QSIU HE Digest – India Should Look to MOOCs

  • India: India Should Look to MOOCs
  • Egypt: 10 Year HE Plan
  • Japan: First Overseas Campus
  • UK: Cheap Courses Equate Poor Quality

Today India and China are racing to expand and enhance their own higher-education systems, with the aim of becoming economic powerhouses of the 21st century. It is a race that India has been losing, with potentially disastrous consequences for its future economic growth prospects. India needs a game-changer quickly, if it is to close the growing gap with China in higher education today and avoid an even larger gap in economic growth tomorrow.Enter massive open online courses, or MOOCs. There has been much debate about how MOOCs might change higher education in the United States. But whatever impact MOOCs ultimately have on education in the United States may be small compared with the impact they can have in India, the 21st century’s largest English-language higher-education market. MOOCs are certainly India’s best chance, and perhaps its only hope, of catching up to China in higher education.

Full Story: Chronicle

Egypt has launched a 10-year higher education plan aimed at reforming the sector and promoting the development of a knowledge-based economy. One goal is to establish 60 new universities in the coming decade.The strategy, announced by Minister of Higher Education Mustafa Musaad, was outlined in a 13 February report published by Ahram newspaper.Egypt’s rapid population growth has proved an enormous challenge for its higher education system. The country has one of the lowest number of universities per capita in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a report, Science and Innovation in Egypt, launched at the 12th Islamic Summit of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, held in Cairo from 6-7 February.Reform plan aims for 60 more universities in a decade

Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) will be the first Japanese university to open an overseas branch campus when it sets up its satellite campus in Malaysia.The Malaysia Super Satellite Campus is scheduled to open in April and will be housed at Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) premises here.Kyutech president Dr Morio Matsunaga said Malaysia was an ideal spot because of its central location in the Asean region.”Malaysia has a stable political and economic climate. It is home to a diverse group of people, and English is spoken widely,” he told reporters after signing a
memorandum of understanding between UPM and Kyutech here Thursday.The campus will provide a dual-degree doctorate programme in selected areas such as biotechnology and engineering.

Full Story: The Star

Thousands of the cheapest university places are not being filled following the introduction of varied fees due to potential students worrying that their cut-price status means the courses are not worth the money.Figures released today show that 7,000 of the 20,000 places earmarked for students opting for courses costing less than £7,500-a-year have remained unfilled. Academics and lecturers’ leaders pinned the blame for the shortfall on students not rating the courses because they were being offered at a cheaper price, as well as debt-averse students from poorer homes being reluctant to take on the still significant cost of courses.

Full Story: The Independent


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