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🕹️ Simulated and Immersive Learning + Future of Higher Education Summit Paris

Universities and colleges are increasingly recognizing the value of simulated and immersive learning to enrich student experiences. What was once considered niche technology is now becoming more popular because it provides a more captivating and interactive learning environment.

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Higher education is embracing the potential of simulated and immersive learning to enhance student experiences and outcomes. These environments, once niche tools, are now gaining traction due to their ability to offer a more engaging and interactive learning experience, and allowing students to practice 'hands on' activities in authentic environments without the high costs often associated physical infrastructure. Join us for the Future of Higher Education Summit in Paris on 27 June.

This Week's Topics

🕹️ Simulated and Immersive Learning. Exploring the application and the growth of the landscape.
🇫🇷 Higher Education Summits. Deep dive into HE futures, new models & more at our upcoming summits in Paris and New York
🧠 Annual AI in Education Survey. Early results show more institutions successfully deploying AI, and efficiency is a key driver for adoption
📖 2024 Education Outlook. 180+ pages of trends, insights, and data
💰 University Deals of the Week. University grants and M&A

Don't forget to check out the 2024 Global Education Outlook and sign up for our new Daily Newsletters, Chart of the Day, and Impact Capital Markets. For more information about how HolonIQ supports Higher Education, request a demo.

🕹️ Simulated and Immersive Learning

Simulated and immersive learning environments are shedding their niche reputation and becoming increasingly accessible across diverse training applications. This accessibility is fueled by innovations that drive down costs and make these solutions more feasible for a wider range of institutions.

While still in the early stages of adoption, higher education is embracing the potential of simulated and immersive learning to enhance student experiences. The University of Oklahoma's simulation lab for nursing students exemplifies this trend, allowing them to gain realistic experience in a safe environment. Similarly, the University of Miami collaborated with ENGAGE XR to create a metaverse learning environment, enabling immersive experiences across 40 courses.

This growing adoption aligns with the rising investment activity observed in immersive and simulated learning solutions during Q1 of 2024. While these solutions are still at an early stage within HolonIQ's digital capability framework, recent activity suggests a growing acceptance of these technologies as valuable additions to the higher education landscape.

🇫🇷 Higher Education Summit - Paris 27 June

Join us in Paris on June 27 for this year's Future of Higher Education and Workforce Summit and connect with Higher Education Leaders from across Europe and around the world. NEOMA Business School is our hosting partner this year, and we'll meet at the school's Paris campus, located in the dynamic Butte-aux-Cailles district. HolonIQ will bring it's future oriented market data and sessions will focus on the 'where next' for skills, international education, micro-credentials, online and hybrid models, public private partnerships, the role of higher education in life long learning, and more. Places are limited to 100. Register now.

🇺🇸 Leadership Summit - New York 10-11 Sept

Registration for our flagship Back to School Summit in New York, September 10–11, is now open. This year, we're bringing over 500 global education leaders together for three incredible tracks: Higher Education and Workforce, Foundation and Philanthropy, and Technology and Finance.

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🧠 Participate in HolonIQ's Annual AI in Education Survey

Interim results of this year's annual AI in Education Survey show a marked increase in education institutions that have invested in and successfully deployed artificial intelligence. Cost savings resulting from automation are among the top reasons for the adoption of AI. Participate in the survey to receive the final report.

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📖 2024 Global Education Outlook

HolonIQ's annual analysis of the global education economy offers over 180 pages of in-depth insights on market data, investments, strategic shifts, and trends in education. Download the extract or purchase the full report.

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💰 Funding

HolonIQ actively monitors and tracks university funding flows, spanning all regions and transaction categories. Subscribe to our Daily Capital Markets newsletter to catch the top deals each day.

University Grants

💰North Carolina Central University, along with Eastern Carolina University and the University of Puerto Rico, received $2.1M as a part of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s $7M grant to diversify the field of geosciences. This aims to tackle the historic lack of minorities and women in the field by recruiting new students, providing faculty with diversity training, and organizing cultural exchange events. 

🔬Ohio's higher education department secured a $3M grant to improve student success in introductory science courses at 17 colleges. Funded by Ascendium Education Group, the initiative targets high failure rates by supporting faculty in revamping curriculums, refining placement processes, and offering extra academic help, aiming to increase STEM and healthcare graduates.


🏥 Afya, a medical education and digital health services provider, has acquired Unidom Participações, expanding its medical school presence in Brazil. The $126.9M acquisition, completed through its subsidiary Afya Participações S.A., adds 300 new medical school seats to Afya's portfolio.

💼 Wiser Educação, a Brazilian EdTech, has acquired Conquer Business School. This move aims to strengthen Wiser's position by adding Conquer's course portfolio to corporate training. Wiser plans to leverage this acquisition to launch new postgraduate and MBA programs, expand its educational offerings and attract new students.

Thank you for reading. Have a great week ahead!
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