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The HE Emerging Global Top 50 listed in categories that include experience, work, emerging markets and research, and was created by Emerge Education in partnership with Jisc.

“Higher education edtech is a busy field and it can be difficult to keep up with innovation in the sector,” said Nick Newman, partner at Emerge Education.

“Members of our Emerge HE advisory board told us that keeping up with the best new HE edtech companies was difficult, confusing and challenging,” he continued.

Emerge has launched a live top 50 open meeting online, led by Mary Kernack Cook, Chair of the Emerge HE Advisory Board, who interviews two of the top 50 founders to “highlight best practice”.

“It can be difficult to keep up with innovations in the sector”

In the experience category, new names such as digital education pioneers Minerva, university course ‘supercharge’ Podium of education and digital assessment specialists Faithfully were presented.

In employment, a digital skills platform Path flow and student career specialist A handshake were featured players, while software experts emerged in new markets Sign up and a student recruitment and student chat platform One body.

Finally, in research, VR companies Laboratory and Moresierresearch content sharing software, ranked in the top 50.

The session was joined by Ian Dunn, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, who shared his thoughts on competitive recruitment and the new edtech drive to simplify the process.

“Technology has a big role to play in making the university experience visible and accessible without having to travel. Gone are the days when you went to four or five selected universities and made a decision, and instead had the opportunity to interact with them more thoroughly,” he said during the session.

“I think there’s a really big and really interesting space for those platforms that are involved in international recruitment, empowering and making them visible to a much larger population, a number of universities around the world,” Dunn explained.

Nick Mount, academic director of the University of Nottingham Online, agreed that a digital approach was the way forward.

“I have my own children and my 15-year-old daughter… I see her engaging in digital learning spaces, whereas at her age I would have engaged in much more physical spaces. There is an evolution in anticipation of the kinds of spaces where learning will take place and what they should be,” commented Mount.

“The sector as a whole needs to think very carefully about where it invests around its learning spaces,” he added.

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