March 23, 2017
International Association of Universities (IAU) embarks on a dedicated "Internationalization of Higher Education" Campaign
Photo: A section of UNESCO headquarters building, Paris, France. Image Credit: Anna Armstrong.
The UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions, International Association of Universities (IAU), is strengthening its Higher Education Internationalization program.
What is Internationalization of Higher Education?
Professor Hans De Wit, a well-known specialist in this field, and founding editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’, describes it as “the intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions and delivery of post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society.”
While, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), defines it as “the complex of processes whose combined effect, whether planned or not, is to enhance the international dimension of the experience of higher education in universities and similar educational institutions.”
IAU has categorized the internationalization process into five areas:
- Academic mobility
- Internationalization at home, of the curriculum, and learning outcomes
- Internationalization of research
- Borderless, offshore, transnational and cross-border education
- Development cooperation and capacity building
What are the academic benefits of Internationalization of Higher Education?
According to IAU, academic benefits of internationalization include:
- Improved quality of teaching and learning as well as research.
- Deeper engagement with national, regional, and global issues and stakeholders.
- Better preparation of students as national and global citizens and as productive members of the workforce.
- Access for students to programs that are unavailable or scarce in their home countries.
- Enhanced opportunities for faculty improvement and, through mobility, decreased risk of academic ‘inbreeding’.
- Possibility to participate in international networks to conduct research on pressing issues at home and abroad and benefit from the expertise and perspectives of researchers from many parts of the world.
- Opportunity to situate institutional performance within the context of international good practice.
- Improved institutional policy-making, governance, student services, outreach, and quality assurance through sharing of experiences across national borders.
Giorgio Marinoni, Manager of Internationalization Policy at IAU, told the editor that “globalization has completely changed the environment in which Higher Education institutions around the world operate and it is a phenomenon they cannot ignore.”
IAU’s program of advisory services for advancing internationalization, called ISAS (2.0), consists of several different but complementary services offered to IAU Members, other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), individuals at HEIs, national governments and other organizations.
IAU has, meanwhile, called upon higher education institutions pursuing internationalization to adhere to the following values:
- Commitment to promote academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and social responsibility.
- Pursuit of socially responsible practices locally and internationally, such as equity in access and success, and non-discrimination.
- Adherence to accepted standards of scientific integrity and research ethics.
- Placement of academic goals such as student learning, the advancement of research, engagement with the community, and addressing global problems at the centre of their internationalization efforts.
- Pursuit of the internationalization of the curriculum as well as extra curricula activities so that non-mobile students, still the overwhelming majority, can also benefit from internationalization and gain the global competences they will need.
- Engagement in the unprecedented opportunity to create international communities of research, learning, and practice to solve pressing global problems.
- Affirmation of reciprocal benefit, respect, and fairness as the basis for partnership.
- Treatment of international students and scholars ethically and respectfully in all aspects of their relationship with the institution.
- Pursuit of innovative forms of collaboration that address resource differences and enhance human and institutional capacity across nations.
- Safeguarding and promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity and respecting local concerns and practices when working outside one’s own nation.
- Continuous assessment of the impacts - intended and unintended, positive and negative - of internationalization activities on other institutions.
- Responding to new internationalization challenges through international dialogue that combines consideration of fundamental values with the search for practical solutions to facilitate interaction between higher education institutions across borders and cultures while respecting and promoting diversity.
Founded in 1950, under the auspices of UNESCO, the International Association of Universities (IAU), with headquarters at UNESCO, Paris, France, is the leading global association of higher education institutions and organisations.
Its members from India, for example, include the following among others:
- University of Delhi
- University of Mysore
- University of Jammu
- Amrita University
- Banaras Hindu University
- Birla Institute of Technology & Science
- Chandigarh University
- Indian Institute of Information Technology
- National Law University, Delhi
- Panjab University, Chandigarh
- Lovely Professional University
- South Asian University
International Association of Universities (IAU) chairs the editorial team of the “Internationalisation of Higher Education” handbook. This handbook, published by DUZ Academic Publishers, Berlin, Germany, is a valuable tool and source of reference for any higher education institution.
The editor, Surender Hastir MAUA, is an independent consultant and an expert in internationalization of higher education. He is currently collaborating with IAU in advancing this field.
March 8, 2017
United Nations Marks International Women’s Day
Photo: Observance of International Women’s Day at UN headquarters in New York under the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.
Anne Hathaway, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, watches a video introducing her prior to addressing the event.
08 March 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: The UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) holds a series of events, including a roundtable on gender and sport, to mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2017). 08 March 2017. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre.
February 27, 2017
Oscars 2017 Nominees and Winners Complete List. Casey Affleck Best Actor, Emma Stone Best Actress
Photo: Casey Affleck poses with the Oscar for Performance by an actor in a Leading role for his work on “Manchester by the Sea” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Mike Baker. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Emma Stone poses with the Oscar for Performance by an actress in a leading role for her work on “La La Land” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Mike Baker. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Damien Chazelle poses backstage with the Oscar for Achievement in directing for his work on “La La Land” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Mike Baker. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Casey Affleck accepts the Oscar for Performance by an actor in a Leading role for his work on “Manchester by the Sea” from presenter Brie Larson during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photograher: Mark Suban. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Viola Davis poses backstage with the Oscar for Performance by an actress in a supporting role for her work on “Fences” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Mike Baker. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Auli’l Cravalho arrives at The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Phil McCarten. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Olivia Culpo arrives at The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Mike Baker. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Dev Patel, Oscar nominee, arrives with a guest on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Mike Baker. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Halley Berry, presenter, arrives on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Mike Baker. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Priyanka Chopra arrives on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Michael Yada. Image provided by & Copyright © A.M.P.A.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA - The 89th Oscars were held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and were televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars were also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Following is the Complete List of the Nominees and the Winners of the 89th Academy Awards:
Performance by an actor in a leading role
- Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” — WINNER
- Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
- Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
- Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
- Denzel Washington in “Fences”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
- Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” — WINNER
- Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
- Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
- Dev Patel in “Lion”
- Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
- Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
- Ruth Negga in “Loving”
- Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
- Emma Stone in “La La Land” — WINNER
- Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
- Viola Davis in “Fences” — WINNER
- Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
- Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
- Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
- Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”
Best animated feature film of the year
- “Kubo and the Two Strings” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
- “Moana” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
- “My Life as a Zucchini” Claude Barras and Max Karli
- “The Red Turtle” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
- “Zootopia” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer — WINNER
Achievement in cinematography
- “Arrival” Bradford Young
- “La La Land” Linus Sandgren — WINNER
- “Lion” Greig Fraser
- “Moonlight” James Laxton
- “Silence” Rodrigo Prieto
Achievement in costume design
- “Allied” Joanna Johnston
- “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Colleen Atwood — WINNER
- “Florence Foster Jenkins” Consolata Boyle
- “Jackie” Madeline Fontaine
- “La La Land” Mary Zophres
Achievement in directing
- “Arrival” Denis Villeneuve
- “Hacksaw Ridge” Mel Gibson
- “La La Land” Damien Chazelle — WINNER
- “Manchester by the Sea” Kenneth Lonergan
- “Moonlight” Barry Jenkins
Best documentary feature
- “Fire at Sea” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
- “I Am Not Your Negro” Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
- “Life, Animated” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
- “O.J.: Made in America” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow — WINNER
- “13th” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish
Best documentary short subject
- “Extremis” Dan Krauss
- “4.1 Miles” Daphne Matziaraki
- “Joe’s Violin” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
- “Watani: My Homeland” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
- “The White Helmets” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara — WINNER
Achievement in film editing
- “Arrival”Joe Walker
- “Hacksaw Ridge” John Gilbert — WINNER
- “Hell or High Water” Jake Roberts
- “La La Land” Tom Cross
- “Moonlight” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon
Best foreign language film of the year
- “Land of Mine” Denmark
- “A Man Called Ove” Sweden
- “The Salesman” Iran — WINNER
- “Tanna” Australia
- “Toni Erdmann” Germany
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
- “A Man Called Ove” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
- “Star Trek Beyond” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
- “Suicide Squad” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson — WINNER
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
- “Jackie” Mica Levi
- “La La Land” Justin Hurwitz — WINNER
- “Lion” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
- “Moonlight” Nicholas Britell
- “Passengers” Thomas Newman
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
- “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land” Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
- “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls” Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
- “City Of Stars” from “La La Land” Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — WINNER
- “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story” Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
- “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Best motion picture of the year
- “Arrival” Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
- “Fences” Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
- “Hacksaw Ridge” Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
- “Hell or High Water” Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
- “Hidden Figures” Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
- “La La Land” Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
- “Lion” Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
- “Manchester by the Sea” Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
- “Moonlight” Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers — WINNER
Achievement in production design
- “Arrival” Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte
- “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
- “Hail, Caesar!” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
- “La La Land” Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco — WINNER
- “Passengers” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
Best animated short film
- “Blind Vaysha” Theodore Ushev
- “Borrowed Time” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
- “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” Robert Valley and Cara Speller
- “Pearl” Patrick Osborne
- “Piper” Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer — WINNER
Best live action short film
- “Ennemis Intérieurs” Sélim Azzazi
- “La Femme et le TGV” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
- “Silent Nights” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
- “Sing” Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy — WINNER
- “Timecode” Juanjo Giménez
Achievement in sound editing
- “Arrival” Sylvain Bellemare — WINNER
- “Deepwater Horizon” Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
- “Hacksaw Ridge” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
- “La La Land” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
- “Sully” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Achievement in sound mixing
- “Arrival” Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
- “Hacksaw Ridge” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace — WINNER
- “La La Land” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
- “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
- “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth
Achievement in visual effects
- “Deepwater Horizon” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
- “Doctor Strange” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
- “The Jungle Book” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon — WINNER
- “Kubo and the Two Strings” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
- “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould
- “Arrival” Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
- “Fences” Screenplay by August Wilson
- “Hidden Figures” Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
- “Lion” Screenplay by Luke Davies
- “Moonlight” Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney — WINNER
- “Hell or High Water” Written by Taylor Sheridan
- “La La Land” Written by Damien Chazelle
- “The Lobster” Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
- “Manchester by the Sea” Written by Kenneth Lonergan — WINNER
- “20th Century Women” Written by Mike Mills
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 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
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 16, 2017
THE 65TH MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION
Photo: Miss Universe Chile, Catalina Paz Caceres, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe Ecuador, Connie Jimenez, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe Russia, Yuliana Korolkova, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe Spain, Noelia Freire, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe Turkey, Tansu Sila Cakir, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe India, Roshmitha Harimurthy, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe Argentina, Estefania Bernal, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe Bolivia, Antonella Moscatelli, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe Colombia, Andrea Tovar, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe Hungary, Veronika Bodizs, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Photo: Miss Universe Georgia, Nuka Karalashvili, at the photoshoot for the 65th Miss Universe Competition held at Chinatown, Philippines, on January 15, 2017. (Photo by Benjamin Askinas/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).
Photo: Miss Universe Iceland, Hildur Maria Leifsdottir, poses with a teddy bear at the Conrad Hotel in Manila, Philippines, on January 14, 2017. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).
Photo: Miss Universe Nicaragua, Marina Jacoby, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).
Photo: Miss Universe Spain, Noelia Freire, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).
Photo: Miss Universe Netherlands, Zoey Ivory, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).
Photo: Miss Universe India, Roshmitha Harimurthy, arrives for the Governor’s Ball in Manila, Philippines, on January 16, 2017. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).
MISS UNIVERSE CONTESTANTS
COUNTRY Name Age
- ALBANIA Lindita Idrizi 20
- ANGOLA Luísa Baptista 21
- ARGENTINA Estefania Bernal 21
- ARUBA Charlene Leslie 24
- AUSTRALIA Caris Tiivel 23
- AUSTRIA Dajana Dzinic 21
- BAHAMAS Cherell Williamson 24
- BARBADOS Shannon Harris 22
- BELGIUM Stephanie Geldof 19
- BELIZE Rebecca Kathleen Rath 23
- BOLIVIA Fabiana Antonella Moscatelli Saucedo 21
- BRAZIL Raissa Santana 21
- BRITISH V.I. Erika Renae Creque 22
- BULGARIA Violina Ancheva 21
- CANADA Siera Bearchell 23
- CAYMAN ILS Monyque Brooks 25
- CHILE Catalina Paz Caceres 26
- CHINA Li ZhenYing 23
- COLOMBIA Andrea Tovar 23
- COSTA RICA Carolina Rodriguez Duran 27
- CROATIA Barbara Filipovic 19
- CURACAO Chanelle de Lau 21
- CZECH REP. Andrea Bezdekova 21
- DENMARK Christina Mikkelsen 24
- DOMINICAN REP. Rosalba Abreu Garcia 24
- ECUADOR Connie Jimenez 21
- FINLAND Shirly Karvinen 24
- FRANCE Iris Mittenaere 24
- GEORGIA Nuka Karalashvili 25
- GERMANY Johanna Acs 24
- GREAT BRITAIN Jaime-Lee Faulkner 27
- GUAM Muñeka Joy Cruz Taisipic 19
- GUATEMALA Virginia Argueta 22
- GUYANA Soyini Asanti Fraser 26
- HAITI Raquel Pelissier 25
- HONDURAS Sirey Moran 26
- HUNGARY Veronika Bodizs 24
- ICELAND Hildur Maria Leifsdottir 24
- INDIA Roshmitha Harimurthy 22
- INDONESIA Kezia Warouw 25
- ISRAEL Yam Kaspers Anshel 18
- ITALY Sophia Sergio 24
- JAMAICA Isabel Dalley 20
- JAPAN Sari Nakazawa 23
- KAZAKHSTAN Darina Kulsitova 19
- KENYA Mary Esther Were 27
- KOREA Jenny Kim 23
- KOSOVO Camila Barraza 23
- MALAYSIA Kiran Jassal 20
- MALTA Martha Fenech 26
- MAURITIUS Kushboo Ramnawaj 26
- MEXICO Kristal Silva 25
- MYANMAR Htet Htet Htun 24
- NAMIBIA Lizelle Esterhuizen 20
- NETHERLANDS Zoey Ivory 23
- NEW ZEALAND Tania Dawson 24
- NICARAGUA Marina Jacoby 21
- NIGERIA Unoaku Anyadike 22
- NORWAY Christina Waage 21
- PANAMA Keity Drennan 26
- PARAGUAY Andrea Melgarejo 22
- PERU Valeria Piazza 27
- PHILIPINES Maxine Medina 26
- POLAND Izabella Krzan 21
- PORTUGAL Flavia Joana Brito 23
- PUERTO RICO Brenda Azaria Jimenez 22
- ROMANIA Teodora Dan 27
- RUSSIA Yuliana Korolkova 22
- SIERRA LEONE Hawa Kamara 26
- SINGAPORE Cheryl Chou Zhi Hui 20
- SLOVAK REP. Zuzana Kollarova 25
- SLOVENIA Lucija Potoc nik 25
- SOUTH AFRICA Ntandoyenkosi Kunene 24
- SPAIN Noelia Freire 24
- SRI LANKA Jayathi De Silva 26
- SWEDEN Ida Ovmar 21
- SWITZERLAND Dijana Cvijetic 23
- TANZANIA Jihan Dimack 20
- THAILAND Chalita Suansane 22
- TURKEY Tansu Sila Cakir 21
- UKRAINE Alena Spodynyuk 19
- URUGUAY Magdalena Cohendet 19
- USA Deshauna Barber 27
- US VIRGIN ISLANDS Carolyn Carter 27
- VENEZUELA Mariam Habach 21
- VIETNAM Le Hang 23
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 31, 2016
New York Times Square 2017 New Year Eve Celebrations: One Billion People Expected to Watch the Countdown Extravaganza on TOSHIBA VISION
Photo: New Delhi New Year’s Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by TOSHIBA CORPORATION/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION. © 2016 Getty Images.)
Photo: New Delhi New Year’s Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by TOSHIBA CORPORATION/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION. © 2016 Getty Images.)
Photo: Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, along with presenting sponsor, Planet Fitness, throw handfuls of confetti from the Hard Rock Cafe marquee as part of the annual confetti test. The colorful event is held in preparation for the release of one ton of confetti at midnight on New Year Eve.
As the clock strikes one minute before midnight on December 31st, all eyes will be on TOSHIBA VISION as it screens the 60-second light and sound countdown extravaganza. One billion viewers are expected to watch the countdown from all around the globe via television and online broadcast.
The countdown party itself will include live music performances by superstar celebrities, such as Mariah Carey, Thomas Rhett, DNCE and Rachel Platten. Also, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” will take to the stage to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ExploraVision, an educational science and technology competition held in North America by Toshiba Corp. and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
During the day, TOSHIBA VISION will showcase international countdowns for major cities in different time zones as follows (all times in EST):
• 10.00am: Tokyo, Japan
• 11.00am: Beijing, China / Singapore / Manila, Philippines
• 12.00pm: Jakarta, Indonesia / Hanoi, Vietnam / Bangkok, Thailand
• 1.00pm: Dhaka, Bangladesh
• 1.30pm: New Delhi, India
• 3.00pm: Dubai, UAE
• 4.00pm: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia / Moscow, Russia
• 5.00pm: Cairo, Egypt / Athens, Greece / Istanbul, Turkey
The hourly countdown for New York will begin at 5.59pm.
Toshiba has been the sponsor for the New York Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations since the 2010 countdown.
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 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
December 1, 2016
United Nations Secretary-General at New York Society for Ethical Culture
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at podium) speaks at Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at New York Society for Ethical Culture. 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) attends Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at New York Society for Ethical Culture. On the left is Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
“There are many statues of men slaying lions, but if only the lions were sculptors there might be quite a different set of statues.”
― Aesop (621 - 564 BC).
“He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.”
― William Shakespeare, King Lear (III, vi, 19-21).
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.
November 19, 2016
UNESCO names filmmaker & music producer Deeyah Khan as its Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity
Photo: Music producer, composer, documentary film director, and human rights activist, Deeyah Khan, at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Violaine Martin. Image provided by & copyright © United Nations Office at Geneva.
Paris, France - November 18, 2016 — UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will designate the Norwegian film director of Punjabi (Pakistani) and Pashtun (Afghan) origin Deeyah Khan a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity. The ceremony will take place on Monday, 21 November at 1:00 pm at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
According to UNESCO, Deeyah Khan is being appointed in recognition of her commitment to promote art as a universal language and a force for development, dialogue and social cohesion, for her contribution to the improvement of fairer and freer societies through her work as a film director, and for her commitment in favour of the Organization’s ideals.
As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Deeyah Khan will promote freedom of creation for artists and the creative industries in developing countries in line with the principles of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who spread its ideals.
October 29, 2016
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October 26, 2016
Ending Modern Slavery
Photo: U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, takes a selfie with an outstanding individual who is fighting to end human trafficking at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) at the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 24, 2016. (State Department Photo).
October 18, 2016
UN Secretary-General Attends Opening of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador
Photo: QUITO, ECUADOR — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon (left), attends opening of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, HABITAT III. Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, is seated on the right. 16 October 2016. Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
October 12, 2016
85 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2016 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR
Photo: Poster of “Son of Saul”, winner of the 88th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Image Credit: © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Actor Danny Trejo (left) and Moderator Christopher Nolan prior to a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Actress Amy Brenneman and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson following a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. Yemen is a first-time entrant.
The 2016 submissions are:
- Albania, “Chromium,” Bujar Alimani, director;
- Algeria, “The Well,” Lotfi Bouchouchi, director;
- Argentina, “The Distinguished Citizen,” Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat, directors;
- Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors;
- Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe,” Maria Schrader, director;
- Bangladesh, “The Unnamed,” Tauquir Ahmed, director;
- Belgium, “The Ardennes,” Robin Pront, director;
- Bolivia, “Sealed Cargo,” Julia Vargas Weise, director;
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo,” Danis Tanovic, director;
- Brazil, “Little Secret,” David Schurmann, director;
- Bulgaria, “Losers,” Ivaylo Hristov, director;
- Cambodia, “Before the Fall,” Ian White, director;
- Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan, director;
- Chile, “Neruda,” Pablo Larraín, director;
- China, “Xuan Zang,” Huo Jianqi, director;
- Colombia, “Alias Maria,” Jose Luis Rugeles, director;
- Costa Rica, “About Us,” Hernán Jiménez, director;
- Croatia, “On the Other Side,” Zrinko Ogresta, director;
- Cuba, “The Companion,” Pavel Giroud, director;
- Czech Republic, “Lost in Munich,” Petr Zelenka, director;
- Denmark, “Land of Mine,” Martin Zandvliet, director;
- Dominican Republic, “Sugar Fields,” Fernando Baez, director;
- Ecuador, “Such Is Life in the Tropics,” Sebastián Cordero, director;
- Egypt, “Clash,” Mohamed Diab, director;
- Estonia, “Mother,” Kadri Kousaar, director;
- Finland, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” Juho Kuosmanen, director;
- France, “Elle,” Paul Verhoeven, director;
- Georgia, “House of Others,” Rusudan Glurjidze, director;
- Germany, “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, director;
- Greece, “Chevalier,” Athina Rachel Tsangari, director;
- Hong Kong, “Port of Call,” Philip Yung, director;
- Hungary, “Kills on Wheels,” Attila Till, director;
- Iceland, “Sparrows,” Runar Runarsson, director;
- India, “Interrogation,” Vetri Maaran, director;
- Indonesia, “Letters from Prague,” Angga Dwimas Sasongko, director;
- Iran, “The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
- Iraq, “El Clásico,” Halkawt Mustafa, director;
- Israel, “Sand Storm,” Elite Zexer, director;
- Italy, “Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi, director;
- Japan, “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son,” Yoji Yamada, director;
- Jordan, “3000 Nights,” Mai Masri, director;
- Kazakhstan, “Amanat,” Satybaldy Narymbetov, director;
- Kosovo, “Home Sweet Home,” Faton Bajraktari, director;
- Kyrgyzstan, “A Father’s Will,” Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu, directors;
- Latvia, “Dawn,” Laila Pakalnina, director;
- Lebanon, “Very Big Shot,” Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, director;
- Lithuania, “Seneca’s Day,” Kristijonas Vildziunas, director;
- Luxembourg, “Voices from Chernobyl,” Pol Cruchten, director;
- Macedonia, “The Liberation of Skopje,” Rade Serbedzija, Danilo Serbedzija, directors;
- Malaysia, “Beautiful Pain,” Tunku Mona Riza, director;
- Mexico, “Desierto,” Jonas Cuaron, director;
- Montenegro, “The Black Pin,” Ivan Marinovic, director;
- Morocco, “A Mile in My Shoes,” Said Khallaf, director;
- Nepal, “The Black Hen,” Min Bahadur Bham, director;
- Netherlands, “Tonio,” Paula van der Oest, director;
- New Zealand, “A Flickering Truth,” Pietra Brettkelly, director;
- Norway, “The King’s Choice,” Erik Poppe, director;
- Pakistan, “Mah-e-Mir,” Anjum Shahzad, director;
- Palestine, “The Idol,” Hany Abu-Assad, director;
- Panama, “Salsipuedes,” Ricardo Aguilar Navarro, Manolito Rodríguez, directors;
- Peru, “Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes),” Juan Daniel F. Molero, director;
- Philippines, “Ma’ Rosa,” Brillante Ma Mendoza, director;
- Poland, “Afterimage,” Andrzej Wajda, director;
- Portugal, “Letters from War,” Ivo M. Ferreira, director;
- Romania, “Sieranevada,” Cristi Puiu, director;
- Russia, “Paradise,” Andrei Konchalovsky, director;
- Saudi Arabia, “Barakah Meets Barakah,” Mahmoud Sabbagh, director;
- Serbia, “Train Driver’s Diary,” Milos Radovic, director;
- Singapore, “Apprentice,” Boo Junfeng, director;
- Slovakia, “Eva Nova,” Marko Skop, director;
- Slovenia, “Houston, We Have a Problem!” Ziga Virc, director;
- South Africa, “Call Me Thief,” Daryne Joshua, director;
- South Korea, “The Age of Shadows,” Kim Jee-woon, director;
- Spain, “Julieta,” Pedro Almodóvar, director;
- Sweden, “A Man Called Ove,” Hannes Holm, director;
- Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras, director;
- Taiwan, “Hang in There, Kids!” Laha Mebow, director;
- Thailand, “Karma,” Kanittha Kwunyoo, director;
- Turkey, “Cold of Kalandar,” Mustafa Kara, director;
- Ukraine, “Ukrainian Sheriffs,” Roman Bondarchuk, director;
- United Kingdom, “Under the Shadow,” Babak Anvari, director;
- Uruguay, “Breadcrumbs,” Manane Rodríguez, director;
- Venezuela, “From Afar,” Lorenzo Vigas, director;
- Vietnam, “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass,” Victor Vu, director;
- Yemen, “I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced,” Khadija Al-Salami, director.
The competitive Foreign Language Film category was introduced in 1956 for the 29th Academy Awards. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Academy has created a complete playlist of acceptance speeches and a poster gallery of all the Foreign Language Film Oscar winners.
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
October 6, 2016
U.S. Postal Service Commemorates Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp
New York City — October 5, 2016 — The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali by dedicating the Diwali Forever stamp. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Consulate General of India in New York City.
“The Postal Service is honored to issue this Forever stamp that celebrates the Festival of Diwali,” said U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Mail Entry and Payment Technology Pritha Mehra. “We hope these stamps will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mailstream.”
Joining Mehra in the dedication ceremony were: Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India; Diwali Stamp Project Chair Ranju Batra; India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Member of the United Nations Security Council (Ret.) Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri; Sand Hill Group Managing Director M. R. Rangaswami; and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
“While this journey may have taken years, the Postal Service has issued a Diwali stamp that will continue to resonate forever,” said Ranju Batra. “Now for the first time there is a stamp that celebrates Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as Americans forever. Our heartfelt thanks to all of those who have supported this stamp. The Diwali stamp will be a matter of pride for generations to come.”
The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils.
Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, Diwali is considered by some to be the start of the new year.
On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of, or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November. In 2016, the main day of the festival will be celebrated Oct. 29 for South Indians and Oct 30 for North Indians.
Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which roughly translates as “a necklace of lights.” During Diwali, the flickering oil-wick diyas sprinkle the homes of observers around the world.
Before the festival, many Hindus traditionally go shopping, clean their homes, open their doors and windows, create intricate rangoli — a vibrant floor pattern traditionally made from materials such as rice powder, colored sand and flower petals — and light diyas with hopes that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, will visit.
In some regions of India, people play games, just as Hindu lore says that the god Shiva did. On the festive main day of the holiday, families pray for Lakshmi, dress up in their best clothes, enjoy lavish feasts and sweets, exchange gifts and light fireworks. Diwali also marks the new year for people in Gujarat and a few other states of India. Diwali also is celebrated as a major holiday by followers of the Jain and Sikh faiths.
• The Diwali stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal to the value of the current First Class Mail — 1 Ounce price.