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October 6, 2015

U.S. News & World Report Unveils Second Annual Best Global Universities Rankings

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US News University Rankings

Photo: Entrance to the Memorial Hall, Harvard University. Photo Credit: Photographer © Michael Kappel.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 6, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Colleges for more than 30 years, today released the 2016 edition of the Best Global Universities. The rankings help students evaluate higher education options worldwide as well as by region, country and subject. U.S. universities remain the global leaders among research institutions, with Harvard University claiming No. 1, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2, the University of California—Berkeley at No. 3 and Stanford University at No. 4. U.K. universities take the next top spots with the University of Oxford at No. 5, followed by the University of Cambridge at No. 6.

The following countries have the most ranked institutions out of 750 schools on the overall Best Global Universities list:

  • United States: 181
  • China: 57
  • United Kingdom: 55
  • Germany: 50
  • Italy: 38

“Students are increasingly looking outside their own countries for educational opportunities,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “As international education continues to evolve, U.S. News will be at the forefront of the conversation - providing comparable information across global institutions and presenting it in bite-sized pieces for students and their families, just as we have done for three decades in the U.S.”

The second edition of the Best Global Universities rankings are more comprehensive, including rankings of the top 750 universities - up from 500 last year - spread out across 57 countries. U.S. News has published new university rankings of larger countries including India and Brazil, and smaller countries such as Belgium, bringing the total number of country-specific rankings up to 32. The 2016 edition also debuts a regional ranking for Africa, adding to the previous four regional rankings, and features a new subject ranking for arts and humanities, bringing up the total to 22 subject rankings.

These countries, listed in rank order, performed best in the following subject rankings:

  • Arts and humanities: U.S., U.K., Netherlands (tie), Australia (tie), Germany
  • Clinical medicine: U.S., Germany, U.K., Italy, Canada
  • Computer science: U.S., China, U.K., Canada (tie), Hong Kong (tie), Australia (tie)
  • Economics and business: U.S., U.K., Canada (tie), Netherlands (tie), Australia (tie)
  • Engineering: U.S., China, U.K., Canada, Australia

The Best Global Universities methodology - which is based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCitesTM research analytics solutions - weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation; academic research performance using bibliometric indicators; and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates. Each subject ranking has its own, similar methodology.

“We have designed the rankings to be a starting point to help students and their families identify institutions that speak to their specific needs, whether they are planning on staying close to home or traveling abroad for college - or whether they are seeking a specific academic degree,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News.

U.S. News 2016 Best Global Universities Rankings

Overall Best Global Universities

  1. Harvard University (U.S.)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  3. University of California—Berkley (U.S.)
  4. Stanford University (U.S.)
  5. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  6. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  7. California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  8. University of California—Los Angeles (U.S.)
  9. Columbia University (U.S.)
  10. University of Chicago (U.S.)

Africa

  1. University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  2. University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  3. Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
  4. University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
  5. Cairo University (Egypt)

Asia

  1. University of Tokyo (Japan)
  2. Peking University (China)
  3. National University of Singapore
  4. Tsinghua University (China)
  5. University of Hong Kong

Australia/New Zealand

  1. University of Melbourne (Australia)
  2. University of Sydney
  3. University of Queensland Australia
  4. Australian National University
  5. Monash University (Australia)

Europe

  1. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  2. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  3. Imperial College London
  4. University College London
  5. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

Latin America

  1. Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
  2. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  3. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
  4. University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  5. National Autonomous University of Mexico

Country Specific

India

  1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  2. Panjab University, Chandigarh
  3. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  4. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  6. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  7. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  9. University of Delhi, New Delhi
  10. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  11. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  12. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  13. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  14. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

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September 30, 2015

Times Higher Education Announces its World University Rankings 2015-2016

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Photo: A house situated inside the California Institute of Technology Campus. Image Credit: Jim Fruchterman.

According to Times Higher Education, the world dominance of U.S. universities has further waned in its World University Rankings 2015-2016 announced today. This is despite the fact that the country boasts almost a fifth of institutions in the table.

A total of 147 US universities feature in the top 800 - the largest THE rankings to date - including the California Institute of Technology, which claims pole position for the fifth consecutive year.

Phil Baty, THE rankings editor, said that the US’ movement is to some degree owing to significant improvements to the rankings’ data sources this year, with “improved coverage of research not published in English and a better geographical spread of responses to our academic reputation survey”.

However, he added that it also demonstrates that the US’ leading status as the world’s top magnet for academic and student talent “cannot be taken for granted”, citing figures that show that 47 states in the US have implemented higher education funding cuts since the global recession in 2008.

Simon Marginson, professor of international higher education at the UCL Institute of Education, said that US research is “not declining in the absolute sense”, but rather “other countries are improving and crowding into the top 200 space”.

One of these competitor nations is the UK, which has improved its standing this year. A total of 78 UK institutions feature in the top 800, with 34 of these sitting in the first quarter, up from 29 last year.

Other countries in Europe have also performed well. Germany has 20 universities in the top 200, a rise of eight since last year, while the Netherlands has 12 in the first quarter, up from 11. Meanwhile, Switzerland’s ETH Zurich is the first non-Anglo-American institution to make the top 10 for a decade.

Overall, Europe has 345 universities in the world top 800, meaning its institutions comprise more than two-fifths of the table.

Institutions from 70 countries, 29 more than last year, feature in this year’s rankings, with several countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Kenya being represented for the first time.

The National University of Singapore is the number one institution in Asia - the first time the city-state has claimed the continent’s top spot in the rankings’ 12-year history.

NUS is in 26th position overall in the rankings, with the next highest Asian institutions - China’s Peking University and Japan’s University of Tokyo - taking 42nd and 43rd place respectively.

“Tough times for Japan and disappointment for South Korea mean that leading Asian nations’ grip on the higher ranks of the THE World University Rankings is loose,” said Phil Baty, THE rankings editor.

“Many institutions, particularly in East Asia, have been focusing heavily on attaining world-class status, backed with funding and powerful political will. But this ranking demonstrates how difficult a task this is, as universities right across the world continue to improve.”

TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2015-2016: TOP 10

RANK — INSTITUTION — COUNTRY

  1. California Institute of Technology — United States
  2. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  3. Stanford University — United Kingdom
  4. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  6. Harvard University — United States
  7. Princeton University — United States
  8. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  9. ETH Zurich — Switzerland
  10. University of Chicago — United States

TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2015-2016: INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA

RANK — INSTITUTION

  • 251-300 — Indian Institute of Science
  • 351-400 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • 401-500 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • 401-500 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • 401-500 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • 501-600 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
  • 501-600 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • 501-600 — Indian INstitute of Technology Roorkee
  • 501-600 — Jadavpur University
  • 501-600 — Panjab University Chandigarh
  • 601-800 — Aligarh Muslim University
  • 601-800 — Amrita University
  • 601-800 — Andhra University
  • 601-800 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • 601-800 — University of Calcutta
  • 601-800 — University of Delhi
  • 601-800 — Savitribai Phule Pune University

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September 27, 2015

2015 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030

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Photo: Eddie Vedder and Beyonce perform onstage during 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo © 2015 Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen).

Global Citizen Festival

Photo: Actress Kajol Devgan speaks on stage at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo © 2015 Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen).

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September 25, 2015

World Leaders Arrive in New York for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, on the sidelines of the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. 25 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Sustainable Development Summit

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. 25 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Sustainable Development Summit

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Pope Francis upon the pontiff’s arrival at United Nations headquarters. 25 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.

United Nations, Sustainable Development Summit

Photo: Leaders of the G-4 Countries - Brazil, Germany, India and Japan at the Summit on United Nations Security Council Reform in New York (September 26, 2015). Image provided by & Copyright © Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India / Brij Meena, Photo Division.

United Nations, Sustainable Development Summit

Photo: Press Conference by President of Bolivia. Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, briefs correspondents at a press conference in UN Headquarters. 26 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: Press Briefing by Dean of International Anti-Corruption Academy. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), addresses a press conference sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations. 26 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, Sustainable Development Summit

Photo: Facebook CEO Attends Interactive Dialogue on Sustainable Economic Growth. Mark Zuckerberg (centre), CEO of Facebook Inc., addresses the interactive dialogue of the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, “Fostering sustainable economic growth, transformation and promoting sustainable consumption and protection”, held at UN Headquarters. 26 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, Sustainable Development Summit

Photo: High-level Ministerial Meeting on World’s Heritage Proctection. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, addresses the High-level ministerial meeting entitled “Moving Together for the World’s Heritage” co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy and Jordan to the United Nations in collaboration with INTERPOL, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 27 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

United Nations, Sustainable Development Summit

Photo: High-level ministerial meeting entitled “Moving Together for the World’s Heritage” co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy and Jordan to the United Nations in collaboration with INTERPOL, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 27 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

United Nations, Sustainable Development Summit

Photo: Barack Obama (podium), President of the United States of America, addresses the Leader’s Summit on Peacekeeping. Leaders of more than 50 countries gathered for the Summit to pledge new commitments and strengthen existing capabilities. 28 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Sustainable Development Summit

Photo: A view of the Manhattan skyline from inside the UN Headquarters in New York. 30 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

United Nations Youth Delegates

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Meets Youth Delegates. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (front centre) meets with youth delegates attending the seventieth session of the General Assembly. On his right is Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. 07 October 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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September 19, 2015

International Fashion — September 2015 — Editor's Choice

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International Fashion 2015

Photo: A model poses wearing Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Alice + Olivia. © 2016 Getty Images).

International Fashion 2015

Photo: A model walks the runway wearing an Angel Schlesser design during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain, on September 18, 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © Angel Schlesser/ Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

International Fashion 2015

Photo: A model walks the runway wearing a David Catalan design during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain, on September 22, 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © David Catalan/ Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

International Fashion 2015

Photo: A model walks the runway during the Anteprima fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 on September 24, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Anteprima. © 2015 Venturelli).

International Fashion 2015

Photo: A model walks the runway wearing a Juan Vidal design during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain, on September 21, 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © Juan Vidal / Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

International Fashion 2015

Photo: A model walks the runway wearing a Juan Carlos Pajares design during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain, on September 22, 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © Juan Carlos Pajares/ Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

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September 18, 2015

MEDALISTS UNVEILED AT THE 2015 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

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Photo: Actress Michelle Rodriguez prior to the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Matt Petit / © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Animated film winners Nicholas Manfredi (left) and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero prior to the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Matt Petit / © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Thursday, September 17, 2015 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored 15 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 42nd Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Mitchell, Oscar-winning director John Lasseter, and the Oscar-winning team behind the animated feature “Big Hero 6,” Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

The 2015 Student Academy Award winners are:

Alternative

  • Gold: “Chiaroscuro,” Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California
  • Silver: “Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York

Animation

  • Gold: “Soar,” Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
  • Silver: “An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts
  • Bronze: “Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of Visual Arts

Documentary

  • Gold: “Looking at the Stars,” Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern California
  • Silver: “I Married My Family’s Killer,” Emily Kassie, Brown University
  • Bronze: “Boxeadora,” Meg Smaker, Stanford University

Narrative

  • Gold: “Day One,” Henry Hughes, American Film Institute, California
  • Silver: “This Way Up,” Jeremy Cloe, American Film Institute
  • Bronze: “Stealth,” Bennett Lasseter, American Film Institute

Foreign Film

  • Gold: “Fidelity,” Ilker Catak, Hamburg Media School, Germany
  • Silver: “The Last Will,” Dustin Loose, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • Bronze: “Everything Will Be Okay” Patrick Vollrath, Filmakademie Wien, Austria

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.

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September 15, 2015

QS World University Rankings 2015/16 Announced

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LONDON — The QS World University Rankings 2015/16 announced today confirm Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the world’s top university followed by Harvard (2nd), Cambridge and Stanford (3rd=), while ETH Zurich (9th) breaks into the top 10.

Singapore’s leading universities gain substantially, each making the top 15 for the first time. National University of Singapore (12th) is the leading Asian institution and Nanyang Technological University (13th) is right behind them, taking a quantum leap.

Australian National University (19th) also returns to the top 20. China’s Tsinghua University (25th) is Asia’s third best university, leading a strong Chinese cohort.

76,798 academics and 44,226 employers contributed to the rankings through the QS global surveys, the largest of their kind and QS analyzed 11.1 million research papers - indexed by Elsevier’s Scopus database. 3,539 institutions were considered for inclusion and 891 ranked.

A modified approach to “citations per faculty”, a measure of research impact, has delivered fairer evaluations for universities with a strong profile in areas with lower research activity, such as arts, humanities and social sciences. LSE (35th) and other leading institutions traditionally overshadowed by research-intensive universities, see their excellence more equitably recognized.

Ben Sowter, QS head of research says: “These latest results reveal more diversity than ever in the distribution of world-class universities at the highest levels. We’re providing prospective students with the richest picture yet.”

QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2015/2016 — TOP TWENTY

RANK — INSTITUTION — COUNTRY

  • 01 — MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) — US
  • 02 — HARVARD UNIVERSITY — US
  • 03= — UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE — UK
  • 03= — STANFORD UNIVERSITY — US
  • 05 — CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) — US
  • 06 — UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD — UK
  • 07 — UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON — UK
  • 08 — IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON — UK
  • 09 — ETH ZURICH — CH
  • 10 — UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO — US
  • 11 — PRINCETON UNIVERSITY — US
  • 12 — NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE — SG
  • 13 — NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY — SG
  • 14 — EPFL — CH
  • 15 — YALE UNIVERSITY — US
  • 16 — JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY — US
  • 17 — CORNELL UNIVERSITY — US
  • 18 — UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA — US
  • 19= — AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY — AU
  • 19= — KING’S COLLEGE LONDON — UK

The rankings include universities from 82 countries. Thirty-four countries feature in the Top 200. The United States dominates with 49 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia, and Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).

Following institutions from India have found a place among the top 800:

RANK — OVERALL SCORE — INSTITUTION

  • 147 — 62.0 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
  • 179 — 56.4 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  • 202 — 52.8 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • 254 — 46.6 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • 271 — 45.0 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • 286 — 43.7 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • 391 — 35.7 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)

RANK — INSTITUTION

  • 451-460 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  • 481-490 — University of Delhi
  • 601-650 — University of Calcutta
  • 701+ — Banaras Hindu University
  • 701+ — Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • 701+ — University of Mumbai
  • 701+ — University of Pune
  • NA — Jawaharlal Nehru University

Meanwhile, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, has congratulated the Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore (IISc-B) and the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D) for figuring in the list of top 200 institutions of the QS World University Rankings.

“A high rank not only boosts the morale of the academic community but also opens greater avenues of growth and placement for students,” the president said. View the Official Press Release.

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Our Opinion

“In the QS World University Rankings, Global Academic Reputation accounts for 40% of the Overall Score.

The just announced 2015 QS World University Rankings indicate that the higher education institutions from the emerging nations, such as India, have quite grasped this point.

They appear to have realized that they should not get elated by their loftiness among the fanatical silly local populace that has never peeped outside its town, but, instead, if they want a good standing here, they must earnestly work towards establishing a positive academic reputation that is visible worldwide.”

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September 12, 2015

UN General Assembly Marks International Day against Nuclear Tests

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Photo: A view of the United Nations General Assembly meeting to mark the observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests (29 August). 10 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

10 September 2015 - Top United Nations officials today highlighted the existential threat posed by nuclear testing, and called for all States that have not yet done so to sign and ratify the international treaty that seeks to achieve a ban on such testing.

Addressing a meeting to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests, observed annually on 29 August, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the devastation caused by nuclear testing.

“I have witnessed the lasting societal, environmental and economic damage nuclear tests have caused,” he told the gathering. “Since the first test in New Mexico 70 years ago, the world has endured over 2,000 nuclear tests. Those tests devastated pristine environments and local populations around the world.

The Secretary-General said that the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which was adopted in 1996, was an essential building block for achieving this goal as a legally-binding, verifiable means by which to constrain the quantitative and qualitative development of nuclear weapons.

Stressing that the Treaty must enter into force in order to be truly effective, Mr. Ban called on all remaining States to sign and ratify the instrument, including China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States.

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“Well, also, was it written by Theologians: a King rules by divine right. He carries in him an authority from God, or man will never give it him.

Can I choose my own King?

I can choose my own King Popinjay, and play what farce or tragedy I may with him: but he who is to be my Ruler, whose will is to be higher than my will, was chosen for me in Heaven.”

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September 9, 2015

U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2016 Best Colleges in the USA

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report today released the 2016 edition of Best Colleges to help domestic and international students compare the academic quality of U.S.-based schools. The new edition includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and features rankings of 1,376 schools.

Princeton University remains No. 1 in the Best National Universities category, while Williams College once again tops the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list. The University of California—Berkeley is the No. 1 Top Public School among National Universities.

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 16 measures of academic quality. The rankings emphasize outcomes, with graduation and retention rates carrying the most weight in the methodology at 30 percent. The top schools all have high six-year graduation rates and strong freshman retention rates:

“Taking into account how well a school supports its students from freshman year through graduation is important,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “To find the best fit, students should consider a range of factors, from financial aid offerings and location to campus size and majors. The process can be overwhelming, but our rankings and advice content are a great place to start.”

The 2016 edition debuts a Most Innovative Schools list, featuring institutions making inventive improvements in terms of campus life, curriculum, facilities, faculty, students or technology.

“We are the only organization that has been ranking schools for over three decades,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “Over that time we have improved our information and sharpened our methodology’s focus, with one of the biggest updates being a greater consideration of output measurements.”

The college ranking categories are based upon the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications. The Carnegie classification system has been used by U.S. News since the first Best Colleges rankings in 1983, because they are accepted as the basis for classifying schools by most higher education researchers.

U.S. News 2016 Best Colleges Rankings

Best National Universities — Top Ten

  1. Princeton University (NJ)
  2. Harvard University (MA)
  3. Yale University (CT)
  4. Columbia University (NY)
  5. Stanford University (CA)
  6. University of Chicago (IL)
  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  8. Duke University (NC)
  9. University of Pennsylvania
  10. California Institute of Technology
  11. Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Best National Liberal Arts Colleges — Top Ten

  1. Williams College (MA)
  2. Amherst College (MA)
  3. Swarthmore College (PA)
  4. Bowdoin College (ME)
  5. Middlebury College (VT)
  6. Pomona College (CA)
  7. Wellesley College (MA)
  8. Carleton College (MN)
  9. Claremont McKenna College (CA)
  10. Davidson College (NC)
  11. United States Naval Academy (MD)

Top Public Schools

National Universities — Top Five

  1. University of California—Berkeley
  2. University of California—Los Angeles
  3. University of Virginia
  4. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  5. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

Liberal Arts Colleges — Top Five

  1. United States Naval Academy (MD)
  2. United States Military Academy (NY)
  3. United States Air Force Academy (CO)
  4. New College of Florida
  5. Virginia Military Institute

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September 8, 2015

Olivia Palermo previews new Rolls-Royce 'Wraith - Inspired by Fashion' in NYC

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Photo: Fashion connoisseur Olivia Palermo was among the first to view the new Rolls-Royce ‘Wraith - Inspired by Fashion’, during its world premiere in New York. Olivia, renowned for her impeccable sense of style, enjoyed a private preview of the motor car before the event opened to a high profile roster of guests that included fashion designers and commentators. (Image provided by and copyright © Rolls-Royce).

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September 3, 2015

Breitling Galactic 36 SleekT — The Ultimate Sports Model for Women

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Breitling treats feminine wrists to a new model from its Galactic line featuring a slimmer case, tungsten carbide bezel and a chronometer-certified SuperQuartzTM movement. It is intended for women keen on having a watch capable of sharing every moment of a dynamic lifestyle and is particularly intended for women of character and action.

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September 1, 2015

World Conference of Speakers of Parliament Opens at UN Headquarters

World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Photo: A view of the General Assembly Hall as Saber Chowdhury of Bangladesh (shown on screens), current President of the the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), addresses the opening session of the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, taking place at UN headquarters from 31 August through 2 September. 31 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India. 31 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Photo: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson (right), meets with Laura Boldrini, President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy. 01 September 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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August 19, 2015

Miss TEEN USA 2014, K. Lee Graham, interacts with Cosmo the Dolphin

Miss TEEN USA 2015

Miss TEEN USA 2015

Photos: Miss TEEN USA 2014, K. Lee Graham, interacts with Cosmo the Dolphin during a visit to Dolphin Cay at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas on Tuesday, August 18. The 2015 MISS TEEN USA Pageant will stream LIVE from Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort on Saturday, August 22nd at 8 p.m. ET on www.missteenusa.com. Reigning Miss Teen USA, K. Lee Graham, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the pageant. The event will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will compete in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Photographer: Darren Decker. Images provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss TEEN USA 2015

Photo: Geena Cardalena, Miss New York Teen USA 2015, walks the runway during Miss Teen USA Pageant Fashion Show at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas on Friday, August 21, 2015. Photographer: Darren Decker. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Miss TEEN USA 2015

Photo: Katherine Haik, Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2015, is crowned Miss Teen USA 2015 by Miss Teen USA 2014 K. Lee Graham following the Miss Teen USA 2015 Competition in Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Photographer: Darren Decker. Image provided by and copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

Katherine Haik from Franklinton, Louisiana, is a sophomore at Franklinton High School where she maintains a 4.0 GPA and was recently selected as a Student Council Representative. Inspired by her grandmother, Katherine has been playing the piano for five years and has incorporated art class into her regular curriculum. A lover of all sports, Katherine has been playing softball and basketball for the better part of her life. As a passionate dancer from a young age, Katherine is on The Dancer’s Edge competition team and her high school’s dance team. Since she began modeling, Katherine has participated in New Orleans Fashion Week for four seasons, modeled for Sherri Hill, and has done print work for many designers.

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August 13, 2015

Commemoration of International Youth Day 2015 at the United Nations

United Nations International Youth Day

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves to participants at an event marking International Youth Day (12 August), on the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement”. The event was co-organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD). 12 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations International Youth Day

Photo: A view of the United Nations ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Chamber during an event marking International Youth Day (12 August), on the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement”. The commemoration was co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD). 12 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations International Youth Day

Photo: Participants at an event marking International Youth Day (12 August), on the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement”. The commemoration was co-organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD). 12 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations International Youth Day

Photo: Participants at an event marking International Youth Day (12 August), on the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement”. The commemoration was co-organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD). 12 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep;
I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

— Alexander the Great.


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August 12, 2015

Breitling introduces Super Avenger Military Chronograph — An Elite Force on the Wrist

Breitling, Global Giants

Breitling, Global Giants

A concentrated blend of power, precision and functionality, the new Super Avenger Military chronograph by Breitling certainly lives up to its name. Its rugged steel case, water-resistant to 300 meters (1,000 ft), features an ultra-resistant carbon-based black coating. The result is a non-reflective stealth look clearly geared up for the most extreme missions. The equally black dial provides a 24-hour “military time” display to avoid any potential confusion in the heat of action. The strap is made of a durable and comfortable synthetic fabric such as those adopted for their operations by the elite armed forces. A true instrument for professionals, it is equipped with a self-winding movement chronometer certified by Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute - the highest official benchmark in terms of precision and reliability, as well as the only one based on an international norm. Super Avenger Military: an elite force on the wrist.

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“Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none.”

— William Shakespeare.

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“There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run, the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.

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“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.


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August 7, 2015

de GRISOGONO introduces new Earrings Collection — INDIA

de GRISOGONO Earrings INDIA

de GRISOGONO Earrings INDIA

de GRISOGONO Earrings INDIA

de GRISOGONO Earrings INDIA

Photos: de GRISOGONO’s new Earrings Collection — INDIA. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Revealing all the fascination of the distinctive cabochon-cut, de GRISOGONO’s new earrings collection, INDIA, features an exclusive gem-setting technique that creates the illusion that stones are floating in mid-air.

The INDIA collection perfectly pairs generosity of cabochon-cut and timelessness of drops into sculptural and very refined earrings, thus bringing the final touch to the sartorial outfits of the most elegant women on earth.

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August 6, 2015

Amazon Opens Fashion Photography Studio in London

Amazon Fashion Photography

Amazon Fashion Photography

Amazon Fashion Photography

Photos: Corridors inside the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio. Images © Hasselblad H4D.

Amazon Fashion Photography

Amazon Fashion Photography

Photos: Suki Waterhouse arrives at the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio launch party in London, England. Suki Waterhouse is the new brand ambassador of Amazon Fashion Europe for Autumn/Winter 2015. (Photos by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Amazon Fashion. Copyright © 2015 David M. Benett.)

Amazon Fashion Photography

Photo: Sarah Ann Macklin arrives at the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio launch party in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Amazon Fashion. Copyright © 2015 David M. Benett.)

Amazon has opened its new multi-million pound fashion photography studio in London. British actress Suki Waterhouse attended the opening as the new brand ambassador of Amazon Fashion Europe for Autumn/Winter 2015.

“Our aim is to make Amazon the best place to buy fashion online,” said Sergio Bucher, Vice President of Amazon Fashion EU. “The opening of our new fashion studio, in the heart of one of the leading fashion capitals of the world, illustrates our ambitions.”

The new Amazon Fashion Photography Studio is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. At 46,000 sq ft, it houses 22 individual photography bays, a large state of the art editorial suite, video editing facilities, a creative fashion library, and office space for Amazon’s growing team of fashion creatives.

Fashion is one of Amazon’s fastest growing categories and its business is expanding rapidly across Europe with dedicated fashion stores on its UK, France, Italy and Spain websites. Last year Amazon added more than 100 new fashion brands to its offering. Amazon customers can browse thousands of fashion products from specially curated stores for Clothing, Shoes, Jewellery, and Watches - from brands including Hugo Boss, Gucci, Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, 7ForAllMankind, American Retro, Petite Bateau, Levi’s, and Lacoste. Customers ordering fashion items from Amazon benefit from its unlimited shelf space enabling increased stock availability, free returns, and a wide range of convenient delivery options including unlimited one-day delivery with Amazon Prime.

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August 4, 2015

World Leaders to Formally Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September

United Nations Sustainability

Photo: David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, addresses a press conference on the agreement achieved on 2 August by Member States on the outcome document of the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda to be held in New York from 25 to 27 September 2015. Mr. Donoghue, along with Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya, co-facilitated the negotiations leading to the agreement on the document. 03 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations Sustainability

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Barack Obama, President of the United States, in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. 04 August 2015. Washington, DC, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement today on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

Concluding a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years and has featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, countries agreed to an ambitious agenda that features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment by 2030.

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN headquarters in New York between 25 to 27 September to formally adopt the outcome document of the new sustainable agenda.

The preamble of the 29-page text, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” states, “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.” It continues, “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

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August 1, 2015

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch for Men

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch

Photos: de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch for Men. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

The Otturatore from de Grisogono is their most impressive recent watch for men. It is a watch that cannot be fully understood or appreciated unless you actually get to play with one. The Otturatore is as strange as its name sounds, yet somehow it ends up being remarkably desirable.

The Otturatore’s basic feature is a mobile clockwise-rotated dial operated simply by pressing a mechanical pushpiece. Along with the hour and minute hands at the center, the Otturatore displays on demand the seconds, the date, the phases of the moon, and the movement’s power reserve. Its greatest originality lies in the selective display of each of these separate indications that can be switched from one to another at a speed 18 times faster than the blink of an eye!

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“The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.”

— Proverbs of Solomon 25:3.

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“The earth has a limit,
The mountains, the sea;
The deep thoughts of kings are
Without boundary.”

— The Panchatantra.


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July 30, 2015

Chevrolet Announces $1 Billion Investment in India

Chevrolet India

Chevrolet India

ENLARGE

Photo: GM CEO Mary Barra unveils Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV for India.

NEW DELHI, JULY 30, 2015 - As part of Chevrolet’s global growth strategy to ensure long-term profitable growth in the markets where it operates, the company today confirmed that it will make US $1 billion (INR 6,400 crores) in new investment in India. The announcement was made in Delhi during GM CEO Mary Barra’s second visit to the country in 12 months.

Barra, GM Executive Vice President and GM International President, Stefan Jacoby, and GM India President and Managing Director, Arvind Saxena, met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi today to brief him on Chevrolet’s plans.

Chevrolet announced yesterday that it is making a US $5 billion investment to strengthen its business in global growth markets through the development of an all-new vehicle family that will meet the rapidly changing demands of customers in Brazil, China, Mexico and India. The company has invested US $1 billion in India since 1996.

The new investment is expected to create approximately 12,000 new jobs for GM India and its suppliers. Besides growing the use of the domestic supply base to support increased product localization, Chevrolet will also grow its domestic dealer network to support the greater availability of vehicles and service for consumers nationwide.

GM India is expected to roll out 10 new locally produced Chevrolet models within the space of five years. They include the Trailblazer SUV, which will go on sale in October of this year, and the Spin MPV, which will reach the market in early 2017.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. The Chevrolet portfolio in India includes the Chevrolet Beat, Captiva, Cruze, Enjoy, Sail, Sail Hatchback, Spark and Tavera.

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