February 21, 2017
UNESCO Creative Cities Network announces Call for Applications
Photo: A Section of Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur, India. Jaipur was designated a UNESCO Creative City in 2015. Image Credit: David Hamill.
Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international cooperation with and between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic driver and enabler for sustainable urban regeneration and development.
Today the Network brings together 116 cities from 54 countries, working towards common objectives: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of local development plans, and actively cooperating through inter-city partnerships at the international level.
The UCCN is a flagship programme of UNESCO for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and the New Urban Agenda, at the local level.
UNESCO has invited cities worldwide, who are interested in joining the Network, to submit their applications using the official 2017 Application Form. Applications must be received by UNESCO Secretariat no later than 16 June 2017, midnight CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be evaluated.
Following the evaluation process carried out by internal and external consultations with independent experts and the member cities of the Network, the Director-General of UNESCO would designate the new UNESCO Creative Cities and the announcement of the Creative Cities designated in 2017 will be published on the UNESCO website on 31 October 2017.
February 15, 2017
Montreal Replaces Paris as World's Best Student City
Photo: University Students. Image Credit & Photographer: Francisco Osorio.
LONDON, February 15, 2017 — Montreal, Canada, has topped the QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2017.
Montreal’s success is the latest of a series of propitious signs for a city beginning to escape a period of economic stagnation, following positive growth forecasts for 2017, and the recent announcement of its selection as the ‘World’s Most Intelligent City’. Its first-place ranking is also the highlight of a series of positive performances from Canadian cities.
Paris drops to second place, receiving reduced rank for Affordability and Desirability.
While London rises from fifth place to third place suggesting that UK cities remain excellent study destinations in the face of Brexit, with rises in QS’s Affordability indicator a major contributor to all eight of its ranked cities improving their rank.
Affordability issues adversely affect American cities: though Boston places eighth, ten of its twelve ranked cities drop.
Australia’s high cost-of-living and tuition fees are proving disadvantageous: all of its seven ranked cities drop, with Sydney plummeting from fourth to thirteenth, and Melbourne falling from second to fifth.
Seoul is Asia’s best student city, rising to 4th, followed by Tokyo (7th) , Hong Kong (11th) and Singapore (14th).
Berlin rises to 6th; while Munich (9th) and Vancouver (10th) complete the top 10.
For the first time, two cities from India, Mumbai and New Delhi, get included in the World’s Best Student Cities.
This year’s ranking features a ‘Student View’ indicator for the first time.
Over 18,000 students responded to QS’s inaugural survey for this ranking, providing input about their own student experiences, and, for prospective students, the relative desirability of a city.
QS BEST STUDENT CITIES 2017
RANK — CITY — COUNTRY
- Montreal — Canada
- Paris — France
- London — United Kingdom
- Seoul — South Korea
- Melbourne — Australia
- Berlin — Germany
- Tokyo — Japan
- Boston — United States
- Munich — Germany
- Vancouver — Canada
- Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- Toronto — Canada
- Sydney — Australia
- Singapore — Singapore
- Zurich — Switzerland
- Vienna — Austria
- Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe — Japan
- Edinburgh — United Kingdom
- New York — United States
- Brisbane — Australia
- Taipei — Taiwan
- Canberra — Australia
- Barcelona — Spain
- Manchester — United Kingdom
- Shanghai — China
- Ottawa — Canada
- Prague — Czech Republic
- Auckland — New Zealand
- San Francisco — United States
- Beijing — China
- Dublin — Ireland
- Madrid — Spain
- Milan — Italy
- Glasgow — United Kingdom
- Lyon — France
- Amsterdam — Netherlands
- Copenhagen — Denmark
- Washington DC — United States
- Coventry — United Kingdom
- Moscow — Russia
- Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia
- Buenos Aires — Argentina
- Nottingham — United Kingdom
- Adelaide — Australia
- Brussels — Belgium
- Chicago — United States
- Los Angeles — United States
- Stockholm — Sweden
- Lisbon — Portugal
- Perth — Australia
- Mexico City — Mexico
- Warsaw — Poland
- Gothenburg — Sweden
- Oslo — Norway
- Birmingham — United Kingdom
- Budapest — Hungary
- Newcastle Upon Tyne — United Kingdom
- Bangkok — Thailand
- Brno — Czech Republic
- Philadelphia — United States
- Helsinki — Finland
- Pittsburgh — United States
- Santiago — Chile
- Riyadh — Saudi Arabia
- Atlanta — United States
- Rome — Italy
- Athens — Greece
- Toulouse — France
- Sao Paulo — Brazil
- Valencia — Spain
- Istanbul — Turkey
- Quebec — Canada
- Bogota — Colombia
- Christchurch — New Zealand
- Hsinchu — Taiwan
- Monterrey — Mexico
- Sharjah — United Arab Emirates
- Gold Coast — Australia
- St. Petersburg — Russia
- Nanjing — China
- Ankara — Turkey
- Daejeon — South Korea
- San Diego — United States
- Johannesburg — South Africa
- Mumbai — India
- New Delhi — India
- Baltimore — United States
- Cairo — Egypt
- Manila — Philippines
- Montpellier — France
- Tomsk — Russia
- Houston — United States
- Novosibirsk — Russia
- Rio de Janeiro — Brazil
- Tampere — Finland
- Vilnius — Lithuania
- Kiev — Ukraine
- Lille — France
- Lima — Peru
- Wuhan — China
February 4, 2017
"Most International" Universities in the World Today
Photo: University Campus Building, ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), Switzerland. Image Credit: Juhanson.
The institutions with the strongest global connections have a ‘cultural disposition’ to think beyond borders.
Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked the world’s “most international” universities.
The ranking is drawn largely from the “international outlook” pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, which covers international staff, students and co-authors. However, it also includes a measure of universities’ international reputations, taken from THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey.
A striking feature of the upper reaches of the 150-institution table is the prominence of universities from relatively small, export-reliant countries, where English is an official language or is widely spoken.
The ranking is led by two Swiss universities: ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Of all the countries in the ranking, the Swiss representatives also have the greatest average proportion of international staff and internationally co-authored publications: both 62 per cent.
• ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) has more than 18,000 students from over 120 countries and is the top university in continental Europe. It boasts Albert Einstein as one of its most notable alumni.
Next in the ranking are the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore. THE data scientist Billy Wong says that this may reflect the fact that nations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland are all “big, global trading hubs”, conditioned to look beyond their borders for personnel and ideas.
Below the top four is a glut of institutions from the UK, Australia and Canada: prominent destinations for international students and scholars because of their prestigious universities and their use of English, the global lingua franca. The UK has 13 institutions in the 150, led by Imperial College London at number five. The University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College London and the London School of Economics also make the top 10.
The US is less prominent in this ranking than it usually is in international league tables, possibly reflecting the fact that its size makes it less reliant on immigration to supply it with top student and academic talent. There is only one US institution in the top 30: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at number 22. Harvard University (sixth in the overall THE World University Rankings 2016‑17) is 33rd, Stanford (third) is 36th and the California Institute of Technology (second) is 52nd. However, US institutions are still the most numerous in the international ranking, accounting for 64 places.
THE’s Wong thinks that internationalisation activities can boost a university’s global reputation, which has a lot of knock-on impacts. “If they can have more international collaboration and become better known internationally, that can help them in areas such as student recruitment, academic recruitment, attracting international funding and so on,” he says.
Following is the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking of the World’s “Most International” Universities 2017
Rank — Institution — Country — Overall Score
- ETH Zurich — Switzerland — 97.1
- Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland — 96.7
- University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 96.5
- National University of Singapore — Singapore — 96
- Imperial College London — United Kingdom — 95.2
- University of Oxford — United Kingdom — 94.3
- Australian National University — Australia — 93
- University of Cambridge — United Kingdom — 92.8
- University College London — United Kingdom — 92.2
- London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom — 92
- King’s College London — United Kingdom — 91.9
- University of British Columbia — Canada — 90.2
- University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom — 90.1
- University of New South Wales — Australia — 89.3
- University of Zurich — Switzerland — 88.6
- Ecole Polytechnique — France — 88.5
- University of Warwick — United Kingdom — 88.1
- University of Melbourne — Australia — 87.7
- University of Glasgow — United Kingdom — 86.8
- University of Manchester — United Kingdom — 86.6
- Monash University — Australia — 85.9
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States — 84.9
- McGill University — Canada — 84.8
- University of Sydney — Australia — 84.8
- University of Auckland — New Zealand — 84.4
- Durham University — United Kingdom — 84.2
- Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 83.4
- University of York — United Kingdom — 82.9
- University of Bristol — United Kingdom — 82.7
- University of Copenhagen — Denmark — 82.7
- University of Alberta — Canada — 81.6
- University of Toronto — Canada — 80
- Harvard University — United States — 79
- University of Waterloo — Canada — 77.7
- Aarhus University — Denmark — 77.2
- Stanford University — United States — 76.8
- Princeton University — United States — 76.7
- University of Amsterdam — Netherlands — 75
- Columbia University — United States — 74.9
- KU Leuven — Belgium — 73.1
- Georgia Institute of Technology — United States — 71.9
- Ecole Normale Superieure — France — 71.2
- Pierre and Marie Curie University — France — 70.9
- Free University of Berlin — Germany — 70.7
- Johns Hopkins University — United States — 70.5
- Purdue University — United States — 68.9
- University of Strasbourg — France — 68.2
- University of Bonn — Germany — 68
- Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany — 67.9
- University of Chicago — United States — 67.8
- Technical University of Munich — Germany — 67.8
- California Institute of Technology — United States — 67.6
- Rice University — United States — 67.1
- Paris Diderot University - Paris 7 — France — 66.8
- Yale University — United States — 66.8
- Heidelberg University — Germany — 66.6
- Technical University of Berlin — Germany — 66.2
- Paris-Sud University — France — 65.2
- Utrecht University — Netherlands — 65.1
- University of California, Santa Barbara — United States — 64.7
- Cornell University — United States — 64.7
- University of California, Davis — United States — 64.6
- Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon — France — 64.5
- LMU Munich — Germany — 64.3
- University of California, Berkeley — United States — 64.1
- University of California, Irvine — United States — 62.6
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology — Germany — 62.5
- Carnegie Mellon University — United States — 62.4
- University of Freiburg — Germany — 62.2
- Paris-Sorbonne University - Paris 4 — France — 61.7
- University of Southern California — United States — 61.4
- Goethe University Frankfurt — Germany — 61.3
- University of California, Los Angeles — United States — 61.2
- University of Tübingen — Germany — 60.8
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem — Israel — 60.5
- Boston University — United States — 60.3
- Michigan State University — United States — 59.7
- Stony Brook University — United States — 59.4
- University of Rochester — United States — 59.1
- Duke University — United States — 58.9
- University of Gottingen — Germany — 58.8
- Brown University — United States — 58.5
- New York University — United States — 58
- RWTH Aachen University — Germany — 57.5
- University of Illinois at Chicago — United States — 57.4
- Northwestern University — United States — 57.3
- Polytechnic University of Milan — Italy — 56.3
- University of Massachusetts — United States — 55.8
- Panthéon-Sorbonne University - Paris 1 — France — 55.5
- Autonomous University of Madrid — Spain — 55.3
- University of Washington — United States — 55.3
- University of Mannheim — Germany — 54.8
- Texas A&M University — United States — 54.8
- University of Michigan — United States — 54.7
- Ohio State University — United States — 54.7
- Aix-Marseille University — France — 54.6
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States — 54.5
- North Carolina State University — United States — 54.5
- Paris Descartes University — France — 53.2
- University of Pennsylvania — United States — 53.1
- University of California, San Diego — United States — 53
- University of California, Santa Cruz — United States — 52.1
- Arizona State University — United States — 51.8
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation — 51.5
- Emory University — United States — 51.2
- Polytechnic University of Turin — Italy — 51.1
- Indiana University — United States — 50.6
- University of Notre Dame — United States — 50.4
- Georgetown University — United States — 49.9
- Pennsylvania State University — United States — 49
- University of Munster — Germany — 48.9
- Florida State University — United States — 48.8
- Sapienza University of Rome — Italy — 48.8
- University of Arizona — United States — 46.1
- Washington University in St Louis — United States — 45.6
- University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States — 45.5
- University of Colorado Boulder — United States — 45
- University of Virginia — United States — 45
- University of Maryland, College Park — United States — 43.9
- University of Minnesota — United States — 43.1
- Peking University — China — 43.1
- University of Georgia — United States — 43
- Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey — United States — 42.9
- Case Western Reserve University — United States — 42.2
- University of Pittsburgh — United States — 42.1
- Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology — Russian Federation — 42
- Yonsei University — South Korea — 41.8
- Nanjing University — China — 41.6
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States — 41.4
- University of Texas at Austin — United States — 40.9
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — United States — 40.9
- Dartmouth College — United States — 39.9
- University of Florida — United States — 39.6
- University of Utah — United States — 39
- Korea University — South Korea — 38.7
- Renmin University of China — China — 38.2
- University of Tokyo — Japan — 38.2
- Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea — 38
- University of Iowa — United States — 37.2
- Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea — 36.2
- University of Tsukuba — Japan — 36.1
- Tsinghua University — China — 35.7
- Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan — 34.5
- National Tsing Hua University — Taiwan — 34.4
- Fudan University — China — 32.9
- Seoul National University — South Korea — 32.9
- University of São Paulo — Brazil — 32.6
- National Taiwan University — Taiwan — 32.3
- Tohoku University — Japan — 32.2
- Pohang University of Science and Technology — South Korea — 32.1
February 3, 2017
Autonomy to Educational Institutes in India
Photo: Elphinstone College, Mumbai. Established in 1856, Elphinstone College is one of the oldest colleges of the University of Mumbai. It is reputed for producing luminaries like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Badruddin Tyabji, Pherozshah Mehta, Jamshedji Tata, and illustrious professors like Dadabhai Naoroji. Image Credit: Franx.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has implemented a scheme of “Autonomous Colleges” with a view to bring in quality reforms in higher education. The Scheme of Autonomous Colleges offers academic and operative freedom to the Colleges. The autonomy so awarded under the scheme enables a College to determine and prescribe its own courses of study and syllabi and restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation.
The scheme of Autonomous Colleges is open for all Colleges. Any number of Colleges currently under a University can apply for award of “Autonomous Status” to UGC under this scheme.
This information was given by India’s Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, today.
• Meanwhile, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has made an appeal to universities in the country to aspire to be among the top 100 globally. There is no Indian university among the world’s top 100 universities, Modi said, adding, we feel “ashamed”.
“I invite 10 public and 10 private universities to come forward and take a pledge to make a place for themselves in the top 100 universities of the world. “Those who will come forward will get special economic assistance. They will be given relaxation from seeking various approvals. There will be an open field for them,” he promised.
January 20, 2017
Preparing for Fourth Industrial Revolution Requires Deeper Commitments to Education
Photos: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017, Davos, Switzerland. Images provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo / Valeriano Di Domenico.
Photo: Interaction during the session: Davos Insights: Strengthening Systems for Global Collaboration, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.
Photo: The New Lead Characters. Karan Johar, Head, Dharma Productions, India, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek.
Photo: Ask About: The Psychology of Populism. Molly Crockett, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary.
Photo: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India, “Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” Session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico.
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - January 20, 2017 — The accelerating pace of change driven by emerging technologies threatens to create wider income and opportunity gaps, warned business and technology leaders in a session on preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the opening day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. “We are at a point where it is possible that technological development can accelerate and increase digital refugees,” warned Marc R. Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce in the US. Added Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer of Infosys in the US: “We have to put in an extra effort so that we don’t create a bigger society of have-nots. That means a deep commitment to education and to addressing the displacements.”
The key to preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution lies in the technologies themselves, argued Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries in India. “These technologies really are all-inclusive and will benefit all. In a sense they are great equalizers.” The rapid growth of e-commerce and digital cash in India is an example, he observed. “And the fastest way to transmit education in a big country like India is through technology.” Making these technologies inclusive will require designing them so that they benefit everybody and not just a few, Sikka said. “That requires empathy. I’ve always wondered why every company isn’t a technology company.”
Focusing on education and promoting innovation are not new solutions to the challenges of inequality and marginalization. “Education and entrepreneurship are the answers,” Sikka stressed. “We just haven’t been doing enough of it.” And what is required are fresh approaches or new models shaped through debate and collaboration among all stakeholders, Benioff said. He proposed that CEOs each adopt a public school. For initiatives to be effective will require building trust and articulating a vision, explained Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Company in the US. “You need to be incredibly transparent for people to have trust.”
To prepare for the disruptions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, leaders will require radar to pick up on displacement and discontent and a compass to set the values and vision needed to succeed, Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in the UK, told participants. To weather the challenges will require more collaboration among countries, said Shu Yinbiao, Chairman of the State Grid Corporation of China. “Globalization is inevitable and is good for the development of the global economy. We will need more international cooperation.”
The 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is taking place on 17-20 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme Responsive and Responsible Leadership. More than 3,000 participants from nearly 100 countries are participating in over 400 sessions.
The Co-Chairs taking a principal role in shaping the discussion at the meeting are:
- Frans van Houten, President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips, Netherlands.
- Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America Corporation, USA.
- Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Documentary Filmmaker, SOC Films, Pakistan.
- Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International, United Kingdom.
- Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, USA.
January 13, 2017
Times Higher Education Academic Reputation Survey 2017
Leading academics from across the world are being invited to help Times Higher Education (THE) develop unique new insights into the global teaching and research landscape by highlighting the most prestigious institutions in their field.
THE has launched its 2017 Academic Reputation Survey, which asks published scholars to outline which universities they perceive to be the best for teaching and research in their specialist discipline.
Each respondent is asked to identify institutions worldwide and in their own country and will be representing many of their peers from their fields and their nation.
The survey results will make up two of the 13 performance indicators used to create the THE World University Rankings 2017-18, and related regional rankings, and will form the basis of the “THE World Reputation Rankings”.
The survey, run in partnership with Elsevier, is invitation-only to ensure a representative statistical sample. It is available in 15 languages, and to ensure a fair and balanced response, it is distributed using United Nations data on the geographical distribution of researchers globally. Universities cannot nominate respondents and individuals are not able to volunteer to take part.
December 22, 2016
Airbus Shortlists 50 University Teams for Fifth Fly Your Ideas Global Student Competition
Photo: The first A350-900 for Lufthansa, which performed its maiden flight in November 2016, is part of a 25-aircraft order placed by the German flag carrier. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.
Photo: Team Retrolley from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Runners-up of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015. From left: Fausto Mascia, Academic mentor University of Sao Paulo, Denise Ikuno, Lucas Otsuka, Tadeu Omae, Maki Shintate, Lucas Neumann. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.
TOULOUSE, France, Dec. 20, 2016 — A record 5,499 students from around the world registered to participate in the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas, the global student challenge organised in partnership with UNESCO.
A group of 60 Airbus experts and innovators assessed the ideas submitted by 356 teams from 89 countries. The rigorous evaluation process took place at four different Airbus locations in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, with 50 student teams selected to reach Round Two of the competition, starting in January 2017.
The competition is led by teams registered in the Asia-Pacific region. The 50 teams comprise 202 students representing 38 different nationalities. With 52% of teams mixing male and female students, two thirds of all teams are diverse in some way, for example with members coming from different countries or studying different subjects.
Innovative ideas from the 50 chosen teams include robotic luggage trolleys, passenger seats which can be boarded outside the aircraft, new solutions for energy harvesting and virtual reality applications.
“Fly Your Ideas is unique and we are proud of the company-wide engagement of Airbus employees who support the competition, either as assessors, mentors or experts”, says Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering. “We are offering students the rare opportunity to interact directly with senior specialists from across the business. In turn, these experts will benefit from their direct interaction with talents from across the globe, all sharing the same passion for one of the world’s most exciting industries.”
Each of the teams has 100 days to refine and develop their ideas. The top five teams to make it through to Round Three will spend a week at the “ProtoSpace” based at the Airbus HQ in Toulouse to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the art equipment with personalised guidance from Airbus. The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize and the runner up team will receive €15,000 at a live prize giving event in May 2017.
Key figures Fly Your Ideas 2017:
• Number of ideas submitted: 356
- Number of countries involved: 89
- Number of universities involved: 348
- Top 5 countries: India - 64 teams, China & HK - 44 teams, Spain - 29 teams, Indonesia - 24 teams, United Kingdom - 20 teams
• Number of ideas chosen: 50
- Number of countries involved: 41
- Number of universities involved: 57
- Top 5 countries: China & HK - 9 teams, Singapore - 5 teams, United Kingdon - 4 teams, Australia - 3 teams, Indonesia - 3 teams
December 16, 2016
India Minister updates Parliament on Universities in the Country
Photo: A Section of Parliament House, New Delhi. Image Credit: Ankur Gallery.
New Delhi, India - December 15, 2016 — India Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, today, in separate written statements, gave the following information to Rajya Sabha (upper house) about universities in the country.
• “As per All India Survey on Higher Education 2015-16, the number of universities in the country is 799, and out of them 386 Universities came into existence since 2001. The number of students and teachers in the institutions of higher education in the country during academic year 2015-16 are 3.46 Crore (one crore= ten million) and 15.19 Lakh (one lakh= one hundred thousand) respectively.”
• “The University Grants Commission (UGC),” the Minister explained, “is responsible for promotion and co-ordination of University Education, determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination, and research in Universities. To ensure adequate quality teaching faculties in Universities/Colleges, the UGC has notified rules and procedures containing Academic Performance Indicators (APIs). API scores are mandatory qualifying benchmarks for Career Advancement Scheme and for direct recruitment of teachers and other academic staff in Universities and Colleges.”
• The Minister gave the following information on Central Universities.
“Central Universities,” the Minister stated “are statutory autonomous bodies which are established under their respective Acts of Parliament. Subordinate legislation in respect of Central Universities includes Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations framed under the respective Acts by the Universities from time to time.”
“Along with the Act, the First Statutes of the Central Universities are passed by the Parliament. The Central Universities can amend, add or repeal any Statute with the approval of the Visitor. Ordinances and Regulations are also made by the Universities which should be consistent with the Act and Statutes of the university concerned,” the Minister explained.
The Minister said that at present there are 41 Central Universities in the country.
“In a meeting held with the Vice Chancellors of Central Universities,” the Minister elaborated, “the issues relating to improvement of quality of education, promoting research and innovation, faculty development, collaboration with the industry and research laboratories, effective use of technology in teaching learning process, and mandatory accreditation were discussed at length.”
The Minister elucidated that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has introduced the following schemes/regulations/guidelines/programmes for the improvement of quality and standards in the Central Universities:
- Mandatory accreditation of Universities with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
- Periodic updation of curriculum.
- Prescription of minimum qualification for appointment of teachers and other academic staff.
- Establishment of Internal Quality Assurance Cell.
- Introduction of Semester System.
- Introduction of choice-based credit system.
- Introduction of Faculty Recharge programme to augment research and teaching resources.
- Liberal financial support under the schemes of University with Potential for Excellence.
• Cashless Society - Digital Financial Literacy Campaign
Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, launching the Digital Financial Literacy Campaign, called Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyan - VISAKA, at a press conference, in New Delhi, on December 15, 2016. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.
Meanwhile, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, today launched Digital Financial Literacy Campaign at a Press Conference in New Delhi. Mr. Javadekar said that about 25,00,000 students of higher educational institutions are expected to volunteer to be associated with the campaign.
Mentioning this campaign as biggest digital transformation of country after Independence, Minister said that Government officers, Bankers and administrators will be roped in to impart training to students. Students, in turn, will educate their family members and other families in their neighbourhood, motivating them to go in for digital payment.
December 5, 2016
Circular Economy Principles could help India realise $624bn
Photo: UNCTAD 10th Debt Management Conference. Over 350 participants from over 100 countries, regional institutions and from the civil society participated in the 10th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.
Photo: UNCTAD 14 - 1st hearing with civil society. The hearing with civil society, held on 6 April 2016, provided a platform for organizations to contribute to discussions on what UNCTAD’s work priorities should be for the next four years. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.
Geneva, Switzerland — 5 December 2016 - India could save $624 billion a year by 2050 if it adopts circular economy principles rather than following a conventional but more wasteful development path, according to a new report on India produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in association with UNCTAD.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an economic research and innovation think tank, promotes the concept of a “circular economy”, which is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.
“Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model which relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, is increasingly challenged in the long term. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses are already exploring,” the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said.
Pilot projects have already shown these practices contributing towards cost savings of hundreds of millions dollars per year.
“Increasing circularity can help unlock efficiencies, opening up urgent investment opportunities and delivering environmental, economic and social gains,” Guillermo Valles, Director for International Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities, UNCTAD said. “Lessons from this work in India serve as an important example for other developing countries seeking to meet both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments in the Paris Agreement.”
India’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Ajit Kumar, said: “India is earnestly working towards finding ways to improve the living standards of its citizens, compatible with its resources. Sectors such as mobility, agriculture and construction will play a crucial role in the future growth of India. The suggestions contained in the report are therefore, noteworthy and timely.”
Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said: “This report builds on the Foundation’s previous analysis of the circular economy opportunity for Europe, by exploring for the first time the potential of applying the circular framework in a fast-growing market context. With its existing circular mindset and strong digital backbone, India can reap significant economic and societal benefits, embarking on a positive development path as it focuses on regenerative practices.”
The report says that better product design and innovative business models could generate cost savings and increase profits for businesses, in parallel with the shift to digitally enabled platforms for asset sharing, such as Zipcar, in which procuring services replaces owning goods.
A shift from selling cars to providing vehicles as a service could create new revenue streams for India’s car industry. Only about 2% of the Indian population currently owns a car, but the demand for mobility is increasing, the report says.
Using data from UNCTAD, the report estimates that India could save costs amounting 11% of its current GDP in 2030 and 30% of GDP in 2050 if proven circular approaches were adopted by the public and private sectors. Greenhouse gas emissions could be cut by 44%.
The report was launched in New Delhi, India, on 5 December, and an international briefing will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12 December.
December 2, 2016
China and India Lead in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017
Photo: Entrance to the Science Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Image Credit: Milan Tvrdy.
London — India has increased its share of the top universities in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, but China still has the highest density of leading institutions in the developing world.
The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, breaks into the top 15 for the first time this year, in 14th place, thanks to an improved teaching environment and greater research influence.
Panjab University, Chandigarh, which had topped in India at No. 13 in 2014, and had later slipped to No. 39 in 2015 and to No. 121 in 2016, has, however, further slipped and is now placed at No. 135.
Meanwhile, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has reached its highest position after climbing three places to 26th, boosted by improved scores across all the five pillars underlying the methodology.
Overall, the country has 27 universities in the top 300 ranking, 19 of which make the top 200 (up from 16 last year), making it the second most-represented nation in the table.
Anurag Kumar, director of the Indian Institute of Science, said that increased government science funding in recent years has enabled the university to enhance grants for new hires, invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure and encourage interdisciplinary research. The institution is working hard to attract more scientists from other countries, he added.
“This growing talent pool augurs well for the country,” he said. “The government is doing its part by enhancing its education and research budget across the board.”
However, Richard Everitt, director of education at British Council India, warns that “reform is slow in India”, and although the country has one of the biggest higher education systems in the world and “some good institutions”, it still “doesn’t perform well on a global platform”.
Despite India’s gains, however, China still dominates the list, taking 52 - or more than one in six - places in the top 300. Six of these make the elite top 10, including Fudan University, which rose 11 places to reach sixth place this year, and Peking and Tsinghua universities, which hold on to the top two spots for the fourth year running.
While the two Asian giants have improved their showing, the performance of the other BRICS nations is waning, largely because of increased competition as a result of expanding the list to rank 300 universities from 41 countries, up from 200 institutions in 35 nations last year.
Brazil no longer has a university in the top 10, as the University of Sao Paulo slips four places to 13th, its lowest ever position, while half of South Africa’s eight universities have fallen.
Russia’s performance is more mixed; while 10 of its 24 universities have dropped places, Lomonosov Moscow State University holds on to third place amid increasing competition from China, and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology climbs 81 places to 12th, thanks to an improved performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The THE BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship World University Rankings but are re-calibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.
BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017
- Peking University — China
- Tsinghua University — China
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
- University of Cape Town — South Africa
- University of Science and Technology of China — China
- Fudan University — China
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- University of the Witwatersrand — South Africa
- Zhejiang University — China
- National Taiwan University — Taiwan
BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017
BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY
- 14 — Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
- 26 — Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
- =32 — Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
- =32 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
- 35 — Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
- =62 Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
- 71 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- 99 — Jadavpur University
- 106 — Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
- =107 — Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
- =109 — University of Delhi
- 135 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
- 140 — Tezpur University
- =143 — Savitribai Phule Pune University
- =157 — Aligarh Muslim University
- 179 — University of Calcutta
- =186 — Sri Venkateswara University
- 195 — National Institute of Technology Rourkela
- =196 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
- 201-250 — Acharya Nagarjuna University
- 201-250 — Amrita University
- 201-250 — Andhra University
- 201-250 — Osmania University
- 251-300 — Amity University
- 251-300 — Cochin University of Science and Technology
- 251-300 — Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
- 251-300 — Manipal University
November 24, 2016
UN Secretary-General Addresses Disarmament Event at NYU
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a keynote address on “The Future of Multilateral Disarmament” at an event hosted by the Centre for Global Affairs (CGA) of New York University (NYU). The UN Secretary-General also took part in a Q&A session moderated by Edith Lederer, chief UN correspondent for the Associated Press. 22 November 2016. New York, United States. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote address on “The Future of Multilateral Disarmament” at an event hosted by the Centre for Global Affairs (CGA) of New York University (NYU). The UN Secretary-General (right) with NYU President Andrew Hamilton on the occasion. 22 November 2016. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.”
— Victor Hugo.
“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte.
“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte.
October 5, 2016
L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards 2017 Announced
Photo: Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier, 2016 Laureate, L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science. Image Credit: Thierry Bouët for L’Oréal Foundation. Image provided by & Copyright © L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science.
Photo: A trainee at the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Rising Talents Training Session, Paris. Image Credit: Stéphane Cardinale for L’Oréal Foundation. Image provided by & Copyright © L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science.
Photos: France L’Oréal-UNESCO 2016 Awards Ceremony. Images provided by & Copyright © Fondation L’Oréal.
The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO today announced the laureates of the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in the physical sciences. They will receive their awards at a ceremony in Paris on 23 March 2017.
Proposed by an international community of more than 2,000 leading scientists, the five laureates were selected by an independent international jury of 12 renowned scientists presided this year by Professor Christian Amatore, of the French Académie des sciences.
Each laureate will receive a prize of €100,000 as reward for her contribution to science.
Laureates are as under:
Name of the Laureate
• AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
Professor Niveen KHASHAB
Associate Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), SAUDI ARABIA
“For her contributions to innovative smart hybrid materials aimed at drug delivery and for developing new techniques to monitor intracellular antioxidant activity.”
• ASIA PACIFIC
Professor Michelle SIMMONS
Professor, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology - University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
“For her pioneering contributions to quantum and atomic electronics, constructing atomic transistors en route to quantum computers.”
Professor Nicola SPALDIN
Professor and Chair of Materials Theory, ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND
Solid State Physics
“For her groundbreaking multidisciplinary work predicting, describing and creating new materials that have switchable magnetic and ferroelectric properties.”
• NORTH AMERICA
Professor Zhenan BAO
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA
“For her outstanding contribution to and mastery of the development of novel functional polymers for consumer electronics, energy storage and biomedical applications.”
• LATIN AMERICA
Professor Maria Teresa RUIZ
Professor, Department of Astronomy, Dept. / Universidad de Chile, CHILE
“For her discovery of the first brown dwarf and her seminal work on understanding the faintest stars, including stars at the final stages of their evolution (white dwarfs).”
Through its “For Women in Science” programme, a worldwide partnership with UNESCO, the L’Oréal Foundation motivates girls in High School to pursue scientific careers, supports women researchers and rewards excellence in a field where women remain underrepresented.
September 28, 2016
U.S. News & World Report Releases 2017 Best U.S. Colleges Rankings
Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Image Credit & Copyright © Corey Seeman.
U.S. News & World Report has announced the 2017 Best U.S. Colleges rankings to help students worldwide compare the academic quality of more than 1,800 U.S.-based schools. Princeton University remains No. 1 in the Best National Universities category. For the 14th consecutive year, Williams College takes the top spot on the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list.
California schools make a strong showing in the Top Public Schools list. The University of California—Berkeley is the No. 1 Top Public School among National Universities for the 19th year.
Military academies lead the Top Public Schools among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The United States Naval Academy is the No. 1 Top Public School among National Liberal Arts Colleges.
The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes - including graduation and retention rates - which carry the most weight at 30 percent.
In the detailed report, school profiles include specifics on academic life, financial aid, student body makeup and more. Students can research schools with the most Economic Diversity and Campus Ethnic Diversity, as well as the Most International Students.
“Research has shown that smaller classes foster a productive and positive learning environment,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “With this new index measure, U.S. News takes fuller advantage of the data schools provide and rewards schools that make an effort to better serve their students with smaller classes.”
The college ranking categories in the report are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education.
2017 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings
National Universities - Top 10
- Princeton University (NJ)
- Harvard University (MA)
- University of Chicago (IL) (tie)
- Yale University (CT) (tie)
- Columbia University (NY) (tie)
- Stanford University (CA) (tie)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Duke University (NC) (tie)
- University of Pennsylvania (tie)
- Johns Hopkins University (MD)
National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 10
- Williams College (MA)
- Amherst College (MA)
- Wellesley College (MA)
- Middlebury College (VT) (tie)
- Swarthmore College (PA) (tie)
- Bowdoin College (ME)
- Carleton College (MN) (tie)
- Pomona College (CA) (tie)
- Claremont McKenna College (CA) (tie)
- Davidson College (NC) (tie)
Top Public Schools
National Universities - Top 5
- University of California—Berkeley
- University of California—Los Angeles (tie)
- University of Virginia (tie)
- University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
- University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 5
- United States Naval Academy (MD)
- United States Military Academy (NY)
- United States Air Force Academy (CO)
- Virginia Military Institute
- New College of Florida
September 23, 2016
STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2016 MEDALISTS UNVEILED
Photo: Johnny Coffeen, winner of the bronze medal in the alternative film category for “The Swan Girl,” during the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 22, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Richard Harbaugh / Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Maya Sarfaty, winner of the gold medal in the foreign documentary film category for “The Most Beautiful Woman,” with actress Daisy Ridley during the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 22, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photos: Alternative film winner Yvonne Ng prior to the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 22, in Beverly Hills. Images Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored 17 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 43rd Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Joel Edgerton, Lucy Liu, Daisy Ridley and Parker Sawyers.
The 2016 Student Academy Award winners are:
- Gold: “All These Voices,” David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute
- Silver: “Cloud Kumo,” Yvonne Ng, City College of New York
- Bronze: “The Swan Girl,” Johnny Coffeen, Maharishi University of Management
- Gold: “Once upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, University of Southern California
- Silver: “The Wishgranter,” Echo Wu, Ringling College of Art and Design
- Bronze: “Die Flucht,” Carter Boyce, DePaul University
- Gold: “4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki, University of California, Berkeley
- Silver: “Fairy Tales,” Rongfei Guo, New York University
- Bronze: “From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City,” Elise Conklin, Michigan State University
- Gold: “Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University
- Silver: “It’s Just a Gun,” Brian Robau, Chapman University
- Bronze: “Rocket,” Brenna Malloy, Chapman University
- Gold: “Invention of Trust,” Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film, Munich (Germany)
- Silver: “Where the Woods End,” Felix Ahrens, Film University, Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)
- Bronze: “Tenants,” Klara Kochanska, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz (Poland)
- Gold: “Ayny - My Second Eye,” Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (Germany)
- Gold: “The Most Beautiful Woman,” Maya Sarfaty, Tel Aviv University (Israel)
New this year, the Foreign Film category was expanded to include separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries. All categories had three potential placements except for the Foreign Animation and Foreign Documentary categories, in which only Gold Medal awards were given.
The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 51 Oscar nominations and have won or shared nine awards.
September 22, 2016
Times Higher Education announces its World University Rankings 2016-2017
Photo: Magdalen Tower, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Image Credit & Copyright © Lawrence O.P.
London, September 21, 2016 — The University of Oxford has become the first UK university to top the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the 12-year history of the table. It knocks the five-time leader, the California Institute of Technology, into second place in the World University Rankings 2016-2017.
Oxford’s success can be attributed to improved performances across the four main indicators underlying the methodology of the ranking - teaching, research, citations and international outlook. More specifically the institution’s total income and research income is rising faster than its staff numbers, its research is more influential, and it has been more successful at drawing in international talent.
Two new Asian universities, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, make the top 100. While another four, City University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology of China, Fudan University, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, join the top 200.
Furthermore, China’s two flagship universities have both made gains - Peking University joins the top 30 at 29th (up from 42nd last year), while Tsinghua University joins the top 40 at 35th (up from joint 47th). Asia’s leading institution, the National University of Singapore, is at 24th - its highest ever rank.
Meanwhile, India’s leading university - the Indian Institute of Science - is edging closer to the top 200, claiming a spot in the 201-250 band, its highest ever position.
289 Asian universities from 24 countries make the list of 980 institutions and an elite group of 19 are in the top 200, up from 15 last year.
Richard Robison, emeritus professor in the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, said while there are a “small number” of Asian universities “making international strides”, many are much further behind.
He said that Asian universities create a “very pressured environment”, have “a lot of learning by rote” and there is “not a lot of discussion in classes”.
THE World University Rankings 2016-2017: Top 10
2016-17 Rank — Institution — Country
- University of Oxford — United Kingdom
- California Institute of Technology — United States
- Stanford University — United States
- University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
- Harvard University — United States
- Princeton University — United States
- Imperial College London — United Kingdom
- ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich — Switzerland
- University of California, Berkeley — United States
- University of Chicago — United States
INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA
2016-17 Rank — Institution
- 201-250 Indian Institute of Science
- 351-400 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
- 401-500 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
- 401-500 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
- 401-500 Indian Institute of Technology Madras
- 501-600 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
- 501-600 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
- 501-600 Jadavpur University
- 601-800 Aligarh Muslim University
- 601-800 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
- 601-800 University of Calcutta
- 601-800 University of Delhi
- 601-800 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
- 601-800 National Institute of Technology Rourkela
- 601-800 Panjab University Chandigarh
- 601-800 Savitribai Phule Pune University
- 601-800 Sri Venkateswara University
- 601-800 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
- 601-800 Tezpur University
- 801+ Acharya Nagarjuna University
- 801+ Amity University
- 801+ Amrita University
- 801+ Andhra University
- 801+ Cochin University of Science and Technology
- 801+ Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
- 801+ Manipal University
- 801+ Osmania University
- 801+ SASTRA University
- 801+ Sathyabama University
- 801+ SRM University
- 801+ Vellore Institute of Technology
September 17, 2016
Athens named UNESCO World Book Capital for 2018
Photo: Athens City, Greece. Image Credit & Coyright © Xiquinho Silva.
Photo: The Acropolis, Athens, Greece. Image Credit & Coyright © Xiquinho Silva.
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, has named Athens World Book Capital for 2018 on the recommendation of the programme’s Advisory Committee.
The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry. The proposed programme includes meetings with writers, translators and illustrators, concerts, thematic exhibitions, poetry readings and workshops for publishing professionals. The aim of the programme is to make books accessible to the city’s entire population, including migrants and refugees. Members of the Advisory Committee also praised Athens’ cultural infrastructure and its expertise in organizing international events.
Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year which starts with the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day (23 April).
The Advisory Committee brings together representatives of UNESCO, the International Publishers Associations (IPA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). It recently met in Paris, at UNESCO’s Headquarters, to examine a record number of candidacies for the title of World Book Capital.
Athens is the 18th city to become World Book Capital. It was preceded by 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), Incheon (2015), Wroclaw (2016) and Conakry (2017).
September 6, 2016
"Investment in Universities Pays" indicate the just announced QS World University Rankings 2016/2017
Photo: The University of Chicago Campus, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Image Credit & Copyright © Corey Seeman.
Photo: A building at the university campus. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Image Credit & Copyright © Juhanson.
• The thirteenth edition of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings, announced today, indicates that investment in higher education - either public or private - is a key differentiating factor between this year’s risers (South Korea, Russia, the US, and China) and fallers (Most of Western and Southern Europe, South Africa, and Latin America).
- MIT is the world’s top university for the fifth consecutive year.
- Stanford, 2nd and Harvard, 3rd, follow.
- US institutions hold all top-three places for the first time since 2004/5.
- Western European institutions consistently suffer drops, particularly the UK and Germany. The University of Cambridge drops to fourth.
- Russia and South Korea rise significantly (16 top-500 universities compared to 13 last year).
- China progresses; Tsinghua (24th) achieves its highest-ever position.
- National University of Singapore (12th) leads Asian universities.
- Australia and Canada increase their representation in the top 200, with nine universities apiece, one more than last year.
- Latin America struggles, but sees a top-100 institution for the first time since 2006. Universidad de Buenos Aires (85th) occupies the second-highest rank ever achieved by a Latin American university.
- Universidade de Sao Paulo also occupies its highest-ever position (120th).
TOP 20 UNIVERSITIES 2016/2017
- MIT (US)
- STANFORD (US)
- HARVARD (US)
- CAMBRIDGE (UK)
- CALTECH (US)
- OXFORD (UK)
- UCL (UK)
- ETH ZURICH (SWITZERLAND)
- IMPERIAL COLLEGE (UK)
- CHICAGO (US)
- PRINCETON (US)
- NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (SINGAPORE)
- NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (SINGAPORE)
- EPFL (SWITZERLAND)
- YALE (US)
- CORNELL (US)
- JOHNS HOPKINS (US)
- UPENN (US)
- EDINBURGH (UK)
- COLUMBIA (US)
QS World University Rankings 2016/17 — INDIA
QS RANK — INSTITUTION
- 152 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
- 185 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
- 219 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
- 249 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
- 302 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
- 313 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
- 399 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
- 481-490 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
- 501-550 — University of Delhi
- 651-700 — University of Calcutta
- 701+ — Banaras Hindu University
- 701+ — Panjab University Chandigarh
- 701+ — University of Mumbai
- 701+ — University of Pune
74,651 academics and 37,781 employers contributed to the rankings through the QS global surveys, the largest of their kind. QS analyzed 10.3 million research papers and 66.3 million citations, indexed by Elsevier’s Scopus database.
• Ben Sowter, Head of Research, QS, said: “Institutions in countries providing high levels of targeted funding, whether from endowments or the public purse, rise. Conversely, Western European nations making or proposing cuts to public research spending lose ground to their US and Asian counterparts.”
The rankings include 916 universities from 81 countries. Thirty-three countries feature in the Top 200. The US dominates, with 48 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia (9), Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).
August 4, 2016
India's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Announces Revised Grading System
Photo: University of Mumbai, India. Image Credit: Steve.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India has informed that it has reviewed and revised its grading system from a four grade system to a seven grade system. More number of letter grades within the same CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) range will lead to further differentiation in quality of accredited institutions. The details of the revised grading system, being implemented from 1st July, 2016 onwards, are as follows:
The NAAC has further informed that the present system of descriptors for letter grades, i.e., Very Good, Good, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory, has been discontinued in the revised grading system.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, in parliament.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an organisation that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education (universities and colleges) in India. It is an autonomous body funded by the University Grants Commission of Government of India and is headquartered in Bangalore.
According to NAAC, “Assessment and Accreditation is broadly used for understanding the “Quality Status” of an institution. In the context of Higher Education, the accreditation status indicates that the particular Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) - a College, a University, or any other recognised Unit therein, meets the standards of quality as set by the Accreditation Agency, in terms of its performance, related to the educational processes and outcomes, covering the curriculum, teaching-learning, evaluation, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance, financial well being and student services.”
July 20, 2016
QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 Announced
Photo: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Original building, built 1937. Image Credit & Copyright © Bill/USAFA87.
London, July 20, 2016 — Released today, the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 see Chinese universities confirm their dominance of the tables. Led by Tsinghua University (1st) and Peking University (2nd), China now occupies the top five spots in the ranking, and accounts for almost half (23) of the top 50.
Published annually, the QS University Rankings: BRICS compares leading universities in the five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Collectively accounting for 42% of the world’s population, these five nations remain significant players in the changing global economy, and all have placed higher education at the center of plans for continued development.
For 2016, the ranking has been extended to feature the top 250 BRICS universities (previously 200). This expansion particularly benefits Brazil and India, which now have 54 and 44 entries respectively (compared to 40 and 31 last year). Nonetheless, China remains the most-represented nation, appearing 86 times, followed by Russia (55). South Africa has 11 universities featured, led by the University of Cape Town in 14th place.
Top 10 Universities in the BRICS Countries - Overall
(Based on the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016)
Rank — Institution — Country
- Tsinghua University — China
- Peking University — China
- Fudan University — China
- University of Science and Technology of China — China
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- Indian Institute of Science Bangalore — India
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russia
- Nanjing University — China
- Zhejiang University — China
- Universidade de Sao Paulo — Brazil
The academic reputation indicator, based on a global survey of academics, awards full marks to four of the leading Chinese universities, as well as Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University and Brazil’s Universidade de Sao Paulo. All of these except the Russian institution also claim full marks in the employer reputation indicator, joined by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA
BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY
- 6 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India
- 13 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India
- 15 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), India
- 19 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India
- 22 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK), India
- 25 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), India
- 39 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), India
- 41 — University of Delhi, India
- 54 — University of Calcutta, India
- 54 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India
- 68 — University of Mumbai, India
- 88 — Jadavpur University, India
- 89 — University of Madras, India
- 101-110 — Banaras Hindu University, India
- 101-110 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
- 101-110 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
- 111-120 — National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India
- 111-120 — University of Calicut, India
- 121-130 — Amity University, India
- 131-140 — University of Pune, India
- 131-140 — Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India
- 131-140 — Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
- 141-150 — Bharathidasan University, India
- 151-200 — Anna University, India
- 151-200 — Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
- 151-200 — Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
- 151-200 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University), India
- 151-200 — Andhra University, India
- 151-200 — Dr. Harisingh Gour University (University of Sagar), Sagar, India
- 151-200 — G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Mysore, India
- 201-250 — Mangalore University, Mangalore, India
- 201-250 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA), India
- 201-250 — National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India
- 201-250 — Pondicherry University, India
- 201-250 — Cochin University of Science & Technology, India
- 201-250 — Goa University, India
- 201-250 — Indian School of Mines (ISM) University, Dhanbad, India
- 201-250 — Motilal Nehru NIT (MNNIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Sri Krishnadevaraya Univesity, India
- 201-250 — University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India
- 201-250 — VIT University, India
QS University Rankings: BRICS Top 10 Universities in India 2016 https://t.co/EPjnAWOeAS— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) July 20, 2016
July 7, 2016
European Fashion Award FASH 2016 Awarded to Seven Promising Young Designers
Photo: Berlin, Germany — Young Fashion Designer and Award Winner Aylin Tamta during the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 at Neues Museum on June 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo © Isa Foltin/Getty Images for SDBI).
Berlin, Germany — At the start of Berlin Fashion Week, seven promising young designers were awarded the European Fashion Award FASH 2016. The awards, valued at EUR 200,000 in total, were presented in front of 250 guests on Monday evening by SDBI - Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation).
The Award Winners
- 1st prize: Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle University of Art and Design (7th semester)
- 2nd prize: Julian Weth, Akademie JAK, Hamburg (7th semester)
- 3rd prize: Aylin Tomta, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (4th semester)
Graduate Projects Category
- 1st prize: Katharina Buczek, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (Master’s)
- 2nd prize: Agnė Alaburdaitė, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (Bachelor’s)
- 3rd prize: Rani Maria Lange, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (Master’s)
This demanding competition attracts entrants from all over the world and is aimed at design students in their fourth semester and beyond. This year, the winning collections were selected from projects submitted by 151 participants from 28 countries.