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U.S. News & World Report Releases 2017 Best U.S. Colleges Rankings

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:56:44 -0500

Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Image Credit & Copyright © Corey Seeman. U.S. News & World Report has announced the 2017 Best U.S. Colleges rankings to help students worldwide compare the academic quality of more than 1,800 U.S.-based schools. Princeton University remains No. 1 in the Best National Universities category. For the 14th consecutive year, Williams College takes the top spot on the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list. California schools make a strong showing in the Top Public Schools list. The University of California—Berkeley is the No. 1 Top Public School among National Universities for the 19th year. Military academies lead the Top Public Schools among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The United States Naval Academy is the No. 1 Top Public School among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes - including graduation and retention rates - which carry the most weight at 30 percent. In the detailed report, school profiles include specifics on academic life, financial aid, student body makeup and more. Students can research schools with the most Economic Diversity and Campus Ethnic Diversity, as well as the Most International Students. “Research has shown that smaller classes foster a productive and positive learning environment,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “With this new index measure, U.S. News takes fuller advantage of the data schools provide and rewards schools that make an effort to better serve their students with smaller classes.” The college ranking categories in the report are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education. 2017 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings National Universities - Top 10 Princeton University (NJ) Harvard University (MA) University of Chicago (IL) (tie) Yale University (CT) (tie) Columbia University (NY) (tie) Stanford University (CA) (tie) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Duke University (NC) (tie) University of Pennsylvania (tie) Johns Hopkins University (MD) National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 10 Williams College (MA) Amherst College (MA) Wellesley College (MA) Middlebury College (VT) (tie) Swarthmore College (PA) (tie) Bowdoin College (ME) Carleton College (MN) (tie) Pomona College (CA) (tie) Claremont McKenna College (CA) (tie) Davidson College (NC) (tie) Top Public Schools National Universities - Top 5 University of California—Berkeley University of California—Los Angeles (tie) University of Virginia (tie) University of Michigan—Ann Arbor University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 5 United States Naval Academy (MD) United States Military Academy (NY) United States Air Force Academy (CO) Virginia Military Institute New College of Florida |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:14:32 -0500

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Photo: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

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Photo: Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs onstage at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

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Photo: Singer Demi Lovato attends the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

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Photo: Actor Hugh Jackman and co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Hugh Evans attend the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

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Photo: Singer Ellie Goulding performs at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen. © 2016 Getty Images).

New York, NY, September 25, 2016 - On Saturday, September 24, the 2016 Global Citizen Festival marked its fifth year on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. World and business leaders, nonprofit organizations, socially conscious artists, and thousands of Global Citizens united to further the world’s progress toward achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

The Festival featured performances by Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Metallica, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Yandel, and Yusuf / Cat Stevens. Approximately 60,000 Global Citizens attended and millions watched live through broadcast partners MSNBC and YouTube.

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General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s Seventy-First Session

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:13:09 -0500

Photo: A view of the General Assembly Hall as Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the Assembly’s seventy-first session. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak. Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a luncheon in honour of world leaders attending the general debate of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly. Mr. Ban (right) exchanges a toast with United States President Barack Obama. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias. Photo: United States Secretary of State John Kerry with Samantha Power, US Permanent Representative to the UN, during the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine. Photo: The Security Council adopted resolution 2310 (2016) urging all States that have either not signed or not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to do so without further delay. The Council also called upon all States to refrain from conducting any nuclear-weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion and to maintain their moratoria in this regard. The resolution was adopted with a vote of 14 in favour, and one abstention (Egypt). A view of the Security Council Chamber as the representative of Egypt signals his country’s abstention in the vote. 23 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias. Photo: Documentation for use of delegations at the high-level peacebuilding fund pledging conference entitled “Invest in Sustaining Peace”, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 21 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine. Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) addresses the commemoration event for the 30th anniversary of Declaration on Right to Development. 22 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton. Photo: A view of the dignitaries’ gallery at the opening of the general debate of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly. Those pictured include (front row, from right): Yoo Soon-taek, wife of the UN Secretary-General; Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States; Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton. Photo: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), speaks to journalists at a press conference where the first-ever IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report was unveiled. 20 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel. Photo: Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs of India, addresses the General Debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. 26 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2016 MEDALISTS UNVEILED

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:54:05 -0500

Photo: Johnny Coffeen, winner of the bronze medal in the alternative film category for “The Swan Girl,” during the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 22, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Richard Harbaugh / Copyright © A.M.P.A.S. Photo: Maya Sarfaty, winner of the gold medal in the foreign documentary film category for “The Most Beautiful Woman,” with actress Daisy Ridley during the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 22, in Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / Copyright © A.M.P.A.S. Photos: Alternative film winner Yvonne Ng prior to the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 22, in Beverly Hills. Images Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / Copyright © A.M.P.A.S. LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored 17 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 43rd 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 Joel Edgerton, Lucy Liu, Daisy Ridley and Parker Sawyers. The 2016 Student Academy Award winners are: Alternative Gold: “All These Voices,” David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute Silver: “Cloud Kumo,” Yvonne Ng, City College of New York Bronze: “The Swan Girl,” Johnny Coffeen, Maharishi University of Management Animation Gold: “Once upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, University of Southern California Silver: “The Wishgranter,” Echo Wu, Ringling College of Art and Design Bronze: “Die Flucht,” Carter Boyce, DePaul University Documentary Gold: “4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki, University of California, Berkeley Silver: “Fairy Tales,” Rongfei Guo, New York University Bronze: “From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City,” Elise Conklin, Michigan State University Narrative Gold: “Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University Silver: “It’s Just a Gun,” Brian Robau, Chapman University Bronze: “Rocket,” Brenna Malloy, Chapman University Foreign Narrative Gold: “Invention of Trust,” Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film, Munich (Germany) Silver: “Where the Woods End,” Felix Ahrens, Film University, Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany) Bronze: “Tenants,” Klara Kochanska, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz (Poland) Foreign Animation Gold: “Ayny - My Second Eye,” Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (Germany) Foreign Documentary Gold: “The Most Beautiful Woman,” Maya Sarfaty, Tel Aviv University (Israel) New this year, the Foreign Film category was expanded to include separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries. All categories had three potential placements except for the Foreign Animation and Foreign Documentary categories, in which only Gold Medal awards were given. 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 51 Oscar nominations and have won or shared nine awards. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



Times Higher Education announces its World University Rankings 2016-2017

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:26:06 -0500

Photo: Magdalen Tower, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Image Credit & Copyright © Lawrence O.P. London, September 21, 2016 — The University of Oxford has become the first UK university to top the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the 12-year history of the table. It knocks the five-time leader, the California Institute of Technology, into second place in the World University Rankings 2016-2017. Oxford’s success can be attributed to improved performances across the four main indicators underlying the methodology of the ranking - teaching, research, citations and international outlook. More specifically the institution’s total income and research income is rising faster than its staff numbers, its research is more influential, and it has been more successful at drawing in international talent. Two new Asian universities, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, make the top 100. While another four, City University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology of China, Fudan University, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, join the top 200. Furthermore, China’s two flagship universities have both made gains - Peking University joins the top 30 at 29th (up from 42nd last year), while Tsinghua University joins the top 40 at 35th (up from joint 47th). Asia’s leading institution, the National University of Singapore, is at 24th - its highest ever rank. Meanwhile, India’s leading university - the Indian Institute of Science - is edging closer to the top 200, claiming a spot in the 201-250 band, its highest ever position. 289 Asian universities from 24 countries make the list of 980 institutions and an elite group of 19 are in the top 200, up from 15 last year. Richard Robison, emeritus professor in the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, said while there are a “small number” of Asian universities “making international strides”, many are much further behind. He said that Asian universities create a “very pressured environment”, have “a lot of learning by rote” and there is “not a lot of discussion in classes”. THE World University Rankings 2016-2017: Top 10 2016-17 Rank — Institution — Country University of Oxford — United Kingdom California Institute of Technology — United States Stanford University — United States University of Cambridge — United Kingdom Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States Harvard University — United States Princeton University — United States Imperial College London — United Kingdom ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich — Switzerland University of California, Berkeley — United States University of Chicago — United States INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA 2016-17 Rank — Institution 201-250 Indian Institute of Science 351-400 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 401-500 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 401-500 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur 401-500 Indian Institute of Technology Madras 501-600 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 501-600 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 501-600 Jadavpur University 601-800 Aligarh Muslim University 601-800 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani 601-800 University of Calcutta 601-800 University of Delhi 601-800 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 601-800 National Institute of Technology Rourkela 601-800 Panjab University Chandigarh 601-800 Savitribai Phule Pune University 601-800 Sri Venkateswara University 601-800 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research 601-800 Tezpur University 801+ Acharya Nagarjuna University 801+ Amity University 801+ Amrita University 801+ Andhra University 801+ Cochin University of Science and Technology 801+ Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda 801+ Manipal University 801+ Osm[...]



Mastercard Updates its Iconic Logo and Brand Identity

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:09:37 -0500

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Photo: Attendees visit the MasterCard stand during the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (Carlos Alonso/AP Images for MasterCard). Image provided by & copyright © Mastercard News.

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Photo: New MasterCard Logo. Mastercard is introducing an evolution of its brand identity - simplified, modernized and optimized for an increasingly digital world. Image provided by & copyright © Mastercard News.

Purchase, NY — Mastercard, one of the world’s most recognizable brands, unveiled the evolution of its brand identity, including a modernized and simplified update to its iconic red and yellow logo and new look and feel for branded communications and experiences. It was announced today.

“MasterCard is one of those unique brands that is instantly recognizable around the world,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communications officer. “To thrive in this new digital world where business moves faster than ever, we want to modernize and elevate the brand in a design that is simple and elegant, yet unquestionably Mastercard.”

“We’ve been on a fantastic trajectory, with digital technology being an increasingly important part of our business,” Rajamannar added, “Now it’s time for our brand to embody the company we’ve become.”

Designing a brand mark to work seamlessly across all digital platforms, retail channels and connected-devices, while preserving its heritage was key to the overall effort, which also includes the most comprehensive brand design system ever introduced globally within Mastercard.

The evolved brand identity will be rolled out to all Mastercard products, communications, and experiences, starting with Masterpass later this month, and across Mastercard beginning in the fall.

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) Elects New Officers and Members

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:56:17 -0500

Photo: Ukraine shooter Denys Kushnirov prepares to take a shot to win the gold medal of the 10m Air Pistol Boys Final Competition of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Photo: SPH-SYOGOC/Kent Chow. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC). Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offers a toast at the dinner hosted by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), on the eve of the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 04 August 2016. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UN Photo/Mark Garten. Photo: On Target. Archery. Marcus D’almeida of Brazil competes during the Men’s Recurve Individual match of archery event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, on Aug. 26, 2014. Image Credit: Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC). Photo: IOC President Thomas Bach arrives in Rio De Janeiro to attend the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. President Bach went directly to the Olympic Village from the airport to meet athletes and view the facilities in the village. Photograph by Ian Jones. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC). Photo: Rio 2016: Olympic Torch Relay: Olympic Museum 29.04.2016 Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph by IOC/A. Meylan. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC). Photo: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 4, 2016: IOC President, Thomas Bach alongside the newly elected IOC members, L to R, Karl Stoss, Tricia Smith, Anant Singh, Auvita Papilla, Luis Alberto Moreno, Ivo Ferriani, Sari Essayah, and Nita Ambani during the third day of the 129th IOC Session at the Windsor Oceanic Hotel in Rio De Janeiro ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph by IOC/Ian Jones. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 4, 2016 — Two new IOC Vice-Presidents were elected along with seven new Members on the Executive Board at the 129th IOC Session ahead of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Juan Antonio Samaranch (ESP) and Ugur Erdener (TUR) will replace outgoing Vice-Presidents Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR) and Sir Craig Reedie (GBR). Five new and returning Members will also be joining the Executive Board: Gian Franco Kasper (SUI), Angela Ruggiero (USA), Sergey Bubka (UKR), Ser Miang Ng (SIN), and Willi Kaltschmitt (GUA). Ching-Kuo Wu and Patrick Hickey are resuming their seats as representatives of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) respectively. The new Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, Angela Ruggiero, replaces outgoing Chair Claudia Bokel, following the elections earlier this week. The newly composed EB will begin its work after the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Following a proposal from the Executive Board, eight new IOC Members were elected at the 129th IOC Session ahead of the Olympic Games Rio 2016: Nita Ambani (IND); Sari Essayah (FIN); Ivo Ferriani (ITA); Luis Moreno (COL); Auvita Rapilla (PNG); Anant Singh (RSA); Tricia Smith (CAN); and Karl Stoss (AUT). The newly-elected Members represent a cross-section of expertise from the worlds of sport, culture, medicine, sociology, business, law and management. Gender equality is guaranteed with four women and four men on the list. Nita Ambani, from India, is the chairperson and founder of Reliance Foundation and a non-executive director of Reliance Industries. She is married to Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani. She is also owner of the Cricket Team — Mumbai Indians. She is the first indian woman to become member of IOC. The addition of the new Members brings the total number of IOC Members to 98. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



India's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Announces Revised Grading System

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:40:27 -0500

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Photo: University of Mumbai, India. Image Credit: Steve.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India has informed that it has reviewed and revised its grading system from a four grade system to a seven grade system. More number of letter grades within the same CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) range will lead to further differentiation in quality of accredited institutions. The details of the revised grading system, being implemented from 1st July, 2016 onwards, are as follows:

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The NAAC has further informed that the present system of descriptors for letter grades, i.e., Very Good, Good, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory, has been discontinued in the revised grading system.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, in parliament.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an organisation that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education (universities and colleges) in India. It is an autonomous body funded by the University Grants Commission of Government of India and is headquartered in Bangalore.

According to NAAC, “Assessment and Accreditation is broadly used for understanding the “Quality Status” of an institution. In the context of Higher Education, the accreditation status indicates that the particular Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) - a College, a University, or any other recognised Unit therein, meets the standards of quality as set by the Accreditation Agency, in terms of its performance, related to the educational processes and outcomes, covering the curriculum, teaching-learning, evaluation, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance, financial well being and student services.”

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