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October 16, 2019

World Intellectual Property Filings for Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs reach Record Heights; China, India register Impressive Increases.

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Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

Wipo, Geneva

Geneva, October 16, 2019 — Asia accounted for more than two-thirds of all patent, trademark and industrial design applications in 2018, with China driving overall growth in demand for intellectual property (IP) rights. The United States of America (US) maintained its supremacy in patent applications filed in export markets.

Innovators across the globe filed 3.3 million patent applications in 2018, up 5.2% for a ninth straight yearly increase, according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report. Global trademark filing activity rose to 14.3 million, while that for industrial designs reached 1.3 million.

“Asia continues to outpace other regions in filing activity for patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and other intellectual property rights. And these intellectual property rights are at the center of the global economy,” said WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry. “China alone accounted for almost half of all the world’s patent filings, with India also registering impressive increases. Asia has become a global hub for innovation.”

Worldwide ‘Plant Variety’ applications grew by 8.9% to reach 20,210 applications in 2018, while data received from 92 national and regional authorities showed some 65,900 protected geographical indications (GIs) in 2018.

• Patents

China’s IP office received the highest number of patent applications in 2018. A record of 1.54 million applications that amounts to 46.4% of the global total. IP offices of the US (597,141), Japan (313,567), the Republic of Korea (209,992), and the European Patent Office (174,397) followed China’s IP office. Together, these five offices accounted for 85.3% of the world’s total.

Among the top five offices, China (+11.6%), the EPO (+4.7%), and the Republic of Korea (+2.5%) recorded growth in applications, while both Japan (-1.5%) and the US (-1.6%) saw small declines. For the US, it was the first decline in applications since 2009.

Germany (67,898), India (50,055), the Russian Federation (37,957), Canada (36,161) and Australia (29,957) also featured among the top 10 offices. All of these offices saw growth in filings, ranging from 7.5% in India to 0.3% in Germany.

• Asia is the hub of global patent filings.

Asia has strengthened its position as the region with the most significant activity in patent filings. Offices located in Asia received two-thirds (66.8%) of all applications filed worldwide in 2018 - a considerable increase from 50.8% in 2008 - primarily driven by growth in China. Offices located in North America accounted for just under one-fifth (19%) of the 2018 world total, while those in Europe accounted for only over one-tenth (10.9%). The combined share of offices located in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 3.3% in 2018.

US applicants filed the most significant number of patent applications beyond its borders.

In terms of filing abroad, which is an indication of a desire to expand in new markets, US residents continue to lead with 230,085 equivalent patent applications filed elsewhere in 2018. Japan (206,739), Germany (106,753), the Republic of Korea (69,459), and China (66,429) followed the US.

• Trademarks

An estimated 10.9 million trademark applications covering 14.3 million classes were filed worldwide in 2018. The number of types specified in forms grew by 15.5% in 2018, marking a ninth consecutive year of growth.

China’s IP office had the highest volume of filing activity with a class count of around 7.4 million; followed by the IP offices of the US (640,181) and Japan (512,156); the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO; 392,925) and the IP office of the Islamic Republic of Iran (384,338).

Among the top 20 offices, the most substantial increases between 2017 and 2018 were in the IP offices of Indonesia (+29.1%), China (+28.3%), India (+20.9%), the Republic of Korea (+14.5%) and the United Kingdom (+12.4%).

• Asia leads in trademark filings.

Offices located in Asia accounted for 70% of all trademark filing activity in 2018, up from 36.2% in 2008. Europe’s share declined from 38.4% in 2008 to 15.8% in 2018. North America accounted for 5.8% of the world total in 2018, while the combined share of offices located in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 8.4% in 2018.

There were an estimated 49.3 million active trademark registrations worldwide in 2018 - up 13.8% in 2017, with 19.6 million in China alone, followed by 2.4 million in the US, and 1.9 million in India.

• Industrial designs

An estimated 1 million industrial design applications containing 1.3 million designs were filed worldwide in 2018, representing a 5.7% year-on-year increase. China’s IP office received applications containing 708,799 designs in 2018, corresponding to 54% of the world total. EUIPO (108,174), and the IP offices of the Republic of Korea (68,054), the US (47,137), and Germany (44,460) followed China.

Among the top 20 offices, the following five offices reported double-digit growth in design counts: the UK (+42.4%), the Russian Federation (+21%), Italy (+16.6%), India (+13.6%) and China (+12.7%).

• Asia sees the highest design activity.

Offices located in Asia accounted for more than two-thirds (69.7%) of all designs in applications filed worldwide in 2018, followed by Europe (23%) and North America (4.1%). The combined share of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 3.2% in 2018.

Designs related to furnishings accounted for 10.5% of global filing activity, followed by those related to clothing (8.3%) and packages and containers (7.7%).

• Plant varieties

China’s relevant office received 5,760 plant variety applications in 2018, up 29% from 2017. It now accounts for over a quarter of the plant variety applications filed worldwide. The Community Plant Variety Office of the European Union (CPVO; 3,554), and relevant offices of the US (1,609), Ukraine (1,575), and Japan (880) followed China. Among the top five offices, China and Ukraine (+17.1%) saw double-digit growth in filings 2018; CPVO (+3.9%) and the US (+3.3%) reported similar growth rates. Japan (-13.6%) saw a sharp drop in filings.

• Geographical indications

In 2018, there were around 65,900 GIs in force worldwide. GIs are signs used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Germany (15,566) reported the most significant number of GIs in force, followed by China (7,247), Hungary (6,683), and the Czech Republic (6,285).

GIs in force relating to “wines and spirits” accounted for around 51.1% of the 2018 world total, followed by agricultural products and foodstuffs (29.9%) and handicrafts (2.7%).

• Publishing industry

Revenue generated by the trade and the educational sectors of the publishing industry of 14 countries amounted to USD 42.5 billion. The US (USD 23.3 billion) reported the most substantial net revenue, followed by Germany (USD 6.1 billion), the UK (USD 5.4 billion), and France (USD 3 billion).

Online sales channels generated more than half of all trade sector revenue in the UK (51.5%). The US (41.6%), Brazil (25.5%), and Sweden (23.5%) also saw large proportions of their total trade sector revenue generated by online sales channels. However, brick and mortar outlets continue to produce the highest share of total trade sector revenue for all the reported countries, except in Slovenia, the UK, and the US.

The US sold 2.6 billion copies of published titles covering the trade and educational sectors in 2018. The UK (652 million), France (419 million), and Turkey (400 million) followed the US.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 192 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

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— The editor is an alumnus of the WIPO Academy.


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October 14, 2019

UNESCO announces Winners of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

Unesco, Flora Fountain

Unesco, Flora Fountain

Photos: Flora Fountain, Mumbai, India. Flora Fountain has received ‘Honorable Mention’ at the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

PENANG, MALAYSIA, 14 October 2019 - The renewal of the historic Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Sixteen projects from five countries - Australia, Bhutan, China, India, and New Zealand - have been recognized by the international Jury of conservation experts in this year’s awards. The Jury met in August to review 57 entries from 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific region.

The Jury praised the Award of Excellence winner, Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts, stating:

“The transformation of the former Central Police Station into a world-class center for heritage and arts has created a vibrant new civic space in the heart of the city’s central business district.”

Other Awardees include:

Award of Distinction

Award of Merit

Honorable Mention

New Design in Heritage Contexts

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation program recognizes private individuals and organizations for successfully restoring and conserving structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. By recognizing private efforts to restore and adapt historic properties, the Awards aim to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking public-private partnerships.

Awarded projects reflect a clear understanding and application of various criteria, such as the articulation of the spirit of place, technical achievement, appropriate use or adaption, and the project’s contribution to the surrounding environment as well as the local community’s cultural and historical continuity.

The 2019 Awards Ceremony saw 150 past winners, jury members, contributors, and friends of the Awards gather to recognize this year’s Award Winners.

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October 13, 2019

"G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance" Launched to Counter Growing Tensions

Global Smart City Alliance

Global Smart City Alliance

Photos: The G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance launch event in Yokohama, Japan. 11 October 2019.

Yokohama, Japan, 11 October 2019 - Fifteen of the world’s leading city networks and technology governance organizations announced today a new partnership. The “G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance” will create global norms and policy standards for the use of connected devices in public spaces. It is the most significant and most ambitious undertaking to advance the responsible and ethical use of smart city technologies on a global level.

Smart city technologies can help decrease traffic congestion, combat crime, improve resilience during natural disasters, and reduce greenhouse emissions. Without proper governance, these technologies pose a significant risk, notably to privacy and security. The Global Smart Cities Alliance will develop, pilot, and collectively implement new global policy standards. It would ensure the safe and ethical use of data collected in public places.

“Our cities stand at a crossroads. Rapid urbanization threatens to paralyze local economies and undermine the quality of life,” said Jeff Merritt, Head of IoT, Robotics, and Smart Cities at the World Economic Forum. “Smart city technologies offer huge promise, but they can be a Pandora’s box. Today’s announcement is a critical first step to accelerate global best practices, mitigate risks, and foster greater openness and public trust regarding the collection of data in public spaces.”

Established in June 2019 in conjunction with the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, the Alliance comprises fifteen of the world’s leading city networks and technology governance organizations. The partners represent more than 200,000 cities and local governments, leading companies, start-ups, research institutions, and civil society organizations. The World Economic Forum serves as the secretariat.

“The advancement of smart cities and communities is critical to realizing Japan’s vision for Society 5.0. It is also essential to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. These challenges include climate change and inclusive economic growth,” said Koichi Akaishi, Vice Minister for Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan. “The Government of Japan is proud to have championed this initiative as part of our G20 presidency. We hope that cities will pledge support for the Alliance and participate in its activities to cooperate and form shared global principles in the future.”

Working together with municipal, regional, and national governments, private-sector partners, and city residents, the Global Smart Cities Alliance, has committed to co-design and roll out a first-of-its-kind global policy framework on smart city technologies in advance of the 2020 G20 Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The first policy design workshops with city leaders will take place in conjunction with the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in November.

The Global Smart Cities Alliance’s founding set of institutional partners include:

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October 11, 2019

The Prime Minister of India and the President of the People's Republic of China visit "Krishna's Butter Ball" in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India.

Modi, India, China

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, at “Krishna’s Butter Ball” in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 11, 2019.

Modi, India, China

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, at “Krishna’s Butter Ball” in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 11, 2019.

Modi, India, China

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, at “Arjuna’s Penance” in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 11, 2019.

Modi, India, China

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, exchanging gifts with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 12, 2019.

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October 10, 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia, named World Book Capital 2021

Tiblisi, UNESCO Book Capital

Photo: Tbilisi (Georgia) old town area. Image credit: Jelger.

Paris, France, 07 October 2019 — At the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has named Tbilisi (Georgia) World Book Capital for the year 2021.

Around the slogan, “Ok. So your next book is…?” the program focuses on the use of modern technologies as powerful tools for promoting reading among the youth.

Several meaningful, large-scale, and sustainable activities comprise the program. Amongst the events and activities, there will be libraries and a book festival for children, a state-of-the-art digital project for transforming books into games, and the rebuilding of the first Georgian publishing house.

Specially designed for children, youngsters, and readers who have limited access to books, the activity program will be driven by innovation. The city’s principal objective is to popularize reading and increase accessibility to books for all social levels.

The year of celebrations will start on 23 April 2021, on the World Book and Copyright Day.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year. As the twenty-first city to bear the title since 2001, Tbilisi follows Kuala Lumpur (2020) and Sharjah (2019). Past winners include Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Anvers (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Erevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), Wroclaw (2016), Conakry (2017) and Athens (2018).

The Advisory Committee for nominating the World Book Capital city is made up of representatives of the International Publisher’s Association (IPA), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and UNESCO.

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Chef Heena Patel will present Recipes from La Cocina's Cookbook at the National Press Club, Washington DC.

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

Photo: Heena Patel, an alumna of San Francisco’s acclaimed incubator kitchen “La Cocina” to host multi-course dinner at the Fourth Estate restaurant, National Press Club, Washington DC, October 23. Incubator kitchen’s recently published book, “We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream,” includes Patel’s recipes.

Washington, DC, October 8, 2019 — The National Press Club will welcome chef Heena Patel, one of the many success stories to emerge from San Francisco’s acclaimed small-business incubator La Cocina, at a multi-course dinner celebrating Indian food from the Gujarat region at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23.

Incubator kitchen’s recently published book, “We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream,” includes Patel’s recipes. The cookbook contains 75 recipes from more than 40 of La Cocina’s successful alumni.

Heena initially hoped to develop a mobile food and catering business. However, La Cocina, a small business, food-industry incubator established in the 1990s in San Francisco’s Mission District, helped Patel start her business. La Cocina assists primarily immigrant women to build self-sufficient enterprises.

Heena will guide diners through the intricacies of the Gujarati food of western India, the “Thali” or arranged foods full of tastes. Scroll to the bottom to see the full menu.

Heena’s recipes are also on daily display at her successful restaurant in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco.

The multi-course dinner is for the National Press Club members. However, non-members, single as well as couples, are also allowed. Non-members would have to buy tickets. A ticket includes a copy of the “We are La Cocina” cookbook.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres (Appetizers). Each course will be paired with appropriately matched drinks.

• Menu

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October 9, 2019

World Economic Forum publishes Global Competitiveness Report 2019

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, 19 January 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Mattias Nutt. [File Photo]

Geneva, Switzerland, 9 October 2019 - Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the global economy remains locked in a cycle of low or flat productivity growth despite the injection of more than $10 trillion by central banks. While these unprecedented measures were successful in averting a deeper recession, they are not enough to catalyze the allocation of resources towards productivity-enhancing investments in the private and public sectors. The Global Competitiveness Report 2019, published today, points to the path forward.

The Report, launched in 1979, provides an annual assessment of the drivers of productivity and long-term economic growth. The World Economic Forum prepares the Report on the bases of the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), which maps the competitiveness landscape of 141 economies through 103 indicators organized into 12 pillars. These pillars are Institutions; Infrastructure; ICT adoption; Macroeconomic stability; Health; Skills; Product market; Labour market; Financial system; Market size; Business dynamism; and Innovation capability. For each indicator, the index uses a scale from 0 to 100, and the final score shows how close an economy is to the ideal state or “frontier” of competitiveness.

With a score of 84.8 (+1.3), Singapore is the world’s most competitive economy in 2019. The United States remains the most competitive large economy in the world, coming in at a second place. Hong Kong SAR (3rd), Netherlands (4th), and Switzerland (5th) round up the top five. The average across the 141 economies covered is 61 points, almost 40 points to the frontier. This global competitiveness gap is of even more concern as the global economy faces the prospect of a downturn. The changing geopolitical context and rising trade tensions are fuelling uncertainty and could precipitate a slowdown. However, some of this year’s better performers in the GCI appear to be benefiting from the trade feud through trade diversion, including Singapore (1st) and Viet Nam (67th), the most improved country in this year’s index.

The report documents emerging areas of promising policies, reforms, and incentives to build more sustainable and inclusive economies. The Report recommends a transition to a greener economy and suggests four critical areas of action: engage in openness and international collaboration, update carbon taxes and subsidies, create incentives for R&D, and implement green public procurement.

The Report also recommends: increase equality of opportunity, encourage fair competition, update tax systems, modernize social protection measures, and foster competitiveness-enhancing investments.

The United States (2nd overall) is the leader in Europe and North America. The United States remains an innovation powerhouse, ranking 1st on the Business dynamism pillar and 2nd on Innovation capability. The Netherlands (4th), Switzerland (5th), Germany (7th), Sweden (8th), the United Kingdom (9th), and Denmark (10th) follow the USA. Among other large economies in the region, Canada is 14th, France 15th, Spain 23rd, and Italy 30th. The most improved country is Croatia (63rd).

In South Asia, India, in 68th position, loses ground in the rankings despite a relatively stable score, mostly due to faster improvements of several countries previously ranked lower. Sri Lanka (84th), Bangladesh (105th), Nepal (108th), and Pakistan (110th) follow India.

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October 8, 2019

93 Countries in Competition for the 2019 International Feature Film Oscar.

Foreign Oscars

Photo: Indian actress Alia Bhatt at the Press Conference for the film ‘Gully Boy’ presented at the 69th Berlinale film festival on February 9, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by Berlinale. “Gully Boy,” directed by Zoya Akhtar, is India’s entry for 2019 International Feature Film Oscar. [File Photo]

Foreign Oscars

Photo: Christian Bale, Oscar nominee, and wife Sibi Blazic arrive on the red carpet of The 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © Kyusung Gong / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]

Foreign Oscars

Photo: Dionne Lea Williams (left) and Keith David before “The Princess and the Frog” presentation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © Troy Harvey / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]

LOS ANGELES, CA, October 08, 2019 — Ninety-three countries have submitted films for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards. The Academy defines an international feature film as a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Ghana, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan are first-time entrants.

Earlier this year, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rename the Foreign Language Film category to International Feature Film and expand the shortlist from nine to 10 films.

The 2019 submissions, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

The Academy will announce the shortlist of 10 films on Monday, December 16, 2019. It would announce the nominations for the 92nd Oscars on Monday, January 13, 2020.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers, and executives working in film. It celebrates and recognizes excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars.

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October 5, 2019

UNESCO names Mexican Actress of Indigenous Origin, Yalitza Aparicio, as its Goodwill Ambassador

Unesco, Yalitza Aparicio

Photo: UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Yalitza Aparicio. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Unesco, Yalitza Aparicio

Photo: Presentation of the Certificate of Goodwill Ambassador to Yalitza Aparicio by the UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Paris France, 04 October 2019 — The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has named Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples.

Born in Tlaxiaco, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Ms. Aparicio is committed to the fight against racism and for the rights of women and indigenous peoples. She was chosen to play in Alfonso Cuarón’s film Roma while studying to be a teacher. Her performance in the movie, for which she had to learn the Mixtec language of her father’s family, won her an Oscar nomination for best actress. It made her the first indigenous Mexican woman to be so recognized by the US Academy Awards. TIME magazine (USA) listed her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.

Ms. Aparicio is one of the faces of the 2019 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. She has lent her support to the United Nations campaign, “I say no to racism!”.

She has used her celebrity to promote respect and dignity. Ms. Aparicio has thus contributed to the work of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights. She also works for children’s education, helping raise funds for schools in the city of her birth.

Ms. Aparicio will contribute to UNESCO’s work to ensure the integration of indigenous peoples everywhere and the realization of their rights. She would be helping to safeguard indigenous cultural heritage, the inclusion of indigenous knowledge in environmental management, the preservation of biodiversity, adaptation to climate change, and equal access to education for indigenous peoples.

UNESCO Goodwill ambassadors are personalities who place their reputation at the service of the Organization’s campaigns. They commit to raising public awareness of the Organization’s mission for two years.

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October 3, 2019

US-India Trade "Surging" Amid Torrid Times, Global Leaders Tell World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit 2019

World Economic Forum

Photo: Sania Mirza, Sportsperson and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, India; Cultural Leader, speaking during the Session “Opening Plenary” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 03 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development, and Textiles, India, speaking during the Session “Inspiring LeadHers, Aspiring Outcomes” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 03 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Sarah Zhang Jiachen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Guangzhishu, speaking during the Session “India’s Tech Leap” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 03 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Devina Gupta, Anchor, BBC World News, India, speaking during the Session “India’s Tech Leap” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 03 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Pritika Mehta, Global Shaper, Chandigarh Hub, India, speaking during the Session “India’s Tech Leap” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 03 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Hindol Sengupta, Editor-at-Large, Fortune India; Young Global Leader, speaking during the Session “Depopularizing Populism” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 03 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Suhasini Haidar, Diplomatic Editor, and Deputy Resident Editor, The Hindu, India, speaking during the Session “The Infrastructure Enigma” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 03 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Vani Kola, Founder, and Managing Director, Kalaari Capital, India, speaking during the Session “Bigger, Faster, Better?” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 03 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Amishi Parasrampuria, Global Shaper, Mumbai Hub, India, speaking during the Session “Maxing Out Consumption” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 04 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Suvir Saran, Chef, and Author, India; Cultural Leader, speaking during the Session “Connecting Cultures” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 04 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India, speaking during the Session “An Insight, An Idea with Subrahmanyam Jaishankar” at the India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi, India. 04 October 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

New Delhi, India, 03 October 2019 - Leaders from the world’s two largest and oldest democracies played down talk of “torrid times” over trade at the opening day of the 2019 India Economic Summit in Delhi. Instead, they noted that relations between the two nations are robust and on the up.

“The torrid times in our relations could also be a torrid love affair,” declared Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of Railways of India, at the summit. “Relations between the Indian government and the US government, at our level and the people-to-people level, are better than ever before.”

Goyal noted that trade between India and the US is robust and growing. It is happening amid rising trade tensions between China and the United States and the ripple effect of that on the global economy.

Goyal said, in the last year, imports from the US to India have grown 30%, while exports from India to the US have increased by 20%.

Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce of the United States, responded to the criticism that no trade deal resulted from a meeting in September between India and the US. Ross said he saw no reason why we could not reach one soon.

“Neither government said there would a trade deal in five minutes,” he noted. “I think that was just speculation. We do think there is no fundamental reason why there can’t be one pretty quickly.” “Now that the election is over, and Prime Minister Modi has a strong position in the parliament, it should be a lot easier to take decisive action,” he said.

The relationship between India and the US has the potential to be one of the greatest of the 21st century, but global leaders speaking at the summit acknowledged there would be challenges ahead. India has an important role to play in the geopolitics of the region, and that positioning will inevitably lead to a sensitive question as to how to develop its relationship with China.

“India will have to decide for themselves their relationship with China in a larger context. India and China are trading partners, they are neighbors, and they have a huge population,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal. Mittal is Chairman of Bharti Enterprises. “India will take this advice carefully, but a decision will have to be taken critically by India,” he said. “My view is they should be in play.”

With US companies being encouraged to shift manufacturing outside China, there is an opportunity for a fundamental recasting of global supply chains. Indian industry is ready to take on the challenge to increase its competitiveness, said Vikram Kirloskar. Kirloskar is President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Vice-Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor.

“Over the last 20 years, we have become part of the global supply chain. To a large extent, a lot of the automotive components we are exporting are fairly competitive now,” said Kirloskar. “I think we are ready to increase capacity more, and we need the domestic market to increase as well as exports. For us, regional cooperation is also crucial.”

The World Economic Forum’s 33rd India Economic Summit is taking place in New Delhi from 3-4 October under the theme “Innovating for India: Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World.” The two-day meeting will convene more than 800 leaders from the government, the private sector, academia, and civil society. The aim is to accelerate the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies throughout South Asia and make the most of the region’s distinctive demographic dividends.

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September 29, 2019

International Press Institute to celebrate its 70th anniversary at its founding location, Columbia University in the City of New York.

International Press Institute, Columbia University

Vienna, Austria — International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, will hold its 2020 World Congress in New York City from September 10 to 12, 2020.

The World Congress is IPI’s flagship event and a top international forum for issues related to media freedom and quality journalism.

“On the occasion of the organization’s 70th anniversary, IPI is honored to be hosted by Columbia University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism,” the Institute announced. IPI was founded at Columbia in 1950 by 34 editors from 15 countries to defend journalistic quality and independence.

“The fact that our network stood the test of time is a testament to the importance of our mission,” IPI Executive Board Chair Markus Spillmann said. Spillmann is the former editor-in-chief of Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). “Returning to New York just weeks before the United States presidential election puts us at the right place at the right time,” he added.

IPI got established in the aftermath of World War II on the belief that a free press will contribute to a better world. Today, with members in nearly 100 countries, IPI brings together media representatives from digital, print, and broadcast outlets. They address press freedom challenges and promote independent journalism as a core pillar of democracy.

“Media freedom, journalistic independence, and integrity are the guiding principles of our school. They are the values we aim to teach to all our students,” said Steve Coll, Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School.

“We are proud of our numerous alumni who have joined IPI’s fight for media freedom around the world. We look forward to welcoming the IPI community back to Columbia University,” he added.

In the coming days, IPI will announce the leading news organizations and other institutions that will partner with IPI for the 2020 World Congress and 70th-anniversary celebration.

The 2020 Congress will see IPI members and other leading editors, journalists, media executives, and experts from all over the world gather in New York. There would be two-and-a-half days of engaging discussions, roundtables, workshops, and Q&A sessions addressing critical questions for today’s journalism.

“We would like to thank Columbia University for supporting IPI’s efforts and mission since the very beginning,” said IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi. “We feel so proud and privileged to have been born at an institution that has played such a key role in defining and spreading fundamental journalistic values worldwide.”

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September 7, 2019

UNESCO Creative Cities Annual Conference: Santos, Brazil, will host it in 2020; Istanbul, Turkey, will host it in 2021.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Istanbul

Photo: Istanbul, Turkey. Image Credit: Juan Antonio Segal. The city of Istanbul in Turkey is a UNESCO Creative City of Design.

Paris, France, 07 September 2019 — Istanbul has been selected as the Host City of the XV UNESCO Creative Cities Network’s Annual Conference in 2021 following an online vote by the 180 members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) present in 72 countries.

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Istanbul’s Old City reflects the cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here.

“Future Proof Cities” will be the theme of the 2021 conference. This theme refers to the concept of urban future-proofing. It involves monitoring developments in all areas of urban life to ensure an equilibrium between the environment, technology, economic activity, and human needs and aspirations.

The UCCN Annual Conferences bring together mayors, municipal decision-makers, and other stakeholders. They examine ways to place people at the center of sustainable urban development from the economic, environmental, social, and cultural perspectives. The UCCN conferences echo the overarching objective of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Leaving no one behind.

Fabriano, Italy, hosted this year’s conference.

Santos, Brazil

Photo: Santos, Brazil. Image Credit: Ricardo ATB. The city of Santos in Brazil is a UNESCO Creative City of Film.

The 2020 event will take place in the city of Santos in Brazil, a UNESCO Creative City of Film since 2015. Santos will be the first city of the Latin America and Caribbean Region to host the UCCN Annual Conference and the first Creative City of Film to do so. Under the theme “Creativity, Path to Equality,” the 2020 Annual Conference will demonstrate the power of creativity and culture in advancing sustainable development and reducing social and economic inequalities.

Krakow and Katowice, Poland hosted the Annual Conference in 2018, after Enghien-les-Bains, France (2017), and Östersund, Sweden (2016).

UNESCO established the Creative Cities Programme and Network to promote international cooperation between cities that are committed to investing in culture and creativity to stimulate and drive sustainable development. The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.

Cities in the Network anchor culture and creativity in their development frameworks and policies to advance objectives such as social cohesion, employment, entrepreneurship, and gender balance among others for the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The annual conferences are a unique opportunity for cities to review their results, exchange best practices and ideas, and identify new trends. The cities discuss challenges and opportunities and build connections and partnerships.

Home to over half of the world’s population, the cities play a crucial role in developing and implementing strategies that address the development challenges of the 21st century. In this context, the UNESCO Creative Cities Programme and its Annual Conference have an ever more critical role to play in addressing the contemporary challenges and opportunities facing cities and human settlements.

Source: UNESCO, Paris.

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September 1, 2019

Newly Crowned World Badminton Champion, Ms. P.V. Sindhu, calls on the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Sindhu, Naidu, Badminton

Sindhu, Naidu, Badminton

Photos: The Newly Crowned World Badminton Champion, Ms. P.V. Sindhu, with the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, in Hyderabad on 31 August 2019.

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August 29, 2019

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in New York by Sailboat

United Nations, Climate Change

United Nations, Climate Change

United Nations, Climate Change

United Nations, Climate Change

Photos: Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, sailed into New York Harbor today flanked by a fleet of 17 sailboats. Each sailboat represents one of the Sustainable Development Goals on their sails. Greta Thunberg embarked on a trans-Atlantic voyage on 14 August from Plymouth, England to New York City on a solar-powered, zero-emission racing boat, the Malizia II. She would be attending the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September. 28 August 2019. New York, New York. UN Photos/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 27, 2019

G7 SUMMIT 2019: G7 LEADERS ISSUE DECLARATION

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 Summit, in Biarritz, France, on 25 August 2019.

Following is the Declaration issued by the G7 Leaders after the G7 Summit 2019 in Biarritz, France:

26 AUGUST 2019

The G7 Leaders wish to underline their great unity and the positive spirit of the debates. The G7 Summit, organized by France in Biarritz, has successfully produced agreements by the Heads of State and Government themselves on several points summarized below:

• Trade

The G7 is committed to open and fair world trade and the stability of the global economy.

The G7 requests that the Finance Ministers closely monitor the state of the global economy.

The G7 wishes to overhaul the WTO to improve effectiveness about intellectual property protection, to settle disputes more swiftly and to eliminate unfair trade practices.

The G7 commits to reaching in 2020 an agreement to simplify regulatory barriers and modernize international taxation within the framework of the OECD.

• Iran

We fully share the objective to foster peace and stability in the region.

• Ukraine

France and Germany will organize a Normandy format summit in the coming weeks to achieve tangible results.

• Libya

We support a truce in Libya that will lead to a long-term ceasefire.

We believe that only a political solution can ensure Libya’s stability.

We call for a well-prepared international conference to bring together all the stakeholders and regional actors relevant to this conflict.

We support in this regard the work of the United Nations and the African Union to set up an Inter-Libyan conference.

• Hong Kong

The G7 reaffirms the existence and importance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 on Hong Kong and calls for avoidance of violence.

The G7 or ‘Group of Seven’ are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It is an intergovernmental organization that was formed in 1975 by the top economies of the time as an informal forum to discuss pressing world issues.

Prime Minister Modi of India was invited to attend the Summit as a special guest of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Source: G7-2019, Biarritz, France.

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August 23, 2019

Prime Minister Modi reiterates India’s commitment to UNESCO during his visit to the Organization.

UNESCO, Modi, India

UNESCO, Modi, India

Photos: The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris, France, on 23 August 2019. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 23 August 2019 — UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, warmly welcomed India’s commitment to the Organization, its work, and the ideals it promotes. She was greeting Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, during his visit to the UNESCO headquarters.

Talks with the Prime Minister focused on UNESCO’s significant initiatives in favor of girls and women’s education.

During the discussion, the Prime Minister urged UNESCO to accelerate efforts to protect cultural diversity in Iraq, as an integral part of the “Revive the spirit of Mosul” initiative.

The New Delhi-based “UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development” is a significant partner in the Organization’s work on the ethics of artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on education. UNESCO recently published “The State of the Education Report for India 2019”, as part of its undertaking to rethink the future of education for the 21st century.

Prime Minister Modi ended his visit to UNESCO with an address to representatives of India’s expatriate community in France.

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August 18, 2019

New York Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station.

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NASA

Photo: Russia’s Progress 73 resupply ship approaches the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment packed with almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 60 crew. Image provided by NASA.

NASA

Photo: International Space Station, a variety of solar arrays criss-cross the view. Image provided by NASA.

NASA

Photo: Official portrait of NASA astronaut Christina Koch. Image provided by NASA.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2019 — SciGirls viewers from New York will have an opportunity on Monday, Aug. 19, to talk live with NASA astronaut Christina Koch aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Koch will answer questions beginning at 10:55 a.m. EDT from girls ages 8 to 14 participating in the “SciGirls in Space” program. SciGirls is a PBS Kids television show, website and educational outreach program engaging more than 14 million girls in STEM learning and careers. The “SciGirls in Space” program includes partners and girls in six states who will participate in the event. The event will take place at the Challenger Learning Center of Ramapo, 225 Route 59, Airmont, New York.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station (habitable artificial satellite) in low Earth orbit. The ISS program is a joint project between five participating space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Astronauts living in space on the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).

Through NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 and then on to Mars.

Source: NASA

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August 16, 2019

United Nations Commemorates International Day of World's Indigenous People

United Nations, World's Indigenous People

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Photo: Silvia Museiya (right) from the Yiaku indigenous community of the Mukogodo forest in Kenya, have a digital moment with another participant at the event to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Ms. Museiya is an advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples and chairperson of the Indigenous People National Steering Committee on Climate Change. 09 August 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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August 15, 2019

Prime Minister Modi of India addresses the nation from Red Fort, Delhi, on Independence Day.

Modi, Independence Day, India

Modi, Independence Day, India

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Photos: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi, on August 15, 2019.

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July 31, 2019

QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019: London Named World's Best Student City. Bangalore Best Student City in India.

QS Best Student Cities

Bangalore, QS Best Student Cities

Photo: Bangalore. Bangalore is QS Best Student City in India. Image Credit: M. R. Gears.

QS Best Student Cities

Photo: London. Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. London is the World’s Best Student City. Image Credit: Duane Wessels.

LONDON, July 31, 2019 — London is the world’s best student city for the second consecutive year, according to the latest guide to the globe’s top urban study destinations. The sixth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, compiled by global consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees London outrank competition from Tokyo and Melbourne.

London remains the world’s leading student city due to the high number of top universities present in the city, its high levels of employer activity and student diversity. Further, the global student body holds it in high regard. These positive elements outweigh London’s low ‘Affordability’ score.

QS ranks Student Cities according to:

Feedback from over 87,000 current and prospective international students also impacts the results.

QS Best Student Cities

Rank — City — Country

  1. London — United Kingdom
  2. Tokyo — Japan
  3. Melbourne — Australia
  4. Munich — Germany
  5. Berlin — Germany
  6. Montreal — Canada
  7. Paris — France
  8. Zurich — Switzerland
  9. Sydney — Australia
  10. Seoul — South Korea
  11. Toronto — Canada
  12. Boston — United States
  13. Vienna — Austria
  14. Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  15. Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  16. Vancouver — Canada
  17. Taipei — Taiwan
  18. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe — Japan
  19. New York — United States
  20. Singapore — Singapore
  21. Barcelona — Spain
  22. Brisbane — Australia
  23. Canberra — Australia
  24. Amsterdam — Netherlands
  25. Los Angeles — United States
  26. Adelaide — Australia
  27. Auckland — New Zealand
  28. Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia
  29. Manchester — United Kingdom
  30. Buenos Aires — Argentina
  31. Beijing — China
  32. Shanghai — China
  33. Moscow — Russia
  34. Prague — Czech Republic
  35. San Francisco — United States
  36. Dublin — Ireland
  37. Stockholm — Sweden
  38. Glasgow — United Kingdom
  39. Milan — Italy
  40. Chicago — United States
  41. Perth — Australia
  42. Brussels — Belgium
  43. Budapest — Hungary
  44. Ottawa — Canada
  45. Copenhagen — Denmark
  46. Coventry — United Kingdom
  47. Nottingham — United Kingdom
  48. Birmingham — United Kingdom
  49. Lyon — France
  50. Warsaw — Poland
  51. Lisbon — Portugal
  52. Mexico City — Mexico
  53. Santiago — Chile
  54. Gothenburg — Sweden
  55. Helsinki — Finland
  56. Atlanta — United States
  57. Newcastle Upon Tyne — United Kingdom
  58. Bangkok — Thailand
  59. Brno — Czech Republic
  60. Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman — United Arab Emirates
  61. Philadelphia — United States
  62. Washington DC — United States
  63. Aberdeen — United Kingdom
  64. Christchurch — New Zealand
  65. St. Petersburg — Russia
  66. Pittsburgh — United States
  67. Hsinchu — Taiwan
  68. Stuttgart — Germany
  69. Rome — Italy
  70. Istanbul — Turkey
  71. Athens — Greece
  72. Tomsk — Russia
  73. Toulouse — France
  74. Valencia — Spain
  75. San Diego — United States
  76. Sao Paulo — Brazil
  77. Johannesburg — South Africa
  78. Graz — Austria
  79. Cape Town — South Africa
  80. Bangalore — India
  81. Bogota — Colombia
  82. Brighton — United Kingdom
  83. Gold Coast — Australia
  84. Manila — Philippines
  85. Mumbai — India
  86. Baltimore — United States
  87. Abu Dhabi — United Arab Emirates
  88. Ankara — Turkey
  89. Daejeon — South Korea
  90. Monterrey — Mexico
  91. Novosibirsk — Russia
  92. Houston — United States
  93. Miami — United States
  94. Nagoya — Japan
  95. Vilnius — Lithuania
  96. Bristol — United Kingdom
  97. Lima — Peru
  98. Nanjing — China
  99. Montpellier — France
  100. Beirut — Lebanon
  101. Rio de Janeiro — Brazil
  102. Sheffield — United Kingdom
  103. Krakow — Poland
  104. Wuhan — China
  105. Liverpool — United Kingdom
  106. Cairo — Egypt
  107. Wroclaw — Poland
  108. Jakarta — Indonesia
  109. Riga — Latvia
  110. Islamabad — Pakistan
  111. Almaty — Kazakhstan
  112. Delhi — India
  113. Dallas — United States
  114. Chennai — India
  115. Lahore — Pakistan
  116. Quebec — Canada
  117. Kiev — Ukraine
  118. Leicester — United Kingdom
  119. Minsk — Belarus

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The fact that London has again been ranked the best city in the world in which to be a student is fantastic news. It is no surprise given that London is home to world-leading higher education institutions and a vibrant cultural life. London is open to students and talent from around the world.”

Debuting at 81st position globally, Bangalore has been ranked India’s best city for students. In terms of affordability, Bengaluru is ranked seventh globally.

The other top Indian cities include Mumbai (85), Delhi (113), and Chennai (115). Among these, Mumbai has gained ground, moving 14 places up from last year.

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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