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June 21, 2017

Conversation on Yoga for Health

United Nations Yoga Day

Photo: A scene from an event entitled “Conversation on Yoga for Health”, on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga. The event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of India, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Department of Public Information. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the WHO Office at the UN, offered opening remarks. 21 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

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June 12, 2017

World Oceans Day celebrated at UN Headquarters

World Oceans Day at UN

Photo: Stilt dancers, musicians, and ritual processions came together at the UN Visitors’ Plaza in a new performance piece entitled “Ocean Calling” to mark World Oceans Day (June 8). The marine-centric work was created by artist Laura Anderson Barbata in collaboration with choreographer Chris Walker, The Brooklyn Jumbies, choreographer and dancer Mei Yamanaka, and Jarana Beat. The event was organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly with TBA21-Academy. 08 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

World Oceans Day at UN

Photo: The Ocean Conference opens with a Fijian traditional welcome ceremony. The UN Ocean Conference took place at UN headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day (8 June). Co-chaired by Fiji and Sweden, the Conference aimed to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. 05 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

World Oceans Day at UN

Photo: Peter Thomson (right), President of the seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly, meets with Yoshioka Tatsuya, Co-founder and Director of Peace Boat, on the margins of the 5-9 June Ocean Conference. 07 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist.

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June 8, 2017

QS World University Rankings 2018: MIT Named World's Best University for Record Sixth Year

QS World University Rankings

MIT, QS World University Rankings

Photo: A section of the Stata Center building, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. Image Credit: Adam Fagen.

MIT, UN, QS World University Rankings

Photo: Alexandra Amouyel, Executive Director of Solve at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), during the recent “Solve at the United Nations” event. Solve is an MIT initiative “connecting innovators with resources to solve global challenges”. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

LONDON, June 7, 2017 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, higher education experts, have released the 14th annual QS World University Rankings.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world’s leading university for a record sixth consecutive year. 959 universities are ranked.

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “MIT is the nucleus of an unrivalled innovation ecosystem. Companies created by its alumni enjoyed combined revenues of $2 trillion, making them the equivalent of the world’s 11th largest economy.”

QS World University Rankings 2018: Top 20

  1. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) US
  2. STANFORD UNIVERSITY US
  3. HARVARD UNIVERSITY US
  4. CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) US
  5. UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK
  6. UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK
  7. UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) UK
  8. IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK
  9. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO US
  10. ETH ZURICH CH
  11. NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU) SG
  12. ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) CH
  13. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY US
  14. CORNELL UNIVERSITY US
  15. NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS) SG
  16. YALE UNIVERSITY US
  17. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY US
  18. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY US
  19. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA US
  20. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU) AU

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings, India

PRESIDENT OF INDIA RECEIVES 2018 EDITION OF THE QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS

New Delhi, Rashtrapati Bhavan:

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings brought out by the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was happy to find three Indian institutions - IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore, which were already in the top 200, and the latest entrant IIT Bombay securing ranks within the coveted top 200 and IISc Bangalore being now ranked 6th globally for Citations per Faculty.

The President said that while in terms of infrastructure there has been considerable expansion in the higher education sector, quality of education in many institutes remains a matter of concern. In ancient times, we had renowned seats of higher learning - Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri - that dominated the world higher education system for eighteen hundred years beginning sixth century BC. Scholars from round the globe flocked to these centres of learning in search of knowledge. A reverse scenario exists today. Many meritorious Indian students pursue their higher studies from foreign universities. Our higher learning institutions are capable of producing world-class scholars but lose them to foreign universities.

The President said that during his visits to the universities in his capacity as Visitor to Central Intuitions of Higher Learning, he had been sharing his concerns about the performance of Indian institutions in world university rankings. A high rank can boost the morale of the academic and student communities, open greater avenues of growth and placement for students, help attract the best faculty from across the world, and provide a benchmark for continuous quality enhancement.

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May 2, 2017

International Jazz Day 2017 Worldwide Celebration concludes with Global Concert in Havana, Cuba

Jazz Day2017

Jazz Day2017

Jazz Day2017

Havana, Cuba - Following thousands of events taking place in over 190 countries, International Jazz Day 2017 culminated in a concert streamed worldwide from Havana’s historic Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. As the International Jazz Day 2017 Global Host City, the musically vibrant city of Havana also presented a wide range of concerts and education programs.

Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in coordination with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day is recognized on the official calendars of UNESCO and the United Nations. Each year, on April 30, International Jazz Day highlights the role of jazz in promoting freedom, creativity and intercultural dialogue, and uniting people from all corners of the globe. Toyota served as Lead Partner of International Jazz Day 2017.

The Global Concert included an all-star group of musicians from Cuba and around the world performing “Cuba Bop” and “Manteca”. Cuban trumpet virtuoso Julio Padron played Freddie Hubbard’s composition, while the acclaimed vocalist Cassandra Wilson performed her composition “You Move Me”.

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April 18, 2017

Five University Teams reach finals of the “Fly Your Ideas 2017” Global Student Competition

Airbus, UNESCO

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Photo: The first Airbus A320 for Atlantic Airways - delivered in December 2016 - will be deployed on routes from the Faroe Islands to Copenhagen. Image provided by & Copyright © AIRBUS S.A.S. 2016 - photo by C. BRINKMANN.

Airbus, UNESCO

Photo: Airbus’ widebody A350 XWB and A380 were among the commercial jetliners on display - flying and static - during the Farnborough International Airshow. Image provided by & Copyright © AIRBUS GROUP 2016 - photo by P. PIGEYRE / master films.

Five student teams from Australia, China, France, Nigeria and the United Kingdom will compete in the final round of the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas global challenge, organised in partnership with UNESCO. The radical concepts selected cover a wide range of innovations going from an alternative to satellite imagery, to improved aircraft taxiing, clever ways of boarding, new areas for luggage storage or offering a new business model using existing Airbus aircraft.

Representing different nationalities and universities across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the five finalist teams embody true diversity, which is a key driver of innovation and performance. The students, competing for a €30,000 prize, also demonstrate a wide variety of disciplines from Natural Sciences to Engineering and Business.

Their inventive ideas, which were selected from over 350 entries, had to answer one of five challenges identified by Airbus to provide sustainable future solutions. The innovations proposed by the five finalist teams look at alternative business models, passengers’ experience and flight operations.

The five finalist teams will soon travel to Toulouse, France, where they will spend a week at the Airbus ProtoSpace facility to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with personal guidance from Airbus. At the end of their week at Airbus, the students will present their innovative projects and the newly developed prototype in front of Airbus and UNESCO experts and personalities from the aerospace and academic world. The competition offers a unique opportunity for students worldwide, working in diverse teams of 3-5 members, to develop valuable skills, including teamwork, project management, communications and presentation, and to get involved in engineering.

The ideas competing for the final prize are:

• Airborne Earth Observation - Team SkyVision
University of Surrey, UK
A radical concept that turns a commercial airliner into an ‘Earth Observation Device’ by installing equipment into the belly of the aircraft to monitor ground activity during flight. An alternative to satellite imagery, it opens up new opportunities such as ecology analysis and urban planning.

• Improving Airport Taxi Flow and Efficiency - Team Nevada
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
An airport taxiing system that uses sensors and algorithms for automated Ground Traffic Control, both in the tower and on the aircraft, to significantly improve aircraft traffic at airports and thus reduce emissions.

• Compact Luggage Strategy Mobile App - Team PassEx
Institut d’Administration des Entreprises - IAE Toulouse, France
A revolutionary boarding system that uses a real-time mobile app to assign boarding status to passengers according to their luggage size. The Compact Luggage Strategy (CLS) addresses current storage issues in over-head compartments by distributing passengers across the aircraft according to the size of their baggage.

• Private Stowage Compartment - Team DAELead
University of Hong Kong, China
A clever aircraft cabin design that locates a Private Stowage Compartment (PSC) underneath passengers’ feet, utilizing the space between the cabin floor and the cargo ceiling.

• A400M Aerial Firefighting Platform - Team Aquarius
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
A fire-fighting solution that incorporates modular systems using pressurized fire retardant containers fixed to fast-loadable pallets for a network of Airbus A400M aircraft, to create a system of aerial firefighting platforms that can be used for rapid wildfire suppression.

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March 23, 2017

International Association of Universities (IAU) embarks on a dedicated "Internationalization of Higher Education" Campaign

IAU, UNESCO, Paris, France

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:

  1. Academic mobility
  2. Internationalization at home, of the curriculum, and learning outcomes
  3. Internationalization of research
  4. Borderless, offshore, transnational and cross-border education
  5. Development cooperation and capacity building

What are the academic benefits of Internationalization of Higher Education?

According to IAU, academic benefits of internationalization include:

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:

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:

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.

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The editor, Surender Hastir MAUA, is a consultant academic and an expert in internationalization of higher education. He is currently collaborating with IAU in advancing this field.


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March 8, 2017

United Nations Marks International Women’s Day

UN 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.

UNOG International Women's Day

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.

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February 27, 2017

Oscars 2017 Nominees and Winners Complete List. Casey Affleck Best Actor, Emma Stone Best Actress

Oscars 2017

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.

Oscars 2017

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.

Oscars 2017

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.

Oscars 2017

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.

Oscars 2017

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.

Oscars 2017

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.

Oscars 2017

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.

Oscars 2017

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.

Oscars 2017

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.

Oscars 2017

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

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Best animated feature film of the year

Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject

Achievement in film editing

Best foreign language film of the year

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Best motion picture of the year

Achievement in production design

Best animated short film

Best live action short film

Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects

Adapted screenplay

Original screenplay

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February 21, 2017

UNESCO Creative Cities Network announces Call for Applications

UNESCO Creative City, Jaipur

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.

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February 4, 2017

"Most International" Universities in the World Today

International Universities

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

  1. ETH Zurich — Switzerland — 97.1
  2. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland — 96.7
  3. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 96.5
  4. National University of Singapore — Singapore — 96
  5. Imperial College London — United Kingdom — 95.2
  6. University of Oxford — United Kingdom — 94.3
  7. Australian National University — Australia — 93
  8. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom — 92.8
  9. University College London — United Kingdom — 92.2
  10. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom — 92
  11. King’s College London — United Kingdom — 91.9
  12. University of British Columbia — Canada — 90.2
  13. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom — 90.1
  14. University of New South Wales — Australia — 89.3
  15. University of Zurich — Switzerland — 88.6
  16. Ecole Polytechnique — France — 88.5
  17. University of Warwick — United Kingdom — 88.1
  18. University of Melbourne — Australia — 87.7
  19. University of Glasgow — United Kingdom — 86.8
  20. University of Manchester — United Kingdom — 86.6
  21. Monash University — Australia — 85.9
  22. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States — 84.9
  23. McGill University — Canada — 84.8
  24. University of Sydney — Australia — 84.8
  25. University of Auckland — New Zealand — 84.4
  26. Durham University — United Kingdom — 84.2
  27. Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 83.4
  28. University of York — United Kingdom — 82.9
  29. University of Bristol — United Kingdom — 82.7
  30. University of Copenhagen — Denmark — 82.7
  31. University of Alberta — Canada — 81.6
  32. University of Toronto — Canada — 80
  33. Harvard University — United States — 79
  34. University of Waterloo — Canada — 77.7
  35. Aarhus University — Denmark — 77.2
  36. Stanford University — United States — 76.8
  37. Princeton University — United States — 76.7
  38. University of Amsterdam — Netherlands — 75
  39. Columbia University — United States — 74.9
  40. KU Leuven — Belgium — 73.1
  41. Georgia Institute of Technology — United States — 71.9
  42. Ecole Normale Superieure — France — 71.2
  43. Pierre and Marie Curie University — France — 70.9
  44. Free University of Berlin — Germany — 70.7
  45. Johns Hopkins University — United States — 70.5
  46. Purdue University — United States — 68.9
  47. University of Strasbourg — France — 68.2
  48. University of Bonn — Germany — 68
  49. Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany — 67.9
  50. University of Chicago — United States — 67.8
  51. Technical University of Munich — Germany — 67.8
  52. California Institute of Technology — United States — 67.6
  53. Rice University — United States — 67.1
  54. Paris Diderot University - Paris 7 — France — 66.8
  55. Yale University — United States — 66.8
  56. Heidelberg University — Germany — 66.6
  57. Technical University of Berlin — Germany — 66.2
  58. Paris-Sud University — France — 65.2
  59. Utrecht University — Netherlands — 65.1
  60. University of California, Santa Barbara — United States — 64.7
  61. Cornell University — United States — 64.7
  62. University of California, Davis — United States — 64.6
  63. Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon — France — 64.5
  64. LMU Munich — Germany — 64.3
  65. University of California, Berkeley — United States — 64.1
  66. University of California, Irvine — United States — 62.6
  67. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology — Germany — 62.5
  68. Carnegie Mellon University — United States — 62.4
  69. University of Freiburg — Germany — 62.2
  70. Paris-Sorbonne University - Paris 4 — France — 61.7
  71. University of Southern California — United States — 61.4
  72. Goethe University Frankfurt — Germany — 61.3
  73. University of California, Los Angeles — United States — 61.2
  74. University of Tübingen — Germany — 60.8
  75. Hebrew University of Jerusalem — Israel — 60.5
  76. Boston University — United States — 60.3
  77. Michigan State University — United States — 59.7
  78. Stony Brook University — United States — 59.4
  79. University of Rochester — United States — 59.1
  80. Duke University — United States — 58.9
  81. University of Gottingen — Germany — 58.8
  82. Brown University — United States — 58.5
  83. New York University — United States — 58
  84. RWTH Aachen University — Germany — 57.5
  85. University of Illinois at Chicago — United States — 57.4
  86. Northwestern University — United States — 57.3
  87. Polytechnic University of Milan — Italy — 56.3
  88. University of Massachusetts — United States — 55.8
  89. Panthéon-Sorbonne University - Paris 1 — France — 55.5
  90. Autonomous University of Madrid — Spain — 55.3
  91. University of Washington — United States — 55.3
  92. University of Mannheim — Germany — 54.8
  93. Texas A&M University — United States — 54.8
  94. University of Michigan — United States — 54.7
  95. Ohio State University — United States — 54.7
  96. Aix-Marseille University — France — 54.6
  97. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States — 54.5
  98. North Carolina State University — United States — 54.5
  99. Paris Descartes University — France — 53.2
  100. University of Pennsylvania — United States — 53.1
  101. University of California, San Diego — United States — 53
  102. University of California, Santa Cruz — United States — 52.1
  103. Arizona State University — United States — 51.8
  104. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation — 51.5
  105. Emory University — United States — 51.2
  106. Polytechnic University of Turin — Italy — 51.1
  107. Indiana University — United States — 50.6
  108. University of Notre Dame — United States — 50.4
  109. Georgetown University — United States — 49.9
  110. Pennsylvania State University — United States — 49
  111. University of Munster — Germany — 48.9
  112. Florida State University — United States — 48.8
  113. Sapienza University of Rome — Italy — 48.8
  114. University of Arizona — United States — 46.1
  115. Washington University in St Louis — United States — 45.6
  116. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States — 45.5
  117. University of Colorado Boulder — United States — 45
  118. University of Virginia — United States — 45
  119. University of Maryland, College Park — United States — 43.9
  120. University of Minnesota — United States — 43.1
  121. Peking University — China — 43.1
  122. University of Georgia — United States — 43
  123. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey — United States — 42.9
  124. Case Western Reserve University — United States — 42.2
  125. University of Pittsburgh — United States — 42.1
  126. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology — Russian Federation — 42
  127. Yonsei University — South Korea — 41.8
  128. Nanjing University — China — 41.6
  129. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States — 41.4
  130. University of Texas at Austin — United States — 40.9
  131. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — United States — 40.9
  132. Dartmouth College — United States — 39.9
  133. University of Florida — United States — 39.6
  134. University of Utah — United States — 39
  135. Korea University — South Korea — 38.7
  136. Renmin University of China — China — 38.2
  137. University of Tokyo — Japan — 38.2
  138. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea — 38
  139. University of Iowa — United States — 37.2
  140. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea — 36.2
  141. University of Tsukuba — Japan — 36.1
  142. Tsinghua University — China — 35.7
  143. Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan — 34.5
  144. National Tsing Hua University — Taiwan — 34.4
  145. Fudan University — China — 32.9
  146. Seoul National University — South Korea — 32.9
  147. University of São Paulo — Brazil — 32.6
  148. National Taiwan University — Taiwan — 32.3
  149. Tohoku University — Japan — 32.2
  150. Pohang University of Science and Technology — South Korea — 32.1

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January 20, 2017

Preparing for Fourth Industrial Revolution Requires Deeper Commitments to Education

World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum

Photos: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017, Davos, Switzerland. Images provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo / Valeriano Di Domenico.

World Economic Forum

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.

World Economic Forum

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.

World Economic Forum

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.

World Economic Forum

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:

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January 16, 2017

THE 65TH MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

MISS UNIVERSE

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.

Miss Universe

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).

Miss Universe

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).

Miss Universe

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).

Miss Universe

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).

Miss Universe

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).

Miss Universe

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

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January 13, 2017

Times Higher Education Academic Reputation Survey 2017

Academic Reputation Survey

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.

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December 31, 2016

New York Times Square 2017 New Year Eve Celebrations: One Billion People Expected to Watch the Countdown Extravaganza on TOSHIBA VISION

Toshiba New Delhi New Year

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.)

Toshiba New Delhi New Year

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.)

Toshiba New York Times Square New Year Eve

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.

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December 22, 2016

Airbus Shortlists 50 University Teams for Fifth Fly Your Ideas Global Student Competition

Airbus, Fly your Ideas

ENLARGE

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.

Airbus, Fly your Ideas

ENLARGE

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.

Airbus, Fly your Ideas

ENLARGE

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 ideas chosen: 50

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December 5, 2016

Circular Economy Principles could help India realise $624bn

Unctad, India

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.

UNCTAD, India

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.

UNCTAD, India

ENLARGE

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.

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December 2, 2016

China and India Lead in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017

BRICS University Rankings

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

TOP 10

  1. Peking University — China
  2. Tsinghua University — China
  3. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
  4. University of Cape Town — South Africa
  5. University of Science and Technology of China — China
  6. Fudan University — China
  7. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
  8. University of the Witwatersrand — South Africa
  9. Zhejiang University — China
  10. National Taiwan University — Taiwan

BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017

INDIA

BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY

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December 1, 2016

United Nations Secretary-General at New York Society for Ethical Culture

UN New York Ethical Society

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.

UN New York Ethical Society

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.

UN New York Ethical Society

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.

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“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).

Quote

“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).


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November 24, 2016

UN Secretary-General Addresses Disarmament Event at NYU

New York University

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.

New York University

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.

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“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.”

— Victor Hugo.

Quote

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.

Quote

“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.


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November 19, 2016

UNESCO names filmmaker & music producer Deeyah Khan as its Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity

Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Deeayah Khan

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.

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