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International Association of Universities (IAU) embarks on a dedicated "Internationalization of Higher Education" Campaign

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:49:17 -0500

Photo: A section of UNESCO headquarters building, Paris, France. Image Credit: Anna Armstrong. The UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions, International Association of Universities (IAU), is strengthening its Higher Education Internationalization program. What is Internationalization of Higher Education? Professor Hans De Wit, a well-known specialist in this field, and founding editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’, describes it as “the intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions and delivery of post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society.” While, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), defines it as “the complex of processes whose combined effect, whether planned or not, is to enhance the international dimension of the experience of higher education in universities and similar educational institutions.” IAU has categorized the internationalization process into five areas: Academic mobility Internationalization at home, of the curriculum, and learning outcomes Internationalization of research Borderless, offshore, transnational and cross-border education Development cooperation and capacity building What are the academic benefits of Internationalization of Higher Education? According to IAU, academic benefits of internationalization include: Improved quality of teaching and learning as well as research. Deeper engagement with national, regional, and global issues and stakeholders. Better preparation of students as national and global citizens and as productive members of the workforce. Access for students to programs that are unavailable or scarce in their home countries. Enhanced opportunities for faculty improvement and, through mobility, decreased risk of academic ‘inbreeding’. Possibility to participate in international networks to conduct research on pressing issues at home and abroad and benefit from the expertise and perspectives of researchers from many parts of the world. Opportunity to situate institutional performance within the context of international good practice. Improved institutional policy-making, governance, student services, outreach, and quality assurance through sharing of experiences across national borders. Giorgio Marinoni, Manager of Internationalization Policy at IAU, told the editor that “globalization has completely changed the environment in which Higher Education institutions around the world operate and it is a phenomenon they cannot ignore.” IAU’s program of advisory services for advancing internationalization, called ISAS (2.0), consists of several different but complementary services offered to IAU Members, other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), individuals at HEIs, national governments and other organizations. IAU has, meanwhile, called upon higher education institutions pursuing internationalization to adhere to the following values: Commitment to promote academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and social responsibility. Pursuit of socially responsible practices locally and internationally, such as equity in access and success, and non-discrimination. Adherence to accepted standards of scientific integrity and research ethics. Placement of academic goals such as student learning, the advancement of research, engagement with the community, and addressing global problems at the centre of their internationalization efforts. Pursuit of the internationalization of the curriculum as well as extra curricula activities so that non-mobile students, still the overwhelming majority, can also benefit from internationalization and gain the global competences they will need. Engagement in the unprecedented opportunity to create international communities of research, learning, and practice to solve pressing global problems. Affirmation [...]

Singapore Tops List of Best Asian Universities

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:09:54 -0500

Photo: University Campus. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Image Credit: Alan C. LONDON, March 16, 2017 — The Times Higher Education (THE) today announced its Asia University Rankings. Singapore’s National University of Singapore is first overall, closely followed by Nanyang Technological University in fourth place. For the second year running, Singapore’s National University and China’s Peking University ranked first and second respectively. Only two Japanese institutions appear in the top 20, despite the country’s strong representation in the rankings with 69 universities in the top 300. After Mainland China with six universities in the top 20, Hong Kong and South Korea are well-represented with five institutions each. Of the Southeast Asian region as a whole, Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said: “Singapore is the higher education star of the Southeast Asian region, with its national university topping the ranking for the second year in a row. Its younger sister Nanyang Technological University is not far behind in fourth place, but it drops two places this year despite an improved performance due to stiff competition from China. “Thailand is also facing a tough contest, with all seven of its established universities dropping down the table, due to other institutions improving at a faster rate. “But the expansion of the ranking to include 300 universities, up from 200 last year, provides good news elsewhere in the region. Malaysia, for instance, has nine representatives, up from four last year, with its flagship institution, the University of Malaya, debuting at 59th place. Indonesia has also doubled its representation to two. And the Philippines make the table for the first time, with the University of the Philippines joining the 201-250 cohort. “Overall this ranking of Asia’s best 300 universities proves what a dynamic, diverse and competitive higher education region the continent is becoming - and the southeast Asian region is a key part of that development. It must make sure it doesn’t get left behind.” On the South Asian region as a whole, Phil Baty continued: “India is the higher education star of the South Asian region, taking an impressive 33 places in the table this year - more than double its representation a year ago. This means that India is now the third most-represented nation in the table for the first time.” He said that Pakistan has also made great gains, more than tripling its representation since last year, from two to seven, while Sri Lanka makes its debut with the University of Colombo making the 251+ band. THE Asia University Rankings 2017 — Top 20 Rank — Institution — Country National University of Singapore — Singapore Peking University — Mainland China Tsinghua University — Mainland China Nanyang Technological University — Singapore University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong University of Tokyo — Japan Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea Seoul National University — South Korea Pohang University of Science and Technology — South Korea Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea Kyoto University — Japan University of Science and Technology of China — Mainland China Fudan University — Mainland China Hong Kong Polytechnic University — Hong Kong Shanghai Jiao Tong University — Mainland China Zhejiang University — Mainland China Korea University — South Korea THE Asia University Rankings 2017 — INDIA Rank — Institution — No. of Full-time Students — Student.Staff Ratio — International Students — Female : Male Ratio =27 Indian Institute of Science 3,398 8.3 1% 20 : 80 42 In[...]

United Nations Marks International Women’s Day

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:58:22 -0500


Photo: Observance of International Women’s Day at UN headquarters in New York under the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

Anne Hathaway, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, watches a video introducing her prior to addressing the event.

08 March 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.


Photo: The UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) holds a series of events, including a roundtable on gender and sport, to mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2017). 08 March 2017. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre.


PININFARINA Presents FITTIPALDI EF7 VISION GRAN TURISMO at Geneva Motor Show: An All Carbon Fiber Supercar Like No Other

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:18:06 -0500

Photos: PININFARINA FITTIPALDI EF7 VISION GRAN TURISMO. Images provided by & Copyright © PININFARINA. Geneva, March 7, 2017: F1 racing legend and Indy 500 champion, Emerson Fittipaldi, unveiled his dream track car, the much-anticipated Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina, at the Geneva Motor Show today. The ultra-light, all carbon fiber supercar fuses the vision of F1 and Indy Car racing champion Fittipaldi, iconic Italian design company Pininfarina and race-bred German engineering firm HWA AG, and fulfills Fittipaldi’s dream to produce a car with fierce track-racing capabilities, for drivers of all skill levels. “I have tried for years to explain to others what it truly feels like to be behind the steering wheel of a championship racecar. There is adrenaline and elation all rolled into an awe-inspiring inner fulfillment that leaves you craving for more. This is what our dream team created in the EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina,” said Fittipaldi of the first car to be released under the Fittipaldi Motors marque. Revealing a commandingly sleek design underscored by an extraordinary power-to-weight ratio, the supercar’s design theme finds astounding aerodynamic expression in the vehicle’s flowing, aggressive lines and assertive yet incredibly beautiful and pure design work. Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina : Unveiled … #Sportscar #Fittipaldi #Pininfarina …— GlobalGiants.Com (@GlobalGiants) March 8, 2017 |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]

Thrilling Open-Air Driving: Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini Huracan rear-wheel drive Spyder

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:52:44 -0500






Automobili Lamborghini has just introduced the Huracan rear-wheel drive Spyder.

“The rear-wheel drive Spyder enlarges the Huracan family’s core product range,” said Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali. “It offers the lifestyle appeal of open-air motoring with the pure thrill of rear-wheel drive engineering. This is a Lamborghini for those with a passion for life and the purest driving experience on the open road. ”

The rear-wheel drive Huracan Spyder features a newly designed front and rear with a dynamic but more aggressive look distinguishing it from the fourwheel drive version.

Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is achieved in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 319 km/h.

The rear-wheel drive Spyder is now available in markets worldwide.


IWC Schaffhausen at the "Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie" (International Exhibition of Fine Watchmaking) 2017

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:55:44 -0500




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


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

Geneva, Switzerland — At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch fair, IWC Schaffhausen celebrated the arrival of the new Da Vinci collection. Around a thousand VIP guests took up the invitation to Geneva - including numerous high-profile IWC brand ambassadors and global stars, such as actors Rosamund Pike, Vanessa Redgrave, James Marsden, Sonam Kapoor, Olga Kurylenko, Jean Reno, Naomie Harris, Zilin Zhang, Bolin Chen, Isabelle Huppert, Taylor Schilling and Patrick Stewart, sporting and racing legends Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Fabian Cancellara, Jan Frodeno and Jochen Mass, supermodels Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima, and influencers such as Nicole Warne, Kristina Bazan, Xenia Tchoumi and Negin Mirsalehi.

The British comedy star Rob Brydon hosted the gala evening, the motto of which was “Decoding the Beauty of Time”. With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868.


"Most International" Universities in the World Today

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 02:50:09 -0500

Photo: University Campus Building, ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), Switzerland. Image Credit: Juhanson. The institutions with the strongest global connections have a ‘cultural disposition’ to think beyond borders. Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked the world’s “most international” universities. The ranking is drawn largely from the “international outlook” pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, which covers international staff, students and co-authors. However, it also includes a measure of universities’ international reputations, taken from THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey. A striking feature of the upper reaches of the 150-institution table is the prominence of universities from relatively small, export-reliant countries, where English is an official language or is widely spoken. The ranking is led by two Swiss universities: ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Of all the countries in the ranking, the Swiss representatives also have the greatest average proportion of international staff and internationally co-authored publications: both 62 per cent. • ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) has more than 18,000 students from over 120 countries and is the top university in continental Europe. It boasts Albert Einstein as one of its most notable alumni. Next in the ranking are the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore. THE data scientist Billy Wong says that this may reflect the fact that nations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland are all “big, global trading hubs”, conditioned to look beyond their borders for personnel and ideas. Below the top four is a glut of institutions from the UK, Australia and Canada: prominent destinations for international students and scholars because of their prestigious universities and their use of English, the global lingua franca. The UK has 13 institutions in the 150, led by Imperial College London at number five. The University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College London and the London School of Economics also make the top 10. The US is less prominent in this ranking than it usually is in international league tables, possibly reflecting the fact that its size makes it less reliant on immigration to supply it with top student and academic talent. There is only one US institution in the top 30: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at number 22. Harvard University (sixth in the overall THE World University Rankings 2016‑17) is 33rd, Stanford (third) is 36th and the California Institute of Technology (second) is 52nd. However, US institutions are still the most numerous in the international ranking, accounting for 64 places. THE’s Wong thinks that internationalisation activities can boost a university’s global reputation, which has a lot of knock-on impacts. “If they can have more international collaboration and become better known internationally, that can help them in areas such as student recruitment, academic recruitment, attracting international funding and so on,” he says. Following is the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking of the World’s “Most International” Universities 2017 Rank — Institution — Country — Overall Score ETH Zurich — Switzerland — 97.1 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland — 96.7 University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 96.5 National University of Singapore — Singapore — 96 Imperial College London — United Kingdom — 95.2 University of Oxford — United Kingdom — 94.3 Australian National University — Australia — 93 University of Cambridge — United Kingd[...]

Autonomy to Educational Institutes in India

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:31 -0500


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

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

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

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

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

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


Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, crowned Miss Universe

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 01:25:34 -0500


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


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


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



Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:13:52 -0500

LOS ANGELES, CA - Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards nominations today. Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories, i.e., actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, and the like. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Monday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 21. The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Following are the Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards: Performance by an actor in a leading role Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge” Ryan Gosling in “La La Land” Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic” Denzel Washington in “Fences” Performance by an actor in a supporting role Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water” Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea” Dev Patel in “Lion” Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals” Performance by an actress in a leading role Isabelle Huppert in “Elle” Ruth Negga in “Loving” Natalie Portman in “Jackie” Emma Stone in “La La Land” Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins” Performance by an actress in a supporting role Viola Davis in “Fences” Naomie Harris in “Moonlight” Nicole Kidman in “Lion” Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures” Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea” Best animated feature film of the year “Kubo and the Two Strings” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner “Moana” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer “My Life as a Zucchini” Claude Barras and Max Karli “The Red Turtle” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki “Zootopia” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer Achievement in cinematography “Arrival” Bradford Young “La La Land” Linus Sandgren “Lion” Greig Fraser “Moonlight” James Laxton “Silence” Rodrigo Prieto Achievement in costume design “Allied” Joanna Johnston “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Colleen Atwood “Florence Foster Jenkins” Consolata Boyle “Jackie” Madeline Fontaine “La La Land” Mary Zophres Achievement in directing “Arrival” Denis Villeneuve “Hacksaw Ridge” Mel Gibson “La La Land” Damien Chazelle “Manchester by the Sea” Kenneth Lonergan “Moonlight” Barry Jenkins Best documentary feature “Fire at Sea” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo “I Am Not Your Negro” Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck “Life, Animated” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman “O.J.: Made in America” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow “13th” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish Best documentary short subject &[...]