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July 19, 2019

High-Level Political Forum at UN Headquarters in New York concludes that Education is Everyone's Responsibility.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (right), meets with Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 16 July 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, UNESCO

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Photo: Group photo of participants of the 57th UN Geneva International Graduate Study Programme during the closing ceremony. The participants are displaying the certificates awarded to them. 12 July 2019. United Nations, Geneva. UN Photo/ Jean-Marc Ferré.

New York, 19 July 2019 — The voices of governments, donors, international organizations, youth, and teachers struck a universal chord in calling for stepped-up action to achieve relevant, equitable and inclusive quality education. They were participating in an event organized by UNESCO, the Group of Friends for Education and the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee during the High-Level Political Forum at UN Headquarters in New York.

“Education is a fundamental right and the supporting structure for the entire 2030 Agenda,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, opening the event. “It is urgent that we act together and step up efforts to invest more in education.” “Governments hold the primary responsibility, but civil society, multilateral and international actors must join their efforts to achieve this common goal,” she said. Ms. Azoulay asserted that UNESCO would continue to make education a top priority to accomplish its global coordination and monitoring role.

Government representatives gave examples of how Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education is influencing national policy, demonstrating its relevance to all contexts. The Minister of Research and Higher Education of Norway, Ms. Iselin Nybo, proposed actions to integrate sustainable development across all school subjects and university programs. To achieve the SDGs and build better societies, she called for the “democratization of knowledge” to ensure that the fruits of research are widely shared.

Argentina has placed a priority on ‘leaving no one behind” through affirmative actions at all levels, explained Oscar Ghillione, the country’s deputy Minister of Education. Having hosted the first G20 conference of education ministers in 2018, Argentina is also striving to “place education at the heart of the global debate,” he said.

Jaime Saavedra, head of Education Global Practice at the World Bank, called for a “completely different level of political commitment.” He warned that “many kids are in learning poverty” as proven by assessments showing that over half cannot understand a simple story. “This is morally unacceptable,” he said.

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini, wrapped up the event by stressing urgency, accountability, solidarity, and political engagement to accelerate global action for education.

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July 17, 2019

Times Higher Education (THE) announces its World University Reputation Rankings 2019. India Absent.

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World University Reputation Rankings

Photo: A building at the University of Chicago. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

London, 17 July 2019 — The most valuable asset in a crowded market is reputation. Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the World University Reputation Rankings 2019 comprising the world’s top 100 most prestigious universities.

According to Times Higher Education, its World University Reputation Rankings are created using the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Reputation Rankings 2019 are based on the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior published academics. It asks scholars to name no more than 15 universities that they believe are the best for research and teaching in their field, based on their own experience.

The US continues to dominate the table in 2019, with 42 representatives in the overall top 100, led by Harvard University in first place for the ninth consecutive year.

The UK has ten institutions in the rankings, up from nine last year, headed by the University of Cambridge in fourth place.

Australia has doubled its representation this year, claiming six spots, up from three. Its most prestigious institution, the University of Melbourne, is now ranked joint 44th, up from joint 47th.

Meanwhile, Japan’s University of Tokyo sits just outside the top 10 in 11th place, up from 13th last year. It is the top-ranked university outside the US and UK.

Elsewhere, a Canadian university features in the top 20 for the first time since 2015; the University of Toronto is ranked 19th, up from joint 22nd last year.

Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo is back in the ranking in the 81-90 band; it was absent last year.

Overall, 19 countries are represented across the top 100 list of the most influential global university brands, down from 21 last year.

This year, no institution from India figures in the Times Higher Education World University Reputation Rankings. Last year, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has made it to the list in the 91-100 band.

According to Times Higher Education, the 2019 rankings are based on a survey of 11,554 respondents in 135 countries, across all core academic disciplines, carried out in the spring of 2019.

• World’s Top 100 Most Prestigious Universities in 2019

RANK — INSTITUTION — COUNTRY

  1. Harvard University — United States
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  3. Stanford University — United States
  4. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  5. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  6. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  7. Princeton University — United States
  8. Yale University — United States
  9. University of California, Los Angeles — United States
  10. University of Chicago — United States
  11. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  12. California Institute of Technology — United States
  13. Columbia University — United States
  14. Tsinghua University — China
  15. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States
  16. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  17. Peking University — China
  18. UCL — United Kingdom
  19. University of Toronto — Canada
  20. ETH Zurich — Switzerland
  21. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  22. Cornell University — United States
  23. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  24. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  25. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom
  26. New York University — United States
  27. Kyoto University — Japan
  28. University of Washington-Seattle — United States
  29. Duke University — United States
  30. University of California, San Diego — United States
  31. Carnegie Mellon University — United States
  32. The University of Texas at Austin — United States
  33. Northwestern University — United States
  34. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  35. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States
  36. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States
  37. University of British Columbia — Canada
  38. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
  39. McGill University — Canada
  40. Paris Sciences et Lettres - PSL Research University Paris — France
  41. King’s College London — United Kingdom
  42. University of California, San Francisco — United States
  43. LMU Munich — Germany
  44. Georgia Institute of Technology — United States
  45. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  46. University of Melbourne — Australia
  47. Seoul National University — South Korea
  48. University of California, Davis — United States
  49. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne — Switzerland
  50. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States

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61-70

71-80

81-90

91-100

The Times Higher Education World University Reputation Rankings list the world’s top 100 universities purely on their Academic Prestige as distinct from their Academic Performance.

According to Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty, “A university’s reputation for academic excellence is vital for its success.”

A university’s brand - crucial in helping to attract students, staff, and funding - is built on esteem.

Source: Times Higher Education

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July 14, 2019

World's Best Cultural Cities for Students

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Photo: College students, downtown, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image Credit: Fernando Stankuns.

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Photo: College students, downtown, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image Credit: Fernando Stankuns.

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Photo: Auto show, Santiago, Chile. Image Credit: Francisco Osorio.

LONDON, July 13, 2019 — The UK and US are home to the most cultural cities for students. A new study by Oxford Summer Courses examined the towns that are home to some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and ranked them according to the number of museums, cinemas, libraries, theaters and street markets per 100,000 people. The UK and US lead the list, with the American city of Berkeley in California coming out on top.

Second in the ranking was Ithaca, home to the Ivy League Cornell University. Ithaca, New York, is ranked high for its museums and theaters. Cambridge (UK) follows Ithaca. Cambridge (UK) is ranked highly across all categories, in particular, public libraries and theaters. The UK overall is well represented, with six cities - Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Glasgow, Bristol, and Manchester - featuring in the top 20.

The United States and the United Kingdom both ranked highly in the top 20, with eight and six cities featured, respectively.

Cambridge (3rd place) beat out old-time rival Oxford (8th place) in the ranking.

Continental European cities outside the UK also performed well, with Amsterdam, Paris, Lausanne, and Zurich making to the top 20.

The top 10 cities, according to the research, are:

  1. Berkeley, CA, USA
  2. Ithaca, NY, USA
  3. Cambridge, UK
  4. Cambridge, USA
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Edinburgh, UK
  7. Paris, France
  8. Oxford, UK
  9. Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  10. Lausanne, Switzerland

Paris’s inclusion on the list - in 7th place - is no surprise. It has some 300 museums and 132 theaters. Amsterdam and Edinburgh have been rated two spots above Paris for their collections of museums and bold cultural identities.

The results show that the UK has much to offer students from a cultural perspective. Historic cities such as Oxford and Cambridge not only rank highly in traditional cultural categories, such as theaters, museums, and libraries but also live music venues and street food markets.

Interestingly, despite their reputations as cultural beacons of the world, metropolises London and New York come in at relatively low 25th and 42nd positions, respectively. Although neither are short of cultural places to visit, their large populations mean that each scored relatively small on a per capita basis.

The cities selected for rating are home to Top Global Universities and lead in providing the following cultural facilities:

The study concludes that the culture offered by a city forms an integral part of the student experience.

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July 11, 2019

Nadia Nadim designated as UNESCO Champion for Girls' and Women's Education.

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Photos: Nomination of Nadia Nadim as UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 12 July 2019 — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay on 5 July named Nadia Nadim, the Afghan-born Danish football striker for the French women’s Paris Saint-Germain team, UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

Ms. Azoulay designated Ms. Nadim in recognition of her role in promoting sport and gender equality, her contribution to UNESCO’s educational action in favor of young people, advocacy for girls and women’s education and support for the Organization’s work worldwide.

The designation took place as UNESCO launched a significant initiative, “Her Education, our Future” to mobilize political and financial support for girls and women’s education. UNESCO is working to improve the quality of data that education policymakers require to accelerate gender parity.

Ms. Nadim was born in Herat, Afghanistan. Following the execution of her father, an Afghan National Army (ANA) general in 2000, the family sought refuge in Denmark where Ms. Nadim began her career in football. In 2018, she published a book, My Story.

While pursuing her career in football, Ms. Nadim is a student of medicine at the University of Aarhus (Denmark).

The star football player shares UNESCO’s conviction that education can improve girls and women’s future. Ms. Nadim subscribes to UNESCO’s belief that knowledge can enhance their economic independence, self-confidence, and ability to assert their rights. Ms. Nadim’s award comes in recognition of her inspiring ability to serve as a role model, and her determination to put her heart and reputation at the service of girls and women everywhere.

As a UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education, Ms. Nadim joins UNESCO’s family of distinguished champions, committed to the Organization’s ideals and objectives, like the football players Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (Pelé) and Rabah Madjer.

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July 7, 2019

UNESCO and G7 Countries Raise the Alarm about Bullying, Join Forces against Violence in Education.

UNESCO, Paris, Education

Photo: Concrete staircase, UNESCO building, Paris, France. Designed in 1958 by Marcel Breuer & Pier Luigi Nervi. Image Credit: David Crowley.

Unesco, G7, Education

Paris, 04 July, 2019 — During their meeting in France, the Education Ministers of the G7 countries, with the participation of the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, adopted a declaration to “unite against bullying in all of its forms, proclaim respect as a fundamental principle for all, and help ensure that our schools are safe and welcoming for all students.”

G7, or the Group of Seven, is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries, with the seven largest IMF-described advanced economies in the world, represent 58% of the global net wealth.

“Bullying is unacceptable and is getting even worse. UNESCO is committed to combat this educational scourge, which costs lives, ruins childhoods, and jeopardizes the future. We have big data and practical guidelines in place. We now must intensify efforts with all Member States, including G7 countries, to end this plague,” said the Director-General of UNESCO during the ministerial meeting.

As the United Nations’ lead agency for education, UNESCO works to measure and assess the prevalence and many forms of bullying and its impact. UNESCO built a global indicator to compare situation among countries and is committed to helping strengthen legislation, train, and support teachers in the fight against school violence and bullying.

UNESCO welcomed the G7 declaration and called on all countries to intensify efforts against bullying and violence in schools. Bullying takes place in all states and affects many children and young people. According to the recent UNESCO report, “Behind the Numbers: Ending School Violence and Bullying,” almost one in three students worldwide (32%) has been bullied by their peers at school at least once in the last month. With the growing presence of online social networking platforms, cyber-bullying has extended the scope of bullying. Bullying, whether psychological, physical or sexual, including online, is a severe issue and a global threat to quality education and self-confidence, UNESCO said.

According to UNESCO, several factors contribute to effective national responses, including political leadership, the collaboration between the education sector and other sectors, evidence-based approach, and training for teachers.

Meanwhile, UNESCO has joined the French proposal to organize an international conference in Paris on this issue. UNESCO will also propose to its Member States the adoption of an international anti-bullying day.

In a related development in India, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified “Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions.” These regulations are mandatory for all higher educational institutions in the country.

UGC has written a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities. It has warned, “Any violation of UGC Regulations or failure to suitably punish the perpetrators of ragging, will attract punitive action under the UGC Act.”

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July 2, 2019

Human Resource Development Minister of India, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, felicitates heads of IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore for getting included in the Top 200 of QS World University Rankings - 2020.

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Photo The Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, congratulated the heads of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for securing ranks in top 200 of QS World University Rankings- 2020, in New Delhi on July 02, 2019.

New Delhi, 02 JUL 2019 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, felicitated the heads of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for securing ranks in top 200 of QS World University Rankings- 2020 in New Delhi today.

The Minister said that the progress of a nation depends upon the status of education in that country. He said that all the higher educational institutions should focus on quality, research, and innovation. The training should find solutions to the problems of society at all levels and contribute to the overall development of the nation.

The Minister said that the research and innovation is the foundation for making developed, prosperous New India. He added that the Ministry is taking various steps to promote research and innovation and prepare young scientists in the country.

Earlier, the senior officials of the Ministry had a brainstorming session with the representatives of QS World University Rankings on improving the ranking of the Indian Educational Institutions at the global level.

Mr. R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, MHRD and Mr. Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director for QS Intelligence Unit in Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, took part in the discussion.

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June 30, 2019

The Department of Higher Education of India's Ministry for Human Resource Development has released the Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP).

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Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, chairing a meeting with the Directors of all IITs and IIITs, in New Delhi on June 14, 2019. Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam, is on his left.

New Delhi, June 28, 2019 — Following the decision of the Prime Minister for finalizing a five-year vision plan for each Ministry, the Department of Higher Education of HRD Ministry has released a five-year vision plan named Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP). The experts have prepared EQUIP covering the following ten areas:

Group Number. Group Focus — Chairperson

  1. Strategies for expanding access — Hasmukh Adhia, Chancellor, Central University Gujarat
  2. Improving teaching/learning process — Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Chancellor, Central University of Rajasthan & former Secretary, Dept of Space; former Chairman - ISRO
  3. Promoting Excellence — Pawan Goenka, Chairman, BoG, IIT Madras
  4. Governance reforms — Prof M S Ananth, Chairman, National Testing Agency (NTA)
  5. Assessment, Accreditation & Ranking systems — Prof Surendra Prasad, former Director, IIT Delhi
  6. Promotion of research & innovation — Dr. Vijaya Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to PM
  7. Employability & entrepreneurship — Ajit Balakrishnan, former Chairman, IIM Kolkata
  8. Using Technology for better reach — Prof Deepak Pathak, Chairman, NIT Goa & Prof IIT Bombay
  9. Internationalization — Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
  10. Financing higher education — Kris Gopalakrishnan, former CEO, Infosys.

The ten Expert Groups, which consist of senior academicians, administrators, and industrialists, have suggested more than 50 initiatives that would transform the higher education sector completely. Groups have set the following goals for the higher education sector:

  1. Double the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education and resolve the geographically and socially skewed access to higher education institutions in India:
  2. Upgrade the quality of education to world standards
  3. Position at least 50 Indian institutions among the top-1000 global universities
  4. Introduce governance reforms in higher education for well-administered campuses
  5. Accreditation of all institutions as an assurance of quality
  6. Promote Research & Innovation ecosystems for positioning India in the Top-3 countries in the world in matters of knowledge creation
  7. Double the employability of the students passing out of higher education
  8. Harness education technology for expanding the reach and improving pedagogy
  9. Promote India as a global study destination
  10. Achieve a quantum increase in investment in higher education

For each initiative, the Groups have recommended modalities for implementation, investments, and timelines. The proposal would now be taken for inter-departmental consultations before being taken to Cabinet for approval.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India

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June 29, 2019

A Pioneering Student Team from the Netherlands wins UNESCO - Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" Global Competition.

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Photo: Fly Your Ideas 2019 Winner Team, Zero Hero, from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

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Photo: Airbus A330neo - a highly-innovative aircraft that delivers superior quality and efficiency - takes to the skies above Le Bourget Airport for a Paris Air Show flying display. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

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Photo: Airbus H175 static display ambiance at Paris Airshow 2019. Showcased at the 2019 Paris Air Show, the H175, a performance record-setter with a time-to-climb 6,000 meters in 6 minutes 54 seconds. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

Paris, 28 June 2019 — Team “Zero” Heroes from the Delft University of Technology, (the Netherlands) has won the top prize of 25,000 euros of the 2019 Airbus Fly Your Ideas global student competition organized by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO. In recognition of their easy to use battery-less wireless smart switch application to replace traditional wired systems in aircraft.

Team “Zero” Heroes got selected from among 269 projects and a subsequent shortlist of seven. The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity, designed to inspire young people to get involved in sustainable innovation and engineering.

All seven finalist teams spent the last week of the competition in Toulouse, France, prototyping their idea in Airbus’ cutting-edge Innovation and R&D facilities with support from dedicated Airbus mentors and experts using state-of-the-art equipment. On 27 June, the teams presented their projects to a panel of aerospace and academic experts, and the general public through live streaming.

The jury of aerospace and academic experts from Airbus and the International Space University (Strasbourg, France) was impressed by the innovative spirit and economic understanding of the students of the “Zero” Heroes Team. Their development of wireless systems solves the main limitation of using the Internet of Things (IoT) in aircraft by removing battery integration, current safety, and regulatory challenge. Their innovation furthermore reduces fuel consumption and weight while simplifying aircraft retrofit and maintenance needs.

The runners up, Team Airfish from the University of Cambridge (UK), also presented a persuasive project with their ocean monitoring system using a satellite and video imaging technology. Their development can help governments combat illegal fishing, reduce the bycatch of endangered species, and generally decrease damage to the marine habitat.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a global competition challenging students to innovate for the future of aerospace in six key areas: Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Mixed Reality.

Since its launch by Airbus in 2008, and the signing of a partnership agreement with UNESCO in 2012, over 22,000 students from over 700 universities in 100 countries worldwide have registered for Fly Your Ideas.

This year’s finalist teams represent 11 countries and eight different universities from Asia, Europe, and South America.

The winning team received a prize of €25,000 and €10,000 were awarded to the runner-up project. The remaining finalists shared an additional €10,000.

Source: UNESCO

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June 25, 2019

The World's First Smart Life Creator Award presented at University of Oxford

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Photo: John Frater, Professor, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, makes a point during the session ‘Ideaslab / Oxford - ‘Reinforcing Critical Systems’ at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Image provided by and copyright © World Economic Forum / Monika Flueckiger. [File Photo]

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Photo: Aoife Bennett, DPhil Candidate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, during the Session “Future-Proofing the Planet” at the World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils. Image provided by and copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

Oxford, England — SEED AWARD 2019 - the world’s first creativity award, kicked off its global convening tour’s first leg at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, inviting “those who have a passion of life and are willing to embrace innovative ideas.”

An excellent research team with Oxford alumni showcased at the event their invention of Routemaster systems, a novel combination of deep learning technology and air balloons to observe and predict traffic flows in the often jammed streets of Lagos, Nigeria, to help the city move faster.

Defined as “the world’s first creativity award that highlights the integration of technologies and everyday life,” SEED AWARD, sponsored by Guangzhou-based real estate Seedland Group, aims to encourage the innovative application of technology in everyday life.

SEED AWARD features a grand cash prize of RMB 1 million, three Prizes for Excellence and 30 Talent Awards. It is open to all individuals, teams, research institutions, and start-ups, regardless of age, nationality, or background.

“Contestants will benefit from an expert mentoring program with some of the world’s leading scientists and inventors to help them test and bring their creations to fruition,” said Lu Chuyang, CEO of Fast Company China, business media partner of the award.

Dr. Dov Moran, the inventor of the USB Flash Drive and Eric Frank, a founding member of Uber AI Labs, among other leading figures, are judges for the awarding committee.

Technological innovation is vital for humankind to live a better, more sustainable life, opined Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey, co-director of the Oxford Martin Program on Technology and Employment and Economics Associate of Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

During his presentation titled “Technology for a better life” at the event, Dr. Frey walked the 100-strong audience through his research on the transformation of industrial nations to digital economies, and subsequent challenges for economic growth, labor markets, and urban development.

Shimon Whiteson, professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Chief Scientist and co-founder of Latent Logic Ltd., demonstrated how to design algorithms for computational systems to acquire and execute intelligent behavior, learn from experience and reason about their goals and deduce behavioral strategies to maximize their utility.

SEED AWARD tour will also stop at Peking University, China and Stanford University, the United States before the award selection enters its next stage.

According to the organizers, SEED AWARD 2019 will organize its semifinals in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe as a further step in helping creators to bring their ideas to life.

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June 19, 2019

QS World University Rankings 2020 Announced

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings

Photo: A building at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Image Credit: Shih-Pei Chang.

QS World University Rankings

Photo: Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; Meta-Council on the New Architecture of Governance at the World Economic Forum Summit. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

LONDON, June 18, 2019 — The sixteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings was released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world’s best university for the eighth consecutive year.

QS says it ranked 1000 universities from 82 different locations, surveyed 94,000 academics and 44,000 hiring managers and analyzed 11.8 million research papers and 100 million citations. QS measures universities on academic standing, employed graduates, student/staff ratio, research impact, and international outlook.

Key Facts

QS World University Rankings 2020: Global Top-30

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  2. Stanford University — United States
  3. Harvard University — United States
  4. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  5. California Institute of Technology — United States
  6. ETH Zurich — Switzerland
  7. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  8. University College London — United Kingdom
  9. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  10. University of Chicago — United States
  11. Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
  12. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  13. Princeton University — United States
  14. Cornell University — United States
  15. University of Pennsylvania —United States
  16. Tsinghua University — China
  17. Yale University — United States
  18. Columbia University — United States
  19. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne — Switzerland
  20. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  21. University of Michigan — United States
  22. Peking University — China
  23. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  24. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  25. Duke University — United States
  26. The University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  27. The University of Manchester —United Kingdom
  28. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  29. The Australian National University — Australia
  30. University of Toronto — Canada

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INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA

QS RANK — UNIVERSITY

  1. 152 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  2. 182 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  3. 184 — Indian Institute of Science
  4. =271 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  5. =281 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  6. =291 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  7. =383 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  8. =474 — University of Delhi
  9. =491 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  10. 651-700 — Jadavpur University
  11. 701-750 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  12. 751-800 — Anna University
  13. 751-800 — Jamia Millia Islamia
  14. 751-800 — O.P. Jindal Global University
  15. 801-1000 — Aligarh Muslim University
  16. 801-1000 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
  17. 801-1000 — Banaras Hindu University
  18. 801-1000 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  19. 801-1000 — Savitribai Phule Pune University
  20. 801-1000 — Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  21. 801-1000 — University of Calcutta
  22. 801-1000 — University of Mumbai
  23. 801-1000 — Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)

India has 23 universities in the just-announced QS World University Rankings. IIT Bombay (152), IIT Delhi (182), and IISc Bangalore (184) are in the Global Top 200.

The Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and the Dean of Jindal School of Banking & Finance, Prof. (Dr.) Ashish Bharadwaj met with India’s Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

Vice-Chancellor Professor C. Raj Kumar presented the minister with the QS Certificate of Achievement awarded to JGU for being ranked between 751-800 globally. JGU is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

Dr. ‘Nishank’ congratulated JGU for breaking into QS World University Rankings 2020 for the first time.

QS evaluates the universities according to the following six metrics:

QS World University Rankings

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June 3, 2019

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

Cornell University

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RUSA, India, Universities

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

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

The ten state universities picked for this global association are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UC Berkeley

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

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

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June 1, 2019

College Consensus Releases Ranking of Best Colleges in New York State

Cornell University Clock Tower

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: College Consensus

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May 30, 2019

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) directs all Universities to get on board the National Academic Depository (NAD) before September 30, 2019.

UGC, Certificate

New Delhi, May 30, 2019 — University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all higher educational institutions — Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed to be Universities, Private Universities, as well as School Boards — to immediately join the National Academic Depository (NAD), an online storehouse of Educational Credentials (Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates, and Mark-Sheets).

NAD not only ensures easy access to and retrieval of an academic certificate but also validates and guarantees its authenticity and safe storage.

Main Features of the National Academic Depository (NAD) include —

NAD is an effective deterrence to fake and forged paper certificates. It benefits academic institutions by providing a permanent and safe record of all credentials issued by them. There is no need to issue duplicate certificates; students can get them directly from NAD.

NAD serves students by providing them immediate access to their academic credentials. There is no risk of losing, spoiling or damaging the certificates.

National Academic Depository (NAD) was launched in September 2016 to develop a digital depository for school learning certificates, degrees and other academic awards of higher education institutions on the pattern of a securities depository. NAD is an online 24X7 store-house of all academic honors. It provides safe storage, easy retrieval, and validation of the authenticity of educational certificates.

The UGC has, on behalf of all eligible Higher Educational Institutions, signed a tripartite agreement with NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML) and CDSL Ventures Limited (CVL), the two inter-operable digital depositories that constitute the National Academic Depository (NAD). NDML and CVL possess the prescribed hardware, software, and network facilities required for the smooth and steady operationalization of NAD.

UGC has advised the institutions to enter into a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with either of the depositories by June 15, 2019, upload the legacy data by July 31, 2019, and fully integrate with NAD by September 30, 2019.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is a statutory body entrusted with coordination, determination, and maintenance of standards of higher education. While the UGC has done its job, the universities now must advance this critical project and bring it to success.

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UGC has just asked the Vice-Chancellors of all universities to observe the “World No Tobacco Day” tomorrow (May 31, 2019), and organize a pledge-taking ceremony in the campuses of the university and the affiliated colleges.


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May 21, 2019

The University of California Berkeley Alumni Association is organizing a Forum on Contemporary India in New Delhi.

UC Berkeley

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UC Berkeley

The University of California Berkeley Alumni Association is organizing a Forum on Contemporary India in New Delhi.

The afternoon forum would be lead by Professor Pradeep Chhibber, Professor and Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies at UC Berkeley. Prof. Chhibber is the author of various books including — • Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India, Oxford University Press; and • Democracy without Associations: Transformation of Party Systems and Social Cleavages in India, University of Michigan Press.

Berkeley undergraduate students will present to the gathering their fascinating research projects on contemporary India.

The event will also be an opportunity to connect with fellow Cal Alumni and friends.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Location: Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhawan, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi 110011.

The Cal Alumni Association will serve refreshments to the attendees.

AGENDA

4:00pm-5:30pm: Panel discussion followed by Q&A.

Panelists include:

Professor Pradeep Chhibber and his UC Berkeley colleague, Pranav Gupta, have written several articles in the Indian Press on the current Lok Sabha elections. One of their reports is titled: “Political Parties dominate India’s National Elections, not Candidates.” The number of candidates in each constituency has proliferated since Independence, but an independent has a minimal likelihood of winning a Lok Sabha seat, they explain. Their another article is titled: “Not just Political Apathy, Faulty Electoral Rolls to blame for lower Lok Sabha Poll Turnout.”

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May 20, 2019

Nine Leading Global Universities Team Up To Create Global Infrastructure For Digital Academic Credentials.

• Researchers set sights on a new standard for issuing, sharing, and verifying educational certificates.

Harvard University

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Global Universities

CAMBRIDGE, MA, May 20, 2019. While digital technology has started to transform education by enabling new learning pathways customized to each’s needs, the way that educational institutions issue and manage academic credentials has not changed much. Nine leading global universities announced today that they had formed the Digital Credentials collaboration to create a trusted, distributed, and shared infrastructure standard for issuing, storing, displaying, and verifying educational certificates.

“Currently, those who complete a degree from an institution must go back to that institution — sometimes by mail or even in person — each time there is a need to verify the academic credentials earned,” said Sanjay Sarma, MIT vice president for open learning. “This can be a complicated problem, especially if the learner no longer has access to the university. Such is the case with many refugees, immigrants, and displaced populations.”

“As teaching and learning offered by our universities have come to encompass digital platforms, the question of trusted verification and authentication of learning and credentials poses itself with broad urgency,” said Diana Wu, dean of university extension and new academic ventures at University of California, Berkeley.

Using technology that relies on strong cryptography to prevent tampering and fraud, and shared ledgers to create a global infrastructure for anchoring academic achievements, the researchers plan to build upon earlier research and pioneering efforts by their institutions.

The universities working on this effort include:

One of the driving forces behind this shared effort is the interest by universities to utilize the advances brought by these new technologies in a way that prioritizes the needs of learners. Digital credentials allow learners to maintain a compelling and valid digital record of their lifelong learning achievements that may include badges, internships, boot camps, certificates, MicroMasters, and stackable combinations, as well as traditional degrees — all of which they can easily share with employers or other institutions. Institutions can record and manage the achievements of their learners in a way that is easy, safe, and inexpensive, and minimizes the risk of identity fraud.

“We are well positioned in academia to use cutting-edge technology to empower learners to advance their careers and education with credentials in the palms of their hands,” said Hans Pongratz, senior vice president for IT-systems and services at Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The team has now set its sights on the evolution and governance of a shared standard. “Digital credentials are like tokens of social and human capital and hold tremendous value for the individual. The significant opportunity we have today is to bring together institutions that share a commitment to the benefit of learners, and who can act as stewards of this infrastructure,” said Philipp Schmidt, director of learning innovation at the MIT Media Lab.

“Our shared vision is one where academic achievements, and the corresponding credentials that verify them, can open up new pathways for individuals to become what they want to be in the future,” said José Escamilla, director of TecLabs Learning Reimagined at Tecnologico de Monterrey.

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May 13, 2019

University Grants Commission (UGC) publishes "Redressal of Grievances of Students Regulation" in the Government of India Gazette. Penal Action against Erring Institutions.

India Education

UGC Regulations

India Universities

ENLARGE

Photo: The front of the Government of India Gazette notifying the University Grants Commission (Redressal of Grievances of Students) Regulations.

• New Delhi, 13 May 2019 — The University Grants Commission has published Redressal of Grievances of Students Regulation in the Government of India Gazette.

The regulation mandates the institutions to upload on their websites the prospectus containing information on the list of programs, number of seats, conditions of educational qualification and eligibility, process of selections, each component of fee, deposit and other charges payable by students, details of teaching faculty with their pedagogical skills, and data about physical and academic infrastructure.

There will be four types of students grievance redressal committees, collegiate student grievance redressal committee, departmental student grievance redressal committee, institutional student grievance redressal committee, and the University Student Grievance Redressal Committee. Any student aggrieved by the decision of the University Student Grievance Redressal Committee may prefer an appeal to the Ombudsperson, who shall be a person of eminence in academics or research, and who had been Vice-Chancellor of a University.

GRIEVANCES:

“Grievance” means, and includes, complaint(s) made by an aggrieved student in respect of the following, namely:

  1. Admission is contrary to merit determined in the declared admission policy of the Institution;
  2. Irregularity in the process under the stated admission policy of the Institution;
  3. The Institution refuses to admit a student under its declared admission policy;
  4. Non-publication of the prospectus by the Institution, under the provisions of these regulations;
  5. Publication by the Institution of any information in the brochure, which is false or misleading, and not based on facts;
  6. Withholding of, or refusal to return, any document in the form of certificates of degree, diploma or any other award deposited by a student to seek admission.
  7. The demand for money above that specified in the declared admission policy of the Institution;
  8. Violation, by the Institution, of any law for the time being in force regarding reservation of seats in admission to a different category of students;
  9. Nonpayment or delay in payment of scholarships or financial aid applicable to any student under the declared admission policy of such Institution, or under the conditions, if any, prescribed by the Commission;
  10. Delay by the Institution in the conduct of examinations, or declaration of results, beyond the schedule specified in the academic calendar of the Institution, or such timetable prescribed by the Commission;
  11. Failure by the Institution to provide student amenities as set out in the prospectus, or is required to be extended by the Institution under any provisions of law for the time being in force;
  12. Non-transparent or Unfair Practices adopted by the Institution for the Evaluation of Students;
  13. Delay in, or denial of, the refund of fees due to a student who withdraws admission within the time mentioned in the prospectus, or as may be notified by the Commission;
  14. Complaints of alleged discrimination of students from the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Women, Minority or persons with disabilities categories;
  15. Denial of quality education as promised at the time of admission or required to be provided;
  16. Harassment or victimization of a student, other than cases of harassment, which are to be proceeded against under the penal provisions of any law for the time being in force.

MANDATORY PUBLICATION OF PROSPECTUS, ITS CONTENTS, AND PRICING:

Every Institution, shall publish and/or upload on its website, before expiry of at least sixty days prior to the date of the commencement of the admission to any of its courses or programs of study, a prospectus containing the following for the information of persons intending to seek access to such Institution and the general public, namely:

CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE:

The Commission shall in respect of any institution, which willfully contravenes these regulations, or repeatedly fails to comply with the recommendation of the Ombudsperson or the Grievance Redressal Committee(s), as the case may be, proceed to take one or more of the following actions, namely:

The Commission will, however, take no action under this regulation without first giving the Institution a chance to explain its position.

The Commission has notified this regulation to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities.

UGC Regulations

• Consequent upon the promulgation of this regulation in the Government of India Gazette, any University, whose “Registrar” professes to possess the absolute authority to manipulate the data under his supervision and engage in non-transparent, unfair practices for the evaluation of students, would be served with a Show Cause Notice. The University would be required to show cause why it should not be declared “Unfit for receiving Government Grants.”

Source: University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

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April 26, 2019

Meet the Finalists of 2019 Fly Your Ideas Student Competition

Airbus UNESCO

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Airbus UNESCO

Seven international teams of students have been selected for 2019 of 2019 Fly Your Ideas global competition, which invites students from around the world to innovate in critical areas for the industry: Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality. The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity and innovation to solve real industry challenges, organized by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO.

The selected concepts represent a range of trendsetting topics such as a ‘Smart Wheelchair’ for air travel or a ‘Solar Windmill.’ The finalist team members represented 11 countries (Argentina, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Moldavia, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom), eight different universities and were selected from over 270 entries worldwide. Their academic backgrounds vary from Engineering to Information Technology and Natural Sciences to Finance.

The students, competing for a share of the €45,000 prize fund and the chance to further evolve their idea in the aerospace industry, are motivated by the digital nature of this year’s challenge, and the opportunity to change the world with their ideas. In June, the teams will travel to Toulouse, France to work in Airbus’ innovation and R&D facilities to further develop, prototype or visualize their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with support from Airbus. On 27 June, the students will present their projects in front of Airbus experts, UNESCO representatives and personalities from the aerospace and academic world, live-streamed in parallel to a global audience.

The seven finalist teams are:

Team AirFish, University of Cambridge, UK.
Airbus Integrated Fisheries Information Services
Data Services Challenge
AirFish is an ocean monitoring system using satellite imagery and video imaging technology. It can help governments combat illegal fishing, reduce bycatch of endangered species, and generally decrease damages to the marine habitat. This project aims to improve the efficiency of fish farming, making food production more affordable while reducing open-water fishing and thus environmental impacts.

Team AIQinspect, Saarland University, Germany.
Automated Intelligent Real-Time Quality Inspection Exploiting Human-Robot-Collaboration
Artificial Intelligence Challenge
AIQinspect will assist the human operator in performing rivet inspection by using Artificial Intelligence. Quality is predicted based on images and physical parameters while riveting in real time.

Team “Zero” Heroes, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
Internet of Things Challenge
Batteryless Wireless Switches for Airplanes
Application of wireless systems in aircraft instead of traditional wired networks.

Team Osprey, University of Strathclyde, UK.
Motor Intra-body Cooling System - MICS
Electrification Challenge
Replacing the traditional method of cooling electric motors with a water jacket or submerged cooling with a cooling system integrated inside the body of the engine itself.

Team Seren, University of Cambridge, UK.
The Solar Windmill
Electrification Challenge
A novel method of electricity generation for spacecraft using trapped high energy particles. This innovative approach aims to store and create energy in deep space where the current density from sunlight is low.

Team Move-EZ, Technical University of Milan, Italy.
Swan - Smart Wheelchair for Air travel Needs
Internet of Things Challenge
SWAN is an innovation that aims to revolutionize the air-travel experience of Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM). It converts a redesigned class of detachable airplane seats into smart electric wheelchairs that passengers can use from check-in to arrival. It is fully controllable by smartphone through a dedicated app.

Team V.A.C.A, National University of La Plata, Argentina.
V.A.C.A. - Earth-obserVation-data based Application for stockbreeding Administration
Data Services Challenge
VACA is an integrated service for stockbreeders, based on Earth observation, meteorological and IoT data applied to agriculture. VACA aims to provide actionable information to stockbreeders on quality and quantity of pastures, the number of animals in paddocks as well as the physical condition of cattle.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a global competition challenging students worldwide to innovate for the future of aerospace, designed and launched by Airbus in 2008 and organized in partnership with UNESCO since 2012. Since 2008, over 22,000 students have registered for Fly Your Ideas from over 700 universities and 100 countries worldwide, with more than 500 Airbus employees contributing their mentorship and expertise to support the competition.

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April 16, 2019

Reuters wins Pulitzer Prizes for International Reporting and Breaking News Photography.

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NEW YORK, April 15, 2019 — Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, was today awarded two 2019 Pulitzer Prizes from Columbia University. It is for the second consecutive year that Reuters has received two Pulitzer Prizes.

Reuters journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, and their colleagues were recognized as co-winners, alongside the Associated Press, in the International Reporting category, for their series of investigations on the mass expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar.

Reuters photographers Mike Blake, Lucy Nicholson, Loren Elliott, Edgard Garrido, Adrees Latif, Goran Tomasevic, Kim Kyung Hoon, Alkis Konstantinidis, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Carlos Barria and Ueslei Marcelino were recognized in the Breaking News Photography category, for their photos of the mass migration of Central and South Americans towards the U.S. border, and its aftermath. Awarding the prize to Reuters, the Pulitzer committee recognized the team for “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation, and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America.”

“While it’s gratifying that we got recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants,” said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler.

“I’m thrilled that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues have been recognized for their extraordinary, courageous coverage, and our photojournalists for their moving pictures that show humanity defying huge obstacles,” said Adler.

Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider, reaching billions of people every day.

Announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

On Monday, April 15, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners in 14 journalism and seven letters, drama and music categories.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners are:

- Journalism -

Public Service
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Breaking News Reporting
The staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investigative Reporting
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times

Explanatory Reporting
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times

Local Reporting
The staff of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

National Reporting
The staff of The Wall Street Journal

International Reporting
Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of Associated Press.
The staff of Reuters. Critical contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Feature Writing
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

Commentary
Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Criticism
Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing
Brent Staples of The New York Times

Editorial Cartooning
Darrin Bell, freelancer

Breaking News Photography
Photography Staff of Reuters

Feature Photography
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

- Letters, Drama and Music -

Fiction
The Overstory, by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)

Drama
Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury

History
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)

Biography
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)

Poetry
Be With, by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

General Nonfiction
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Music
PRISM, by Ellen Reid

Special Citations
Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.
Aretha Franklin

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. Columbia University in New York City administers it. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. The Pulitzer Prize Board awards a gold medal to the winner in the public service category of the journalism competition.

Sources: Pulitzer Prize, Reuters.

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April 3, 2019

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, issues clarification on its recent orders for revision of allowances of Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in the Central Universities.

HRD Ministry, India

HRD Ministry, India

New Delhi, 03 April 2019 — India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued a clarification on its recent orders on the revision of allowances and special allowances for Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in Central Universities.

The order had also included revised special allowances per month for Vice Chancellors, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, and College Principals.

The Ministry has now clarified that its orders are also applicable to Deputy Registrars, Assistant Registrars, Deputy Controllers of Examinations, Assistant Controllers of Examinations, Deputy Finance Officers and Assistant Finance Officers in Central Universities and Centrally funded Deemed to be Universities.

The order benefits 30,000 teaching and equivalent staff in the Central Universities and 5,500 officials in Deemed to be Universities.

The order is also a benchmark for 7,00,000 teachers and staff in the State Universities of the country.

Any corresponding increase in the allowances in a State University, however, is possible only if the State Government overseeing that university has sufficient funds at its disposal.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has, meanwhile, published the lists of Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed Universities, and Private Universities in India.

The University of Delhi, University of Allahabad, Aligarh Muslim University, and Banaras Hindu University, for example, are Central Universities. While Kurukshetra University, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Punjabi University Patiala, and Himachal Pradesh University Shimla, for instance, are State Universities.

Fast-rising universities, such as Amity University, Chandigarh University, Chitkara University, and Lovely Professional University, are Private Universities.

The Pakistani-origin Panjab University of Chandigarh is the only academic institution that holds the fragile legal status of ‘Interstate Body Corporate.’ It survives on an Annual Grant from the University Grants Commission, while the Finance Department of the Punjab Government controls the Pay Scales of its officials, teachers, and employees.

Sources: Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission.

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March 10, 2019

U.S. News Unveils Speakers for Workforce of Tomorrow Conference

U.S. News, National Press Club

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WASHINGTON, March 10, 2019 — U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Universities and Best Colleges, will host the eighth annual U.S. News STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Solutions Workforce of Tomorrow forum on May 22, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Leaders from government, education, industry, nonprofits and more will come together to share ideas and best practices for developing a modern workforce with the skills needed for a shifting jobs landscape. This year’s one-day summit will examine the future of work, the impact of automation and artificial intelligence, diversity in the workplace, education innovation, lifelong learning and reskilling, and more.

Confirmed speakers include:

“As we enter a new industrial revolution, it’s crucial that workers possess the proper skills to utilize developing technologies like artificial intelligence,” said Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report. “The Workforce of Tomorrow forum brings together the leading voices in STEM education and workforce development to explore the evolving labor needs of today’s - and tomorrow’s - employers.”

U.S. News & World Report is a global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Founded in 1933, U.S. News has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The venue of the conference, National Press Club, is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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