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                                    March 2017
In This Issue

Dear Reader,
Hope you are enjoying the onset of spring in the Northern Hemisphere as our friends in the Southern Hemisphere settle in for cooler climes. We are here once again with a brand new issue of the EduChat. We have carefully researched and curated the latest updates from different markets for you.
In this issue we have an exciting opportunity from India available for collaboration under the Research and Partnerships Spotlight section. Do look at our new section "Super Stat" added in this edition.
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Research and Partnerships Spotlight

A deemed university from South of India is interested in collaborating with universities from USA for
  • Semester abroad
  • Faculty exchange opportunities
  • International conferences
The aforementioned university is popular for medical and engineering courses.
To find out more about this opportunity, please write to

Super Stat
The Australian government's campaign to attract Indian students for higher studies seems to be bearing fruit. Nearly 80,000 of them enrolled in various education and training courses in 2016.  With the US and UK occupying the top two positions, Australia is ranked third as the favoured destination for international students. 

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Tête-à-tête - 5: Punaam Jain
"Meeting deadlines and time management is a big challenge especially  during the enrollment season, there is non-stop travel during this period, attending  events and meeting agents. I start the day early to prepare for the tasks for the day.  I try to be as organized as possible which helps me respond on time and meet  commitments I have made. " ... says Ms. Punaam Jain, India Advisor, Urbanest

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Mendonça Filho, Brazilian Congressman said, Brazil spends heavily on higher education, but lacks spending in the K-12 space. Though the previous Governments have strived towards providing adequate funding in the K-12 space, the efforts have not been fruitful. The higher education institutions are dominated by students from private schools. This is where the higher education institutions are benefiting from social quotas. Research has proved that students entering the HE system through the quota systems set for social inclusion are performing as well and sometimes better than their peers.

Brazil has a School Problem

Source:   Bloomberg
Brazil benefits from social quotas in higher education

Source:   Sci Dev Net
The 22 best universities outside the developed world: University of Sao Paulo - Brazil's top university gained an overall score of 47.2

Source:  Business Insider
While the United States is trying to contain the damage from Trump's anti-immigration stance and the United Kingdom is dealing with its Brexit woes, China is taking advantage of the situation. 440,000 foreign students have studied in China in 2016. China is also looking to reach out to Malaysian students. Beijing's Tsinghua University, has made it easy for the international students by abolishing the entrance exam. The students need to submit overseas school leaving certificate and they are eligible to be enrolled at the university. This decision has stirred a debate in higher education circle of China.

Shanghai Ranking of Best Chinese Universities

Source:  iREG
440,000 foreign students studied in China last year

Source:  Shanghaiist

Row over 'easy' admission for international students

"India is currently the fastest growing market for international higher education students" , Ireland's Skills Minister, John Halligan said while visiting India as part of Enterprise Ireland's Education Mission to India. Countries like Ireland, Australia, France and UK are trying to woo Indian students to come and study in their country. France is aiming to recruit 10,000 students from India by 2020 and UK is trying to steady the numbers by offering 600 scholarships to Indian students.

New destination: Indian students flock to Australia for higher studies

Source:  Economic Times
France woos India, wants 10,000 Indian students by 2020

Source:   Hindustan Times
No cap on visa for Indian students: British envoy

Source:   Livemint
Malaysia's vision to become an international education hub is reinforced by the latest QS subject rankings. Malaysian Universities have ranked high in subjects such as Electrical Engineering, Developmental Studies and Hospitality and Leisure Management Studies. The international school system is giving a boost to the quality in higher education system. Malaysia has registered highest enrollment in the International English Medium School in the entire Southeast Asia region. The Government is complementing the quality education by facilitating research partnerships. Malaysia University has tied up with Hitachi to setup a research hub for applied brain science.
Malaysian universities excel in latest QS Subject Rankings

Source:   New Straits Times
Malaysia leads Southeast Asia in student enrolment in international schools

Source:  New Straits Times
Malaysian University, Hitachi to establish new research hub for applied brain science
Source:   Enterprise Innovation
While Saudi Arabia strengthens its Higher Education ties, experts believe that   UAE schools will have a tough time going ahead. A whopping 175,000 school positions are expected to be open by 2020, and a 90 per cent of them are expected to be in the private sector. Recruiting for these positions will be a herculean task for UAE. TES, world's largest professional network for teachers, previously known as the Times Education Supplement, has come to the rescue to address this problem for UAE.

Malaysia, Saudi Arabia firms sign over $2 bln worth of deals

Source:  Arab News
Top US school scouts for best talents in the UAE

Source:  Khaleej Times
World's largest professional network for teachers to open Dubai branch

Source:  The National
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:

Sharon Bamford
Vice President
Lakshmi Iyer
Executive Director & Head of Education
Michael Green
Director of Client & Stakeholder Relations
Zoe Marlow
Head of Client Relations (Education)
May 22- 24:  Going Global 2017, London, UK

May 28- June 2: NAFSA 2017, California, USA
March 29-31:   UK
April 1-4:        UK
April 5-15:     New Delhi, India
April 16-30:   Mumbai, India
May 22- 24:  Going Global 2017, London, UK
May 28- June 2:  NAFSA 2017, California, USA
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