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Hello Reader,

We are delighted to introduce the March 2018 issue of EduChat.

Institutional responses for attaining visibility and impact are influenced by numerous drivers in the new global environment. The key determinants of these drivers vary significantly from country to country. Through the sections of this issue, you will find information feed on these trends along with news and analysis about the geographical shape of global private higher education, impact of political changes in Chinese higher education, and the new quota system in Brazil.

Our new editorial emphasis is on giving our readers not only curated feed but also insightful perspectives about partnership opportunities in different countries. In this edition, we have included an interview with B. Ananthakrishnan, Director of University of Hyderabad’s ‘Study in India’ programme. We hope that you will find it useful especially in the context of the proposed ‘Study in India’ programme of the Indian government which encourages international students to choose India as a study destination.

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Eldho Mathews
Senior Researcher-Education & Editor

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Daniel C. Levy’s recent study provides the size and geographical shape of global private higher education. This study draws on a dataset developed by the Program for Research on Private Higher Education, a global scholarly network. The data cover 192 countries and were sourced primarily from the Institute of Statistics at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, as well as other cross-border agencies and national organisations.

Key findings:
* Private institutions have 56.7 million students on their books, or 32.9 per cent of the world’s enrolment.
* One in three students globally now enrolled in private higher education.
* The country with the largest private sector is India, which is home to 21.9 per cent of global private enrolment.

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Tête-à-tête #15 – Professor B. Ananthakrishnan, Director, Study in India Programme, University of Hyderabad, India

Founded in 1974, the University of Hyderabad (UoH) is one of the major institutions of higher education in India, mainly devoted to postgraduate studies and research. With 46 different departments and centres organised in 12 Schools of study, the University has over 400 faculty and over 5000 students. The campus is located near Gachibowli, which is one of the major IT hubs of India. The Study in India (SIP) at the university was started in 1998. Professor B. Ananthakrishnan is the Director of the Study in India Programme. He is with the Department of Theatre Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication of the University. Specialised in Indian performance studies, he has published numerous articles on Indian Theatre in international journals and has contributed articles to different anthologies, Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre, etc.

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Brazilian universities increase opportunities for the underprivileged

A quota system is now giving poor and mixed-race students in Brazil a better chance of receiving a higher education.

Brazilian and UK universities strengthen partnerships

Universities have a timeline of about eight months to a year to implement activities and strategies, with a longer timeframe to consolidate their partnership.

Minas Gerais – UGA partnership receives NAFSA Award

The University of Georgia (UGA) was selected for this year’s Paul Simon Spotlight Award. The award is considered as a recognition for UGA’s network of partnerships with the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

Source: CGTN America

Source: The PIE News


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Political changes in China will affect universities worldwide

According to Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit, a restrictive academic environment will make it more difficult to attract talented foreign faculty to work in China and it is likely that international students, especially at the graduate level, will be reluctant to study in China.

Private education market in China will outperform in the next decade

Share prices of private Chinese education companies have risen sharply over the last few years. While some of this appreciation may seem overdone, the trends supporting this appreciation are not going away.

China’s brain drain is ending

According to Wei Yang, President of the National Natural Science Foundation of China “Just 10 years ago, the flow of talent was at about seven Chinese students leaving for every one that came back. Now it is six students returning in every seven”.

Source: Forbes


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UGC grants autonomy to 62 institutes

The UGC decision will enable the selected institutions to decide their admission procedure, fee structure and curriculum, among others.

MoU on ‘mutual recognition of educational qualifications’ signed between India and France

Terming it “historic”, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar expressed the hope that more countries will come forward for mutual recognition of academic qualifications.

Surge in Indian applicants for master’s in Artificial Intelligence at overseas universities

“The number of applications from prospective Indian students has doubled and even trebled in some cases in the past one year alone”.


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Malaysian universities take ten top-50 places in subject rankings

Ten Malaysian university departments have ranked among the top 50 in the world for their discipline in the 8th edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Out of the 10, seven departments are from University of Malaya.

International students in Malaysia are expected to reach 200,000 by 2020

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said there would be an increase following improvements in the quality and education performance at higher learning institutions.

Malaysia looks at increasing number of Indian students

The Malaysian government is looking into ways that can help increase the number of Indian students in matriculation colleges as well as public institutions of higher learning.


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Four UAE universities in top 15 in Arab World University Rankings

Khalifa University of Science and Technology was ranked second and the United Arab Emirates University moved up one spot to fifth in Times Higher Education’s Arab Word University Rankings 2018.

University of Birmingham campus opens in Dubai

Officials expect to welcome about 300 students during the first academic year, which begins in September.

UAE to collaborate with Russia and Kazakhstan on future space projects

The Director General of the UAE Space Agency, said that this agreement would foster cooperation in the fields of space science, research, technology, and services.

Source: The National

Source: The National


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