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Education News August 2020

Every month, Grok curates news about international education from around the world to help education professionals keep up to date with developments that may inform their activities.

August’s newsletter included the following articles covering news from across Asia:


Which College Has the Most Creative Acceptance Package This Year?Pandaily

Trump administration signals U.S. firms can use WeChat in China BNN Bloomberg
A note from Grok’s Head of Marketing, Gemma Goodbourn: On August 6, US President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that prohibits American entities from undertaking “transactions” on WeChat (and other TenCent holdings). This Executive Order will take effect 45 days from signing (September 20), at which time the US Secretary of Commerce will release guidelines on what a “transaction” is. The 45 day delay does suggest that this is intended to create pressure to negotiate on various US-China relations issues, and the lack of a definition of a “transaction” leaves enormous optionality available to the US government to respond to events that happen in the intervening 45-day period. Several Fortune 50 corporations are lobbying at the highest of levels to prevent the EO from coming into effect. However, we’re not assuming that this will be a non-issue, so we are developing alternative strategies and contingency plans for US institutions to undertake other activities to market themselves in China should WeChat (and Tencent owned properties) no longer be an option at all for their promotion. If you’d like to discuss this further, please drop me a line.

Benefits of China’s education technology sector amid COVID-19 CGTN

Trump targets Fulbright in China, Hong Kong Inside Higher Ed

Coronavirus: Taiwan lets mainland Chinese students return to island for university South China Morning Post

China, Brunei see bright future in vocational education tie-up The Star

Southeast Asia

Researchers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia Collaborate to Nurture Research During the Pandemic QS

UK & US top list, but Asia on the up – THE rankings The PIE

CHED signs new Fulbright scholarship agreement for Filipino teachers Manila Bulletin

Tourism Malaysia, UiTM to collaborate on exchange programmes The Malaysian Reserve

Vietnam announce that schools set to reopen early September The Star

InfraDigital helps Indonesian schools digitize tuition and enrollment TechCrunch

Hopes up for Singaporeans eager to return to Aussie unis The Straits Times


The future of U.S. higher education could be in India Bloomberg

Higher education: A new dawn – National Education Policy 2020 offers transformative road map for colleges and universities The Times of India

What the New Education Policy Will Mean for Universities in India The WIRE

UK group warns against dubious agents, hosts live session for Indian students The New Indian Express

Will international students from India be allowed to return as part of South Australia’s pilot program? SBS Punjabi

Other News

Not all UK students will get first-choice place, universities warn The Guardian

How other countries in Europe held their exams Sky News

Laureate to sell institutions in Australia, New Zealand Inside Higher Ed

Schools Briefing: The Outlook for In-Person Classes The New York Times

How Pennsylvania State System Aims To Make Higher Education More Affordable Forbes

Japan will soon relax entry restrictions for foreign students TimeOut

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