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Conversation on Yoga for Health

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:00:13 -0500

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Photo: A scene from an event entitled “Conversation on Yoga for Health”, on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga. The event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of India, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Department of Public Information. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the WHO Office at the UN, offered opening remarks. 21 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

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Harvard is World's Most Prestigious University

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:30:05 -0500

Photo: Section of a building at Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Image Credit: Andreas Metz. Times Higher Education (THE) has just announced the results of its World Reputation Rankings 2017. These rankings are based on the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands. Harvard University tops this year’s list of the world’s most prestigious universities, and it does that for the seventh year in a row. But, while North America continues to dominate the table, several of the region’s most reputable institutions have been outshone by leading Asian brands for the first time. China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University both leapfrogged the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University in the table this year while the University of Tokyo now has a stronger reputation than Columbia University. Meanwhile, Seoul National University is now considered more prestigious than the University of California, Davis. Leading universities in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands have also lost ground as universities in Asia have become more prominent brands on the global stage. Overall, 19 countries across Europe, Australasia, Asia, North America and Latin America are represented in the seventh annual edition of the table. World’s Most Prestigious Universities 2017 Top 50 Rank - Institution - Location - Overall Score Harvard University — United States — 100.0 Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States — 80.2 Stanford University — United States — 76.2 University of Cambridge — United Kingdom — 69.1 University of Oxford — United Kingdom — 69.1 University of California, Berkeley — United States — 60.3 Princeton University — United States — 38.5 Yale University — United States — 35.8 University of Chicago — United States — 27.2 California Institute of Technology — United States — 26.0 University of Tokyo — Japan — 25.7 Columbia University — United States — 24.3 University of California, Los Angeles — United States — 22.6 Tsinghua University — China — 20.1 University of Michigan — United States — 18.5 University College London — United Kingdom — 17.3 Peking University — China — 17.2 Imperial College London — United Kingdom — 17.1 University of Pennsylvania — United States — 17.0 London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom — 16.7 Johns Hopkins University — United States — 16.6 ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology — Switzerland — 16.3 Cornell University — United States — 15.5 University of Toronto — Canada — 15.4 Kyoto University — Japan — 13.4 New York University — United States — 13.4 National University of Singapore — Singapore — 13.0 Duke University — United States — 11.5 University of California, San Diego — United States — 9.8 Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation — 9.4 Northwestern University — United States — 9.2 University of Texas at Austin — United States — 9.1 University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States — 9.1 University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom — 8.7 University of Washington — United States — 8.7 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States — 8.6 Carnegie Mellon University — United States — 8.4 Paris Sciences et Lettres - PSL Research University Paris — France — 7.9 University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 7.6 University of British Columbia — Canada — 7.5 King’s College London — United Kingdom — 7.2 University of California, San Fr[...]



World Oceans Day celebrated at UN Headquarters

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:57:18 -0500

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Photo: Stilt dancers, musicians, and ritual processions came together at the UN Visitors’ Plaza in a new performance piece entitled “Ocean Calling” to mark World Oceans Day (June 8). The marine-centric work was created by artist Laura Anderson Barbata in collaboration with choreographer Chris Walker, The Brooklyn Jumbies, choreographer and dancer Mei Yamanaka, and Jarana Beat. The event was organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly with TBA21-Academy. 08 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: The Ocean Conference opens with a Fijian traditional welcome ceremony. The UN Ocean Conference took place at UN headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day (8 June). Co-chaired by Fiji and Sweden, the Conference aimed to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. 05 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: Peter Thomson (right), President of the seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly, meets with Yoshioka Tatsuya, Co-founder and Director of Peace Boat, on the margins of the 5-9 June Ocean Conference. 07 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist.

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QS World University Rankings 2018: MIT Named World's Best University for Record Sixth Year

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 03:36:32 -0500

Photo: A section of the Stata Center building, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. Image Credit: Adam Fagen. Photo: Alexandra Amouyel, Executive Director of Solve at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), during the recent “Solve at the United Nations” event. Solve is an MIT initiative “connecting innovators with resources to solve global challenges”. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten. LONDON, June 7, 2017 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, higher education experts, have released the 14th annual QS World University Rankings. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world’s leading university for a record sixth consecutive year. 959 universities are ranked. Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “MIT is the nucleus of an unrivalled innovation ecosystem. Companies created by its alumni enjoyed combined revenues of $2 trillion, making them the equivalent of the world’s 11th largest economy.” QS World University Rankings 2018: Top 20 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) US STANFORD UNIVERSITY US HARVARD UNIVERSITY US CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) US UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) UK IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO US ETH ZURICH CH NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU) SG ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) CH PRINCETON UNIVERSITY US CORNELL UNIVERSITY US NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS) SG YALE UNIVERSITY US JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY US COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY US UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA US AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU) AU PRESIDENT OF INDIA RECEIVES 2018 EDITION OF THE QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS New Delhi, Rashtrapati Bhavan: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings brought out by the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was happy to find three Indian institutions - IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore, which were already in the top 200, and the latest entrant IIT Bombay securing ranks within the coveted top 200 and IISc Bangalore being now ranked 6th globally for Citations per Faculty. The President said that while in terms of infrastructure there has been considerable expansion in the higher education sector, quality of education in many institutes remains a matter of concern. In ancient times, we had renowned seats of higher learning - Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri - that dominated the world higher education system for eighteen hundred years beginning sixth century BC. Scholars from round the globe flocked to these centres of learning in search of knowledge. A reverse scenario exists today. Many meritorious Indian students pursue their higher studies from foreign universities. Our higher learning institutions are capable of producing world-class scholars but lose them to foreign universities. The President said that during his visits to the universities in his capacity as Visitor to Central Intuitions of Higher Learning, he had been sharing his concerns about the performance of Indian institutions in world university rankings. A high rank can boost the morale of the academic and student communities, open greater avenues of growth and placement for students, help attract the best faculty from across the world, and provide a benchmark for continuous quality enhancement. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



Observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:50:11 -0500

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Jean-Pierre Lacroix (left of Mr. Guterres), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; and Atul Khare (right of Mr. Guterres), Under-Secretary-General for Field Support; pose for a group photo with Force Commanders of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. 24 May 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Stars walk down the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival 2017

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:00:53 -0500

Photo: SARA SAMPAIO walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 17, 2017. The Portuguese top model slipped into a red Zuhair Murad gown and styled it with de GRISOGONO high Jewellery white diamond earrings, ring in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies, and a white gold FLORINDA bracelet. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: DEEPIKA PADUKONE walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 17, 2017. The Indian actress adorned a de GRISOGONO high Jewellery ring set in white diamonds with a ruby, as well as a unique pair of earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: DEEPIKA PADUKONE walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 18, 2017. The Indian actress adorned High Jewellery earrings in white gold set in white diamonds, and a High Jewellery bracelet in white gold set with white diamonds and emeralds. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: EMILY RATAJKOWSKI walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 18, 2017. The American actress and top model adorned a GOCCE pair of earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and onyx, as well as an ALLEGRA ring in white gold and ceramic set with black diamonds. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: JENAYE NOHA walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 22, 2017. The French top model adorned High Jewellery earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies, as well as a High Jewellery ring in white gold set with icy and white diamonds and rubies. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: SONIA BEN AMAR at Cannes. May 25, 2017. The French model adorned ALLEGRA earrings in pink gold set white diamonds, as well as an INDIA necklace in pink gold set with opals and white diamonds. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



Miss USA 2017 Contestants in Las Vegas, Nevada

Sat, 13 May 2017 05:18:49 -0500

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Photo: Miss USA 2017 Runner-Up and Miss New Jersey USA 2017, Chhavi Verg, answers her final question as a top 5 finalist onstage during The MISS USA Competition on Sunday, May 14. Later, Kara McCullough, Miss District Of Columbia USA 2017, was announced as the new Miss USA at the conclusion of the two-hour special programming event on FOX from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Patrick Prather.

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Photo: Brooke Bezanson, Miss Montana USA 2017, during a visit to the South Point Bull Housing on May 12, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

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Photo: Adrianna David, Miss Maryland USA 2017, during a photoshoot at Maverick Helicopters on May 7, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

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Photo: Nancy Gonzalez, Miss Texas USA 2017, and Professional Bull Rider, Matt Tripplet, during a visit to the South Point Bull Housing on May 12, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

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Photo: Brooke Bezanson, Miss Montana USA 2017, and Professional Bull Rider, Matt Tripplet, during a visit to the South Point Bull Housing on May 12, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

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International Jazz Day 2017 Worldwide Celebration concludes with Global Concert in Havana, Cuba

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:12:57 -0500

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Havana, Cuba - Following thousands of events taking place in over 190 countries, International Jazz Day 2017 culminated in a concert streamed worldwide from Havana’s historic Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. As the International Jazz Day 2017 Global Host City, the musically vibrant city of Havana also presented a wide range of concerts and education programs.

Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in coordination with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day is recognized on the official calendars of UNESCO and the United Nations. Each year, on April 30, International Jazz Day highlights the role of jazz in promoting freedom, creativity and intercultural dialogue, and uniting people from all corners of the globe. Toyota served as Lead Partner of International Jazz Day 2017.

The Global Concert included an all-star group of musicians from Cuba and around the world performing “Cuba Bop” and “Manteca”. Cuban trumpet virtuoso Julio Padron played Freddie Hubbard’s composition, while the acclaimed vocalist Cassandra Wilson performed her composition “You Move Me”.

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UNESCO paper shows governments not keeping pace with growing demand for higher education

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:32:07 -0500

Photo: A College Student. Image Credit & Photographer: Francisco Osorio. [...]



Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, wins 2017 ZEISS Photography Award

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:21:59 -0500

Photo: Faroe Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between Scotland and Iceland. House in Gasadalur. Photographer: Kevin Faingnaert. House in the village of Gasadalur, Population: 16. Copyright: © Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, 1st Place, ZEISS Photography Award. Image provided by the World Photography Organisation. Photo: Semi-nomadic life in Kyrgyzstan. Horse Head. Leaving Town. Photographer: Frederik Buyckx. Every morning around 10 o’clock the shepherds leave the little town into the mountains with their herd of sheep to graze. Temperatures are often around -20 degrees celcius in winter. Copyright: © Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Shortlist, ZEISS Photography Award. Image provided by the World Photography Organisation. Photo: Devotion. Kartik Snana. Photographer: Christopher Roche. During the final day of Deva-Diwali in Varanasi, it is extremely auspicious to take a bath in the Ganges, the holiest river in India. To bathe in its waters is said to wash away one’s sins. Copyright: © Christopher Roche, United Kingdom, Shortlist, ZEISS Photography Award. Image provided by the World Photography Organisation. The World Photography Organisation and ZEISS have announced Belgian photographer, Kevin Faingnaert, as the winner of the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award “Seeing Beyond”. Faingnaert is recognized for “Foroyar”, a stunning photography series about life on remote and sparsely populated villages on the Faroe Islands. Now in its second year, the theme of ZEISS Photography Award was ‘Meaningful Places’ which challenged professional photographers to look past the ordinary and everyday and submit a body of work that captured extraordinary aspects of the world we live in. More than 31,000 images were submitted by 4,677 photographers from 132 countries to the 2017 award. Kevin Faingnaert’s winning work was selected by an expert panel of judges. The judges also recognised the work of nine other photographers: Anna Filipova, Bulgaria/ UK Mario Adario, Italy Christopher Roche, UK Sonja Hamad, Germany Ben Bond Obiri Asamoah, Ghana Frederik Buyckx, Belgium Nicholas White, UK Fabian Muir, Australia Nicky Newman, South Africa As the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award winner, Kevin Faingnaert receives €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses and €3,000 in travel expenses to complete a photography project. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



Five University Teams reach finals of the “Fly Your Ideas 2017” Global Student Competition

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:13:53 -0500

Photo: The first Airbus A320 for Atlantic Airways - delivered in December 2016 - will be deployed on routes from the Faroe Islands to Copenhagen. Image provided by & Copyright © AIRBUS S.A.S. 2016 - photo by C. BRINKMANN. Photo: Airbus’ widebody A350 XWB and A380 were among the commercial jetliners on display - flying and static - during the Farnborough International Airshow. Image provided by & Copyright © AIRBUS GROUP 2016 - photo by P. PIGEYRE / master films. Five student teams from Australia, China, France, Nigeria and the United Kingdom will compete in the final round of the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas global challenge, organised in partnership with UNESCO. The radical concepts selected cover a wide range of innovations going from an alternative to satellite imagery, to improved aircraft taxiing, clever ways of boarding, new areas for luggage storage or offering a new business model using existing Airbus aircraft. Representing different nationalities and universities across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the five finalist teams embody true diversity, which is a key driver of innovation and performance. The students, competing for a €30,000 prize, also demonstrate a wide variety of disciplines from Natural Sciences to Engineering and Business. Their inventive ideas, which were selected from over 350 entries, had to answer one of five challenges identified by Airbus to provide sustainable future solutions. The innovations proposed by the five finalist teams look at alternative business models, passengers’ experience and flight operations. The five finalist teams will soon travel to Toulouse, France, where they will spend a week at the Airbus ProtoSpace facility to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with personal guidance from Airbus. At the end of their week at Airbus, the students will present their innovative projects and the newly developed prototype in front of Airbus and UNESCO experts and personalities from the aerospace and academic world. The competition offers a unique opportunity for students worldwide, working in diverse teams of 3-5 members, to develop valuable skills, including teamwork, project management, communications and presentation, and to get involved in engineering. The ideas competing for the final prize are: • Airborne Earth Observation - Team SkyVision University of Surrey, UK A radical concept that turns a commercial airliner into an ‘Earth Observation Device’ by installing equipment into the belly of the aircraft to monitor ground activity during flight. An alternative to satellite imagery, it opens up new opportunities such as ecology analysis and urban planning. • Improving Airport Taxi Flow and Efficiency - Team Nevada Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria An airport taxiing system that uses sensors and algorithms for automated Ground Traffic Control, both in the tower and on the aircraft, to significantly improve aircraft traffic at airports and thus reduce emissions. • Compact Luggage Strategy Mobile App - Team PassEx Institut d’Administration des Entreprises - IAE Toulouse, France A revolutionary boarding system that uses a real-time mobile app to assign boarding status to passengers according to their luggage size. The Compact Luggage Strategy (CLS) addresses current storage issues in over-head compartments by distributing passengers across the aircraft according to the size of their baggage. • Private Stowage Compartment - Team DAELead University of Hong Kong, China A clever aircraft cabin design that locates a Private Stowage Compartment (PSC) underneath passengers’ feet, utilizing the space between the cabin floor and the cargo ceiling. • A400M Aerial Firefighting Platform - Team[...]



Pop Music Superstar Ellie Goulding drives new Range Rover Velar in New York

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:26:36 -0500

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Photos: The all-new Range Rover Velar made a spectacular U.S. debut with an exclusive live performance from Pop Music Superstar Ellie Goulding at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center, which was broadcasted live online to a global audience on April 11, 2017 in New York City. (Images provided by Jaguar Land Rover. Copyright © 2017 Getty Images).

New York, 11 April 2017: The new Range Rover Velar made a spectacular US debut with an exclusive live online performance from Pop Music Superstar Ellie Goulding. The chart-topping singer’s New York show precedes a charity auction of the hotly anticipated new mid-size SUV at the East Side House Settlement Annual Gala later this week.

Goulding brought a touch of British glamour to the Velar’s US launch party when she arrived in Manhattan to be the first person to drive the new Velar and to sing for a global online audience.

Her performance of ‘Love Me Like You Do’ opened the reveal event.

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India's Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, Releases ‘India Rankings 2017’

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:47:48 -0500

Photo: India’s Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, releasing the “INDIA RANKING 2017”, in New Delhi on April 03, 2017. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India. New Delhi, India. April 03, 2017. India’s Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, released the India Rankings 2017 for the Educational Institutions and dedicated it to the nation in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion he said that this step is a sequel of our Government’s commitment towards bringing landmark changes in the quality of education provided to students across the country for which we are working relentlessly. Shri Javadekar said this ranking is meant to have beginning of a fair competition among the institutions for achieving excellence in their efforts. • The Minister said now institutions, parents, students, and others will have authentic information about the ranking and quality of a particular university, college, or vocational institution and this has led to the global scaling up of our credentials. The Minister on this occasion also announced that government will extend more help to quality education institutions. It’s a vital change of policy and will motivate all the institutions to perform and excel. Factors regarding number of research papers submitted, patents obtained and campus placement figures will also count for seeking government support. He said public perception, employer perception and academic perception will also be given importance. A very exciting feature of this year’s Rankings is the ranking of General Degree Colleges in Arts and Sciences from across the country. While many of the names appearing in the top-100 list are well known and famous, there are many others who may not be so well known but have fared well. OVERALL INSTITUTIONS (INCLUDING UNIVERSITIES) Rank — Institution — City — State — Score Indian Institute of Science Bangalore Bengaluru Karnataka 83.28 Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai Tamil Nadu 73.97 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Mumbai Maharashtra 71.78 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Kharagpur West Bengal 68.43 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi New Delhi Delhi 64.18 Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi Delhi 61.53 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Kanpur Uttar Pradesh 60.69 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Guwahati Assam 60.37 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee Roorkee Uttarakhand 59.84 Banaras Hindu University Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 58.92 Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research Bengaluru Karnataka 58.25 Jadavpur University Kolkata West Bengal 57.32 Anna University Chennai Tamil Nadu 56.50 University of Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana 56.30 University of Delhi Delhi Delhi 55.37 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 54.70 Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad Ahmedabad Gujarat 54.27 Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Maharashtra 52.81 Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh Uttar Pradesh 52.74 Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi Delhi 51.75 Birla Institute of Technology & Science -Pilani Pilani Rajasthan 51.46 Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore Tamil Nadu 51.36 Indian Agricultural Research Institute New Delhi Delhi 51.20 Indian Institute of Technology Indore Indore Madhya Pradesh 50.23 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Bengaluru Karnataka 49.26 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana 49.07 Calcutta University Kolkata West Bengal 48.90 Tamil Nadu [...]



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 a[...]



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[...]