest green building certification, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum. The five LEED Platinum certifications — all issued at the same time — are a tangible example of Washington University’s commitment to being a national leader in sustainability. The university is currently the only higher education institution to certify five LEED Platinum projects this year. Its commitment to certifying buildings across the campus is part of providing students, faculty, and visitors with healthy, sustainable places to live, learn and work. Green building design on campus is an integral part of the university’s sustainability master plan, which also aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels via on-site energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Practitioner Series: Volume 11
Recruiting Latin American Students—The Power of 7
With COVID 19 posing more challenges than ever before within international student recruitment, there has never been a more important time for universities to go that extra mile and manage a tailored approach to attract students. Unless the institution already has a strong brand name in Latin America, it can be hard to differentiate yourself from the competition. Successful universities have a clear understanding of their strengths and consistently play to these with clear communication.Aside from this, during this time of COVID-19, it is also important for institutions to clearly communicate their strategy regarding managing the virus and distribute this information to students regularly digitally. Furthermore, it is also important to summarise how students will be studying (distance, blended, or fully on-campus) and update this as the pandemic progresses.
Whilst online marketing and social media are important forms of communication, nothing is as important as face to face time and relationship building with key stakeholders. In the latest volume of our Practitioner Series Mr Simon Terrington, Director, EdCo LATAM Consulting, outlines seven important points to take into consideration to attract students from Latin America.
Higher education’s future is not only enabled but dependent on digital strategies
Higher education institutions required quick shifts to digital workflows for faculty and students to transition to online classes and administrators to remotely continue paperwork, guidance, and more. However, without long-term digital strategies, it’s only a stop-gap, rather than a way to future-proof the institution. Now is the perfect opportunity for higher education leaders to reassess processes and develop strategic plans that enable, prepare, and empower the entire university to smoothly transition to remote learning. Universities need to reimagine their digital experiences and identify efficient digital alternatives for important processes that are easy-to-use, flexible, and secure for all users to operate, ultimately reducing costs and time-consuming operations. The technology to support remote learning can be integrated into existing structures, as universities should aim to maximise systems already in place as well as introduce digital solutions into new processes so teams can rely on cohesive solutions university-wide. Even if virtual focuses may not be the primary educational process, it is now a necessary alternative. Higher education institutions should prioritise developing plans that support a seamless transition into a digital workplace for work and learning continuity regardless of present and future disruptions.
Report—College leadership in an era of unpredictability
The special report by Inside Higher Ed seeks to be a resource for college and university leaders of all types: presidents, administrators, board members, faculty leaders, and those who hold informal leadership positions. The primary goal is to provide information and ideas that leaders need as the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a moment of unprecedented uncertainty for colleges and universities. This report’s conclusions are fed by an evaluation of key social and economic indicators; a review of literature from the corporate and non-profit sectors; on-the-record interviews with more than three dozen college and university leaders, consultants, and experts; and off-the-record conversations with others.
Key suggestions from the report:
- Figure out what you can control and what you can’t—Time will tell if any colleges can bundle enough mitigation strategies to hold in-person semesters without eventually courting the dangerous spread of the virus. Many college leaders maintain that it’s possible, while others believe institutions have bought into magical thinking to avoid making hard decisions. Regardless, hard decisions still loom after the virus departs. Its important leaders learn their limits and learn from their mistakes.
- The Importance of leadership—Good leadership won’t guarantee an institution’s success. But experts generally agree good leadership boosts its chances, while poor leadership does the reverse.
- Partnerships—Partnering could lead to savings through consolidated central office functions. Institutions could learn from each other’s complementary core competencies. A community college might bring adult education, two-year degrees, and flexible course delivery to the table.
- Diversity—Actions can be included that might help faculty diversity, such as advising a retention programme that helps low-income students of colour stay in college.
- Service to the Community—Showing value as an institution by more overtly linking the employers to the institution and the students to employment is a powerful opportunity that’s in reach.
Using tech to boost the value of higher education during COVID-19
As students question the value of higher education during a pandemic, many colleges and universities need to rethink their long-term strategies to survive. Institutions across the country are grappling with the same question: How will education look in the new academic year? Currently, the debate is focused on logistical solutions: returning to the classroom, new and improved remote learning, or a hybrid of the two. Even before COVID-19, a combination of rising costs, decreased acceptance rates and stagnant wages contributed to buyers’ ambivalence and remorse. A recent survey found that more than 50% of American parents and students valued a Google internship over a Harvard degree. The percentage of Americans between the ages of 18 to 29 who view college as “very important” dropped over 27% in the past six years. The global pandemic has only magnified these sentiments. To increase the value of higher education during COVID-19, higher education institutions need to answer big questions. Colleges and universities will get past COVID-19, but remote learning is here to stay. The universities that get remote learning rights will survive and thrive. But the universities that double down on cultivating rich, formative relationships and experiences will retain the true value of higher education. As educators, the goal is to create this new reality—both inside and outside of the classroom.
Sannam S4 Initiatives
Sannam S4 new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 Series
1) Webinar—India’s new National Education Policy (NEP) – Opportunities and implications for Queensland’s IET industry
Mr Gitesh Agarwal (Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner, India) and Sannam S4 discuss what the new National Education Policy could mean for:
- Australia-India University collaboration
- Opportunities for online education
- Opportunities for vocational education
2) Webinar—How will NEP reforms change internationalisation agendas in Indian universities?
The new National Education Policy 2020 positions India as a global study destination—providing premium education at affordable costs. To achieve this mission, the policy sets forth a range of measures including:
- Setting up an International office at each Indian HEI hosting foreign students
- Promoting research and teaching cross-border collaborations
- Encouraging student and faculty exchanges between Indian and global institutions through special efforts
- Inviting the top 100 universities of the world to operate in India
- Permitting transfer of credits from foreign institutions to be counted towards degrees
To deep dive into how these NEP reforms will change internationalisation agendas in Indian universities, Sannam S4 invited Professor Prabhu Aggarwal, Vice-Chancellor of NIIT University, and Professor Sangeet Jaura, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Chitkara University for the third edition of NEP Webinar Series held on August 26, 2020.
3) Webinar—HE Reform Agenda: Key takeaways from the NEP
There are a total of 1036 universities, 41,901 colleges, and 10,726 stand-alone institutions in India – making it the third-largest higher education market in the world. The new National Education Policy has paved the way for transformative reforms in the sector by addressing the growing aspirations of Indian students to access a world-class education. For the second edition of NEP Webinar Series, Sannam S4 invited Dr. NV Varghese, Vice-Chancellor of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, to decode the key policy changes proposed regarding Higher Education.
4) Webinar—Unpacking the new National Education Policy
The release of the new National Education Policy has released a wave of positivity, excitement, and debate In India and around the world about the future of the Indian Education System. Sannam S4 was honoured to host Dr. Leena Chandran Wadia, who served as a consultant on the NEP committee chaired by Dr. K Kasturirangan, for our first briefing session on the policy—Unpacking the new National Education Policy. During the webinar, Sannam S4 covered how the new policy aims to reform the HE system, its impact on the internationalisation plans for Indian as well as foreign universities, and what it would take to implement the policy, now that it has been approved by the Union Cabinet. Dr. Wadia shared her personal experience of working with the committee over the past few months and how they compiled over 200,000 recommendations received from all over the country during the formulation of the final policy document.
5) Opinion— Sannam S4 views on the National Education Policy approved by the Union Cabinet: 10 Key Takeaways
The Union Cabinet has officially cleared the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 to bring transformational change to the Indian education system after 34 long years. The new policy aims to establish India as a global knowledge hub by imparting 21st century skills and multidisciplinary education, while continuing to be deeply-rooted in Indian values and ethos. The government plans to increase the Higher Education Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) to 50% in 2035 by kick-starting a series of reforms pertaining to the overall regulatory structure of Higher Education, enabling the use of technology and upgrading curricula, as per the latest skills and knowledge requirements. In this article, Sannam S4 outline the 10 major takeaways from the press briefing conducted earlier today by members of the newly renamed ‘Ministry of Education’ (formerly known as the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
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.
Byju’s gets fresh funds from US private equity biggie Silver Lake at USD 10.8 billion valuation
Tech-focused US private equity firm Silver Lake has led a fresh USD 500 million funding round in Byju’s, valuing the education technology company at about USD 10.8 billion. The Bengaluru-based company announced the new investment, saying existing investors Tiger Global, General Atlantic, and Owl Ventures also participated, but without disclosing the terms of the deal. Silver Lake’s investment comes just weeks after tech billionaire Yuri Milner’s DST Global ploughed USD 122 million into the company, according to regulatory filings. This was part of an ongoing round
Cisco announces a new platform for hybrid learning
Cisco gave a preview of WebEx Classrooms, a new platform that can help schools manage online and hybrid classrooms. The platform works with WebEx Meetings, Cisco’s videoconferencing service, and gives educators, students, and parents a single secure place to connect online. With WebEx Classrooms, teachers can schedule and launch their online classes, host virtual office hours and parent-teacher conferences, and organise classroom resources that students can easily access no matter where they are. IT staff can also seamlessly integrate the platform with learning management systems such as Schoology, Canvas, and Blackboard.
Zerodha-backed fund leads investment in ‘curiosity learning’ platform QShala
Zerodha-backed fund Rainmatter Capital has led an INR 2.7 crore investment in Walnut Knowledge Solutions, a company building out-of-school learning solutions for children, along with participation from a group of angels including Mindtree co-founder Kalyan Banerjee and former director of Lowe Lintas Preeti Sawhney. QShala, which the company calls a curiosity learning platform, was started in 2014 as a predominantly offline space for hosting quizzes and other events in partnership with schools and students. In 2019
Latin American universities lose millions of students due to global pandemic
Over the past two decades, millions of young people in Latin America became the first in their families to head to college, a historic expansion that promised to propel a generation into the professional class and transform the region. As the pandemic grips the region, killing hundreds of thousands and devastating economies, an alarming reversal is underway—millions of university students are leaving their studies, according to the Inter-American Development Bank. Enrolment is expected to drop by as much as 25% in Colombia by the end of the year, with similar numbers expected in other countries. The exodus threatens decades of achievement that helped move entire communities out of poverty. Large numbers of students are slipping away, a loss that could turn into explosive resentment in months to come.
Brazil—Federal universities have lost 73% of infrastructure funding in ten years
Over the past 10 years, the amount granted to universities and federal institutions to invest in infrastructure to purchase equipment for laboratories, change computers and renovate classrooms and libraries has shrunk by 73%. A survey showed that in 2010 the amount was BRL 2.78 billion (USD 520 million) and it dropped to well below half in 2019 (BRL 760 million) (USD 143.15 million). With increasingly less money to invest, universities have incomplete works, outdated laboratories, and struggle to expand the number of personnel. Scientific research is also feeling the pinch.
Spending on education in Latin America will fall by 9% in 2020
Spending on education in Latin America and the Caribbean will fall by 9% during 2020, due to the sharp contraction of GDP in the region due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a joint study by UNESCO and ECLAC. The 9.1% contraction in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that the region would experience this year will cause a sharp decrease of 9% in “the number of resources available for education” in 2020, indicated the study “Education in the time of COVID-19,” presented by UNESCO and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The document stresses the “fundamental priority” of protecting education systems and warns about the widening gaps in terms of access, equity, and educational quality, especially affecting the most vulnerable.
Bangladesh: Thirty-seven public universities want UGC to provide smartphones for students
Thirty-seven Public universities have sent a list of approximately 24,000 students to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for providing soft loans to purchase smartphones to ensure participation in online classes amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The UGC conducted a survey last May on the role and effectiveness of online education in higher education institutions. Around 87% of the students who took part in the survey said they have smartphones. However, 14 out of 37 universities added more students in their list than the standard percentage according to the survey, which also included students from well-off families. The University Apex body sent them a reminder letter to send a new list based on the student’s annual income information statement provided during admission.
Nepal: Far-western university to take exams online
The Far-Western University is at work to administer online exams of various programmes under Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees on September 28 and onwards. The exams were halted due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As per the preparation, halted examinations of various programmes are scheduled to take place online on September 28, 2020. Respective colleges under the university including its 14 constituent campuses have been informed of the decision. Students have been also informed accordingly. An information technology centre would be set up for students taking the exams who do not have internet access.
Sri Lanka: HCL Technologies opens new centre in Colombo, to hire 3,000 people
IT services major HCL Technologies on has opened a global development centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and expects to hire over 3,000 people in the next few years for the facility. HCL will also implement its Work-Integrated Education Programme to foster growth by actively cooperating with local ICT and engineering institutions to develop and train the local talent pool. HCL plans to deploy about 3,000 people in the coming three to five years and of which 1,500 employees will start working in Sri Lanka in the next 18 months. For freshers, HCL will focus on hiring A-Level, Higher National Diploma (HND) students through skills training and hiring programme.
Pakistan: Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Huawei Technologies to quadruple ICT Training Programme
A strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Huawei Technologies Pakistan. Under the MoU, Huawei ICT Academies will be established in eight new universities, which will join the existing 15 academies by the end of 2020, bringing the total number of universities to 23. Also, the Training Academies in five of the existing universities will be upgraded. The programme will provide important support for the government’s Digital Pakistan initiative. The Huawei ICT Academy Programme is a global initiative aimed at the promotion of ICT technology skills. The programme was launched by HEC and Huawei in 2017.
Online higher & lifelong education could reach USD 5 billion by 2025 in India
As higher education and mid-career learning programmes increase in popularity, the online education market in these segments could grow to ten times its current size by 2025. This is according to a new analysis from RedSeer Consulting. In absolute terms, the online higher education and lifelong learning market size stands at USD 0.5 billion at present, which could grow to anywhere between USD 4 billion and USD 6 billion by 2025. RedSeer highlights a few coinciding factors that could be responsible for this boom. The advancement of EdTech will in turn boost lifelong learning numbers further, as tech can offer working professionals the much-needed convenience and flexibility to balance work and school. The bonus here is that these professionals are willing to pay for what they get, unlike cash-strapped graduate students.
National Law School of India University to disassociate from CLAT 2020
The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) has clarified that no member of the university, including the Vice-Chancellor or any member of staff, will participate in Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020. The university has said that the move comes after the consortium of the National Law Universities had stated that if NLSIU decides to go ahead with their independent test for this year’s admission, they cannot remain associated with CLAT and the secretariat of the consortium may be shifted out of NLSIU. NLSIU had decided to conduct its entrance test as they felt repeated postponement of CLAT had resulted in uncertainty for students and parents.
American Express sets up data analytics, risk & technology lab in IIT Madras
The American Express Data Analytics, Risk and Technology (DART) Laboratory was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. The lab aims to establish itself as a world-class hub of research in risk analytics and behavioural sciences by leveraging Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence (ML/AI) and related technologies. The lab would focus on risks that originate from human behaviour and decisions. The overarching goal of the lab is to engineer technologies to best manage risk by developing a science-based understanding of humans’ strengths and weaknesses. It will also build talent for the industry by partnering with academia. The establishment of the lab has been undertaken through a grant by American Express to promote talent and diversity in Technology.
China’s universities are reopening with facial recognition, shower bookings
As COVID-19 cases in China sink to new lows, the world’s largest population of university students is heading back to campus in a migration defined by lockdowns, patriotic education, and cutting-edge surveillance equipment. Some universities have strict rules governing how students eat, bathe, and travel. Government procurement documents show dozens of universities have purchased “epidemic control” surveillance systems based on facial recognition, contact tracing, and temperature checks. There are more than 20 million university students in China, and most live on campus in shared dorm rooms, presenting a challenge for health authorities.
China tightens rules on naming higher education institutions
China’s Ministry of Education issued an interim regulation on the naming of higher education institutions. According to the regulation, institutions in principle should not be titled with words such as “China,” “national,” “international” or other terms that represent China or the world. What’s more, words of regions such as “North China,” “East China,” “Northeast China” and “Southwest China”, are also not allowed in the naming. In principle, institutions should not be named other than the city where the school is located; schools established by the provincial governments can be titled with the province’s name. The new regulation will apply to the naming of full-time universities, independent colleges, and advanced vocational and technical schools established after the issuance of the interim regulation.
China forges agreements with 54 countries on mutual recognition of higher education degrees
China has forged agreements with 54 countries on mutual recognition of qualifications and academic degrees in higher education. China has also established educational cooperation and exchange with 188 countries and regions and 46 international organisations. The country will further deepen cooperation and exchange with other countries in the education sector despite the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. Meanwhile, an increasing number of foreign students choose to study in China. The Chinese government has set up the “Silk Road” scholarship programme to help train talents for countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Alibaba Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) to transform cloud computing education
Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intellectual backbone of Alibaba Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) to enhance cloud computing education offerings for students and staff. The collaboration will empower digital talents and tech professionals through Alibaba Cloud’s Elastic Compute Service (ECS) and Data Transfer courses, overhauling the current Cloud Computing curriculum at the university. The MoU is part of the Alibaba Cloud Academic Empowerment Programme (AAEP) for local universities that aim to provide advanced cloud computing technology for students and staff. With easy access to quality learning resources, UTAR students can pursue Alibaba Cloud certification and stand a chance to intern at the company after the successful completion of the courses.
Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) sponsors 715 Malaysian students to pursue studies abroad this year
Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), a Malaysian government agency is sponsoring a total of 715 students to pursue their studies abroad this year. A total of 558 students participated in the MARA sponsored pre-departure programme. The placement of the new MARA-sponsored students by country is the United Kingdom 404 students, Ireland (53 students), Russia (29 students), South Korea (22 students), Australia (19 students), Canada (six students), Spain (seven students), Netherlands (seven students), the United States (five students), Germany (three students), New Zealand, Japan, and Denmark one student each.
Peninsula College, Malaysia, and the University of Plymouth partner to provide Malaysian students UK degree
The exclusive partnership between Peninsula College and the University of Plymouth, UK, will provide Malaysian students with quality education and a UK degree. Courses offered range from logistics management, business management, accountancy, tourism, computer studies to engineering. The courses will be offered at The Ship Campus in Batu Kawan, Penang. Peninsula College students will also have the opportunity to complete their degree in the UK at the University of Plymouth and experience everything Britain’s Ocean City has to offer.
The world’s first AI university in Abu Dhabi prepares to welcome the first students
The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, is preparing to welcome its first international cohort of students in early 2021. Launched as an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI’s full potential, MBZUAI clarified it has extended admission offers to 101 students from 31 countries for the first academic year commencing in January. Initial plans were to accept 50 students in the first year, but due to the impressive number of applications received, the decision was made to extend admissions offers to more students. With the first admissions cycle completed, the university has recently started accepting applications for the Fall 2021 cohort.
UAE’s Capital College launches an exclusive partnership with Rome Business School
UAE’s Capital College announces an exclusive partnership with Rome Business School in Italy. Since August 2020, both the institutions aim to initiate and offer as many programmes as possible to the students making international study not only feasible but both affordable and flexible. Through the partnership, Capital College is on a mission to provide managerial training, thereby serving as a medium to improve student education and experience.
Dubai Future Foundation recruits more universities to the entrepreneurship programme
Dubai Future Foundation is widening the scope of its University Entrepreneurship Programme by doubling the number of institutions involved. The foundation is launching its second round of partnerships, bringing on six new local and international schools. The programme will help to develop the Dubai University Free Zones Strategy. It encourages the commercialisation of ideas and research developed within universities, encouraging students through incubation and acceleration programmes to develop them into viable businesses.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training has partnered with RMIT University to shape the future of online education in Vietnam
Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training has partnered with RMIT to bring sector leaders and policymakers together to help guide the future of online education in the region. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a rapid shift to online learning globally, many Vietnamese institutions found themselves this year moving online for the first time. Looking to the future, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) drew on RMIT’s 20-year presence in the region, partnering to deliver the first in a series of events themed around online education. RMIT offers world-class digital learning, partnering with industry thought leaders and experts to deliver flexible education. This year, the university successfully transitioned over 5000 courses online globally in response to COVID-19 restrictions.
Vietnamese students in Japan launch online school fair
The Vietnamese Youths and Students’ Association (VYSA) in Japan on September 5 arranged the VYSA School Fair 2020 on a virtual platform. Since 2015, the annual event has worked to support Vietnamese students who want to pursue further studies in Japan. This year’s edition saw the participation of 18 Japanese educational establishments, including 10 universities, four colleges, and vocational schools. Vietnamese students at home and currently staying in Japan together with representatives of the establishments joined discussions on enrolment conditions, scholarships, and other issues. The VYSA is working with the Embassy of Vietnam in Japan to roll out a scheme offering tuition fee support for outstanding Vietnamese students hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is covered by the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.