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Global academic city planned for Kerala, India

Kerala’s state government is planning to establish an international higher education hub modelled after Dubai International Academic City, the world’s largest free zone dedicated to higher education, to help combat brain drain and attract international students from around the globe, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has announced.

UC Berkeley, Tsinghua Uni new joint institute

The University of California, Berkeley and Tsinghua University have signed an agreement with Shenzhen’s municipal government to launch a joint research institute based in Tsinghua’s South China campus focusing on nanotechnology and nanomedicine, low-carbon and new energy technologies, and data science.

Vericant secures funding to move into HE

Beijing-based admission video interview service Vericant has secured funding from venture capital firm Shunwei Capital. The undisclosed amount will be used to expand business partnerships in to the higher education sector after several years operating in the boarding school industry.

Korea opens up to foreign providers

With a US$4bn deficit caused by the high proportion of university students opting to pursue studies abroad, South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has announced plans to open up the market further to international providers by easing restrictions on foreign investors and creating an international education hub in Songdo, Incheon.

Green light for Vietnam-Japan partnership

Vietnam’s second planned partner university with Japan has been given the green light by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The nonprofit Tokyo Vietnam Medical University, part-funded by Japan’s Waseda Health Sciences Education Corporation, will be located in Hung Yen.