Sannam S4 Education Division  presents this monthly newsletter - EduChat with a brief overview of key & latest updates from Brazil, China, India, Malaysia and UAE which can impact your institution plans and operations.
EduChat                                January 2017
In This Issue
Dear Reader,
Wish you a Happy New Year!
Here is the first edition of EduChat in 2017. In this edition we bring you an update on 5 countries that Sannam S4 supports education clients presently namely, Brazil, China, India, Malaysia and UAE. In the year gone by, countries like India and China have performed well in the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings and countries such as Brazil and Malaysia have strived to improve the quality of Higher Education within the country. Malaysia, with its education Blue Print 2013-2025 and UAE, by investing USD 2.7 billion, are eyeing to become the hubs of international education. Scroll down to read more such interesting developments in these countries.
Towards the end of last year, we have introduced two new sections in the newsletter. "Research and Partnerships" is where you will see the Indian partnership opportunities that could be explored and the second new section is "Tête-à-tête" where every month we will introduce you to one of our exemplary staff members. Thank you for an overwhelming response to the Research and Partnerships opportunities presented in the last edition.
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We hope you enjoy this issue of the 'Educhat'.
Editorial team

The United Kingdom Home Affairs Committee launches an inquiry into developing a consensus on an effective immigration policy

The Committee wants to hear people's views - on their concerns - about immigration at a local and national level, and their suggestions for what approaches the Government might adopt to build consensus on how future immigration to the UK should be dealt with.
The Committee intends to host meetings across the United Kingdom to hear people's views first-hand. The Committee also welcomes written submissions and have outlined below some key issues that contributors might wish to address. Please click  here for further information.
Deadline: Friday 20 th January 2017 
Research and Partnerships Spotlight

A deemed university from the South of India is interested in collaborating with universities from UK and USA for
  • Summer school ( duration 2 Weeks)
  • MOOC's (conduct collaborative teaching for online courses)
  • Semester abroad (after course mapping)
  • Faculty exchange opportunities
  • Jointly organizing international conferences
The aforementioned university is popular for engineering courses (including niche engineering courses such as Aerospace Engineering and Bio Medical Engineering) and science courses (including niche science courses such as Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences: Radio Therapy & Oncology and Dermatology Skills and Treatment).  To find out more about this opportunity, please write to
Tête-à-tête - 3: Vijayalakshmi (Viji) Chellappa
"Meeting new people, students and sometimes parents too. Helping students achieve their goals by guiding them towards the right path is the best part  of my job. I love my job even more when those students and parents thank me for helping them." ... says Ms. Vijayalakshmi (Viji) Chellappa, Regional Recruitment Adviser (South & West)

Click here to

Just days before Christmas, Brazil's senate has passed the constitutional amendment to cap the Federal Public spending for the next 20 years. To reduce the deficit in the country's budget and to curb the inflation, Temer's Government had to resort to this unfriendly decision. The amendment will come into effect from early this year which will exclude education and healthcare. The austerity applies to these two sectors starting 2018. Brazil featured among the worst in world education evaluation, meaning, innovative and low cost mechanisms to improve the quality of education is a need of the hour for this country. 

Senate approves spending cap bill

Source:  BrazilGovNews
Boosting the opportunities for Anglo-Brazilian partnerships

Brazil remains Among the worst in the world in educational evaluation

Source:  Folha de S.Paulo
China continues to dominate in the world education rankings yet again, with 52 universities in the top 300 and 6 in the top 10 of the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies rankings 2016. Not only is China improving in the world rankings but it also is strengthening its ties with one of the favourite study destinations of its students. China and UK have focused on 6 areas to strengthen their collaborations: basic education; language teaching and assessment; technical and professional education and training; sports education and training; higher education (including quality assurance) and exchanges. 

China, UK forge plans for ongoing ed collaboration

Source:  The Pie News
Chinese students 'still more stressed' when abroad

China aims to improve fairness in education

Source: Global Times 
Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Honourable Union Minister for the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has decided to appoint a new committee to draft the National Education Policy. TSR Subramanian Committee, which was commissioned by the former Minster of MHRD, Ms Smriti Irani, had submitted a report on reforms to be made to the National Education Policy and the highlights were made public to attract suggestions from various stakeholders. But the newly appointed minister, Mr. Parkash Javadekar, has announced that the new panel, headed by an eminent educationalist, will be in place very soon and this panel will draft the new National Education Policy in the next 3-4 months.

Government to announce new panel for drafting National Education Policy: Javadekar

Source:  live mint
India's emerging education hubs: A look at the best cities to study in 

Source:   The Economic Times
India bags second spot with 27 varsities entering top 300 

Source:   The Economic Times
In addition to the education Blue Print 2013-2015, Malaysia is also working on strategic partnerships with countries such as China and Algeria to increase the education exchange and to expand cooperation in Higher Education. However, subject experts recommend introducing the concept of autonomy into the Malaysian Education System to improve the quality of education within the country. Both the high level committee formed in 2005 and the recent education Blue Print 2013-2015 support the recommendation. The Government of Malaysia has been mulling over this recommendation but no concrete amendment is in place so far. 

Our universities need more autonomy

Source:  The Star
INTI's 30th anniversary demonstrates growing China-Malaysia education exchange

Source:  Global Times
Will Malaysia face a shortage of nurses by 2020?

Source:  News Strait Times
ExpatFinder International School Fee Survey

China and Malaysia are some of the most expensive destinations for International School Education. To know more, click here.

The global cues have fueled the UAE's ambition to become the international education hub in the near future. The country is taking big strides in that direction by investing USD 2.7 billion in the education sector alone. "The UAE is increasingly gaining global importance as an ideal destination for investments in higher education as the Gulf nation gives top priority to education as a means to achieving economic success and development," said Prof Abdul Sattar A Al-Alusi, president and CEO of Emirates College for Management & Information (ECMIT) during a presentation at the Oxford Summit of Leaders 2016 summit held at Oxford, UK. Such huge investments in the past have proven to be bearing fruits for the desert country, two UAE universities featured in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies rankings.

UAE's investment in education sector tops $2.7bn

Source:  Trade Arabia
UAE tops knowledge index in education, tech, research 

Source:  Khaleej Times
Two UAE universities among world's top institutions

Source:  Khaleej Times
Travel Diaries - Meet Our Experts
Meet the representative of Sannam S4 in these cities on the following dates to discuss how we can help you Explore, Enter and Expand your business in the new markets:

Zoe Marlow
Head of Client Relations (Education)

January 12: Regent's University International Partners Conference, Regent's University, London, UK
January 24: Education Innovation Conference, University of London, London, UK


Michael Green
Director of Client & Stakeholder Relations

January 4-25: Washington DC, USA
January 26-29: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
January 30-31: Washington DC, USA


Lakshmi Iyer
Executive Director and Head - Education
February 19-22: AIEA Annual Conference, Washington DC, USA
February 23-24: 15th Washington International Education Conference, Washington DC, USA

Upcoming Webinars - Meet Our Experts
Meet the representatives of Sannam S4 in these webinars on the following dates to discuss how we can help you Explore, Enter and Expand your business in the new markets:

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