July 7, 2016
European Fashion Award FASH 2016 Awarded to Seven Promising Young Designers
Photo: Berlin, Germany — Young Fashion Designer and Award Winner Aylin Tamta during the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 at Neues Museum on June 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo © Isa Foltin/Getty Images for SDBI).
Berlin, Germany — At the start of Berlin Fashion Week, seven promising young designers were awarded the European Fashion Award FASH 2016. The awards, valued at EUR 200,000 in total, were presented in front of 250 guests on Monday evening by SDBI - Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation).
The Award Winners
- 1st prize: Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle University of Art and Design (7th semester)
- 2nd prize: Julian Weth, Akademie JAK, Hamburg (7th semester)
- 3rd prize: Aylin Tomta, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (4th semester)
Graduate Projects Category
- 1st prize: Katharina Buczek, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (Master’s)
- 2nd prize: Agnė Alaburdaitė, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (Bachelor’s)
- 3rd prize: Rani Maria Lange, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (Master’s)
This demanding competition attracts entrants from all over the world and is aimed at design students in their fourth semester and beyond. This year, the winning collections were selected from projects submitted by 151 participants from 28 countries.
July 4, 2016
L’ORÉAL STUDENTS FROM POLAND’S WARSAW SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS WIN L'ORÉAL’S 24TH EDITION OF BRANDSTORM
Photos: L’Oreal Ad and L’Oreal Brandstorm Winners 2016. Images provided by & copyright © L’Oreal.
On June 30th, 44 student teams from around the world gathered in Paris to compete in the 24th International Finals of L’Oréal’s Brandstorm business game. The teams, made up of three students from more than 300 universities around the world, were challenged to put themselves in the shoes of an international brand director of La Roche-Posay and help the brand attract and recruit young new consumers (15 to 25 years old).
The team “Fantasme” from Warsaw School of Economics from Poland won first place with their “Digitologist” concept; a web app that provides 3D skin scanning, online dermatological advice, and customized product recommendation. This “dermatologist in the digital sphere” solution addresses the common misconception among young consumers who associate a visit to the dermatologist with being sick. In addition to clearly understanding the brand values as well as the target, the team also provided a strong performance analysis of their business strategy.
Team “Le Charquican” from Adolfo Ibanez University in Chile came in second place with their extensive digital strategy including the “#BeInCharge” experience focusing on China, a market that represents a vast business potential and experiences air quality issues. Built around a wristband linked to a mobile application along with an educational campaign, the team’s strategy aimed to improve skin condition of young consumers while solving a major environmental problem.
Team “Epicphany” from Singapore Management University in Singapore took the third prize with their “#BeSensitive” concept where they want to encourage young consumers to embrace their sensitive side, both emotionally and where their skin is concerned. The strategy included a one-stop portal for skin evaluation, a “Smart Skincare Companion” mobile application, as well as a World Sensitive Day initiative.
This year, the L’Oréal Brandstorm selection jury was made of Nicolas Hieronimus, President Selective Divisions at L’Oréal, Jerome Tixier, Executive Vice-President Human Resources at L’Oréal, Lubomira Rochet, Chief Digital Officer at L’Oréal, Brigitte Liberman, Worldwide President Active Cosmetics Division at L’Oréal, Laetitia Toupet, La Roche-Posay International Brand Director at L’Oréal and Guive Balooch, Global Vice President of R&I Tech Incubator at L’Oréal.
Over the years, a total of more than 95,000 students coming from 58 different countries have participated.
Brandstorm is an innovative development Program for students and a recruitment tool for L’Oréal. It enables the Group to get an on-the-job evaluation of participants and to spot the best talents from around the world. Many countries have current employees who were recruited thanks to Brandstorm and who have gone on to have thriving careers. Every year, L’Oréal recruits between 150 to 200 students via Brandstorm.
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 105 years. With its unique international portfolio of 32 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.26 billion euros in 2015 and employs 82,900 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce.
July 1, 2016
UNESCO World Heritage Committee to Meet & Examine Nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016
Photo: Istanbul, Turkey. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would meet & examine nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016. Image Credit & Copyright © Jeremy Brooks.
Photo: Secretariat Building (part of Capitol Complex), Chandigarh, India - Le Corbusier. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would examine Chandigarh Capitol Complex under the following nomination (jointly filed by seven countries): “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”. Image Credit & Copyright © David Quinn.
The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session (10 to 20 July, 2016), which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ulker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session will be held at the Istanbul Congress Centre.
The Committee will examine the nomination of nine natural, 16 cultural and four mixed sites, i.e., properties that are outstanding both for their natural and cultural characteristics. It will also examine the state of conservation of 108 sites already on the World Heritage List and of 48 sites on the World Heritage in Danger List.
The Following Nominations will be Examined:
- Mistaken Point (Canada)
- Hubei Shennongjia (China)
- Techno-volcanic Ensemble of the Chaîne des Puys and Limagne Fault (France)
- Lut Desert (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Western Tien Shan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan)
- Archipiélago de Revillagigedo (Mexico)
- Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay—Mukkawar Island National Park (Sudan)
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand)
- Mountain Ecosystems of Koytendag (Turkmenistan)
Mixed Sites (Natural and Cultural):
- Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)
- Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape (Chad)
- Khangchendzonga National Park (India)
- The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Lanscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq)
- Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (Antigua and Barbuda)
- The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)
- Stecci—Medieval Tombstones (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia)
- Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil)
- Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (China)
- Roman Urbanism of the Zadar Peninsula with the Monumental Complex of the Forum (Croatia)
- Archaeological Site of Philippi (Greece)
- Excavated Remains of Nalanda Mahavihara (India)
- Persian Qanat (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia)
- Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panama City [Significant boundary modification of the Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama] (Panama)
- Antequera Dolmens Site (Spain)
- Phu Phrabat Historical Park (Thailand)
- Archaeological site of Ani (Turkey)
- Gibraltar Neanderthal Caves and Environments (United Kingdom)
- Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright (United States of America)
Sites Proposed for Danger Listing:
- Dja Faunal Reserve (Cameroon)
- Talamanca Range—La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park (Costa Rica/Panama)
- Lower Valley of the Omo (Ethiopia)
- Old Towns of Djenne (Mali)
- Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)
- Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (Uzbekistan)
- Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (Thailand)
From 29 June to 11 July, Istanbul will host a World Heritage Youth Forum, which will bring together young people from different parts of the world who are committed to the protection of heritage. They will adopt a Declaration which will be presented to the Committee during its opening session.
June 30, 2016
FERRARI AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Photos: Ferrari cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, England. Images provided by & copyright © Ferrari S.p.A., Italy.
Goodwood, England, 24 June 2016 - The Goodwood Festival of Speed opened with another outstanding display of cars from Ferrari. The California T Handling Speciale, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, and F12df were all taking part in the Michelin Supercar Run in which cars tackle the famed 1.6 mile hillclimb that features the notorious Molecomb Corner and the famous Flint Wall.
Ferrari 488 GTB - Official video / Video ufficiale - https://t.co/rpLgqGjzAb— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) June 30, 2016
June 29, 2016
Porsche India Celebrates Arrival of the New Porsche 911
Photo: Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche AG.
Photo: Newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera in Mumbai. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, with a newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Mumbai: Bursting with more power, refined design and increased efficiency, the new Porsche 911 range has arrived at in India showcasing cutting-edge technological advancements in what is the most highly evolved 911 to date.
Now available in a range of model variants including coupe and cabriolet, the new 911 features entirely new turbocharged power units evolved from the racetrack to the road, as part of Porsche’s commitment to technology transfer. This gives the world’s best-selling sports car a boost in performance alongside significantly improved fuel economy. On the exterior, the new 911 impresses with an evolutionary yet further sharpened design, while inside it features the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system delivering improved connectivity and controls.
Speaking at the launch event of the new 911 range, Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, commented: “With its unique success story, the Porsche 911 is a car that has achieved iconic status over the decades and we are immensely pleased to be sharing its latest evolution with our enthusiasts and customers here in India. This model represents standard-setting sports car performance along with the convenience of everyday usability, all packaged in a legendary design. Thanks to the extensive range available right from the start, there is a 911 for every driver with each type boasting one overriding trait: pure Porsche performance. The innovations, which allow each version to deliver even more power but with increased efficiency, are nothing short of ground breaking and further extend the 911’s position as a segment leader.”
June 28, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Offers Most Affordable Convertible in the USA
Photo: 2017 smart fortwo Cabrio. Image provided by & copyright © Mercedes-Benz USA.
Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz USA today announced pricing for the 2017 smart fortwo cabrio. Arriving in U.S. dealers this fall, the smart fortwo cabrio will start at just $18,900, launching as the most affordable convertible on the market.
The introduction of the all-new smart fortwo cabrio represents the most expressive variant of the new model series. Last offered as a 2015 model, the new smart fortwo cabrio is the only convertible priced under $20,000 available in the United States. Customers can now park virtually anywhere and navigate narrow or city streets and highways effortlessly, all while enjoying the cabriolet lifestyle at an affordable cost.
The open-top two-seater is three cars in one: at the touch of a button the new smart cabrio is transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a full-fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open. This enables the fresh air driving experience to be adapted to the weather or the driver’s mood.
Quick and convenient to operate, the new power soft top operates at any speed and retracts in 12 seconds.
smart, a part of the Mercedes-Benz USA portfolio, is headquartered in Atlanta. The smart model line consists of eight fortwo models in both gasoline and electric.
June 26, 2016
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS CELEBRATES LARGEST GATHERING OF ROLLS-ROYCES IN THE WORLD
Photo: ROLLS-ROYCE DAWN. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Photo: Rolls-Royce celebrates 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. June 27, 2016. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
23 June 2016, Goodwood, England — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates the largest gathering of Rolls-Royces in the world this weekend at the 57th Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Concours and Rally. The spectacular setting of Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire provides the perfect backdrop for a record number of motor cars, with over 1000 heritage and contemporary Rolls-Royces attending the event.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is honouring the occasion with a display of six Bespoke models, hand-built by craftsmen and women at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. Examples of Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn will be on display. The motor cars, hosted by a team of experts from the manufacturing plant, are expected to draw large crowds throughout the three-day event.
The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club caters for anyone with an interest in the motor car products of Rolls-Royce. From just 11 people at the inaugural meeting in 1957, membership is now approaching 10,000, making it the largest club of its kind in the world. Membership is open to owners and non-owners alike and members are drawn from all walks of life and from many countries around the world.
June 19, 2016
Internationalization of Higher Education: The Enhanced Role of a Public University in Contemporary Academic Environment
Public Universities play a key role in the transformation of the societies they represent and serve.
Thanks to Information Technology, Higher Education is fast becoming internationalized in all disciplines, and Public Universities, all over the world, have started to recognize this fact.
• “Think Globally, Act Locally” is now the norm here as well. Today, a public university with a penchant for seeking flattery from the locals, would find itself sailed into choppy waters.
Photo: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Library of Congress houses the United States Copyright Office. Image Credit: Adam Fagen.
Our following succinct observation reflects the enhanced role of a public university in contemporary academic environment. This observation has been determined to be copyrightable and has been registered and made a part of its records by the United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
June 17, 2016
Jackal and the Cave That Talked
Illustration: A Jackal.
There was once a lion in a part of a forest, and his name was Rough-Claw. One day he found nothing whatever to eat in his wanderings, and his throat was pinched by hunger. At sunset he came to a great mountain cave and went in, for he thought: “Surely, some animal will come into this cave during the night. I will hide and wait.”
Presently the owner of the cave, a jackal named Curd-Face, came to the door and began to sing: “Cave ahoy! Cave aho-o-oy!” Then after a moment’s silence, he continued in the same tone: “Hello! Don’t you remember how you and I made an agreement that I was to speak to you when I came back from the world outside, and that you were to sing out to me? But you won’t speak to me today. So I am going off to that other cave, which will return my greeting.”
Now when he heard this, the lion thought: “I see. This cave always calls out a greeting when the fellow returns. But today, from fear of me, it doesn’t say a word. This is natural enough. For
The feet and hands refuse to act
When peril terrifies;
A trembling seizes every limb;
And speech unuttered dies.
“I will myself call out a greeting, which he will follow to its source, so providing me with a dinner.”
The lion thereupon called out a greeting. But the cave so magnified the roar that its echo filled the circuit of the horizon, thus terrifying other forest creatures as well, even those far distant. Meanwhile, the jackal made off into the forest, singing and repeating the stanza:
“Joy comes from knowing what to dread,
And sorrow smites the dunderhead:
A long life through, the woods I’ve walked
But never heard a cave that talked.”
— Tales of Panchatantra. Translator: Arthur William Ryder (Professor of Sanskrit at the University of California, Berkeley).
June 16, 2016
Revealed: Asia's 350 Best Universities. China Edges Out Japan in Battle for Regional Superiority
Photo: A building at National University of Singapore (NUS). National University of Singapore (NUS) has been declared Asia’s Finest University in 2016 by QS. Image Credit: oncampus.ru.
LONDON — Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), global higher education analysts, today released the QS University Ranking: Asia 2016.
National University of Singapore (NUS) is established as Asia’s finest university for the third consecutive year. It is followed by the University of Hong Kong. Nanyang Technological University rises one place to the podium, taking the bronze medal. While, in overall performance, China remains the preeminent nation, ahead of Japan.
Commenting on this QS Ranking, National University of Singapore (NUS) President Tan Chorh Chuan said: “Our priority is preparing future-ready graduates and developing top talent, driving innovation and forging strategic collaborations with academic and industry partners, and delivering impact from world-class research. I am heartened that our work is also reflected by NUS continued progress in the rankings.”
In this year’s QS Asia University Ranking:
- 17 nations or territories are featured;
- Hong Kong dominates the top ten with four institutions ranked;
- China, Singapore, and South Korea feature two universities apiece in the top 10;
- China has 82 universities among the 350 ranked, Japan has 74,
- South Korea 54, Taiwan 34, India 23, and Malaysia 20;
- There are 13 Thai universities in the rankings, 11 Indonesian, 10 Pakistani, 8 Filipino and five Vietnamese.
- Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have two apiece; Brunei and Macao one apiece.
- This year’s QS University Rankings: Asia are the largest-ever rankings for the region.
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Top 20
2016 Rank — Institution — Country/Territory
- 1 — National University of Singapore — Singapore
- 2 — University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 3 — Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
- 4 — The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
- 5 — Tsinghua University — China
- 6 — KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology — South Korea
- 7 — City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 8 — The Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 9 — Peking University — China
- 10 — Seoul National University — South Korea
- 11 — Fudan University — China
- 12 — POSTECH — South Korea
- 13 — The University of Tokyo — Japan
- 14 — Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
- 15 — Kyoto University — Japan
- 16 — Korea University — South Korea
- 17 — Osaka University — Japan
- 18 — Yonsei University — South Korea
- 19 — Sungkyunkwan University — South Korea
- 20 — Tohoku University — Japan
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): India
2016 Rank — Institution
- 33 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
- 35 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
- 36 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
- 43 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
- 48 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
- 51 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
- 66 — University of Delhi
- 78 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
- 94 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
- 108 — University of Calcutta
- 145 — University of Mumbai
- 155 — Banaras Hindu University
- 169 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
- 176 — University of Pune
- 178 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
- 195 — Amity University
- 200 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education
- 231-240 — Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
- 251-300 — Anna University
- 251-300 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
- 301-350 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad
- 301-350 — Andhra University
- 301-350 — Pondicherry University
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Pakistan
2016 Rank — Institution
- 111 — Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
- 112 — National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST), Islamabad
- 149 — Quaid-i-Azam University
- 149 — Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
- 183 — Aga Khan University
- 201-210 — University of Karachi
- 221-230 — Punjab University, Lahore
- 231-240 — COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
- 241-250 — University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore
- 301-350 — University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Bangladesh
2016 Rank — Institution
- 109 — University of Dhaka
- 159 — Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
June 10, 2016
Porsche Cayenne Expedition to Support Women’s Empowerment through Mobility
Photo: Nidhi Tiwari representing ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ will be driving 4,000 km over 20 days across the Himalayas. (Image provided by Porsche India.)
Photo: (l-r) Nidhi Tiwari, founder of WBB, and Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, with the Porsche Cayenne. (Image provided by Porsche India.)
Mumbai — Porsche India has partnered with the organisation ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ (WBB) on a 20-day expedition across the Himalayas. Nidhi Tiwari, founder of the organisation, will showcase “women’s empowerment through mobility” by driving the 4,000 km route through challenging terrain together with her navigator Neha Sadananda. Porsche India will be providing a Cayenne for this trip set to commence on 18 June from Gurgaon. The drive will test the Cayenne’s endurance on some of the highest motorways in the world and test its off-road capabilities across different terrain as well as riverbeds.
‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ (WBB) is an organization which runs extreme overland journeys (XOL) that push boundaries to achieve empowerment through mobility. As part of its core mission, WBB showcases mobility solutions adopted by women in the remote areas through which they traverse. In keeping with this objective the WBB team will also train local women in Ladakh on the topic of XOL driving to motivate their movement between remote communities. This will be done with the help of the local administration and community participation. In addition, the expedition will also interact with local communities to spread awareness on women’s health in collaboration with a reputed local NGO.
Speaking about the project, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “We are absolutely delighted to partner with WBB on this unique initiative and see their activities as an essential contribution in the overall progress of women’s empowerment. Through this expedition, we want to support this cause and also showcase the endurance of the Cayenne in some of the most remote places in the world.”
The Porsche Cayenne Diesel provided will be driven across more than a dozen high-altitude passes, including Khardung La and Marsimik La, two of the highest motorable passes in the world. Featuring a powerful three-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, the model produces 245 hp (180 kW) and has a top speed of 221 km/h. Its eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox will be convenient during the on-road sections of the planned route. When leaving the tarmac, the Cayenne’s three off-road modes ensure maximum support for the driver. Assistance systems offering improved traction on loose, wet and snow affected surfaces include Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Hill Control, and Porsche Air Suspension Management (PASM).
Nidhi Tiwari, founder of WBB, said: “We are glad to partner with Porsche India for such an initiative. With the spirit of women empowerment, and a sensitive cause of women’s health in the remotest corners of the country, we believe in going beyond all perceived and conventional boundaries. We are equally excited to get behind the wheel of the Porsche Cayenne on some of the most unique roads in the world.”
The 4,000 km expedition will start from Porsche Centre, Gurgaon, north of Delhi, on Saturday, 18th June. Nidhi Tiwari and Neha Sadananda are expected to complete the route in 20 days.
Proverbs of Solomon 31:10 —
• “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies… Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” (King James Version)
• “Who can find a virtuous and cultivated wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm.” (New Living Translation)
• “Who can find a cultivated wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls. Her husband trusts her from his heart, and she will prove a great asset to him.” (The Complete Jewish Bible Translation)
Proverbs of Solomon 21:9 —
• “It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a big house with a contentious woman.” (World English Bible Translation)
• “Better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible Translation)
June 8, 2016
UNESCO Creative Cities Network focuses on Creativity and Sustainable Urban Development at Beijing Summit
Photo: Beijing, China. Image Credit: Xiquinho Silva.
Beijing, China — On June 6, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, opened the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Summit (6 - 8 June 2016) with Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing, and Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
More than one hundred participants from all over the world attended the Summit, including mayors and policy-makers of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, academics, and experts. The event served as a dialogue and discussion platform for the implementation of the international development agenda focusing on research and policy-making to explore effective ways to integrate culture and creativity in local development strategies.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network comprises 116 cities from 54 countries, covering Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music, and Media Arts, and aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy.
May 30, 2016
Miss USA 2016 to be Crowned on June 5 in Las Vegas
Photo: Jessica Strohm, Miss New Hampshire USA 2016; Whitney Sharpe, Miss Massachusetts USA 2016; Chelsea Hardin, Miss Hawaii USA 2016; Bridget Jacobs, Miss Minnesota USA 2016; and Ariane Audett, Miss Alaska USA 2016; pose for photos at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the Miss USA Welcome Event on Friday, May 27th. The 2016 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Alexandra Vorontsova, Miss Delaware USA 2016, takes part in filming for the upcoming 2016 Miss USA Telecast upon arriving to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on May 25, 2016. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Matt Petit.
Photo: Kate Redeker, Miss Wisconsin USA 2016, introduces herself during the MISS USA Preliminary Competition at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 1st. The contestants have spent the last week touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016. Image provided by and © copyright The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
May 23, 2016
UN Secretary-General Speaks at Columbia University Commencement Ceremony
Photo: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the Columbia University Commencement Ceremony, where he urged students to use their passion and compassion to help build a world in which all people enjoy dignity and peace. 18 May 2016. New York, United States. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.
May 14, 2016
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2016: RED CARPET
Photo: English singer, dancer, and television personality, CHERYL COLE, in her fancy coloured dress which she adorned with exquisite India pink gold opals and white diamonds bracelet, ring and earrings at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 13, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Indian actress, MALLIKA SHERAWAT, promenades in a de GRISOGONO attire at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 14, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: BELLA HADID lights up the red carpet in her Roberto Cavalli dress. She paired a de GRISOGONO high jewelry necklace to a refined FLORINDA bracelet at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 11, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: AISHWARYA RAI in her light pink flowery dress which she adorned with exquisite de GRISOGONO pink gold tourmalines and emerald ring (displayed above) at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Brazilian top model, IZABEL GOULART, promenades in a de GRISOGONO attire at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 17, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Russian top model, NATASHA POLY, promenades in a de GRISOGONO attire at Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet on May 17, 2016. Image provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.
May 5, 2016
The World's Most Reputable Universities 2016
Photo: Harvard University - Memorial Church. Image Credit: Chen Yen Lai.
Photo: Brasenose College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (founded 1509). Image Credit: David Nicholls.
This year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings see Harvard University take the top spot for the sixth consecutive year. The other top four positions are taken up by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.
Launched in 2011, THE World Reputation Rankings offer a definitive list of the world’s most prestigious universities based on their global reputation.
United States has once again dominated the rankings, boasting of 43 institutions amongst the top 100.
US is loosely followed by the UK, which houses 10 universities that made it to the list, along with the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford taking the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
From Asia, there were 17 institutions included in the list, a rise of seven from 10 last year. With Japan’s University of Tokyo standing at the 12th place, China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University were ranked 18th and 21st, respectively.
• India continues to be one of the few nations not to have featured even once in the list.
According to Phil Baty, Times Higher Education rankings editor, “Reputation is the global currency of higher education”.
World’s Most Prestigious Universities 2016
- Harvard University — United States
- Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology — United States
- Stanford University — United States
- University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
- University of Oxford — United Kingdom
- University of California, Berkeley — United States
- Princeton University — United States
- Yale University — United States
- Columbia University — United States
- California Institute of Technology — United States
- University of Chicago — United States
- University of Tokyo — Japan
- University of California, Los Angeles — United States
- University of Michigan — United States
- Imperial College, London — United Kingdom
- University of Pennsylvania — United States
- Cornell University — United States
- Tsinghua University — China
- ETH Zurich — Switzerland
- University College, London — United Kingdom
- Peking University — China
- Johns Hopkins University — United States
- University of Toronto — Canada
- London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom
- New York University — United States
- National University of Singapore — Singapore
- Kyoto University — Japan
- Duke University — United States
- University of Washington — United States
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
- Northwestern University — United States
- Carnegie Mellon University — United States
- University of Texas at Austin — United States
- University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States
- University of California, San Diego — United States
- University of British Columbia — Canada
- University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
- McGill University — Canada
- Georgia Institute of Technology — United States
- LMU Munich — Germany
- University of California, San Francisco — United States
- King’s College, London — United Kingdom
- Pennsylvania State University — United States
- University of California, Davis — United States
- University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- Seoul National University — South Korea
- Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland
- University of Manchester — United Kingdom
- University of Melbourne — Australia
- University of Minnesota — United States
- Delft University of Technology — Netherlands
- Heidelberg University — Germany
- Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany
- Karolinska Institute — Sweden
- University of Maryland, College Park — United States
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States
- Ohio State University — United States
- Osaka University — Japan
- Purdue University — United States
- Technical University of Munich — Germany
- University of Amsterdam — Netherlands
- Australian National University — Australia
- Ecole Normale Superieure — France
- KU Leuven — Belgium
- Michigan State University — United States
- University of Southern California — United States
- University of Sydney — Australia
- Tohoku University — Japan
- Washington University in St Louis — United States
- Boston University — United States
- Brown University — United States
- University of California, Santa Barbara — United States
- Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- Free University of Berlin — Germany
- Fudan University — China
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
- University of Pittsburgh — United States
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- Texas A&M University — United States
- Indiana University, Bloomington — United States
- Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea
- Leiden University — Netherlands
- London Business School — United Kingdom
- NanyangTechnological University — Singapore
- National Taiwan University — Taiwan
- Pierre and Marie Curie University — France
- RWTH Aachen University — Germany
- Saint Petersburg State University — Russian Federation
- Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
- University of Warwick — United Kingdom
- Zhejiang University — China
- Arizona State University — United States
- University of Colorado, Boulder — United States
- Ecole Polytechnique — France
- Insead — France
- Lund University — Sweden
- Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology — Russian Federation
- Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris 1 — France
- University of Sao Paulo — Brazil
- Utrecht University — Netherlands
- Wageningen University and Research Center — Netherlands
• Reputation Ranking is distinct from Academic Ranking.
The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings list the world’s top 100 universities based purely on their Academic Prestige as distinct from their Academic Performance.
According to THE rankings editor Phil Baty, “A university’s reputation for academic excellence is absolutely vital to its success.”
A university’s brand - crucial in helping to attract students, staff and funding - is built on esteem.
Reputation and brand are not the same thing. But Pat Freeland-Small, chief marketing officer at the University of Melbourne, says the former feeds the latter.
The world elite of universities, he says, do not need to advertise, “but in a way they are advertising. They are constantly communicating the quality of what they do through their people and what they naturally put out It is their people, their quality of research - notions that come through the academic community - that advertise their international profile.”
April 30, 2016
International Jazz Day: Global Concert 2016 at the White House
Photo: Jazz. Artchipel Orchestra, Torino, Italy. Photo Credit: Torino Jazz Festival 2016, Italy.
Each year, the All-Star Global Concert brings together internationally acclaimed artists from around the world who represent jazz and other musical genres for a performance spanning styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, the All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance.
This year, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert at the White House, with artists performing throughout the White House and on the South Lawn. The concert is being broadcast across the United States on April 30th - International Jazz Day - as an ABC network television special and streamed around the world by the United Nations and UNESCO.
The 2016 All-Star Global Concert is featuring a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including —
Pianists: Joey Alexander, John Beasley (Music Director), Kris Bowers, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Pérez and Chucho Valdés;
Trumpeters: Terence Blanchard, Till Bronner, Hugh Masekela and James Morrison;
Vocalists: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves and Sting;
Saxophonists: Eli Degibri, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Watson;
Bassists: Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Ben Williams;
Guitarists: Buddy Guy, Lionel Loueke, Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour;
Drummers: Brian Blade, Terri Lyne Carrington and Kendrick Scott;
Percussionist: Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain;
Trombone player: Trombone Shorty; and the
Rebirth Brass Band.
Washington, D.C. is the birthplace of the great jazz pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, and the city has enjoyed a thriving jazz scene for the past century. On April 30, 2016, Washington, D.C. is joining with towns, cities and villages in over 190 countries to observe International Jazz Day through thousands of performances and programs.
In India, International Jazz Day is being celebrated at Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy, Sector 15, Gurgaon; Mopin Ground, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh; Park Hotel, Goa; Blue Frog, Lower Parel, Mumbai; The Bandra Base, Bandra West, Mumbai; The Piano Man Jazz Club, Safdarjung Enclave Market, New Delhi; and many other venues.
April 29, 2016
UN Secretary-General appoints 12 new members to UN University Council
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he addressed the “Global Colloquium of University Presidents” on the topic “Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Strategies”. 12 April 2016. New Haven, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) with Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, during a ceremony where he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from the University of Cambridge in recognition of his humanitarian work, support for women’s rights, and achievements in pursuit of global peace and security. 03 February 2016. Cambridge, United Kingdom. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
28 April 2016 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General Irina Bokova of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have appointed 12 new members to the governing UN University (UNU) Council.
The new appointees, who will take office as of 3 May, replace the outgoing 2010-2016 cohort of UNU Council members and will serve for terms of either three or six years.
The main functions of the Council are to formulate the principles and policies of the UNU, govern its operations, and consider and approve its biennial budget and work programme.
Appointed members of the UNU Council serve in their individual capacity - not as representatives of their country’s Government - and are selected with the aim of achieving a geographic and gender balance, with due regard for major academic, scientific, educational and cultural trends, as well as each member’s fields of expertise.
The new members of the UNU Council are:
- Ernest Aryeetey (Ghana), Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
- Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (Brazil), Scientific Director, Sao Paulo Research Foundation, and Professor, Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, State University of Campinas
- Simon Chesterman (Australia), Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
- Elizabeth Cousens (USA), Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
- Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots, and lecturer at Harvard and MIT
- Angela Kane (Germany), Senior Fellow, Vienna Centre for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and Professor, SciencesPo, Paris
- Segenet Kelemu (Ethiopia), Director General and CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
- Bassma Kodmani (Syria), Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative
- Radha Kumar (India), Director General, Delhi Policy Group
- Irena Lipowicz (Poland), Professor, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University (Warsaw)
- Tsuneo Nishida (Japan), Director, Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University, and Director, Toho Zinc Co., Ltd.
- Lan Xue (China), Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, and Director, China Institute for S&T Policy
“Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.”
“The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.”
“Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.”
— JOHN RUSKIN.
April 25, 2016
Coke Debuts One-Brand Packaging: Red Disc Features Prominently on All Trademark Coca-Cola Products in Mexico
Coke’s new “One-Brand” marketing strategy is officially making its way to store shelves and beverage coolers, starting in Mexico.
Executives unveiled a series of new graphics, which put a contemporary spin on a classic icon by prominently featuring the Coca-Cola Red Disc on bottles and cans of all four Trademark Coke brands - Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Diet Coke/Coca-Cola Light and Coca-Cola Life - tonight at an event in Mexico City.
“Packaging is our most visible and valuable asset,” said Chief Marketing Officer Marcos de Quinto, who presented the new packaging within the context of the “One-Brand” strategy and supporting “Taste the Feeling” creative campaign. “By applying the Coca-Cola Red Disc to our packaging in such a bold way, we are taking the next step towards full adoption of the ‘One-Brand’ strategy, uniting the Coca-Cola family under one visual identity and making it even easier for consumers to choose their Coca-Cola with or without calories, with or without caffeine.”
The new designs will help consumers make informed choices, de Quinto explained, by identifying each Coca-Cola product with its signature color - black for Coke Zero, silver for Coca-Cola Light/Diet Coke and green for Coca-Cola Life - and including the product’s unique name and benefits.
The new packaging will be available in Mexico the first week of May. Like the staggered rollout of the “Taste the Feeling” campaign, similar versions of the Red Disc graphics will reach additional countries throughout 2016 and into 2017.
In North America, however, Coca-Cola will not make any changes to packaging this year due to an already packed marketing and promotional calendar.
April 24, 2016
OMEGA’S MASTER CHRONOMETER REVOLUTION CONTINUES AT BASELWORLD 2016
Photo: OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase on show at BASELWORLD 2016. Image provided by & copyright © OMEGA S.A.
Photo: OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 43.5mm Auto on show at BASELWORLD 2016. Image provided by & copyright © OMEGA S.A.