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July 8, 2020

Elsevier Announces Finalists of the 2020 Reaxys Ph.D. Prize.

Marking its 10th anniversary, Elsevier would recognize this year’s Reaxys Ph.D. Prize finalists for their innovative and original research in chemistry and associated sciences.

Elsevier, Finalists


Photo: This year’s Reaxys Ph.D. Prize Finalists represent 12 countries and 30 universities from around the world.

AMSTERDAM, July 8, 2020 — Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, has announced the 45 finalists for the 2020 Reaxys Ph.D. Prize.

Launched in 2010, the Reaxys Ph.D. Prize celebrates innovative and rigorous research by ambitious early-career chemical sciences researchers. This year’s competition maintained the high standards of previous years: over 400 entries from around the globe were rigorously examined by the Review Committee to arrive at the 45 finalists.

“This year continues the tradition of excellence of the Reaxys Prize in attracting hundreds of outstanding applications from all across the globe,” said Reaxys Advisory Board member Professor Donna Huryn, a Principal Investigator at the University of Pittsburgh Chemical Diversity Center. “Equally impressive are the 45 finalists, and they represent the breadth of our field in terms of geography and discipline. I am looking forward to what will be an exceptional symposium.”

The 45 finalists would attend the virtual Reaxys Ph.D. Prize Symposium from September 30 to October 2, 2020. While usually an in-person event, this year’s celebratory gathering will be online to ensure that all finalists can attend—regardless of any travel restrictions that may be in place in their home countries. A pre-registration link is available on the symposium page for anyone interested in joining the online event. The event will feature talks, including a keynote presentation from the renowned University of California chemist Professor Bruce Lipshutz and a virtual poster session. The organizers also have specific plans to support networking.

Fellow Advisory Board member Professor Zhaomin Hou, Chief Scientist and Director of the Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory at the RIKEN Research Institute in Japan, added that he was profoundly impressed by the number of high-quality submissions in 2020. “The Ph.D. prize brings together young and enthusiastic scientists to showcase their newest discoveries and test new scientific ideas in open discussions.”

During the virtual symposium, the ten shortlisted finalists will give oral presentations of their research, from which the Reaxys Advisory Board will select the three winners of the Reaxys Ph.D. Prize 2020.

“Innovative young researchers from all over the world entered, and we plan to celebrate their achievements as we do each year,” said Dr. Friedrich Kroll, Elsevier’s Senior Manager of Scientific Affairs and co-organizer of the competition. “We are delighted to see the contest continue to draw this number and quality of submissions.

“The opportunity to establish networks to address current scientific challenges, particularly ones requiring interdisciplinary solutions, is an important aspect of the event. We’re also inviting our largest ever audience, with attendees from all previous years,” Dr. Kroll added.

All finalists will receive lifelong membership in the Reaxys Prize Club, an exclusive international network of chemists from all research areas and career paths. Members also receive unlimited access to Elsevier’s research solutions Reaxys and Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry.

This year’s finalists and their Ph.D. institutions are:

Source: Elsevier

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July 6, 2020

UGC (University Grants Commission), India, issues Revised Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities; Ministry of Home Affairs permits Universities and Institutions to conduct Examinations.

India Secretariat, New Delhi

Photo: A Section of the North Block, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, India. The North Block houses the Ministry of Home Affairs.

New Delhi | 06 July 2020 — The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has, in a letter to the Union Higher Education Secretary, permitted the conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions.

The final Term Examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC (University Grants Commission) Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities, and as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

• UGC (University Grants Commission) today issued the Revised Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities.

In April 2020, the University Grants Commission constituted an Expert Committee to deliberate and make recommendations regarding the issues related to Examinations and Academic Calendar. Based on the Report of the Committee, the UGC issued Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar on 29 April 2020.

The Expert Committee was requested by the UGC to revisit the Guidelines and suggest options for examinations, admissions in the Universities/ Colleges, and also for the beginning of the new academic session as the number of COVID cases is still increasing.

The Commission in its emergent meeting held on 06 July 2020 accepted the Report of the Committee. It approved the ‘UGC Revised Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities because of COVID-19 Pandemic’.

The highlights of the Guidelines are as under:

• Click here to view the UGC Revised Guidelines Document.

Sources: University Grants Commission. Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

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July 3, 2020

Oxford University and Bvlgari announce collaboration to fight COVID-19 and future pandemics.


Oxford, July 3, 2020 — Bvlgari, the Italian luxury brand, has announced plans to support research into COVID-19 and vaccine development at Oxford University.

The new relationship comes as part of the brand’s commitment to preventing pandemics now and in the future, through philanthropic donations. This gift will support Oxford research in two key areas; purchasing boundary-pushing scientific equipment that will help to speed up vaccine development and financing the studies of some of the world’s most talented researchers engaged in the field.

Oxford and Bvlgary announced the collaboration during a live webinar hosted by Jean-Christophe Babin, President, and CEO of Bvlgari and Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford.

Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said: “For us to continue to make world-leading advances against infectious diseases, we need more excellent young scientists to join us and access the most up to date equipment in our laboratories. This generous gift from Bvlgari addresses these needs, and will continue to have an impact for many years.”

The Bvlgari Scholarship will financially support two students at the postgraduate level within the vaccine development group, the Oxford Jenner Institute. It would enable the University to continue to attract the next generation of top talent to power Oxford’s world-leading position in vaccine research.

The Oxford Vaccine Group and Oxford Jenner Institute have been at the forefront of scientific endeavor to develop vaccines for diseases of primary global importance for more than 30 years. They are currently one of the leading research groups globally in the development of a vaccine against COVID-19.

The Bvlgari Scholarship Beneficiaries will receive full financial support over the four-year duration of their DPhil (Ph.D.) studies in vaccine research. The scholarships will cover the students’ course fees, IT support laboratory consumables, and an internationally competitive maintenance grant. The scholarship awardees will be based at the Oxford Jenner Institute and selected from applicants and offer holders in the Medical Sciences Division at Oxford, across the relevant disciplines of Clinical, Medical and Biological Sciences.

The candidate selection process for the Bvlgari Scholarship would begin as early as autumn 2020.

In addition to the scholarship program, Bvlgari’s donation will also contribute to the purchase of a state-of-the-art flow cytometer by the Oxford Jenner Institute. Flow cytometry is a crucial tool in emergency vaccine development that can rapidly speed up the process, allowing a more detailed understanding of cell response post-vaccination.

Used to measure the number and type of immune cells made in the body after the administration of the vaccine, it helps identify which types of cells may lead to a vaccine being protective and, therefore, successful. Single-cell sorting is a critical component of many sophisticated analysis pathways for both pre-clinical and clinical studies. It allows scientists to separate particular groups of cells of specific interest.

Bvlgari’s generous donation to the University is the latest step in the brand’s philanthropic commitment to improving the world at large, following the devastating coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, which plunged the world into an international pandemic.

Jean-Christophe Babin, President, and CEO of Bvlgari, said: “Over the past few months, we have witnessed the shocking and detrimental effects of COVID-19 on every aspect of our society. We can never let this happen again. Bvlgari vows not only to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 but also to work with the global leaders in Medical Sciences at Oxford University, to nurture the most talented minds of tomorrow. I am honored and proud to have the opportunity to support Oxford in this common goal of eradicating viruses and stopping future pandemics in their tracks.”

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: “We are deeply grateful to Bvlgari for their generous gift and look forward to working together over the coming years. Donations like this allow us to accelerate critical vaccine development research, which will aid Oxford’s response to this crisis and future pandemics.”

Source: University of Oxford


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June 30, 2020

Human Resource Development Minister of India virtually launches World's first-ever Online B.Sc. Degree in Programming and Data Science.

First-ever online degree by an IIT to democratize quality education by removing barriers; Applicants can be from any discipline.

IIT Madras

New Delhi | June 30, 2020 — The Union Minister of HRD, Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, today virtually launched World’s first-ever online B.Sc. degree in Programming and Data Science. The program has been prepared and offered by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), which is ranked No.1 in India Rankings 2020 by NIRF. This program is open to anyone who has passed Class XII with English and Maths at the Class X level and enrolled in any on-campus UG course. Dr. Pawan Kumar Goenka, Chairman, IIT Madras Board of Governors; Director, and the faculty of the IIT Madras; Chairman, AICTE, Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe; Additional Secretary, MHRD, Rakesh Ranjanand, and other senior officials of the Ministry were also present during the launch.

Data Science is one of the fastest-growing sectors predicted to create 11.5 million jobs by 2026. Online education is a rapidly embraced trend for high-quality education on a large scale. Faculty from IIT Madras addresses the need for this sector using online education processes and presents an inclusive and affordable education model that will significantly extend IIT’s reach.

While addressing the participants, Mr. Pokhriyal congratulated the IIT Madras team for the launch of the World’s first-ever online B.Sc. degree program in Data Science and Programming. The Minister informed that the current batch of students who are completing their Class XII in 2020 are eligible to apply. Graduates and working professionals can also take up this program. Mr. Pokhriyal added that this unique offering removes all barriers of age, discipline, or geographic location and provides access to a world-class curriculum in data science, which is in massive demand for skilled professionals.

The Minister said that IIT Madras has a rich history of continuous innovation and success. Its emergence as rank 1 in the NIRF rankings consistently underscores the team’s talent, mission, and vision. Analysis reveals that every year 7 to 7.5 lakh Indian students go abroad in search of better education, and our expertise and revenue go outside the country. Institutions such as IIT Madras have the vision and mission to help the nation move forward on its path to self-reliance by bringing such quality education and unique courses right here in India.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that the students currently enrolled in a different on-campus program anywhere in India could pursue this degree program without needing to switch careers or courses. Even employers who want to upskill their employees can consider this option without losing productive time on the job. He further said that the program brightens up job prospects for students in a lucrative field, provides opportunities for working professionals to switch careers, and provides learners a chance to get a degree from a recognized institution such as IIT Madras.

The program will be delivered on a state-of-the-art online portal and attract learners from even remote parts of India where outreach of digital literacy is minimal and will help them stay ahead in their career journeys. The program will have videos from the faculty, weekly assignments, and in-person invigilated exams, just like any other regular course. It would ensure that the online learning platform is closest to a classroom learning experience. The program will hone students’ skills in managing data, visualizing patterns to gain managerial insights, modeling uncertainties, and building models that help produce forecasts to make effective business decisions.

This unique online presentation will be offered in three different stages - Foundational Programme, Diploma Programme, and Degree Programme. At each stage, students will have the freedom to exit from the program and receive a Certificate, Diploma, or Degree, respectively, from IIT Madras. Based on eligibility, interested candidates will have to fill a form and pay a nominal fee of Rs. 3,000 for the qualifier exam. Learners will get access to the four weeks of the course content of 4 subjects (Mathematics, English, Statistics, and Computational Thinking). These students will go through the course lectures online, submit online assignments, and write an in-person qualifier exam at the end of 4 weeks. It is in contrast to the typical admission processes of IITs, where there are a limited number of in-campus seats. In this program, all students who clear (with an overall score of 50%) the qualifier exam will be eligible to register for the foundational program.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi, India.

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June 27, 2020

Chandigarh University Launches Financial Aid Program for the Meritorious and Deserving Students to Overcome Financial Crisis During COVID-19

The institution would provide students with 48 crore financial assistance under the newly launched scheme.

Chandigarh University


Photo: Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University, launching the Rs. 48 Crore CU Financial Aid Scheme for meritorious and deserving students at Chandigarh.

CHANDIGARH, India, June 27, 2020 — Chandigarh University has launched the Financial Aid Scheme worth Rs. 48 Crore to help the deserving and meritorious students from any part of India so that they can fulfill their aspiration to get quality higher education. The CU Financial Aid Scheme was today launched in Chandigarh by the University’s Chancellor, Satnam Singh Sandhu.

While launching the Chandigarh University Financial Aid Scheme, Satnam Singh Sandhu said, “Getting access to quality education is a fundamental right of every student. Financial constraints should not pose any hindrance in the path of deserving and meritorious students. The newly launched scheme follows the financial assistance policies extended by top Universities in Western Countries like the USA, UK, Canada, to attract the best of talent across the world.” Chandigarh University Financial Aid Scheme is the first of its kind in India. It would offer Financial Aid on merit on first-come-first-serve basis applicable to all the 109 Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate programs provided by the University for 2020 academic batch. CU Chancellor further added that “Currently the world is going through challenging times due to COVID-19 crisis. It has resulted in massive job losses or salary cuts across the sectors, which may impact students’ education.” The 48 crore Financial-Aid Scheme will offer financial assistance up-to 100% to the deserving students who have the zeal to learn, but their parents do not have enough funds to support them, added Sandhu.

Chandigarh University Chancellor also launched an online portal where the students can apply for financial assistance. Explaining the process, Satnam Sandhu said, “The student needs to register with his or her credentials through the online portal. A committee comprising of senior authorities of the University would scrutinize the application and recommend the quantum of financial aid. The institution would, through the online portal, automatically communicate to the student the recommended amount of financial aid.”

Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu further said, “In addition to above, Chandigarh University has signed MoUs with a consortium of Public and Private Sector Banks which will offer collateral-free education loans to the students. Chandigarh University will offer all possible support to get the banks’ education loan processed in the shortest possible time for which the University has established a new department of Financial Assistance.”

Chandigarh University, located near Chandigarh, is a NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) A+ Grade institution. CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

Source: Chandigarh University

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June 23, 2020

Class of 1940's Benjamin Ferencz, aged 100, is City College of New York's "Virtual Salute" speaker, June 30.

City College of New York

City College of New York

City College of New York

Photo: Benjamin Ferencz, Class of 1940, is CCNY’s 2020 Virtual Salute keynote speaker.

NEW YORK, June 22, 2020 — Centenarian Benjamin B. Ferencz, a distinguished 1940 alumnus and the last surviving prosecutor from the post-WWII Nuremberg trials, is the keynote speaker at The City College of New York’s first-ever “Virtual Salute” on June 30. Mr. Ferencz, who turned 100 on March 11, will receive the honorary degree Doctor of Laws from his alma mater. He’s believed to be the oldest honorary degree recipient from City College.

Other speakers during CCNY’s 50-minute virtual salute, include:

Also, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodriguez will offer greetings.

A physically active man who does 100 pushups daily, Mr. Ferencz is still an advocate for human rights and the rule of law. In his address to CCNY’s latest graduates, he will share some of his remarkable experiences in the 80 years since his graduation from CCNY in 1940. “Experiences, which I hope will be inspirational and will guide the Class of 2020 during difficult times now and in the future,” he said.

Mr. Ferencz, whose family came to the United States from Romania when he was 10-months-old, attended Harvard Law School after CCNY. He earned his law degree in 1943 and fought in World War II.

At the end of the war, the young lawyer got recruited for the Nuremberg war crimes trials in Nuremberg, Germany. Once the International Military Tribunal’s prosecution of German Field Marshal, Herman Goering, and his associates concluded, the United States tried a broad cross-section of Nazi offenders.

He said of the experience: “Nuremberg taught me that creating a world of tolerance and compassion would be a long and arduous task. And I also learned that if we did not devote ourselves to developing effective world law, the same cruel mentality that made the Holocaust possible might one day destroy the entire human race.”

The City College of New York (CCNY) is a public college of the City University of New York (CUNY) system in New York City. Founded in 1847, City College was the first free public institution of higher education in the United States.

Source: City College of New York. Office of Institutional Advancement and Communications.

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June 19, 2020

UGC India extends the Deadline for Submission of Applications for the Administrative Training Programme for Public University Registrars.

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UGC, Universities, India

New Delhi, June 19, 2020 — The University Grants Commission has extended the Deadline for the Submission of Applications for the Administrative Training Programme for Public University Registrars.

In a Public Notice dated June 16, 2020, the commission has announced that because of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown, the deadline for submission of applications under the UKIERI Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrators is now July 15. Those institutions which have not yet applied to UGC in the prescribed format may do so by this date.

The ‘Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrators’ is a joint initiative of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the British Council under the auspices of the UK India Education and Research Initiative.

The program includes two workshops to be conducted by UK trainers, which will train about 300 academic administrators in the level of Registrar and Joint/Deputy/Assistant Registrar to enable them to bring about professional transformation in the higher education institutions.

Further, to make the program sustainable, 30 potential future leadership development program trainers from among the 300 participants will be chosen and will be given additional training to train others.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) will conduct this program in collaboration with Advance HE, the training partner with globally recognized institutional expertise and leadership excellence from the UK. The British Council in India would coordinate the arrangement.

For any further query, universities may write to the UGC or directly contact Mr. Mriganka Sekhar Sarma, Education Officer, International Cooperation, UGC.

Following is the original UGC Notification:



F.No. 184-3/2019(IC) — Date: 26.02.2020



UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) is a bilateral partnership between the UK and India which aims to promote institutional excellence through academic/research linkages and leadership development program.

University Grants Commission (UGC) and British Council under the auspices of UKIERI are going to deliver a Higher Education Leadership Development program focusing on the training of mid and senior-level educational administrators in Universities in India.

In addition to leadership training provided to top-level leaders like Vice-chancellors and academic faculty, the higher education sector also needs leadership development for mid and senior-level functionaries to bring about a professional transformation of our Universities.

British Council has identified Advanced HE, a UK-based not-for-profit institution, specializing in governance and leadership development of higher education for delivering the program.


• Train the academic administrators to enable them to bring about systemic changes with renewed approaches, capacity, tools, and skills in the higher education institutions.

• Identify and train potential future leadership development program trainers to provide a framework for dissemination and cascading of leadership training to other HEIs.

• Create and Strengthen the sustainable relationship between the UK and Indian Higher Education Institutions and utilize UK’s expertise in the field of Higher Education Administration and leadership.


• Central Universities funded by University Grants Commission.

• State Public Universities included under section 2(f) & 12B of the UGC Act.


• Administrative functionaries at the level of Registrar and Joint/Deputy/Assistant Registrar of the eligible Universities.


• Eligible Universities shall apply in the prescribed format.

• Eligible Universities shall nominate 3-5 functionaries in order of preference at the level of Registrar and Joint/Deputy/Assistant Registrar.

• To ensure gender diversity in the program, at least one of the top three nominees should be a female.

• The application may be duly forwarded and signed by the Vice-Chancellor/authorized signatory of the university.

• The last date for receipt of applications is March 16, 2020.


• The application shall be assessed based on criteria such as Participating Institution’s commitment to the program; Experience, achievements, and potential of the participants; Clarity of program goals; Potential impact of the program; and Sustainability and transferability beyond the curriculum.

• The selected universities and participants, along with the schedule of training, shall be announced by the end of March 2020.


• Participants will attend two 5-day blocks of development workshops between April and December 2020 in various locations in India.

• UGC would select 30 potential future leadership development program trainers from amongst the participants.

• UGC will bear the expenditure related to the travel, boarding, and lodging of the Indian participants.

- Full notification and the prescribed format for application are available from the UGC.

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

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June 16, 2020

691 Multinationals make 6.117 Offers to Batch 2020 Students During Campus Placements at Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University


Photo: Placed students of Chandigarh University of 2020 passing-out batch celebrating their success along with Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu.

CHANDIGARH, India, June 16, 2020 — Students of Chandigarh University have bucked the fears of an economic slowdown as the university has registered a record number of recruitments by top-notch multinationals during the campus placements for the batch 2020. The recruiters have made more than 6,617 offers during the campus placements for Engineering, MBA, Hotel Management, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Media, and students of other programs. Chandigarh University Pro-Chancellor informed this during a media interaction. “Some of the multinationals which participated in the recruitments for batch 2020 students included Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Flipkart, IBM, Nutanix, Capgemini, Cognizant, Accenture, Wipro, Walmart, Deloitte, and others. About 106 multinationals this year were common recruiters for fresh talent at IITs, NITs, and Chandigarh University,” added the Pro-Chancellor.

“There has been a quantum jump in the number of offers made by Fortune 500 Companies and Top 100 Companies of India in the first phase of campus placements for batch 2020 in comparison to last year,” the university said. More than 1500 students have bagged multiple offers to date.

“Companies like Cognizant, Capgemini, Wipro, and Mindtree have made the highest number of offers made by the respective multinationals across North India,” the university added. Chandigarh University has been able to maintain good perception as the top-notch companies keep recruiting new talent year after year.

Giving details about the stream-wise companies which visited Chandigarh University for campus recruitments of 2020 batch, the Pro-Chancellor said, “There were 350 multinationals for the placements of engineering students while 180 companies recruited MBA students of different specializations.”

“Students passing-out from Chandigarh University will have no shortage of job opportunities. The university continues to engage with the corporate sector to update the course curriculum as per the industry expectations. It offers new-age programs in the emerging areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Business Analytics, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, and others,” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

Some of the Fortune 500 Companies as recruiters for Batch 2020

Fortune 500 Companies India as recruiters for Batch 2020

Chandigarh University, located near Chandigarh, is a NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) A+ Grade institution. CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

Source: Chandigarh University

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Team Hollo from the University of Hong Kong wins 2020 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship, Indore Student part of the Team

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University of Hong Kong

Photo: Hollo Team members Cameron van Breda, Ajit Krishna Namakkal Raghavendran, and Piyush Jha from the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

HONG KONG, June 16, 2020 — Team Hollo, from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), won the 2020 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship. The Team presented a mental health platform connecting a mobile app for users and a web application for mental health professionals. It is the first Team from Hong Kong to have won the World Championship since the launch of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in 2003.

Hollo Team members, Cameron van Breda (Final Year, Bachelor of Science), Ajit Krishna Namakkal Raghavendran (Year 3, Bachelor of Engineering), and Piyush Jha from India (Final Year, Bachelor of Engineering) met at HKU. The Team noticed that mental health aid was not reaching the younger generations in their communities effectively. The Team envisioned a future of tech-based, accessible, and comprehensive mental health management tools. With this in mind, Team Hollo developed a mental health companion web application leveraging Azure analytics and AI services to advance youth therapy practices.

Over 28,000 students from more than 200 counties registered to participate in the Microsoft Imagine Cup. Only ten teams got selected for the Asia Regional Final. Earlier in February this year, Hollo had won the title of World Finalist in the Asia Regional Final with its impactful solution. In winning the World Championship, the Team won USD100,000, a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and USD50,000 in Azure grants.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup aims to empower students to use their imagination and passion for technology to develop innovative and inclusive solutions that tackle critical societal issues. Held online this year due to the pandemic, it is the first time a Hong Kong team took home the Cup, often called the “Olympics of student tech competitions.”

Piyush is an HKU Final Year Engineering student from Delhi Public School, Indore, who majors in Computer Science and minors in Finance. With a 97% score in the All India Senior School Certificate Examination, Piyush received the HKU Foundation Scholarship with a full tuition fee waiver and living allowance, which is renewable for his entire undergraduate study at HKU. With HKU’s extensive global exchange network, Piyush was able to go on a summer exchange program at the University of British Columbia in 2017. His outstanding GPA also won him the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund - The Reaching Out Award for the exchange in Vancouver, Canada. On top of that, Piyush is a two-time recipient of the HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship for his extraordinary performance in international competitions involving technological innovation challenges and computer science hackathons.

Ajit is currently a Third Year Engineering student who majors in Computer Science at HKU. Originally from Chennai, he was raised in Hong Kong from a young age and has always been curious and innovative growing up. Since studying at HKU, he participated in various international competitions. He was a Finalist in the Global Legal Hackathon for which he went to New York City to pitch in the finals. He is also a recipient of the Funding for Experiential Learning Projects from the Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing of HKU. He has recently completed a 1-year internship in Asia’s leading digital asset company, BC Group.

HKU Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Yiwu HE congratulated Team Hollo, “The Team demonstrated the growing culture of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus among academics and students here at HKU. We should think not only in terms of pursuing a new idea or concept for discovery but to facilitate excellent research that results in products that impact the world. We hope HKU will incubate many successful companies with innovative products to help grow the high-tech industry and provide the younger generation with more opportunities in Hong Kong.”

Source: The University of Hong Kong

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Ranking for Innovative Universities: World Universities With Real Impact

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How should universities evolve and innovate as the world enters a new phase with the fourth industrial revolution, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic? World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) invited educators, researchers, data scientists, and professionals of diverse fields to address this complex question at a virtual conference held on June 11.

WURI is a new university ranking system developed last year at the 2nd Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU) Conference held at Incheon National University, South Korea. It strives to overcome the limitations of existing methods of evaluating and ranking universities.

According to WURI, the existing university rankings heavily weigh on research performance, measured by the number of research papers, and traditional methods of knowledge-transfer. Therefore, they do not correctly assess active and innovative programs of universities in the current era of change.

The society has long voiced the need for a new approach to evaluating the institutions of higher education. Particularly with the advent of the 4th industrial revolution that shifted our perspectives on human talent and management, educators and institutions have been gearing efforts to change school programs and curricula to meet the demands of the corporate world and society, WURI elaborated.

The existing rankings provide essential insight into universities’ research efforts; however, they inadequately represent the universities’ overall social impact as active educational institutions. WURI, an alternative system for extant university rankings, examines the innovative programs of universities. WURI ranking has four evaluation categories:

  1. INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS. Not the traditional ways of counting research papers and lecture-type teaching.
  2. Value-creating startups and ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Not the traditional focus on the number of jobs filled.
  3. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, ETHICS, and INTEGRITY. Not a focus on knowledge and skills just for material success.
  4. STUDENT MOBILITY and Openness for Exchange and Collaboration between Schools. Not an independent yet closed system.

The WURI evaluation system adopted the Text Informational Analysis (TIA), based on expert surveys from the university presidents, chancellors, and representatives.

The following four global institutions have created and released the inaugural World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) Ranking.

The ranking shows Stanford and MIT in the first and second place, with Aalto University following close in third place. The Arizona State University of the U.S. is on the 7th. It is an excellent case of an innovative university in the U.S.

In Ethical Value, Harvard University is at the top with the University of Pennsylvania, Ecole 42, Duke University, and Columbia University, following the noted order.

For Industrial Application, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are ranked first and the second, respectively. Minerva Schools at KGI follows as the third, and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is ranked fourth.

For Entrepreneurial Spirit, Aalto University of Finland is ranked first, followed by Hanze University of Applied Sciences of the Netherlands and Princeton University of the U.S.

In the Student Mobility and Openness area, the National University of Singapore, Seoul National University, University of Copenhagen, Boston University, and the Free University of Berlin made the top five.

In the global 100, 32 universities from the U.S., eight from the U.K., seven from China, six from South Korea, five from Japan, four from Germany, three from France, and three from India appear in the list.

From India, the University of Delhi, and Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women are listed in the Global 100, while Chitkara University is ranked 45 in the Entrepreneurial Spirit category.

ICFAI University, Dehradun, has secured 44th place in TOP 50 in The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) Rankings 2020 under the Industrial Application category.

Source: IPSNC

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June 11, 2020

Back to Campus for Whom? New Infographic Shows Ongoing Uncertainty about Higher Education this Fall.

Cengage’s Analysis of Public Data Shows Many Higher Ed Leaders are Considering a Range of Scenarios while Many Faculty are Planning for Online Learning.

Back to Campus


Photo: Infographic. Cengage’s Analysis of Public Data Shows Many Higher Ed Leaders are Considering a Range of Scenarios while Many Faculty are Planning for Online Learning.

BOSTON, June 11, 2020 — The COVID pandemic continues to wreak havoc on higher education. Eighty-six percent of institutions have yet to announce their plans for the fall semester, and when factoring in enrollment, more than half (62 percent) of college students are uncertain about how to plan their lives when fall arrives.

The data appears in a new infographic from Cengage, an education and technology company. The data includes information gathered from a public listing of fall campus plans tracked by The Chronicle of Higher Education and open data from the federal IPEDS system aggregated with an ongoing Cengage faculty survey.

Of the four-year schools that have announced plans, the majority (68 percent) are planning for in-person courses. 3.5 percent are planning for online-only; 5 percent are proposing a hybrid model; 11.5 percent are “considering a range of scenarios,” while 10 percent have announced they are “waiting to decide.”

While data from schools that have announced their fall plans show a majority plan to hold in-person courses, only 18% of instructors surveyed think sessions will be entirely in-person. 70% of instructors believe they will be doing all or some instruction online.

“There is still a lot of uncertainty about what ‘back to school’ will look. Still, we know that America’s higher education system must be more prepared this fall to handle virtual learning than they were in March,” said Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage. “Whether online or in-person, institutions should focus on making learning more flexible for the needs of their students and the needs of the times.”

Cengage is an education and technology company built for learners. It provides teaching and learning materials for higher education.

Source: Cengage

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June 10, 2020

QS announces World University Rankings 2021

QS Rankings

QS World University Rankings, MIT


Photo: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Image Credit: Mahesh.

LONDON, June 9, 2020 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have just released the seventeenth edition of the QS World University Rankings. QS World University Rankings are the world’s most-consulted, most-covered source of comparative information about university performance.

The rankings have placed 26 Asian universities among the global top 100 — the highest number ever.

Ben Sowter, QS Director of Research, said: “The American higher education hegemony continues to diminish in the face of increasing competitiveness across the world: competitiveness driven by strategic funding, internationalization efforts, and strong links between education and industry.”

QS bases its World University Rankings on Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Faculty, Faculty/Student Ratio, International Faculty Ratio, and International Student Ratio.

• QS World University Rankings 2021: Global Top 50

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — United States
  2. Stanford University — United States
  3. Harvard University — United States
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) — United States
  5. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  6. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology — Switzerland
  7. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  8. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  9. University of Chicago — United States
  10. UCL — United Kingdom
  11. National University of Singapore (NUS) — Singapore
  12. Princeton University — United States
  13. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) — Singapore
  14. EPFL — Switzerland
  15. Tsinghua University — China (Mainland)
  16. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  17. Yale University — United States
  18. Cornell University — United States
  19. Columbia University — United States
  20. The University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  21. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States
  22. The University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  23. Peking University — China (Mainland)
  24. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  25. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  26. University of Toronto — Canada
  27. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong SAR
  28. The University of Manchester — United Kingdom
  29. Northwestern University — United States
  30. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) — United States
  31. The Australian National University — Australia
  32. King’s College London — United Kingdom
  33. McGill University — Canada
  34. Fudan University — China (Mainland)
  35. New York University (NYU) — United States
  36. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — United States
  37. Seoul National University — South Korea
  38. Kyoto University — Japan
  39. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology — South Korea
  40. The University of Sydney — Australia
  41. The University of Melbourne — Australia
  42. Duke University — United States
  43. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) — Hong Kong SAR
  44. The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) — Australia
  45. University of British Columbia — Canada
  46. The University of Queensland — Australia
  47. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China (Mainland)
  48. City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  49. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) — United Kingdom
  50. Technical University of Munich — Germany

• QS World University Rankings 2021: INDIA

QS Rank — Institute

Overall, 21 Indian higher education universities and institutes have found a place in the world’s top 1,000 rankings.

• QS World University Rankings 2021: PAKISTAN

QS Rank — Institute

• QS World University Rankings 2021: BANGLADESH

QS Rank — Institute

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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June 6, 2020

Journalism and Mass Communication Students of Chandigarh University Register Record Placements.

102 National & Regional Media Brands recruit more than 200 Mass Communication students.

Chandigarh University


Photo: Placed students of Chandigarh University in a happy mood after getting an offer from a well-known media house in India.

CHANDIGARH, India, June 5, 2020 — Graduate and Post-Graduate students of the University Institute of Media Studies (UIMS) at Chandigarh University have registered a record number of placements. 102 National & Regional media houses have recruited more than 200 Journalism and Mass Communication students of the last two passing-out batches. The Vice-Chancellor of Chandigarh University announced the placement record of UIMS students. About 140 Bachelors and 60 Master students have been picked up by top-notch media houses, including National & Regional Newspapers & News Channels, Radio Channels, Advertising & PR Agencies, Event Management firms, and Digital Marketing Companies.

While giving details about UIMS students’ placements, the Vice-Chancellor said, “Prominent News Channels such as News 18, Zee News, ETV Bharat, ABP News, India News, News 24, PTC News, and Doordarshan have selected 65 students. In print media, newspapers like Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Punjab Kesari, Times of India, and Kashmir Times, have selected 50 students.” The Vice-Chancellor further added, “More than 50 students were picked-up by online digital media platforms while radio channels like Big FM, My FM, Red FM, and Radio Mirchi have selected 15 students.”

Besides, Ad-Agencies and PR Agencies recruited about 20 students, out of which ten students bagged government jobs in State Government Public Relations Departments, the Vice-Chancellor said.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “Our Journalism and Mass Communication students undergo academic training as per the current needs of the Media Industry. Experts from renowned media houses are involved in designing the course curriculum and imparting practical hands-on training.”

“Today, media is fast converging towards the delivery of real-time news updates to its viewers. It has created a new age media where professionals must perform multiple roles as journalists working in the field, and we are preparing our students according to the changing dynamics of the Industry,” Mr. Sandhu stated.

Chandigarh University is the youngest university in India to be honored with A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in the field of engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and others.

Source: Chandigarh University

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May 29, 2020

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India, hosts a Webinar for more than 45,000 Higher Educational Institutions across the Country; Academicians, Professors, Faculty, Vice-Chancellors, Registrars, and Principals register their Attendance

NAAC India

New Delhi / Bangaluru, May 28, 2020 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, interacted with Academics of more than 45,000 Higher Educational Institutions across the country today. He was speaking at a Webinar. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru had hosted it. The participants included a galaxy of Academicians, Vice-Chancellors, Registrars, Professors, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) heads, Principals, and Faculty from across the Nation.

While lauding the initiatives taken by the NAAC at this time of the Pandemic, Mr. Pokhriyal called upon the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in the country to treat the current situation as an opportunity to overcome limitations in the system. He called upon the educationists, students, and parents to switch-over to the online method and make the most of the situation so that the students’ academic session is not interrupted. He said there is an urgent need to improve and enhance the online ecosystem in India. He added that educators should contribute to increasing the reach so that online education reaches even the rural areas.

In the hour-long interaction and address, the Union Minister reflected on various issues and concerns raised by educationists related to Academic Calendar, Online Education, Examinations, Fees, Mental Health of Students, Problems of Students, Fellowships, and Entrance Examinations.

He urged all Higher Educational Institutions to take part in the NAAC accreditation process. He reiterated that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is very concerned about the well being of Higher Educational Institutions. The Minister assured of all help in furthering the academic activities of the student fraternity.

NAAC Student Survey


Photo: NAAC Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS) Poster for displaying at the Higher Education Institutions Campuses. The Union Human Resource Development Minister has urged all Higher Education Institutions to take part in the NAAC Accreditation Process. Image provided by NAAC.

The Union Minister asked all Universities to constitute a particular cell which will be empowered to address the issues of students related to academic calendar and examinations arising out of extraordinary circumstances due to COVID 19. He said that a task force had been created in the UGC to resolve the students’ different issues.

The Chairman, University Grants Commission, Prof D. P. Singh, also graced the occasion. Prof S. C. Sharma, Director, NAAC, coordinated the event.

Sources: NAAC. Ministry of Human Resource Development.

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May 27, 2020

Johns Hopkins Releases Comprehensive Report on Digital Contact Tracing to Aid COVID-19 Response.

Leading global experts contributed to the report, offering clear guidance and recommendations on ethics and governance as digital technologies fight the pandemic.


BALTIMORE, May 26, 2020 — Johns Hopkins University has released a comprehensive report on the use of digital contact tracing technologies (DCTT), including smartphone apps and other tools, to fight COVID-19. The paper would help the government, technology developers, businesses, institutional leaders, and the public make responsible decisions.

‘Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response’ is a report led by the Berman Institute for Bioethics in collaboration with the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins, as well as leading experts worldwide. The report highlights the ethical, legal, policy, and governance issues that the world must address as it develops and implements DCTT. The report’s primary conclusions and recommendations advise that privacy should not outweigh public health goals and other values. Big technology companies should not unilaterally set terms when such broad public interests are at stake. And decisions about the technology and its uses are updated continuously as new information becomes available.

As officials in many countries strive to find a balance between respecting civil liberties and controlling the pandemic, the report offers clear, well-supported guidance for leaders as they consider deployment and use of these technologies and the data they collect, store and share.

“As we move forward, we must strike a balance between privacy and values like equity, choice, economic well-being, and solidarity,” said Jeffrey Kahn, Ph.D., MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute for Bioethics. “Too much emphasis on privacy could severely limit the ability to gather the information that is critical for effective and efficient contact tracing to help beat the pandemic. And so the full range of interests and values of the public must drive this conversation, and not just those asserted by tech companies.”

The report makes numerous recommendations, including:

“In this time of COVID-19, digital technologies have an unprecedented capacity to accelerate and improve the way the world responds to infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. “The digital contact tracing technologies represent a great opportunity. They also present significant ethical, legal, and governance concerns. I’m grateful to the Berman Institute of Bioethics for leading this effort and galvanizing some of the nation’s and the world’s foremost leaders on these issues to share their knowledge on this complex and timely set of issues.”

The report is the result of rapid research and expert consensus effort led by a group of leaders in bioethics, health security, public health, technology, engineering, public policy, and law.

Source: Johns Hopkins University

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John Jay College Senior Students Balance Front-Line Work with Education Demands

John Jay College

NEW YORK, May 26, 2020 — John Jay students, many who live and work in communities of color hit hardest by Covid-19, are also on the front-lines. Their stories of studying while saving lives and keeping New Yorkers safe are inspiring examples of sacrifice and resilience.

Rosa Jimenez is an Emergency Medical Technician working in the Bronx, the borough with the highest infection and mortality rates in New York City. While studying full time in her senior year at John Jay, Jimenez has seen firsthand how the virus is impacting families, communities, and medical professionals.

“I’ve seen so many doctors and nurses end up with Covid-19. It concerns when you look at the patient’s chart and recognize the name,” says Jimenez.

Between shifts, Jimenez studies for finals. It’s her last semester, and she’s not letting the coronavirus or the change to distance learning stop her momentum.

Estefania Solis, a transfer student from Panama, is a Presidential Intern at John Jay and a member of the National Guard. When Covid-19 spread across New York City, Estefania’s life rapidly transformed from that of a typical student attending class and an internship to that of an active duty National Guard member contributing to a critical mission.

“My community has been affected. Some friends have had to fly back to their home countries and struggle with financial hardships. Others lost their job. Many have gotten sick. I am grateful I have the chance to help and not stay at home.”

The virus has altered all of her current plans, from summer job opportunities to her coursework. Balancing the internship, the National Guard, and her college work was initially overwhelming, and Solis thought she wouldn’t be able to complete her classes. But her professors stepped up and worked with her to make sure she finishes the semester and doesn’t lose momentum towards graduation.

Matthew Hart plans to graduate this summer, taking six courses this semester to keep on schedule. He is also serving in the National Guard at Covid-19 testing sites and food distribution centers.

“Juggle is tough. There are times when you want to sleep, but then you remind yourself that you have to get your homework done.”

Despite the struggle, Hart tries to keep a positive attitude and is committed to finishing his undergraduate education. He will start working on a master’s degree in the fall at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Graduate student Khalid Islam took a course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and studied how Toronto handled a SARS outbreak. A few months later, he is using what he learned to keep the Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics safe under his supervision. Khalid is an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Safety and Training Manager for the Mount Sinai Health System. He would receive his master’s degree this month. He has managed to balance his work, family obligations, and education in the shadow of a global pandemic.

According to John Jay College, all these students rose to the challenge these past few months, facing the danger of Covid-19 head-on while staying on the path to graduation. “Their commitment to public service and their communities centers them on a course to become tomorrow’s leaders,” the College said.

John Jay College would honor these students and their classmates from the Class of 2020 in a virtual celebration to mark the end of the semester on Wednesday, May 27. The ceremony will include pre-recorded remarks from special guests, including CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez; Charles Schumer, United States Senate; Kathy Hochul, Lt. Governor; and Letitia James, NYS Attorney General, among others.

An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York offers a vibrant liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. John Jay is home to faculty and research centers at the forefront of advancing criminal and social justice reform. In teaching, scholarship, and research, the College engages the theme of justice and explores fundamental human desires for fairness, equality, and the rule of law.

Source: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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May 22, 2020

Pandemic Will Cost U.S. International Education more than $4.5 Billion, and Tens of Thousands of American Jobs — Says Association of International Educators NAFSA.

International Education

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020 — The Association of International Educators NAFSA says it surveyed senior leadership at U.S.-based higher education institutions and international education organizations to gauge the financial impact of COVID-19 on the field of international education.

According to NAFSA, survey results indicate that, overall, U.S. higher education had potentially lost nearly $1 billion due to shortened or canceled study abroad programs. Further, it spent approximately $638 million in financial support for international students, scholars, faculty, and staff who remained on campus when courses moved online.

Responses estimate that U.S. higher education will lose at least $3 billion due to anticipated international student enrollment declines for fall 2020. NAFSA survey has concluded that without congressional action and financial relief to support global culture, there would be a loss of more than $4.5 billion to U.S. higher education and tens of thousands of American jobs.

“With travel restrictions, visa delays, and economic instability worldwide, COVID-19 has been incredibly harmful to the field of international education,” said Esther D. Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO of the Association of International Educators NAFSA. “We need Congress to support legislation protecting international education to save American jobs and ensure U.S. students remain globally competitive at a time where we cannot afford to lose our competitive edge.”

Detailed Survey Results:

• Study Abroad

• International Students

• International Scholars, Faculty, Staff

• Other Negative Financial Impacts

NAFSA said it had prepared several requests to the Congress to mitigate the pandemic’s damage on the international education field and to position its recovery when it is safe for American students to study abroad and for international students and scholars to return to the U.S. These requests include petitions for policy changes, such as waiving the in-person interview requirement for visas, and direct financial assistance totaling $46.6 billion.

The Association of International Educators NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education.

Source: NAFSA

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May 20, 2020

QS World University Rankings USA

The Best US Universities for Excellence, Equity, and Employability.

QS World University Rankings USA

LONDON, May 20, 2020 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the publishers of the QS World University Rankings, today released their inaugural ranking of America’s top universities.

The QS World University Rankings USA assesses how well universities are responding to the social, intellectual, and economic challenges. QS said it had ranked the Universities according to their research performance and career outcomes as well as a range of indicators evaluating each institution’s social impact and attempts to foster equitability.

The methodology also evaluates universities based on the efforts they are making to support the 17 UN Sustainable Development goals.

QS CEO Nunzio Quacquarelli said, “QS surveyed 33,000+ prospective university students since the start of the pandemic. Though COVID-19’s effects on higher education will resonate for years to come, our research reveals that it does not deter students from pursuing their education goals. We hope that this ranking will provide students with an insightful comparative tool, as they prepare for the next steps in their educational journey.”

The QS World University Rankings USA see Harvard University named America’s top university, placed ahead of Stanford University (2nd) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3rd).

Harvard’s leadership got perfect scores for QS’s Research and Employability indicators, which suggests that, on average, Harvard produces America’s most impactful research and most employable graduates, QS said.

Five American colleges achieve perfect scores for QS’s Learning Experience indicator: Yale University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, and Brown University.

QS Research Director Ben Sowter said, “For thirty years, QS has served the global student community with the independent insights they need to make informed decisions. Our Employer Reputation indicator, a dataset based on the sentiments of over 44,000 hiring managers worldwide, allows potential applicants to assess US universities based on their ability to enhance their future careers.”

Sowter continued, “As the global graduate jobs market becomes even more competitive, our research suggests that students are placing a greater emphasis on this information. With the pandemic further disrupting the graduate employment market, we predict that concern about education and employability will intensify.”

QS has named 300 institutions as the best four-year universities in the United States.

• QS World University Rankings USA

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  4. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  5. Columbia University
  6. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  7. Yale University
  8. University of Pennsylvania
  9. Princeton University
  10. Cornell University
  11. New York University (NYU)
  12. University of Chicago
  13. Duke University
  14. Johns Hopkins University
  15. University of Southern California
  16. Northwestern University
  17. Carnegie Mellon University
  18. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  19. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  20. Brown University
  21. Boston University
  22. Rice University
  23. Georgetown University
  24. University of Washington
  25. The University of Texas at Austin
  26. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  27. Emory University
  28. University of California, Davis
  29. Washington University in St. Louis
  30. University of Rochester
  31. Vanderbilt University
  32. Georgia Institute of Technology
  33. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  34. George Washington University
  35. Tufts University
  36. University of Florida
  37. Dartmouth College
  38. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  39. University of Miami
  40. University of Notre Dame
  41. Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  42. University of California, Irvine
  43. Case Western Reserve University
  44. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  45. Stony Brook University, State University of New York
  46. University at Buffalo SUNY
  47. Pennsylvania State University
  48. Boston College
  49. University of Maryland, College Park
  50. University of Virginia
  51. Syracuse University
  52. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  53. Purdue University
  54. Northeastern University
  55. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  56. Michigan State University
  57. Brandeis University
  58. The Ohio State University
  59. Drexel University
  60. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  61. Temple University
  62. North Carolina State University
  63. University of Colorado Boulder
  64. Lehigh University
  65. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  66. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  67. Tulane University
  68. Howard University
  69. The University of Arizona
  70. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  71. Binghamton University SUNY
  72. Illinois Institute of Technology
  73. University of Pittsburgh
  74. New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  75. The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  76. University of the Pacific
  77. Texas A&M University
  78. University of Denver
  79. University of Massachusetts Boston
  80. William & Mary
  81. Florida State University
  82. San Diego State University
  83. University of Connecticut
  84. Virginia Commonwealth University
  85. Indiana University Bloomington
  86. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  87. University of Houston
  88. University of San Francisco
  89. The University of Georgia
  90. University of Oklahoma
  91. Arizona State University
  92. Wake Forest University
  93. Southern Methodist University
  94. Andrews University
  95. University of California, Santa Cruz
  96. University of Oregon
  97. University of Texas Dallas
  98. Santa Clara University
  99. The University of Louisville - School of Public Health & Information Sciences
  100. George Mason University

• 101-110

• 111-120

• 121-130

• 131-140

• 141-150

• 151-160

• 161-170

• 171-180

• 181-190

• 191-200

• 201-250

• 251-300

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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May 19, 2020

MIT Researchers Develop Analytics focused on Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutics Clinical Trials.

MIT Sloan Management

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 18, 2020 — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have published their studies in a COVID-19 special issue of the Harvard Data Science Review. The studies describe new methods for accelerating drug approvals during pandemics and for providing more accurate measures of the probabilities of success for clinical trials of vaccines and other anti-infective therapies.

“Randomized clinical trials are the gold standard for determining the safety and effectiveness of a treatment,” said Andrew Lo, Ph.D., the study’s senior author, and the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In randomized clinical trials, patients are assigned randomly to two groups, one receiving a new treatment and the other receiving a placebo or reference treatment.

“Only when the treatment group shows significant improvement over the control group, will regulators approve the therapy,” explained Lo. “The current process protects the public by minimizing the chances of ‘false positives’ (approving ineffective and unsafe therapies), and by and large, it’s been very successful,” he added.

But there is a trade-off between false positives and false negatives (not approving a safe and effective therapy). So Lo and his collaborators have developed a framework that uses an epidemiological model of COVID-19 to calculate the optimal statistical threshold for approving a drug during a pandemic. “During an outbreak, many lives are at stake, so we need to be less concerned about false positives and more concerned about false negatives than during normal times,” said Lo. “In response, we’ve developed an analytic framework that allows regulators to make this trade-off systematically, transparently, and rationally,” he elaborated.

At the core of this new framework (jointly developed in collaboration with MIT students Qingyang Xu and Danying Xiao, and former MIT student Shomesh Chaudhuri, Ph.D.) is an explicit optimization algorithm. It minimizes the expected loss of life across various scenarios generated by a statistical model of an infectious disease. This algorithm, said Xu, will lead to more drug approvals during outbreaks, unlike the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) program. “Our framework complements the EUA, allowing regulators to incorporate loss-of-life considerations quantitatively during periods of extraordinary stress,” explained Xu, the lead investigator of the study.

“The probabilities of success (PoS) is a key input into each major decision of every biopharma company,” observed Lo. PoS helps a biopharma company decide which disease to tackle and how much resources to devote to it, he added.

Because a successful clinical trial can mean billions of dollars in revenues, small changes in PoS can lead to very different business decisions. Therefore, having timely and accurate measures of PoS is critical — and often, these better measures of risk and reward allow investors to put more capital to work.

Governments around the world would soon begin to formulate a more systematic strategy for dealing with pandemics beyond COVID-19, said Wong, the study’s lead author. “The PoS estimates can be used by policymakers to identify areas most likely to be underserved by private sector engagement and in need of public sector support,” he added.

These results are part of Project ALPHA (Analytics for Life-sciences Professionals and Healthcare Advocates), an ongoing initiative at the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering (LFE), where Lo is the Director. The results would help make the biomedical funding ecosystem more efficient. “We now provide this information regularly, it’s not just a one-shot deal,” Lo said. Users can now obtain the most current PoS estimates.

The Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR), where this study appears, is published by the MIT Press. Established in 1962, the MIT Press is one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world.

Source: MIT Sloan School of Management

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May 18, 2020

UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2020: Call for Applications and Nominations


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

Paris, France, May 18, 2020 — UNESCO has now opened its call for applications and nominations for the 2020 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes. This year UNESCO will reward five individuals or organizations around the world for their outstanding projects that promote literacy within the theme’ Teaching and learning literacy: the role of educators and changing pedagogies’.

This year’s thematic focus is highlighting teachers who are at the frontline of delivering literacy learning, and their contribution to promoting youth and adult literacy, linked to the Target 4.6 of the Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG4).

Since 1967, the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have rewarded excellence and innovation in the field of literacy. Over 495 projects and programs around the world have already received recognition and support for their excellent work.

• Who can Apply and Who can Nominate?

Governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals who promote literacy through projects and programs are welcome to apply.

Candidates should submit their Applications to Nominating Entities, such as the National Commission for UNESCO, in the program’s country.

Candidates can also submit their applications through the online platform. Details about the application and nomination process are on the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes’ website.

National Commissions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are encouraged to nominate individuals, institutions, and organizations who are making outstanding contributions to promoting literacy and who request a nomination.

- Deadline for candidates to submit to nominating entities: June 28, 2020; midnight, Paris time.

- Deadline for nominating bodies to submit their nominations to UNESCO: July 12, 2020; midnight, Paris time.

An independent International Jury would asses the nominations. The Jury would be composed of five experts based on the selection criteria. The Director-General of UNESCO would select the award winners on the recommendations of the International Jury. UNESCO would present the prizes on the occasion of International Literacy Day.

• About the Prizes

Through two prestigious literacy Prizes, UNESCO supports effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies to close the literacy gap of approximately 750 million people.

UNESCO distinguishes between two Literacy Prizes received by five laureates in total:

- The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (2 awards), was established in 1989. The Government of the Republic of Korea supports it. This Prize gives special consideration to programs that focus on the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.

- The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards), was established in 2005. The Government of the People’s Republic of China supports it. This Prize recognizes programs that promote literacy amongst adults in rural areas and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women.

Each Prizewinner receives a Medal, a Diploma, and US$ 20,000.

Source: UNESCO

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