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Cannes 2017

February 4, 2017

"Most International" Universities in the World Today

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Photo: University Campus Building, ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), Switzerland. Image Credit: Juhanson.

The institutions with the strongest global connections have a ‘cultural disposition’ to think beyond borders.

Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked the world’s “most international” universities.

The ranking is drawn largely from the “international outlook” pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, which covers international staff, students and co-authors. However, it also includes a measure of universities’ international reputations, taken from THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey.

A striking feature of the upper reaches of the 150-institution table is the prominence of universities from relatively small, export-reliant countries, where English is an official language or is widely spoken.

The ranking is led by two Swiss universities: ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Of all the countries in the ranking, the Swiss representatives also have the greatest average proportion of international staff and internationally co-authored publications: both 62 per cent.

• ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) has more than 18,000 students from over 120 countries and is the top university in continental Europe. It boasts Albert Einstein as one of its most notable alumni.

Next in the ranking are the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore. THE data scientist Billy Wong says that this may reflect the fact that nations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland are all “big, global trading hubs”, conditioned to look beyond their borders for personnel and ideas.

Below the top four is a glut of institutions from the UK, Australia and Canada: prominent destinations for international students and scholars because of their prestigious universities and their use of English, the global lingua franca. The UK has 13 institutions in the 150, led by Imperial College London at number five. The University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College London and the London School of Economics also make the top 10.

The US is less prominent in this ranking than it usually is in international league tables, possibly reflecting the fact that its size makes it less reliant on immigration to supply it with top student and academic talent. There is only one US institution in the top 30: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at number 22. Harvard University (sixth in the overall THE World University Rankings 2016‑17) is 33rd, Stanford (third) is 36th and the California Institute of Technology (second) is 52nd. However, US institutions are still the most numerous in the international ranking, accounting for 64 places.

THE’s Wong thinks that internationalisation activities can boost a university’s global reputation, which has a lot of knock-on impacts. “If they can have more international collaboration and become better known internationally, that can help them in areas such as student recruitment, academic recruitment, attracting international funding and so on,” he says.

Following is the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking of the World’s “Most International” Universities 2017

Rank — Institution — Country — Overall Score

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

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February 3, 2017

Autonomy to Educational Institutes in India

College, Mumbai, India

Photo: Elphinstone College, Mumbai. Established in 1856, Elphinstone College is one of the oldest colleges of the University of Mumbai. It is reputed for producing luminaries like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Badruddin Tyabji, Pherozshah Mehta, Jamshedji Tata, and illustrious professors like Dadabhai Naoroji. Image Credit: Franx.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has implemented a scheme of “Autonomous Colleges” with a view to bring in quality reforms in higher education. The Scheme of Autonomous Colleges offers academic and operative freedom to the Colleges. The autonomy so awarded under the scheme enables a College to determine and prescribe its own courses of study and syllabi and restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation.

The scheme of Autonomous Colleges is open for all Colleges. Any number of Colleges currently under a University can apply for award of “Autonomous Status” to UGC under this scheme.

This information was given by India’s Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, today.

• Meanwhile, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has made an appeal to universities in the country to aspire to be among the top 100 globally. There is no Indian university among the world’s top 100 universities, Modi said, adding, we feel “ashamed”.

“I invite 10 public and 10 private universities to come forward and take a pledge to make a place for themselves in the top 100 universities of the world. “Those who will come forward will get special economic assistance. They will be given relaxation from seeking various approvals. There will be an open field for them,” he promised.

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January 30, 2017

Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, crowned Miss Universe

Miss Universe France

Photo: Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe France, is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion The 65th MISS UNIVERSE Competition on Sunday, January 29, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

Miss Universe France

Photo: Miss Universe France, Iris Mittenaere, the winner of the 65th Miss Universe Competition, just concluded in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe France

Photo: Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe France 2016, is announced as a top 9 finalist in Yamamay swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during The 65th MISS UNIVERSE Telecast airing on FOX on Sunday, January 29, from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Anthony Yu.

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January 25, 2017

89TH OSCARS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards nominations today.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories, i.e., actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, and the like. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Monday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 21.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Following are the Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
  • Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
  • Denzel Washington in “Fences”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight”
  • Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
  • Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Dev Patel in “Lion”
  • Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
  • Ruth Negga in “Loving”
  • Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
  • Emma Stone in “La La Land”
  • Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Viola Davis in “Fences”
  • Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
  • Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
  • Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
  • “Moana” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
  • “My Life as a Zucchini” Claude Barras and Max Karli
  • “The Red Turtle” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
  • “Zootopia” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Arrival” Bradford Young
  • “La La Land” Linus Sandgren
  • “Lion” Greig Fraser
  • “Moonlight” James Laxton
  • “Silence” Rodrigo Prieto

Achievement in costume design

  • “Allied” Joanna Johnston
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Colleen Atwood
  • “Florence Foster Jenkins” Consolata Boyle
  • “Jackie” Madeline Fontaine
  • “La La Land” Mary Zophres

Achievement in directing

  • “Arrival” Denis Villeneuve
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” Mel Gibson
  • “La La Land” Damien Chazelle
  • “Manchester by the Sea” Kenneth Lonergan
  • “Moonlight” Barry Jenkins

Best documentary feature

  • “Fire at Sea” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
  • “I Am Not Your Negro” Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
  • “Life, Animated” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
  • “O.J.: Made in America” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
  • “13th” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

Best documentary short subject

  • “Extremis” Dan Krauss
  • “4.1 Miles” Daphne Matziaraki
  • “Joe’s Violin” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
  • “Watani: My Homeland” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
  • “The White Helmets” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Achievement in film editing

  • “Arrival”Joe Walker
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” John Gilbert
  • “Hell or High Water” Jake Roberts
  • “La La Land” Tom Cross
  • “Moonlight” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “Land of Mine” Denmark
  • “A Man Called Ove” Sweden
  • “The Salesman” Iran
  • “Tanna” Australia
  • “Toni Erdmann” Germany

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “A Man Called Ove” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
  • “Star Trek Beyond” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
  • “Suicide Squad” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Jackie” Mica Levi
  • “La La Land” Justin Hurwitz
  • “Lion” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • “Moonlight” Nicholas Britell
  • “Passengers” Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
  • Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls”
  • Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
  • “City Of Stars” from “La La Land”
  • Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”
  • Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
  • “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
  • Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Arrival” Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
  • “Fences” Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
  • “Hell or High Water” Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
  • “Hidden Figures” Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
  • “La La Land” Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
  • “Lion” Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
  • “Manchester by the Sea” Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
  • “Moonlight” Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • “Arrival” Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • “Hail, Caesar!” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
  • “La La Land” Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
  • “Passengers” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

Best animated short film

  • “Blind Vaysha” Theodore Ushev
  • “Borrowed Time” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
  • “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” Robert Valley and Cara Speller
  • “Pearl” Patrick Osborne
  • “Piper” Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Best live action short film

  • “Ennemis Intérieurs” Sélim Azzazi
  • “La Femme et le TGV” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
  • “Silent Nights” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
  • “Sing” Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy
  • “Timecode” Juanjo Giménez

Achievement in sound editing

  • “Arrival” Sylvain Bellemare
  • “Deepwater Horizon” Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
  • “La La Land” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • “Sully” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “Arrival” Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
  • “La La Land” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
  • “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Deepwater Horizon” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
  • “Doctor Strange” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
  • “The Jungle Book” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

Adapted screenplay

  • “Arrival” Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
  • “Fences” Screenplay by August Wilson
  • “Hidden Figures” Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • “Lion” Screenplay by Luke Davies
  • “Moonlight” Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Original screenplay

  • “Hell or High Water” Written by Taylor Sheridan
  • “La La Land” Written by Damien Chazelle
  • “The Lobster” Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
  • “Manchester by the Sea” Written by Kenneth Lonergan
  • “20th Century Women” Written by Mike Mills

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January 20, 2017

Preparing for Fourth Industrial Revolution Requires Deeper Commitments to Education

World Economic Forum

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

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Photo: Interaction during the session: Davos Insights: Strengthening Systems for Global Collaboration, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

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Photo: The New Lead Characters. Karan Johar, Head, Dharma Productions, India, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek.

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Photo: Ask About: The Psychology of Populism. Molly Crockett, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary.

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Photo: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India, “Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” Session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - January 20, 2017 — The accelerating pace of change driven by emerging technologies threatens to create wider income and opportunity gaps, warned business and technology leaders in a session on preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the opening day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. “We are at a point where it is possible that technological development can accelerate and increase digital refugees,” warned Marc R. Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce in the US. Added Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer of Infosys in the US: “We have to put in an extra effort so that we don’t create a bigger society of have-nots. That means a deep commitment to education and to addressing the displacements.”

The key to preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution lies in the technologies themselves, argued Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries in India. “These technologies really are all-inclusive and will benefit all. In a sense they are great equalizers.” The rapid growth of e-commerce and digital cash in India is an example, he observed. “And the fastest way to transmit education in a big country like India is through technology.” Making these technologies inclusive will require designing them so that they benefit everybody and not just a few, Sikka said. “That requires empathy. I’ve always wondered why every company isn’t a technology company.”

Focusing on education and promoting innovation are not new solutions to the challenges of inequality and marginalization. “Education and entrepreneurship are the answers,” Sikka stressed. “We just haven’t been doing enough of it.” And what is required are fresh approaches or new models shaped through debate and collaboration among all stakeholders, Benioff said. He proposed that CEOs each adopt a public school. For initiatives to be effective will require building trust and articulating a vision, explained Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Company in the US. “You need to be incredibly transparent for people to have trust.”

To prepare for the disruptions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, leaders will require radar to pick up on displacement and discontent and a compass to set the values and vision needed to succeed, Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in the UK, told participants. To weather the challenges will require more collaboration among countries, said Shu Yinbiao, Chairman of the State Grid Corporation of China. “Globalization is inevitable and is good for the development of the global economy. We will need more international cooperation.”

The 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is taking place on 17-20 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme Responsive and Responsible Leadership. More than 3,000 participants from nearly 100 countries are participating in over 400 sessions.

The Co-Chairs taking a principal role in shaping the discussion at the meeting are:

  • Frans van Houten, President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips, Netherlands.
  • Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America Corporation, USA.
  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Documentary Filmmaker, SOC Films, Pakistan.
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International, United Kingdom.
  • Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, USA.

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January 18, 2017

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN LAUNCHES NEW DA VINCI WATCHES

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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN WATCHES

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN WATCHES

Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 on January 17, 2017 in Geneva,Switzerland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images).

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN WATCHES

Photo: Model Monika Radulovic visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 on January 17, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images).

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN WATCHES

Photo: Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor attends the IWC Schaffhausen “Decoding the Beauty of Time” Gala Dinner during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 17, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images).

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen revisits the iconic design of the 1980s and presents the 2017 Da Vinci collection, once again with its classic round case. The Da Vinci Automatic 36 and the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 are tailored to women, while the Da Vinci Automatic is a unisex model. Two Da Vinci timepieces feature newly developed IWC-manufactured calibres that innovatively combine and integrate complications.

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January 16, 2017

THE 65TH MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe Chile, Catalina Paz Caceres, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe Ecuador, Connie Jimenez, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe Russia, Yuliana Korolkova, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe Spain, Noelia Freire, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe Turkey, Tansu Sila Cakir, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe India, Roshmitha Harimurthy, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe Argentina, Estefania Bernal, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe Bolivia, Antonella Moscatelli, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe Colombia, Andrea Tovar, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

MISS UNIVERSE

Photo: Miss Universe Hungary, Veronika Bodizs, a contestant participating at the 65th Miss Universe Competition being held in Manila, Philippines. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe

Photo: Miss Universe Georgia, Nuka Karalashvili, at the photoshoot for the 65th Miss Universe Competition held at Chinatown, Philippines, on January 15, 2017. (Photo by Benjamin Askinas/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).

Miss Universe

Photo: Miss Universe Iceland, Hildur Maria Leifsdottir, poses with a teddy bear at the Conrad Hotel in Manila, Philippines, on January 14, 2017. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).

Miss Universe

Photo: Miss Universe Nicaragua, Marina Jacoby, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).

Miss Universe

Photo: Miss Universe Spain, Noelia Freire, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).

Miss Universe

Photo: Miss Universe Netherlands, Zoey Ivory, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).

Miss Universe

Photo: Miss Universe India, Roshmitha Harimurthy, arrives for the Governor’s Ball in Manila, Philippines, on January 16, 2017. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection).

MISS UNIVERSE CONTESTANTS

COUNTRY Name Age

  • ALBANIA Lindita Idrizi 20
  • ANGOLA Luísa Baptista 21
  • ARGENTINA Estefania Bernal 21
  • ARUBA Charlene Leslie 24
  • AUSTRALIA Caris Tiivel 23
  • AUSTRIA Dajana Dzinic 21
  • BAHAMAS Cherell Williamson 24
  • BARBADOS Shannon Harris 22
  • BELGIUM Stephanie Geldof 19
  • BELIZE Rebecca Kathleen Rath 23
  • BOLIVIA Fabiana Antonella Moscatelli Saucedo 21
  • BRAZIL Raissa Santana 21
  • BRITISH V.I. Erika Renae Creque 22
  • BULGARIA Violina Ancheva 21
  • CANADA Siera Bearchell 23
  • CAYMAN ILS Monyque Brooks 25
  • CHILE Catalina Paz Caceres 26
  • CHINA Li ZhenYing 23
  • COLOMBIA Andrea Tovar 23
  • COSTA RICA Carolina Rodriguez Duran 27
  • CROATIA Barbara Filipovic 19
  • CURACAO Chanelle de Lau 21
  • CZECH REP. Andrea Bezdekova 21
  • DENMARK Christina Mikkelsen 24
  • DOMINICAN REP. Rosalba Abreu Garcia 24
  • ECUADOR Connie Jimenez 21
  • FINLAND Shirly Karvinen 24
  • FRANCE Iris Mittenaere 24
  • GEORGIA Nuka Karalashvili 25
  • GERMANY Johanna Acs 24
  • GREAT BRITAIN Jaime-Lee Faulkner 27
  • GUAM Muñeka Joy Cruz Taisipic 19
  • GUATEMALA Virginia Argueta 22
  • GUYANA Soyini Asanti Fraser 26
  • HAITI Raquel Pelissier 25
  • HONDURAS Sirey Moran 26
  • HUNGARY Veronika Bodizs 24
  • ICELAND Hildur Maria Leifsdottir 24
  • INDIA Roshmitha Harimurthy 22
  • INDONESIA Kezia Warouw 25
  • ISRAEL Yam Kaspers Anshel 18
  • ITALY Sophia Sergio 24
  • JAMAICA Isabel Dalley 20
  • JAPAN Sari Nakazawa 23
  • KAZAKHSTAN Darina Kulsitova 19
  • KENYA Mary Esther Were 27
  • KOREA Jenny Kim 23
  • KOSOVO Camila Barraza 23
  • MALAYSIA Kiran Jassal 20
  • MALTA Martha Fenech 26
  • MAURITIUS Kushboo Ramnawaj 26
  • MEXICO Kristal Silva 25
  • MYANMAR Htet Htet Htun 24
  • NAMIBIA Lizelle Esterhuizen 20
  • NETHERLANDS Zoey Ivory 23
  • NEW ZEALAND Tania Dawson 24
  • NICARAGUA Marina Jacoby 21
  • NIGERIA Unoaku Anyadike 22
  • NORWAY Christina Waage 21
  • PANAMA Keity Drennan 26
  • PARAGUAY Andrea Melgarejo 22
  • PERU Valeria Piazza 27
  • PHILIPINES Maxine Medina 26
  • POLAND Izabella Krzan 21
  • PORTUGAL Flavia Joana Brito 23
  • PUERTO RICO Brenda Azaria Jimenez 22
  • ROMANIA Teodora Dan 27
  • RUSSIA Yuliana Korolkova 22
  • SIERRA LEONE Hawa Kamara 26
  • SINGAPORE Cheryl Chou Zhi Hui 20
  • SLOVAK REP. Zuzana Kollarova 25
  • SLOVENIA Lucija Potoc nik 25
  • SOUTH AFRICA Ntandoyenkosi Kunene 24
  • SPAIN Noelia Freire 24
  • SRI LANKA Jayathi De Silva 26
  • SWEDEN Ida Ovmar 21
  • SWITZERLAND Dijana Cvijetic 23
  • TANZANIA Jihan Dimack 20
  • THAILAND Chalita Suansane 22
  • TURKEY Tansu Sila Cakir 21
  • UKRAINE Alena Spodynyuk 19
  • URUGUAY Magdalena Cohendet 19
  • USA Deshauna Barber 27
  • US VIRGIN ISLANDS Carolyn Carter 27
  • VENEZUELA Mariam Habach 21
  • VIETNAM Le Hang 23

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January 14, 2017

Nearly 50 Automobile Mobility Startups from Around the World Showcase Mobility Innovations at Detroit Auto Show

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Photos: Some latest car models being exhibited at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

DETROIT — Nearly 50 startups from around the world are participating and showcasing their innovative mobility platforms as part of “AutoMobili-D” at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

“Through our ground-breaking “AutoMobili-D” showcase, the North American International Auto Show is the first auto show to feature a dedicated startup expo featuring companies from around the world that are tackling every aspect of future automotive mobility,” said Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS Chairman. “Of the startups featured in “AutoMobili-D”, close to 90 percent of them are currently working with global automakers and suppliers to bring their technologies and concepts to production, a truly remarkable achievement.”

Auto Mobility Startup Companies include:

Civil Maps - cognition for cars, enabling autonomous vehicles to crowdsource a comprehensive map for safe, smooth driving.

Donut Media - digital media central for the next generation of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts.

LISNR - ultrasonic inaudible technology; a communication protocol that sends data over audio.

Mapbox - platform used by developers to power maps and location for hundreds of millions of users. Mapbox Drive is a full solution for mobility, from open source libraries for Android and Qt to telemetry-based road topology data to enable self-driving cars.

PolySync - products and services that simplify and accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars.

Spatial - artificial intelligence location platform and API that enables vehicles to answer location questions only a local would know using real time social data.

SPLT - focused on moving people efficiently and sustainably in urban and suburban areas.

Now in its 29th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place.

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January 13, 2017

Times Higher Education Academic Reputation Survey 2017

Academic Reputation Survey

Leading academics from across the world are being invited to help Times Higher Education (THE) develop unique new insights into the global teaching and research landscape by highlighting the most prestigious institutions in their field.

THE has launched its 2017 Academic Reputation Survey, which asks published scholars to outline which universities they perceive to be the best for teaching and research in their specialist discipline.

Each respondent is asked to identify institutions worldwide and in their own country and will be representing many of their peers from their fields and their nation.

The survey results will make up two of the 13 performance indicators used to create the THE World University Rankings 2017-18, and related regional rankings, and will form the basis of the “THE World Reputation Rankings”.

The survey, run in partnership with Elsevier, is invitation-only to ensure a representative statistical sample. It is available in 15 languages, and to ensure a fair and balanced response, it is distributed using United Nations data on the geographical distribution of researchers globally. Universities cannot nominate respondents and individuals are not able to volunteer to take part.

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January 10, 2017

UN Security Council Debates Conflict Prevention, Sustaining Peace

United Nations, Peace

Photo: A view of the Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations

Photo: A view of the UN Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations

Photo: Nobuo Kishi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, addresses the UN Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United nations, Peace

Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (right) addresses journalists with Margot Wallstrom, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and President of the Security Council for January, on the Council’s open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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— Napoleon Bonaparte.

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“You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.”

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December 31, 2016

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

Toshiba New Delhi New Year

Photo: New Delhi New Year’s Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by TOSHIBA CORPORATION/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION. © 2016 Getty Images.)

Toshiba New Delhi New Year

Photo: New Delhi New Year’s Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by TOSHIBA CORPORATION/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION. © 2016 Getty Images.)

Toshiba New York Times Square New Year Eve

Photo: Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, along with presenting sponsor, Planet Fitness, throw handfuls of confetti from the Hard Rock Cafe marquee as part of the annual confetti test. The colorful event is held in preparation for the release of one ton of confetti at midnight on New Year Eve.

As the clock strikes one minute before midnight on December 31st, all eyes will be on TOSHIBA VISION as it screens the 60-second light and sound countdown extravaganza. One billion viewers are expected to watch the countdown from all around the globe via television and online broadcast.

The countdown party itself will include live music performances by superstar celebrities, such as Mariah Carey, Thomas Rhett, DNCE and Rachel Platten. Also, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” will take to the stage to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ExploraVision, an educational science and technology competition held in North America by Toshiba Corp. and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

During the day, TOSHIBA VISION will showcase international countdowns for major cities in different time zones as follows (all times in EST):

10.00am: Tokyo, Japan

11.00am: Beijing, China / Singapore / Manila, Philippines

12.00pm: Jakarta, Indonesia / Hanoi, Vietnam / Bangkok, Thailand

1.00pm: Dhaka, Bangladesh

1.30pm: New Delhi, India

3.00pm: Dubai, UAE

4.00pm: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia / Moscow, Russia

5.00pm: Cairo, Egypt / Athens, Greece / Istanbul, Turkey

The hourly countdown for New York will begin at 5.59pm.

Toshiba has been the sponsor for the New York Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations since the 2010 countdown.

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December 24, 2016

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New Year Greetings 2017

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December 22, 2016

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

Airbus, Fly your Ideas

ENLARGE

Photo: The first A350-900 for Lufthansa, which performed its maiden flight in November 2016, is part of a 25-aircraft order placed by the German flag carrier. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

Airbus, Fly your Ideas

ENLARGE

Photo: Team Retrolley from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Runners-up of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015. From left: Fausto Mascia, Academic mentor University of Sao Paulo, Denise Ikuno, Lucas Otsuka, Tadeu Omae, Maki Shintate, Lucas Neumann. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

Airbus, Fly your Ideas

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TOULOUSE, France, Dec. 20, 2016 — A record 5,499 students from around the world registered to participate in the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas, the global student challenge organised in partnership with UNESCO.

A group of 60 Airbus experts and innovators assessed the ideas submitted by 356 teams from 89 countries. The rigorous evaluation process took place at four different Airbus locations in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, with 50 student teams selected to reach Round Two of the competition, starting in January 2017.

The competition is led by teams registered in the Asia-Pacific region. The 50 teams comprise 202 students representing 38 different nationalities. With 52% of teams mixing male and female students, two thirds of all teams are diverse in some way, for example with members coming from different countries or studying different subjects.

Innovative ideas from the 50 chosen teams include robotic luggage trolleys, passenger seats which can be boarded outside the aircraft, new solutions for energy harvesting and virtual reality applications.

“Fly Your Ideas is unique and we are proud of the company-wide engagement of Airbus employees who support the competition, either as assessors, mentors or experts”, says Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering. “We are offering students the rare opportunity to interact directly with senior specialists from across the business. In turn, these experts will benefit from their direct interaction with talents from across the globe, all sharing the same passion for one of the world’s most exciting industries.”

Each of the teams has 100 days to refine and develop their ideas. The top five teams to make it through to Round Three will spend a week at the “ProtoSpace” based at the Airbus HQ in Toulouse to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the art equipment with personalised guidance from Airbus. The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize and the runner up team will receive €15,000 at a live prize giving event in May 2017.

Key figures Fly Your Ideas 2017:

Number of ideas submitted: 356

  • Number of countries involved: 89
  • Number of universities involved: 348
  • Top 5 countries: India - 64 teams, China & HK - 44 teams, Spain - 29 teams, Indonesia - 24 teams, United Kingdom - 20 teams

Number of ideas chosen: 50

  • Number of countries involved: 41
  • Number of universities involved: 57
  • Top 5 countries: China & HK - 9 teams, Singapore - 5 teams, United Kingdon - 4 teams, Australia - 3 teams, Indonesia - 3 teams

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December 16, 2016

India Minister updates Parliament on Universities in the Country

India, Universities

Photo: A Section of Parliament House, New Delhi. Image Credit: Ankur Gallery.

New Delhi, India - December 15, 2016 — India Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, today, in separate written statements, gave the following information to Rajya Sabha (upper house) about universities in the country.

• “As per All India Survey on Higher Education 2015-16, the number of universities in the country is 799, and out of them 386 Universities came into existence since 2001. The number of students and teachers in the institutions of higher education in the country during academic year 2015-16 are 3.46 Crore (one crore= ten million) and 15.19 Lakh (one lakh= one hundred thousand) respectively.”

• “The University Grants Commission (UGC),” the Minister explained, “is responsible for promotion and co-ordination of University Education, determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination, and research in Universities. To ensure adequate quality teaching faculties in Universities/Colleges, the UGC has notified rules and procedures containing Academic Performance Indicators (APIs). API scores are mandatory qualifying benchmarks for Career Advancement Scheme and for direct recruitment of teachers and other academic staff in Universities and Colleges.”

• The Minister gave the following information on Central Universities.

“Central Universities,” the Minister stated “are statutory autonomous bodies which are established under their respective Acts of Parliament. Subordinate legislation in respect of Central Universities includes Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations framed under the respective Acts by the Universities from time to time.”

“Along with the Act, the First Statutes of the Central Universities are passed by the Parliament. The Central Universities can amend, add or repeal any Statute with the approval of the Visitor. Ordinances and Regulations are also made by the Universities which should be consistent with the Act and Statutes of the university concerned,” the Minister explained.

The Minister said that at present there are 41 Central Universities in the country.

“In a meeting held with the Vice Chancellors of Central Universities,” the Minister elaborated, “the issues relating to improvement of quality of education, promoting research and innovation, faculty development, collaboration with the industry and research laboratories, effective use of technology in teaching learning process, and mandatory accreditation were discussed at length.”

The Minister elucidated that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has introduced the following schemes/regulations/guidelines/programmes for the improvement of quality and standards in the Central Universities:

  1. Mandatory accreditation of Universities with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
  2. Periodic updation of curriculum.
  3. Prescription of minimum qualification for appointment of teachers and other academic staff.
  4. Establishment of Internal Quality Assurance Cell.
  5. Introduction of Semester System.
  6. Introduction of choice-based credit system.
  7. Introduction of Faculty Recharge programme to augment research and teaching resources.
  8. Liberal financial support under the schemes of University with Potential for Excellence.

• Cashless Society - Digital Financial Literacy Campaign

India, Universities

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, launching the Digital Financial Literacy Campaign, called Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyan - VISAKA, at a press conference, in New Delhi, on December 15, 2016. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

Meanwhile, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, today launched Digital Financial Literacy Campaign at a Press Conference in New Delhi. Mr. Javadekar said that about 25,00,000 students of higher educational institutions are expected to volunteer to be associated with the campaign.

Mentioning this campaign as biggest digital transformation of country after Independence, Minister said that Government officers, Bankers and administrators will be roped in to impart training to students. Students, in turn, will educate their family members and other families in their neighbourhood, motivating them to go in for digital payment.

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December 13, 2016

Mastercard and Pine Labs Collaborate on Safe, Secure and Speedy Contactless Payments in India

MasterCard Contactless

Photo: Transport for London: Commuter paying with a MasterCard contactless card. Touching a reader using a MasterCard contactless card as a safe, simple and smart way to pay. Image provided by & copyright © MasterCard News.

MasterCard Contactless

New Delhi, India - Mastercard has announced its partnership with Pine Labs, the largest payment facilitator for electronic Point of Sale (PoS) solutions in India to roll out more than 26,000 contactless terminals across the key merchant stores in the country over the next 12 months.

Powered by Mastercard contactless technology, the merchants across Quick Service Restaurants (QSR), retail stores, cinemas and super markets will now be able to offer contactless terminals as an alternative method of payment to customers, allowing them greater ease and convenience of payments. The contactless payments solution will also help merchants build greater efficiency in managing their costs and time by way of reducing check-out time at the counters and costs related to handling of cash.

Cashless transactions are on the rise, driven by increasing availability of contactless cards and introduction of new forms of payment technology in the country.

“Mastercard’s contactless technology offers cardholders multi-level protection coupled with speed and convenience. Mastercard contactless payments are accepted at more than 3 million merchant locations in 77 countries worldwide. Our partnership with Pine Labs will help us build a safe and secure contactless payments ecosystem in the country. This is aligned with Mastercard’s vision of a world beyond cash and using technology to make payments safer, simpler and smarter for the consumers.” said Murali Nair, Senior Vice President, Market Development, South Asia, Mastercard.

Mastercard has been at the forefront of driving contactless payments globally. Contactless payments allow customers to make everyday purchases by simply tapping their contactless-enabled card or device on a contactless-enabled reader. Contactless acceptance is an excellent choice for any merchant, especially in environments where speed and convenience are valued and cash is currently the dominant payment method, such as fast food outlets, supermarkets, quick-service restaurants, convenience stores, and vending machines.

More than 60,000 Retailers across India depend on Pine Labs to securely and reliably manage their Payment Acceptance. Pine Labs payment solutions simplify acceptance of all kinds of payments at PoS terminals, be it Credit/Debit Cards, EMI, Reward Points, Gift Vouchers, or e-Wallet.

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December 12, 2016

Incoming United Nations Secretary-General Takes Oath of Office

United Nations

Photo: António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations, takes the oath of office for his five-year term which begins on 1 January 2017. The oath was administered by Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly, on the Charter of the United Nations. 12 December 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations

Photo: António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations, took the oath of office for his five-year term, which begins on 1 January 2017. The oath was administered by Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly, on the Charter of the United Nations.

Mr. Guterres (foreground right) with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after taking the oath.

12 December 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations Secretary General

Photo: The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, paid special tribute in the General Assembly Hall to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon as he prepares to conclude his 10-year term. The concert was also an opportunity for a musical welcome to his successor, António Guterres.

The programme included Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill as soloist; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

A view of a banner of the concert at the side of the UN seal in the General Assembly Hall during the performance. 14 December 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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December 10, 2016

City Traffic: Audi networks with Traffic Lights in the USA

Audi Traffic

Audi Traffic

Photos: “Time-to-Green”: In the Audi virtual cockpit or head-up display, drivers see whether they will reach the next light on green while traveling within the permitted speed limit. Image provided by & copyright © AUDI AG.

If you know in advance when a traffic light will switch from red to green, your driving is more relaxed and efficient. Audi is the first automobile brand to connect the car to the city infrastructure - an important step towards autonomous driving. In Las Vegas, starting immediately, the Audi A4 and Q7 models can display traffic-light phases directly in the car. Further U.S. cities will follow, and introduction of the system is planned in Europe. Traffic Light Information optimizes traffic flow, saves valuable time and reduces environmental impact.

Audi of America is cooperating with several cities in North America to upgrade the infrastructure for V2I technology. “For the first time, our cars are exchanging data with traffic infrastructure in real time. Drivers can adapt their behavior to the situation and move through city traffic in a much more relaxed and controlled way,” says Andreas Reich, head of Electronics Pre-Development at AUDI AG. “We increase energy efficiency when we connect our Audi models to smart cities. Further V2I services will follow, making the car into an interactive mobile device. We see autonomous driving as the end of this development.”

As a first step, all Audi A4 and Q7 models produced for the U.S. market since June 2016 and equipped with Audi connect will have this function on board. In the USA, municipal traffic management centers will communicate the traffic-light data to Audi’s project partner Traffic Technology Services TTS. Here the data are prepared and sent to the on-board computer in the Audi via a fast Internet connection, for example 4G/LTE, in real time.

The first function of the Traffic Light Information V2I component is called Time-to-Green. In the Audi virtual cockpit or head-up display, drivers see whether they will reach the next light on green while traveling within the permitted speed limit. If not, a countdown is provided of the time remaining until the next green phase - and drivers can take their foot off the gas pedal in good time. Pilot projects in Europe have shown that drivers exercise more foresight thanks to this information about traffic lights. This has a beneficial overall effect on traffic flow. “In our tests the the number of cars that had to brake to a standstill in traffic fell by around 20 percent. This saved time for the driver and also made fuel savings of about 15 percent in the pilot project,” says Michael Zweck, project manager for Audi Traffic Light Information.

First of all, Audi customers will use this service. The development work that Audi is investing in traffic-light systems will also benefit customers of other brands in future. The increasing spread of the technology will help city traffic planners to understand the causes of hold-ups and optimize the phasing of traffic lights.

In future Traffic Light Information could be linked up to smart navigation and used for new powering concepts. For example, “green waves” in traffic-light sequences could be incorporated in route planning. It is also conceivable that Audi e-tron models could make greater use of braking energy by charging the battery as they decelerate at a red light.

Audi also intends to introduce the technology in Europe. In Berlin, Ingolstadt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Verona there have already been extensive pilot projects. In Berlin alone, some 700 traffic lights in the inner city have been connected to the service. Across Europe, however, unified data standards and digital infrastructure do not exist: “In Europe highly diverse traffic technology is in use, as the infrastructure has developed locally and decentrally. We are working on harmonization of the data that have been prepared. After that has been done, we can provide Traffic Light Information in Europe too,” Michael Zweck announced.

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December 7, 2016

IWC PORTUGIESER CHRONOGRAPH RATTRAPANTE

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Photo: Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante (Ref. 3712) from IWC Schaffhausen.

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Photo: Italian actress Anna Ferzetti and Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino attend the IWC “Come Fly with us” Gala Dinner during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC/Chris Jackson).

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Photo: Turkish actress and IWC brand ambassador, Tuba Buyukustun, attends the fifth IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), during which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its long-standing passion for filmmaking at One And Only Royal Mirage on December 8, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image provided by IWC Schaffhausen. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images.)

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Photo: Tunisian Actress, Lawyer, and UN World Food Programme Ambassador, Hend Sabry, attends the fifth IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), during which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its long-standing passion for filmmaking at One And Only Royal Mirage on December 8, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ((Image provided by IWC Schaffhausen. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images.)

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December 5, 2016

Circular Economy Principles could help India realise $624bn

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Photo: UNCTAD 10th Debt Management Conference. Over 350 participants from over 100 countries, regional institutions and from the civil society participated in the 10th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.

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Photo: UNCTAD 14 - 1st hearing with civil society. The hearing with civil society, held on 6 April 2016, provided a platform for organizations to contribute to discussions on what UNCTAD’s work priorities should be for the next four years. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.

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Geneva, Switzerland — 5 December 2016 - India could save $624 billion a year by 2050 if it adopts circular economy principles rather than following a conventional but more wasteful development path, according to a new report on India produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in association with UNCTAD.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an economic research and innovation think tank, promotes the concept of a “circular economy”, which is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.

“Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model which relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, is increasingly challenged in the long term. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses are already exploring,” the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said.

Pilot projects have already shown these practices contributing towards cost savings of hundreds of millions dollars per year.

“Increasing circularity can help unlock efficiencies, opening up urgent investment opportunities and delivering environmental, economic and social gains,” Guillermo Valles, Director for International Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities, UNCTAD said. “Lessons from this work in India serve as an important example for other developing countries seeking to meet both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments in the Paris Agreement.”

India’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Ajit Kumar, said: “India is earnestly working towards finding ways to improve the living standards of its citizens, compatible with its resources. Sectors such as mobility, agriculture and construction will play a crucial role in the future growth of India. The suggestions contained in the report are therefore, noteworthy and timely.”

Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said: “This report builds on the Foundation’s previous analysis of the circular economy opportunity for Europe, by exploring for the first time the potential of applying the circular framework in a fast-growing market context. With its existing circular mindset and strong digital backbone, India can reap significant economic and societal benefits, embarking on a positive development path as it focuses on regenerative practices.”

The report says that better product design and innovative business models could generate cost savings and increase profits for businesses, in parallel with the shift to digitally enabled platforms for asset sharing, such as Zipcar, in which procuring services replaces owning goods.

A shift from selling cars to providing vehicles as a service could create new revenue streams for India’s car industry. Only about 2% of the Indian population currently owns a car, but the demand for mobility is increasing, the report says.

Using data from UNCTAD, the report estimates that India could save costs amounting 11% of its current GDP in 2030 and 30% of GDP in 2050 if proven circular approaches were adopted by the public and private sectors. Greenhouse gas emissions could be cut by 44%.

The report was launched in New Delhi, India, on 5 December, and an international briefing will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12 December.

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December 4, 2016

Carrera y Carrera presents Invierno (Winter) "Iceberg" Collection

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Carrera y Carrera, Jewellery

Photos: Carrera y Carrera’s Invierno (Winter) Iceberg collection. To create the futuristic-looking jewelry pieces with unusual geometry of this new line named Iceberg, Carrera y Carrera designers have drawn inspiration from the Palacio de Cristal rising above Retiro pond in Madrid, Spain. (Images provided by & copyright © Carrera y Carrera.)

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