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June 12, 2019

The 2019 Call for Applications of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is Still Open.

Cities worldwide can submit their application until 30 June.

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Detroit, Michigan, USA. Image Credit: Corey Seeman. Detroit is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Design.’

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Opera House, Sydney, Australia. Image Credit: Noam Lovinsky. Sydney, Australia, is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film.’

Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international co-operation within and across cities of the world that have invested in culture and creativity as an accelerator of sustainable development.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

The Creative Cities Network is composed of cities committed to pooling their resources, their experiences, and knowledge for the common objectives outlined in the Network’s Mission. The member cities actively cooperate at the international level through inter-city partnerships.

Today the network brings together 180 cities from 72 countries from all regions of the world. The UNESCO Creative Cities have a joint mission: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of their urban development plan to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The timetable of the 2019 Call for Applications

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India. Image Credit: Pranay Rao. Jaipur is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art.’

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai. Image Credit: Leon Meerson. Mumbai is considering applying for the ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film’ designation.

India has three UNESCO Creative Cities — Jaipur (Crafts and Folk Art), Varanasi (Music), and Chennai (Music).

Mumbai, renowned for the production of Hindi films, is considering applying for the ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film’ designation. This designation would promote its film industry on the global platform and also reinforce the city’s reputation as a hub of heritage, art, and culture.

[Cities with the ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film’ designation include Yamagata, Japan; Terrassa, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Sofia, Bulgaria; Santos, Brazil; Rome, Italy; Qingdao, China; Galway, Ireland; Busan, South Korea; Lodz, Poland; Bristol, United Kingdom; Bradford, United Kingdom; and Bitola, North Macedonia.]

According to reports, several cities from India are in the race to join the prestigious network, and they include Mumbai (Film), Indore (Gastronomy), Chanderi (Crafts and Folk Art), Gwalior (Music), Bhopal (Literature), Srinagar (Crafts and Folk Art), Hyderabad (Crafts and Folk Art), Amritsar (Gastronomy), and Lucknow (Music), among others.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh is already out of the contest. Chandigarh, a dull, dead city, is not aware of this vibrant global network.

Each application is required to include, among other necessary documents, an official letter of intent signed by the Mayor of the City, as well as a formal letter of support by the National Commission for UNESCO concerned. In the case of India, each application would need to be approved by the Indian National Commission for Co-operation with UNESCO (INCCU).

National Commissions can endorse a maximum of 4 applications per country, i.e., a maximum of four claims per state is allowed. Further, a maximum of two requests from the same country, and in two different creative fields, would be eligible for the ‘UNESCO Creative City’ designation.

Furthermore, cities that have submitted an application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as part of two consecutive calls and that did not receive the designation, shall respect a moratorium of 4 years before presenting a new application.

UNESCO recommends that the candidate cities consult key local experts in the preparation of their applications. GlobalGiants.Com editor is associated with the enhancement of the network since 2014; he can share his cutting-edge expertise with any local (India) city contemplating joining the big-league.

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June 11, 2019

Neil Irwin, New York Times Economics Writer, will discuss his latest book "How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World," at National Press Club Headliners event June 26.

National Press Club, New York Times

National Press Club, New York Times

WASHINGTON, DC — New York Times senior economics correspondent Neil Irwin will discuss his new book, “How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World: The Definitive Guide to Adapting and Succeeding in High-Performance Careers” in a National Press Club Headliners book event on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

The event begins at 6:30 pm in the conference rooms, and will include a moderated discussion with Irwin, questions from the audience, and a book signing.

You may purchase a copy of the book at the event.

In his book, Irwin draws on data, analysis, and reporting to provide a roadmap for success in a shifting world of work. Irwin argues that successful people bring multiple skills together, acting as a “glue person” among people with different specialties. The book takes insights from behemoth companies such as Microsoft, Walmart, and Goldman Sachs, as well as smaller companies, such as the manufacturer of Jim Beam bourbon to show what it takes to succeed amid technological change and global competition.

Irwin, the author of The New York Times best-seller, “The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire,” is a founding member of The Upshot, the Time’s site for analytical journalism. He has an MBA from Columbia University.

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June 7, 2019

United Nations General Assembly elects five non-permanent members of the Security Council.

United Nations, New York

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Photo: The UN General Assembly today elected five non-permanent members for two-year terms on the Security Council starting on 1 January 2020: Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Viet Nam.

Kersti Kaljulaid (center), President of the Republic of Estonia, is flanked by (from left): Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Kalla Ankourao, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Niger; Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia; and Le Hoai Trung, Vice Minister for Affairs of Viet Nam. 07 June 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York

Photo: The UN General Assembly today elected five non-permanent members for two-year terms on the Security Council starting on 1 January 2020: Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Viet Nam.

The delegation of the Republic of Estonia celebrates their country’s election to the Security Council. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia, stands with arms raised. To her right is Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. 07 June 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations, New York

Photo: The UN General Assembly today elected five non-permanent members for two-year terms on the Security Council starting on 1 January 2020: Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Viet Nam. Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, addresses press following his country’s election to the Security Council. 07 June 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations, New York

Photo: The UN General Assembly today elected five non-permanent members for two-year terms on the Security Council starting on 1 January 2020: Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Viet Nam. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, addresses press following her country’s election to the Security Council. 07 June 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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“A King rules by divine right. He carries in him an authority from God, or man will never give it him.

Can I choose my own King?

I can choose my own King ‘Popinjay’, and play what farce or tragedy I may with him: but he who is to be my Ruler, whose will is to be higher than my will, was chosen for me in Heaven.”

— Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus.


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June 6, 2019

Fabriano, Italy, to host UNESCO Creative Cities Conference 2019.

UNESCO Creative City, Fabriano

Photo: A historic site in Fabriano, Italy. Image Credit: Barbara Skinner.

Paris, France, 06 June 2019 — The Italian city of Fabriano will host this year’s UNESCO Creative Cities Conference from 10 to 15 June. A cradle of papermaking in Europe since the second half of the 13th century and throughout the Renaissance, Fabriano joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) six years ago in the field of crafts and folk art.

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy; Gabriele Santarelli, Mayor of Fabriano; Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO; and Maria Francesca Merloni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities; will open the first plenary session of the meeting on 12 June 2019.

Some 400 delegates representing the 180 cities of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network will debate this year’s theme, “The Ideal City,” and exchange their diverse experiences and ideas for meeting the challenges of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the city level.

A record 50 mayors will participate in the conference, which will bring together municipal decision-makers from Al-Ahsa (Saudi Arabia) to Buenos Aires (Argentina), from Dakar (Senegal) to Budapest (Hungary), and from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) to Wuhan (China). They will examine ways to anchor culture in development frameworks and policies and promote sustainable urban regeneration, social cohesion, employment, and entrepreneurship.

Flagship initiatives featured at this year’s conference will include the Lend a Hand project targeting vulnerable communities in Nassau (Bahamas), a regeneration program promoting green areas and walkability in Porto-Novo (Benin) and an innovative citizen-led project aimed at engaging youth in Geelong (Australia).

Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network includes 180 cities from 72 countries focusing on seven fields of activity: crafts and folk art, media arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, and music.

Representatives of the three UNESCO Creative Cities from India — Jaipur, Varanasi, and Chennai — are also expected to attend the conference.

Source: UNESCO, Paris.

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June 3, 2019

Government of India selects 10 High Performing State Universities for Mentoring by Leading U.S. Schools.

Cornell University

Photo: Banner outside one of the buildings housing Cornell Law School (Established 1887), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Image Credit: Indabelle.

RUSA, India, Universities

New Delhi, June 3, 2019 — Under the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), ten high-performing state universities are set to undergo a significant improvement.

The chosen colleges will get a special grant of Rs 100 crore each this academic year. Further, as part of this program, these universities will be mentored by seven leading US universities, including Cornell, UPenn, and UC Berkeley.

The ten state universities picked for this global association are:

  1. Osmania University, Hyderabad
  2. University of Jammu, Jammu
  3. Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
  4. Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati
  5. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  6. Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  7. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
  8. Savitri Bai Phule University, Pune
  9. Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar
  10. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

Broad agreements and advanced plans have already been drawn up with University of California, Berkeley; University of Pennsylvania; Purdue University; Northeastern University; Drexel University; Cornell University and the University of South Florida for the collaboration.

The Selected 10 Indian State Public Universities and their U.S. Guides/Associates are as follows:

State — University — U.S. Guide/Associate — Area Of Collaboration

The National Higher Education Resource Centre ((NHERC) will monitor the international collaborations to achieve the objective set for each of the selected ten universities.

In one of the first instances of the implementation of this program of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and its decided mentor/partner Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, are building a plan of exchange and collaboration in Agriculture. GNDU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jaspal Singh Sandhu, and Cornell University Vice-Provost for International Affairs, Professor Wendy Wolford, signed a formal “MoU.”

Prof. Sandhu said, “This is the first time in the history of Guru Nanak Dev University that it has established an international partnership of this magnitude and significance with a top university of the world.”

UC Berkeley

Photo: Laura D. Tyson, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA, captured during the session ‘Is Freedom overrated?’ at the Annual Meeting 2007 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2007. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / E.T. Studhalter. [File Photo]

The University of California Berkeley will mentor the University of Jammu, Jammu; Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Savitri Bai Phule University, Pune; and Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar. The idea is to make all the 10 Selected State Universities as World-Class Universities.

• Meanwhile, the Government of India has determined that Panjab University Chandigarh is Unfit and Ineligible for this Pivotal Project.

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June 1, 2019

College Consensus Releases Ranking of Best Colleges in New York State

Cornell University Clock Tower

Photo: McGraw Clock Tower at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Image Credit: Kyle Wagaman.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — College Consensus, a college ranking publisher, has announced its ranking of the Best Colleges in New York State.

To identify the Best Colleges in New York, College Consensus says that it combined the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student reviews to produce a unique consensus score for each school. According to College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder, “Similar to what ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ does for movies, College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools. It is the ranking of all rankings, so to speak.”

‘Rotten Tomatoes,’ it may be mentioned, is an American review-aggregation website for film and television. It was launched in August 1998 by three undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley. The name “Rotten Tomatoes” derives from the practice of audiences throwing rotten tomatoes when disapproving of a poor stage performance.

To help prospective New York students evaluate the higher education options that are right for their individual needs, College Consensus identified the best-ranked colleges in the Empire State:

Even before there was the United States, New York emerged as the center of American culture; a major port and trade hub, New York is where the “melting pot” concept first appeared in the American imagination. From the first Revolutionaries to hip-hop culture, New York has been at the forefront of business, art, politics, and entertainment, driven by the unique combination of ambition, competition, and cooperation that is New York’s calling card. While almost half the state’s population lives in New York City alone, New York as a whole is a role model for nearly every industry, from agriculture to tourism, manufacturing to finance. It’s no wonder New York has one of America’s best-educated populaces and a system of higher education that includes the Ivy League, nationally-renowned public universities, and some of the most prestigious private liberal arts colleges in the U.S.

“Ranking the best colleges and universities in New York,” as Managing Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains, “is pretty close to a fool’s errand.” With more than 200 institutions, “New York’s higher education excels in the areas where New York dominates,” including areas as far afield as theater and medicine, finance and fine arts. New York’s higher education system is led by “the renowned State University of New York (SUNY) system - quite possibly the world’s foremost public higher education system” and not one but “two Ivy League universities, Columbia and Cornell.” New York’s liberal arts colleges “are models of the form, in many cases literally, including the first women’s college in the U.S.” New York also introduced the polytechnic model of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education with The Cooper Union, the longest-running entirely free college, Carrie Sealey-Morris explained.

Source: College Consensus

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