August 22, 2014
United Nations Security Council Commits to Early Action to Prevent Conflict
Photo: The UN Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution expressing its commitment to take early and effective actions to prevent armed conflict and to that end to employ all appropriate means at its disposal. August 21, 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.
The United Nations Security Council today expressed its commitment to consider and use the tools of the United Nations system to ensure that warning signals about potential conflicts trigger “early, concrete preventive action”.
Senior UN officials urged the body to take up the challenge of helping move the Organization from a culture of reaction towards one of prevention.
Unanimously adopting a resolution ahead of a day-long meeting on conflict prevention, the Council expressed its determination to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations “in preventing and ending armed conflicts, their escalation, spread when they occur, and their resurgence once they end,” and underlined the overriding moral, political and humanitarian imperatives as well as the economic advantages of taking such a preventive approach.
“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte.
August 2, 2014
The United States and India Announce Institutional Partnership Grants 2014
Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to a student engaged in biomass research as he visits the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India, before a string of meetings as part of a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries on July 31, 2014. (U.S. State Department Photo).
Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with a student engaged in biomass research as he visits the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India, before a string of meetings as part of a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries on July 31, 2014. (U.S. State Department Photo).
Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative has announced Third Round of Awards in a continuation of the educational partnership between India and the United States. The initiative aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Each award can be utilized over a three-year period, with the aim of encouraging mutual understanding, educational reform, and economic growth, as well as the development of junior faculty at Indian and American institutions of higher learning.
2014 Grant Recipients
• University of Illinois, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL
Partner Institution: Bel-Air College of Nursing, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Project Title: Building an effective partnership for innovative nursing education and research to advance public health
• Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Partner Institution: Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Project Title: Prevention of Corneal Blindness: Collaboration between IUSO and SN
• University of California, Berkeley (Center for South Asia Studies), CA
Partner Institution: Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Maharashtra
Project Title: Sustainable Indian Water Infrastructure Project (SIWIP): A Systems Approach
• Tufts University, Boston, MA
Partner Institution: Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Project Title: Capacity building for Medical Education in Bioethics in India
• Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Partner Institution: Mississippi State University, MS
Project Title: Indo-U.S. Initiatives on Cleaner Energy and Water Research
• Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam
Partner Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA
Project Title: Foam-assisted CO2 Flooding for the Depleted Reservoirs of Upper Assam Basin and in Candidate Reservoirs in Louisiana
• Jawaharlal Technological University, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
Partner Institution: Chicago State University, Chicago, IL
Project Title: Promoting University-Industrial Cooperation, Creativity, Diversity and Entrepreneurship in Computer Science
• University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal
Partner Institution: Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
Project Title: Promoting Eco-friendly Entrepreneurship Development for Women in West Bengal
July 6, 2014
FIFA World Cup 2014 in Action
Photo: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Mexico fans celebrate the win after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Mexico and Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas on June 13, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Joel Campbell (C) of Costa Rica competes for the ball against Jose Cholevas (R) and Konstantinos Manolas (L) of Greece during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Costa Rica and Greece at Arena Pernambuco on June 29, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Jason Davidson of Australia and Arjen Robben of the Netherlands compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Claudio Bravo of Chile makes a save during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: A Brazil supporter cheers prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: A France supporter cheers prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Rais M’Bolhi of Algeria makes a save during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 22, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Julio Cesar of Brazil makes a save during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates the first goal with his teammate Sami Khedira during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Mario Goetze of Germany scores his team’s first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: A Germany supporter cheers prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Singer Shakira is seen after performance in the closing ceremony prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
Photo: Singer Shakira and her son Milan are seen after performance in the closing ceremony prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Sony. © 2014 Getty Images).
June 30, 2014
CERN celebrates its 60th anniversary at UNESCO
Photo: Globe of Science and Innovation, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo Credit: Nicola.
Photo: Shiva statue at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, with the following inscription underneath:
(“O Omnipresent, the embodiment of all virtues, the creator of this cosmic universe, the king of dancers, who dances the Ananda Tandava in the twilight, I salute thee.”
Source: Verse No. 56, Sivanandalahari by Sri Adi Sankara.
Presented by: The Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.)
Photo Credit: Skimaniac.
• Paris, 30 June - The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is organizing an event together with UNESCO to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of CERN, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where the convention was originally signed in 1953, leading to the establishment of the largest research facility in the field of particle physics the following year.
The event, entitled ‘60 Years of Science for Peace’, will be opened by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova and CERN Director General Rolf Heuer, among other prominent figures. It will bring together the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of several CERN Member States, researchers and members of the international scientific community, as well as representatives of UNESCO, CERN, European Space Agency (ESA) and European Southern Observatory (ESO) Member States.
The opening ceremony will be followed by a round table discussion on ‘Science for Peace’ with Alexei Grinbaum, researcher and philosopher of the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission ; Fernando Quevedo, Director of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (Triestre, Italy) ; Zehra Sayers, co-president of the scientific advisory committee of SESAME (International Centre for Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East based in Amman, Jordan) and Jan Van Den Biesen, vice-president of Philips Research R&D programmes.
Based in Geneva, CERN was created in the aftermath of World War II, following a 4 year conflict that had turned European research in physics to ashes. The idea of a European scientific laboratory emerged during the European culture conference held in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1949. The initial idea was to use fundamental research as a means to reach scientific excellence while rebuilding cooperation between states and fostering peace. The Convention establishing CERN was signed on 1 July 1953 in Paris, under the auspices of UNESCO, and came into effect in 1954. Today, sixty years later, it has become one the most striking examples of successful scientific cooperation in the world.
June 29, 2014
Wroclaw, Poland, named World Book Capital for 2016
Photos: Wroclaw, Poland. Photos Credit: Ewelina, Maciek Lulko.
The city of Wroclaw (Poland) has been named World Book Capital for 2016. The decision was made by an international committee of experts on 24 June during a meeting at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
The selection committee singled out Wroclaw “in light of the strong assets of its programme in terms of quality and variety” and in particular, “for its special focus on grass-root community involvement, as well as promotion of publishing, book-selling industries and libraries at regional and international levels”.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, extended her congratulations to the city. “Civic leaders in Wroclaw have developed an excellent programme that will promote reading among the wider public all through the year,” she said. The Director-General also thanked the selection committee “for its valuable work in favor of the promotion of books and of reading, through a global initiative that highlights the commitment of cities from different regions of the world.”
Each year, the international organizations that represent the three major sectors of the book industry — the International Publishers Association (IPA), International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) — select the World Book Capital for a one-year period. The year starts on 23 April, World Book and Copyright Day, and brings together the city’s publishers, writers and literacy industry to promote and celebrate books and reading over the next 12 months.
New Delhi, India, got the honour to be the World Book Capital in 2003.
Wroclaw is the 16th city to be designated World Book Capital, after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014) and Incheon (2015).
The city of Incheon (Republic of Korea) has already been designated World Book Capital 2015.
June 18, 2014
China Dominates the QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings
Photos: Tsinghua University Campus, Beijing, China. Photos Credit: Jens Schott Knudsen.
Photo: The Institute for Art and Design, Tsinghua University Campus, Beijing, China. Photo Credit: David Wiley.
Photo: Graduation Day at Nanjing University, China. Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley.
Photo: Tower Clock, Lomonosov Moscow State University Campus, Moscow, Russia. Photo Credit: Dmitry Kochetov.
Photo: Museum of Contemporary Art, Universidade de Sao Paulo (University of Sao Paulo), Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo Credit: Fernando Stankuns.
QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings were published today in London.
QS BRICS University Rankings compare the Top 200 academic institutions in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The latest rankings have identified China as the most likely of the BRICS nations to achieve its goal of developing world-class universities.
According to Ben Sowter, QS head of research, “The term BRICS has become shorthand for the idea that the world’s economic future is not in the hands of traditional players such as the US, Europe and Japan.” “To compete with the existing developed world, these fast growing economies need world-class university systems.”
China claims six of the top 10 places, ahead of Brazil (2), Russia (1) and South Africa (1). Russia with 53 institutions in the top 200 is second to China (71). While India is the only nation without a university in the top 10, though its five IIT’s make to the top 20.
BRICS - Top 10 - 2014
• TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY — CHINA
• PEKING UNIVERSITY — CHINA
• LOMONOSOV MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY — RUSSIA
• UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF CHINA — CHINA
• FUDAN UNIVERSITY — CHINA
• NANJING UNIVERSITY — CHINA
• UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO — BRAZIL
• SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY — CHINA
• UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS — BRAZIL
• UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN — SOUTH AFRICA
“The development of Chinese higher education over the past 20 years has been nothing short of extraordinary,” adds Sowter. “Universities such as Tsinghua and Peking have now established themselves among the world’s major producers of scientific research.”
China has increased its research and development funding by an average of 18% per year since 2008. Its ‘C9 League’ institutions have been earmarked as challengers to the US ‘Ivy League’, and six of them make to the top 10 in today’s ranking.
Russia, on its part, has announced plans to achieve five universities in the global top 100 by 2020.
Commenting on India, Martin Ince, editor of the QS Higher Education World points out that “China’s big Asian rival, India, has little reason to draw comfort from these rankings. It has only 20 universities and institutions among the 200 we list here, compared to 71 in China, 53 in Russia, 45 in Brazil and 11 in South Africa.” “The Indian university system is strong on a national scale, but our data shows that it holds little attraction for globally mobile students and academics.”
View Here — QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings INDIA
Ben Sowter, head of QS Intelligence Unit, elucidates: “From India’s point of view, there have been notable improvements, too, from Manipal University, from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and from Amity University, all of which have risen more than ten places since the first BRICS ranking. The biggest fall was at Panjab University (Chandigarh), which was close to the top 100 in 2013 (now in the 141-150 unranked section).”
Meanwhile, Ms. Smriti Irani, India’s new minister responsible for universities, has set a target of raising spending on education to 6% of GDP from less than 4% currently. She expects universities to improve and to align their courses closely with the jobs market. India has ambitions to establish 14 world-class universities under the government’s “brain gain” policy. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was today presented the first copy of the QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings by Ms. Irani.
Ben Sowter rightly concludes, “At a time when government spending is stalling in much of the West, the BRICS nations have set their sights on developing world-class universities sooner rather than later.”
June 9, 2014
Nia Sanchez is Miss USA 2014
Photo: Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada USA 2014, is announced as Miss USA 2014 at the conclusion of the 2014 MISS USA Competition from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 8, 2014. She receives the coveted Miss USA crown and the chance to represent the USA at the 2014 MISS UNIVERSE Competition. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Greg Harbaugh.
Photo: Mekayla Diehl, Miss Indiana USA 2014, is photographed by fashion photographer Fadil Berisha in her Kandice Pelletier Swimwear while competing for the title of Miss USA 2014. The final took place on June 8, 2014 at The Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Fadil Berisha.
May 28, 2014
The World Heritage Committee to consider the inscription of 40 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
Photo: The Taj Mahal, Agra, India. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo Credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbera.
• The World Heritage Committee will consider the inscription of 40 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List when it meets in Doha (Qatar) from 15 to 25 June, 2014, UNESCO announced today at its headquarters in Paris, France.
More than 1200 delegates, experts and observers from around the world will participate in the meeting.
Sites to be considered include five that are extensions to sites already on the List. The state of conservation of existing World Heritage sites will also be reviewed during the session.
The following nominations by States Parties to the World Heritage List are expected to be examined during the session:
• Okavango Delta (Botswana)
• South China Karst (Phase II) (China)
• Stevns Klint (Denmark)
• Wadden Sea [extension] (Denmark and Germany)
• Tectono-volcanic Ensemble of the Chaine des Puys and Limagne Fault (France)
• Great Himalayan National Park (India)
• Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (Philippines)
• Bialowieza Forest [extension] (Belarus/Poland)
• Cat Ba Archipelago (Viet Nam).
Mixed Natural and Cultural Sites:
• Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche [extension] (Mexico)
• Trang An Landscape Complex (Viet Nam).
• Qhapaq Nan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru)
• The Grand Canal (China)
• Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquis (Costa Rica)
• Sites of Great Moravia: The Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice and the Church of St Margaret of Antioch at Kopcany (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
• Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardeche (France)
• Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey (Germany)
• Tongo-Tengzuk Tallensi Cultural Landscape (Ghana)
• Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat (India)
• Sharhr-I Sokhta (Iran)
• Erbil Citadel (Iraq)
• Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves (Israel)
• The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Italy)
• Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites (Japan)
• Silk Roads: Initial Section of the Silk Roads, the Routes Network of Tian-shan Corridor (Kyrgyzstan, China and Kazakhstan)
• Mount Mulanje Cultural Landscape (Malawi)
• Pyu Ancient Cities (Myanmar)
• Van Nellefabriek (Netherlands)
• Namhansanseong (Republic of Korea)
• Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex (Russian Federation)
• Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah (Saudi Arabia)
• Cultural Landscape of Valle Salado de Anana (Spain)
• Jaen Cathedral (Extension of the “Renaissance Monumental Ensemble of Ubeda and Baeza”) (Spain)
• Silk Roads: Penjikent-Samarkand-Poykent Corridor, (Tajikistan and Uzbekistan)
• Bursa and Cumalikizik: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey)
• Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape (Turkey)
• Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek) (United Arab Emirates)
• Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point (United States of America)
• Barotse Cultural Landscape (Zambia).
The proposed inscription of Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines - Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir, will be reviewed by the Committee under the emergency procedure applied to sites facing serious dangers.
India has 30 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. These include:
• Ajanta Caves,
• Elephanta Caves,
• Ellora Caves,
• Fatehpur Sikri,
• Mountain Railways of India,
• The Taj Mahal,
• Sun Temple, Konarak, and
• Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (among others).
Properties submitted by India on the Tentative List include:
• Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh,
• Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab,
• Urban and Architectural Work of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh,
• Churchgate - Extension to Mumbai CST,
• Mughal Gardens in Kashmir,
• Chilika Lake,
• Delhi - A Heritage City,
• Historic city of Ahmadabad, and
• The Victorian & Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai (among others).
A “Tentative List” is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination.
• UNESCO encourages States Parties to submit their Tentative Lists — properties which they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List.
• States Parties are encouraged to prepare their Tentative Lists with the participation of a wide variety of stakeholders, including site managers, local and regional governments, local communities, NGOs and other interested parties and partners.
May 21, 2014
Cannes Film Festival 2014: Celebrities Walk the Red Carpet
Photo: Zoe Saldana walks the red carpet on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Zoe Saldana adorned her Victoria Beckham gown with jewelry created by de GRISOGONO — a pair of rose gold Catene earrings set with white diamonds and a rose gold ring featuring white diamonds. Photo Credit: de GRISOGONO.
Zoe Saldana, 35, is a professional dancer and model who began her career in the theatre and has become a leading actress in Hollywood, having starred in blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Star Trek (2009) and Avatar (2009).
Photo: Natasha Poly walks the red carpet on Saturday, May 17, 2014 wearing a magnificent de GRISOGONO amethyst and ruby composition. Photo Credit: de GRISOGONO.
Natasha Poly, 28, an international Fashion model born in Russia, is face of several advertising campaigns from major Fashion & Luxury brands.
Photo: Freida Pinto walks the red carpet on Saturday, May 17, 2014 wearing de GRISOGONO white diamond earrings. Photo Credit: de GRISOGONO.
Freida Pinto, 30, started modelling in Mumbai for two years before gaining her big break when director Danny Boyle picked her out in the audition process to play the female lead, Latika, for his project Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
Photo: Toni Garrn attends the de GRISOGONO Cannes party on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 during Cannes Film Festival 2014. Toni Garrn is a German model.
Photo: Cheryl Cole walks the red carpet on Monday, May 19, 2014 wearing de GRISOGONO high jewelry earrings set with black and white diamonds. The pop singer is also wearing a white diamond and black quartz ring. Photo Credit: de GRISOGONO.
May 13, 2014
QS University Rankings: Asia — Top Universities 2014
National University of Singapore (NUS) is named as Asia’s top institution for the first time in the QS University Rankings: Asia 2014 published today. The rankings reflect a swing in the balance of power, as Singapore and Korea overtake the traditionally dominant Japan and Hong Kong.
NUS’s success is mirrored by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which climbs to 7th, its highest ever position. Korea’s KAIST climbs from sixth to second place, while Seoul National University (4th) and Postech (9th) also make the top 10.
Thirteen of the Chinese top 20 institutions have improved their position this year, a surge in research citations. Peking University slips three places to 7th, while Tsinghua University remains 14th.
“Government investment in scientific research is starting to pay dividends, with the majority of Chinese institutions increasing both the volume and impact of their research in recent years,” says QS head of research Ben Sowter. “However, in terms of citations Peking and Tsinghua are still playing catch-up with institutions such as National University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong.”
India’s ranked institutions rise to 17 from just 11 last year yet seven of its top eight institutions drop. IIT Delhi is the top performer at 38th. Growing interest in international rankings is reflected in a sharp increase in the number of Indian institutions featuring in the new Asian Universities Ranking published by QS.
India is still waiting for a breakthrough at the top of the rankings, with the latest table showing a marginal decline in the positions occupied by most of the country’s leading institutions. But an increase of more than 50 per cent in India’s overall representation offers hopeful signs for the future.
As in the previous editions of the ranking, the Indian Institutes of Technology lead the way. IIT Delhi holds on to 38th place, pulling clear of IIT Bombay in 41st. Five other IITs feature in the top 100, led by Kanpur and Madras just outside the top 50.
Amongst traditional universities, University of Delhi takes the lead at 81, having slipped one place since last year. It is ranked in the top 25 in Asia by employers and the top 40 by academics, but is handicapped in some other indicators by its large size and low levels of international faculty and student exchange which brings down its overall ranking. Only the University of Calcutta ranks highly on students’ exchanges, coming second in Asia for outbound exchanges and 52nd for inbound.
In the latest Asian ranking, Banaras Hindu University, Panjab, Manipal and Amity universities, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and the Indian Institute of Information Technology all appear for the first time.
The Indian Centre for Assessment and Accreditation (ICAA) is hosting the launch of the QS University Rankings: Asia in New Delhi. At the ICAA Rankings & Excellence Dialogue, MHRD Secretary Ashok Thakur said that India must create 40 million university places to meet demand. “We can’t afford to miss out on India’s demographic dividend,” he said. “But it’s not just about numbers, it’s about quality. Indian institutions must no longer hide behind the ‘excuse’ that the global ranking metrics and indicators are not suited to them. We must play the same game that the rest of the world is playing,” he said.
May 1, 2014
2014 Cannes Film Festival Poster
The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 14 to 25 May 2014.
The poster design for the 67th Festival de Cannes is based on a photogram taken from Federico Fellini’s 8½, which was presented in the Official Selection in 1963.
The actor in the poster is Marcello Mastroianni.
“The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness,” explains the poster’s designer. “The happiness of experiencing the Festival de Cannes together.”
“I am very proud and touched that Cannes has chosen to pay tribute to my father with this poster,” said Chiara Mastroianni, the actor’s daughter.
Marcello Mastroianni, Knight Grand Cross, was an Italian film actor. His prominent films include La Dolce Vita; 8½; La Notte; Divorce, Italian Style; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Marriage Italian-Style; A Special Day; City of Women; Henry IV; Dark Eyes; and Stanno tutti bene. His honours included British Film Academy Awards, Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival and two Golden Globe Awards.
April 28, 2014
FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola
Photo: Marketing Director of Coca-Cola Italy Fabrizio Nucifora (C) attends a party during day two of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour on February 20, 2014 in Rome, Italy. Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images for Coca-Cola. © 2014 Getty Images.
Photo: The official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour plane is a chartered McDonnell Douglas (MD) 83 operated by Danish Air Transport.
Photo: FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Plane. The aircraft, which has a 6.5-hour/3,000-mile flight range, is decorated in vibrant colors to reflect the spirit of Brazil, the host country of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Photo: Three pilots, three flight attendants, a flight mechanic, a doctor and a flight coordinator staff the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour plane. Personnel from Coca-Cola, FIFA and supporting agencies are onboard, too, as well as various media, a camera crew, Coca-Cola blogger/photographer Joel Robison and a security team.
Starting in September 2013 Coca-Cola has taken the FIFA World Cup Trophy on a journey spanning more than 92,000 miles and visiting 90 countries.
April 20, 2014
World Premiere of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe
At the 2014 New York International Auto Show (April 18-April 27, 2014), the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe is making its world debut. The new S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe is the latest dream car to augment the Mercedes-AMG model range.
April 7, 2014
Montblanc celebrates 90 years of its Meisterstuck Collection
Photo: Actress and Model Madalina Ghenea attends Montblanc Celebrates 90 Years of the Iconic Meisterstuck on April 3, 2014 at Guastavino’s in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Montblanc). © 2014 Getty Images.
Photo: Actor Penn Badgley attends Montblanc Celebrates 90 Years of the Iconic Meisterstuck on April 3, 2014 at Guastavino’s in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Montblanc). © 2014 Getty Images.
Photo: Actor Stephen Baldwin attends Montblanc Celebrates 90 Years of the Iconic Meisterstuck on April 3, 2014 at Guastavino’s in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Montblanc). © 2014 Getty Images.
Photo: Olivia Palermo attends Montblanc Celebrates 90 Years of the Iconic Meisterstuck on April 3, 2014 at Guastavino’s in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Montblanc). © 2014 Getty Images.
Celebrating 90 years of craftsmanship, Montblanc is introducing its Meisterstuck collection, a unique selection of leather goods, meticulously crafted timepieces, men’s jewellery and Meisterst writing instruments.
The Meisterstuck Collection features the 149 Fountain Pen (first manufactured in Hamburg in 1924), Classique and LeGrand Fountain pens and a Rollerball and Ballpoint. The refined timepieces are manufactured in Villeret and Le Locle Switzerland. The collection also includes men’s jewelry and accessories: refined cufflinks, bracelets and key holders.
March 6, 2014
World University Reputation Rankings 2014 dominated by prestige brands from US and UK
Universities from just two countries - the US and the UK - comprise the top 10 of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2014.
A group of six “super-brands” holds a clear advantage over the rest, with Harvard University consolidating its position at the top of the table.
• This ranking lists universities on the basis of their reputation and prestige.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley complete the top six, with Princeton University, Yale University, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) just behind.
The University of Tokyo, the only institution from outside the US or the UK to make the top 10 last year, drops two places to 11th.
The US and the UK are followed by Germany, which has six institutions in the top 100. France loses two representatives, leaving it with two in the table, and the Netherlands also loses ground as Wageningen University and Research Centre drops out.
Australia, which saw two universities enter the top 100 last year, slips back, with Monash University - a new entrant in 2013 - exiting the table, leaving the country with five representatives.
In Asia, Japan remains the strongest performer, with five representatives. China’s top-ranked institution, Tsinghua University, slips one place to 36th but Peking University climbs four places to 41st. No higher education institute from India finds place among top 200 reputed universities of the world.
Compiled by Thomson Reuters, the World Reputation Rankings 2014 are based on responses from about 10,500 leading academics in 133 countries, who were asked to nominate up to 15 of the best institutions in their field of expertise.
“A university’s reputation for academic excellence is absolutely vital to its success,” said THE rankings editor Phil Baty. “While reputation is based on subjective opinion, in this case it is the informed, expert opinion of those in the know — experienced scholars from around the world.”
March 3, 2014
Oscars 2014: "12 Years A Slave" wins Best Picture, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett are Best Actor, Actress
Photo: Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. Photo Credit: Rick Rowell/ABC.
Photo: After winning the category of Best Foreign Language Film of the year for work on “The Great Beauty,” Italy, director Paolo Sorrentino poses with his Oscar and presenter Viola Davis backstage. The Oscars were presented live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014. Photo Credit: Todd Wawrychuk © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 were presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, was also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Here are the Winners:
Actor in a Leading Role
• Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”
Actor in a Supporting Role
• Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”
Actress in a Leading Role
• Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”
Actress in a Supporting Role
• Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Animated Feature Film
• “Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
• “Gravity” Emmanuel Lubezki
• “The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin
• “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón
• “20 Feet from Stardom” Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers
Documentary Short Subject
• “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
• “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
Foreign Language Film
• “The Great Beauty” Italy
Makeup and Hairstyling
• “Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Music (Original Score)
• “Gravity” Steven Price
Music (Original Song)
• “Let It Go” from “Frozen”?. Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
• “12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
• “The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
Short Film (Animated)
• “Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Short Film (Live Action)
• “Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
• “Gravity” Glenn Freemantle
• “Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
• “Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
• “12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley
Writing (Original Screenplay)
• “Her” Written by Spike Jonze
February 7, 2014
Sony World Photography Awards 2014: Professional Shortlist Announced
Photo © Herman Van Den Boom, Belgium, Finalist, Architecture, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo © Frauke Thielking, Germany, Finalist, Conceptual, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Echangeur de la Porte de la chapelle, Boulevard Peripherique de Paris. © Ludovic Maillard, France, Finalist, Architecture, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo © Roei Greenberg, Israel, Landscape, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Title “My New York”. Man runs along the 8th Avenue under The New York Times Building in New York City. © Mikolaj Nowacki, Poland, Shortlist, Travel, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Giraffes in the Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya. © Richard Garvey Williams, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo © Jakub Skokan, Czech Republic, Shortlist, Architecture, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
• The shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, has been announced by the World Photography Organisation.
Photographers from 166 countries submitted nearly 140,000 images, the highest number of entries in the awards’ seven year history. From the submissions, the judges have selected a shortlist representing the very finest in international contemporary photography from the past 12 months.
W.M Hunt, Chair of the Honorary Jury, said that the shortlist is “a healthy and diverse representation of contemporary photography by an international range of practitioners.”
He added that the judges were a “soulful and hardworking group” who have given both emerging and established photographers a global platform on which they can be highlighted and celebrated.
All the shortlisted images will go on show at Somerset House, London, from 1-18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.
Professional category winners and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on April 30, 2014.
February 6, 2014
Renault Unveils KWID CONCEPT at New Delhi Auto Expo 2014
Photos: Renault KWID CONCEPT, a concept car unveiled at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2014 (February 5, 2014 to February 11, 2014).
The Renault KWID CONCEPT has been designed with inputs from Renault Design India. The vehicle’s proportions and dimensions give the impression of a bouncing vehicle, while its oversized wheels make the KWID CONCEPT look like a buggy car.
The car has been designed by Renault’s international team with studios in France, Romania, Brazil, Korea and India.
The first Renault concept car to be unveiled outside Europe, the KWID CONCEPT highlights Renault’s commitment to new markets, such as India, as well as the company’s ability to produce appealing products in the compact car segment.
January 24, 2014
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014: Business Leaders Urge Policy Changes to Restore Trust
Photo: The logo of the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum is seen at the congress centre in Davos, January 20, 2014. The Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum is taking place from January 22 to 25, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Aerial view of the congress center of Davos/Switzerland where the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 is taking place, January 22 - 25, 2014. (Archive photo from 2012). Photo © Andy Mettler/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Queen Mathilde of Belgium is seen in the audience of the session ‘Is Europe Back?’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Participants are captured in the congress centre during the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Urs Jaudas/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Angelica Fuentes, Chief Executive Officer, Omnilife-Angelissima-Chivas Group, Mexico; Global Agenda Council on Women’s Empowerment, makes a point during the session ‘Making Gains on Gender Goals’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Christof Sonderegger/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Rola A. Dashti, Minister of Planning and Development and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs of Kuwait (2012-2014) listens to the statement of another participant during the session ‘The Arab World Context’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Michael Buholzer/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Anat Admati, George G. C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA; Global Agenda Council on New Economic Thinking, is seen during the session ‘Forum Debate: Are Markets Safer Now?’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan talks to the audience during the session ‘The Reshaping of the World: Vision from Japan’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Kamal Nath, Minister of Urban Development and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs of India speaks during the session ‘The Infrastructure Imperative’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Espen Barth Eide, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum, listens to the speech of Benjamin Netanyahu during the plenary session ‘Israel’s Economic and Political Outlook’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Congress Centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Members discuss during the arrival day of the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 21, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Tea Tasting. Feature of the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.
Photo: A participant of in the audience speaks into the microphone during the open forum ‘Higher Education - Investment or Waste?’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss Alpine School (SAMD) in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Christof Sonderegger/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Glenn H. Hutchins, Co-Founder, Silver Lake, USA, listens during the session ‘Securing US Competitiveness’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 24, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hage/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Andrew R. Sorkin, Columnist, The New York Times, USA, Young Global Leader Alumnus, moderates the session ‘Securing US Competitiveness’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 24, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hage/World Economic Forum.
Photo: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, addresses the participants during the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 24, 2014. Photo © Urs Jaudas/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Richard J. Davidson, William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, is captured during the dinner session ‘The Neuroscience of Leadership’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Hotel Meierhof in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance, London Business School, United Kingdom, makes a point during the session ‘Making Better Decisions’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Christof Sonderegger/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Eldar Shafir, William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University, USA, during the session ‘Making Better Decisions’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Christof Sonderegger/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo, USA, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014, Young Global Leader, speaks during the session ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 24, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Caroline Ghosn, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Levo, USA, Global Shaper, is seen during the workshop ‘Learning from Leading Cities’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Neil Gershenfeld, Director, The Center for Bits and Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, gestures while speaking during the session ‘From Waste to Wealth’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 25, 2014. Photo © Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum.
Photo: Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board, Facebook, USA, Young Global Leader Alumnus, gestures while speaking during the session ‘Gender-driven Growth’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 25, 2014. Photo © Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum.
Photo: View to Davos at the last day of the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 25, 2014. Photo © Urs Jaudas/World Economic Forum.
Business leaders gathered in Davos for the 44th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting called for government policy changes to restore trust between governments, business, and civil society.
• The Annual Meeting is taking place from 22 to 25 January under the theme The reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business. Participating this year are more than 2,500 participants from 100 countries, including 300 public figures, 1,500 business leaders and representatives from civil society, academia, the media and the arts.
“We must change the dialogue from what we do with the money we make to how we make the money,” Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA, said. “There is an ethical way to run a company and be profitable.” Companies should select board members that understand the importance of sustainable growth, and chief executive officers (CEOs) should inculcate long-term vision in the rising generation of corporate leaders, so policy changes last beyond a single CEO’s tenure. Companies should hire and source locally to encourage job creation and build a larger consumer market.
The business leaders called for corporations to use their influence on business schools to shift business education away from its emphasis on short-term profits. Business schools should teach case studies of companies such as Kodak and Enron that collapsed because of their failures to invest in the long term or manage their businesses ethically. CEOs must remember that short-term investors may be well-organized and vocal, but they do not represent the companies’ true stakeholders. “Many shareholders depend on a company’s long-term performance,” Nooyi said.
The Co-Chairs of the Annual Meeting 2014 are:
• Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Nigeria;
• Kris Gopalakrishnan, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII); Vice-Chairman, Infosys, India;
• Jiang Jianqing, Chairman of the Board, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, People’s Republic of China;
• Joseph Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer, Novartis, Switzerland;
• Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Total, France;
• Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo, USA, and
• Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation, USA.
January 17, 2014
Berlin Fashion Week A/W 2014
Photos: Fashion brand “lala Berlin” at Berlin Fashion Week A/W 2014. In addition to its own boutiques in Berlin and in Copenhagen, “lala Berlin” designs are sold in 150 leading premium fashion stores worldwide.