ETS India, Digii sign deal to boost student experience in international education

The integration promises to provide partner HEIs with direct access to Digiicampus features, enhancing student engagement and simplifying the study abroad application process through an improved workflow for managing essential documents.

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ETS India, the organization behind two major educational assessments, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Digii, a Bengaluru-based SaaS company, to collaborate and streamline access to enhance the international education sector.

ETS India is behind the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Examinations Admissions (GRE). With the MoU, these assessments will be integrated with Digii’s digital campus platform, Digiicampus, the Financial Express reported. 

The integration promises to provide partner HEIs with direct access to Digiicampus features, enhancing student engagement and simplifying the study abroad application process through an improved workflow for managing essential documents.

Joint go-to-market activities and expansion plans

The partnership extends beyond the technical integration, with Digii and ETS India planning joint go-to-market activities to expand their outreach to new HEIs and broaden access to educational opportunities.

Sachin Jain, country manager for ETS India and South Asia, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, citing the strategic step toward enhancing global educational opportunities. 

“This collaboration underscores our commitment to providing innovative solutions and broadening horizons in higher education and reaching more institutions across India,” he said.

Partner HEIs of Digii that have institutional MoUs with ETS India will also be able to utilize specific features of the Digiicampus platform, including the Campus Social Network, Institutional Calendar, and Placement Management System.

Hemant Sahal, founder and CEO of Digii, also shared excitement about the collaboration with ETS India, seeing it as an opportunity to strengthen further their mission of empowering higher education institutions. 

With a user base of over 200,000, Digii aims to leverage advanced technologies to enhance the overall student experience on the Digiicampus platform.

“When it comes to leveraging technology to create a delightful experience for Gen-Z students, we have always been excited and are at the forefront of driving this. With 200K+ happy users, we plan to rapidly build more capabilities on Digiicampus assisted by advanced technologies to support the overall student experience.”

India’s influence on global education

India is witnessing a surge in its influence on international education, with almost 300,000 students pursuing higher education in the United States. 

Fueled by its substantial youth population and economic prowess as the world’s fifth-largest economy, India’s education sector is experiencing increased demand, prompting opportunities for collaborations to enhance its educational infrastructure.

According to a report by University Living, Indian students’ direct spending on study abroad in 2022 reached an estimated $47 billion, covering tuition, housing, and living costs. Projections indicated this figure could surge to as much as $70 billion by 2025, underscoring the substantial financial impact of Indian students pursuing education overseas. 

The “Beyond Beds and Boundaries: Indian Student Mobility Report 2023” anticipated a corresponding increase in outbound Indian students, estimating a potential rise from slightly over 1 million in 2019 to between 1.5 million and 2 million by 2025.

The report highlighted the prevalent concentration of outbound mobility among Indian students in the “big four” study destinations: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. 

In 2023, approximately 850,000 Indian students were enrolled in these countries, contributing nearly $34 billion to their economies. 

Despite the sustained popularity of these destinations, concerns about affordability and a growing demand for financial support may lead Indian students to explore a more comprehensive array of study locations. 

Beyond the traditional favorites, emerging preferences include countries such as Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Ireland, Singapore, Russia, the Philippines, France, and New Zealand. 

The report also showed a “quality and quantity mismatch” within the Indian higher education system as a driving factor for outbound student mobility, coupled with challenges in housing supply across various host countries.

 

Jaleen Ramos

Jaleen Ramos

Jaleen Ramos has been a professional journalist for five years now. She has contributed and covered stories for premier Philippine dailies and publications, and has traveled to different parts of the country to capture and tell the most significant stories happening.

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Jaleen Ramos has been a professional journalist for five years now. She has contributed and covered stories for premier Philippine dailies and publications, and has traveled to different parts of the country to capture and tell the most significant stories happening.

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