September 28, 2016
U.S. News & World Report Releases 2017 Best U.S. Colleges Rankings
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
September 26, 2016
2016 Global Citizen Festival In Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
September 25, 2016
General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s Seventy-First Session
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.
September 23, 2016
STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2016 MEDALISTS UNVEILED
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Gold: “Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University
- Silver: “It’s Just a Gun,” Brian Robau, Chapman University
- Bronze: “Rocket,” Brenna Malloy, Chapman University
- 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)
- Gold: “Ayny - My Second Eye,” Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (Germany)
- 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.
September 22, 2016
Times Higher Education announces its World University Rankings 2016-2017
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+ Osmania University
- 801+ SASTRA University
- 801+ Sathyabama University
- 801+ SRM University
- 801+ Vellore Institute of Technology
September 18, 2016
Peace Bell Ceremony in Observance of International Peace Day
Photos: Students carrying Members States’ flags during the annual Peace Bell Ceremony held at UN headquarters in observance of the International Day of Peace (21 September). 16 September 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photos/Laura Jarriel.
“You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.”
September 17, 2016
Athens named UNESCO World Book Capital for 2018
Photo: Athens City, Greece. Image Credit & Coyright © Xiquinho Silva.
Photo: The Acropolis, Athens, Greece. Image Credit & Coyright © Xiquinho Silva.
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, has named Athens World Book Capital for 2018 on the recommendation of the programme’s Advisory Committee.
The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry. The proposed programme includes meetings with writers, translators and illustrators, concerts, thematic exhibitions, poetry readings and workshops for publishing professionals. The aim of the programme is to make books accessible to the city’s entire population, including migrants and refugees. Members of the Advisory Committee also praised Athens’ cultural infrastructure and its expertise in organizing international events.
Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year which starts with the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day (23 April).
The Advisory Committee brings together representatives of UNESCO, the International Publishers Associations (IPA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). It recently met in Paris, at UNESCO’s Headquarters, to examine a record number of candidacies for the title of World Book Capital.
Athens is the 18th city to become World Book Capital. It was preceded by Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), Wroclaw (2016) and Conakry (2017).
September 13, 2016
de GRISOGONO sparkles at the 73rd Mostra di Venezia (Venice Film Festival)
Photos: Venice, Italy - September 3, 2016 - On the occasion of the Premiere of In Dubious Battle, American actress and model Ashley Greene graces the Red Carpet of the Venice Film Festival in black and white pair of de GRISOGONO Ventaglio Earrings perfectly matching her Alberta Ferretti dress. Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.
Photo: Venice, Italy - September 3, 2016 - Actress Ashley Greene poses in the Jaeger-LeCoultre lounge before attending the premiere of her movie In Dubious Battle during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Hotel Excelsior on September 3, 2016 in Venice, Italy. Image provided by Jaeger-LeCoultre, copyright © Ian Gavan/Getty Images.
Photos: Venice, Italy - Italian actress Blu Yoshimi attends the Piuma press activities during the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2016 in Venice, Italy. Images provided by Venice Movie Stars Lounge 2016, copyright © Annalisa Flori/Getty Images.
@GlobalGiants great!! 😊— Blu Yoshimi (@BluYoshimi) September 14, 2016
Thank you very much @BluYoshimi !!— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) September 14, 2016
September 10, 2016
UNESCO’S Creative Cities’ Network to meet in Ostersund, Sweden
Photo: Bank Palace, Ostersund, Sweden. Image Credit & Copyright © Anders.
Photo: Trees, Ostersund, Sweden. Image Credit & Copyright © Darcy Parks.
Photo: Students, Ostersund, Sweden. Image Credit & Copyright © Joel V.
The tenth Annual meeting of UNESCO’s Creative Cities’ Network (UCCN) will take place from 14 to 16 September in the Swedish city of Ostersund, which is a member of UCCN in the field of gastronomy. The event will bring together more than 250 representatives of the Network’s 116 Creative Cities, including 20 mayors.
AnnSofie Andersson, Mayor of Ostersund, will open the meeting with Alice Bah Kuhnke, Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Democracy, and Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director of UNESCO’s Division for Creativity.
The Annual Meeting is held to define the Network’s activities, support urban policies in favour of culture and creativity and foster partnerships between the members. It will provide the opportunity to affirm the role of the Network as an enabler of sustainable development in urban environments, in line with UNESCO’s Culture and Sustainable Urban Development Initiative and the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Every Annual Meeting of the Creative Cities Network represents an opportunity to strengthen the ties between its members,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “The Network today comprises 116 cities in 54 countries and its diversity enhances its cooperation potential. The Network is a unique platform that helps place culture, creativity and innovation at the heart of sustainable urban development in the spirit of the 11th Goal of the 2030 Agenda.”
The main cultural urban policy achievements of the Creative Cities will be presented in several sessions and thematic workshops during the meeting.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and media arts. Creative Cities work together to place creativity and cultural industries at the core of their local development plans and cooperate internationally through partnerships.
On 15 September, a creative business workshop will gather local and regional businesses as well as international guests to develop their networks and exchange views on the creation of new businesses.
Just ahead of the Annual Meeting, from 11 to 14 September, Mid Sweden University (MIUN) will hold a conference, “Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development”, which will examine ways to maximize the potential of urban-rural connections.
September 6, 2016
"Investment in Universities Pays" indicate the just announced QS World University Rankings 2016/2017
Photo: The University of Chicago Campus, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Image Credit & Copyright © Corey Seeman.
Photo: A building at the university campus. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Image Credit & Copyright © Juhanson.
• The thirteenth edition of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings, announced today, indicates that investment in higher education - either public or private - is a key differentiating factor between this year’s risers (South Korea, Russia, the US, and China) and fallers (Most of Western and Southern Europe, South Africa, and Latin America).
- MIT is the world’s top university for the fifth consecutive year.
- Stanford, 2nd and Harvard, 3rd, follow.
- US institutions hold all top-three places for the first time since 2004/5.
- Western European institutions consistently suffer drops, particularly the UK and Germany. The University of Cambridge drops to fourth.
- Russia and South Korea rise significantly (16 top-500 universities compared to 13 last year).
- China progresses; Tsinghua (24th) achieves its highest-ever position.
- National University of Singapore (12th) leads Asian universities.
- Australia and Canada increase their representation in the top 200, with nine universities apiece, one more than last year.
- Latin America struggles, but sees a top-100 institution for the first time since 2006. Universidad de Buenos Aires (85th) occupies the second-highest rank ever achieved by a Latin American university.
- Universidade de Sao Paulo also occupies its highest-ever position (120th).
TOP 20 UNIVERSITIES 2016/2017
- MIT (US)
- STANFORD (US)
- HARVARD (US)
- CAMBRIDGE (UK)
- CALTECH (US)
- OXFORD (UK)
- UCL (UK)
- ETH ZURICH (SWITZERLAND)
- IMPERIAL COLLEGE (UK)
- CHICAGO (US)
- PRINCETON (US)
- NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (SINGAPORE)
- NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (SINGAPORE)
- EPFL (SWITZERLAND)
- YALE (US)
- CORNELL (US)
- JOHNS HOPKINS (US)
- UPENN (US)
- EDINBURGH (UK)
- COLUMBIA (US)
QS World University Rankings 2016/17 — INDIA
QS RANK — INSTITUTION
- 152 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
- 185 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
- 219 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
- 249 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
- 302 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
- 313 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
- 399 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
- 481-490 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
- 501-550 — University of Delhi
- 651-700 — University of Calcutta
- 701+ — Banaras Hindu University
- 701+ — Panjab University Chandigarh
- 701+ — University of Mumbai
- 701+ — University of Pune
74,651 academics and 37,781 employers contributed to the rankings through the QS global surveys, the largest of their kind. QS analyzed 10.3 million research papers and 66.3 million citations, indexed by Elsevier’s Scopus database.
• Ben Sowter, Head of Research, QS, said: “Institutions in countries providing high levels of targeted funding, whether from endowments or the public purse, rise. Conversely, Western European nations making or proposing cuts to public research spending lose ground to their US and Asian counterparts.”
The rankings include 916 universities from 81 countries. Thirty-three countries feature in the Top 200. The US dominates, with 48 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia (9), Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).
September 1, 2016
Fiat 124 Spider
Photos: The new Fiat 124 Spider. Images provided by & copyright © Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
The new Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic styling and Italian performance to a new generation.
Designed at the Turin Style Centre, the new Fiat 124 Spider retains several trims and features of the original 1966 car and revisits them in a contemporary key. The Fiat 124 Spider has a slender, timeless silhouette, an attractive, classic and proportioned side panel, a low centre of gravity, a retracted passenger compartment and a long bonnet like a true sports car.
August 23, 2016
2016 Olympic Games come to a Close as Rio Rocks to Carnival Charm
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Men’s Marathon. Photographer: Alex Ferro. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Olympic Boulevard, Orla Conde, Rio de Janeiro. Photographer: Alexandre Macieira. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Canoe Slalom Whitewater Rapids competition. Photographer: Renato Sette Camara. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Sailing competition. Photographer: Renato Sette Camara. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. A dancer entertains the crowd at Olympic Boulevard. Photographer: GAEL. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Artistic Gymnastics. Photographer: Renato Sette Camara. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Closing Ceremony. Photographer: JP Engelbrecht. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, threw a spectacular party to celebrate the end of the 2016 Olympic Games. Closer in feel to a rock concert than a ceremony, the high-energy mix of music, dance and physical art neatly summed up the sense of joyful abandon that the city prides itself on.
Samba, frevo and choro - dances synonymous with Brazil’s rich musical heritage - all made a welcome bow with thousands of high-class athletes in attendance.
August 8, 2016
Mastercard Updates its Iconic Logo and Brand Identity
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.
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.
August 5, 2016
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Elects New Officers and Members
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.
August 4, 2016
India's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Announces Revised Grading System
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:
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.”
July 30, 2016
International Tiger Day
Photo: Tiger cubs in Mysore, India. 01 April 1987. Mysore, India. UN Photo/John Isaac.
Observed annually on 29 July, International Tiger Day - also known as Global Tiger Day - seeks to promote the protection and expansion of wild tiger habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation. Some 97 per cent of all wild tigers have been lost in just over 100 years. As few as 3,000 tigers live in the wild today, and a number of tiger species have already become extinct.
With only a few thousand of the species remaining in the wild, mainly in Asia, the UN is reiterating its call for zero tolerance for wildlife crime as part of its 2016 Wild for Life campaign, which aims to mobilize millions of people around the world to take personal action to end the illegal trade in wildlife.
July 29, 2016
Miss Teen USA 2016 Competition is Underway
Photo: Alexis Wynne, Miss Colorado Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Karly Knaus, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Kate Pekuri, Miss Idaho Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Tammy Vujanovic, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Miss Teen USA 2015, Katherine Haik, rehearses for the upcoming show at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Abby Larson, Miss Utah Teen USA 2016, rehearses for the upcoming show at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, walks the Red Carpet before the Miss Teen USA 2016 competition from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas on Saturday, July 30. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Eric Tiu.
Photo: Karlie Hay, Miss Texas Teen USA 2016, reacts to being crowned Miss Teen USA 2016 at the conclusion of the live competition from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas on Saturday, July 30. The new winner will become a spokesperson for various charitable causes on behalf of The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
July 20, 2016
QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 Announced
Photo: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Original building, built 1937. Image Credit & Copyright © Bill/USAFA87.
London, July 20, 2016 — Released today, the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 see Chinese universities confirm their dominance of the tables. Led by Tsinghua University (1st) and Peking University (2nd), China now occupies the top five spots in the ranking, and accounts for almost half (23) of the top 50.
Published annually, the QS University Rankings: BRICS compares leading universities in the five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Collectively accounting for 42% of the world’s population, these five nations remain significant players in the changing global economy, and all have placed higher education at the center of plans for continued development.
For 2016, the ranking has been extended to feature the top 250 BRICS universities (previously 200). This expansion particularly benefits Brazil and India, which now have 54 and 44 entries respectively (compared to 40 and 31 last year). Nonetheless, China remains the most-represented nation, appearing 86 times, followed by Russia (55). South Africa has 11 universities featured, led by the University of Cape Town in 14th place.
Top 10 Universities in the BRICS Countries - Overall
(Based on the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016)
Rank — Institution — Country
- Tsinghua University — China
- Peking University — China
- Fudan University — China
- University of Science and Technology of China — China
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- Indian Institute of Science Bangalore — India
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russia
- Nanjing University — China
- Zhejiang University — China
- Universidade de Sao Paulo — Brazil
The academic reputation indicator, based on a global survey of academics, awards full marks to four of the leading Chinese universities, as well as Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University and Brazil’s Universidade de Sao Paulo. All of these except the Russian institution also claim full marks in the employer reputation indicator, joined by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA
BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY
- 6 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India
- 13 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India
- 15 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), India
- 19 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India
- 22 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK), India
- 25 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), India
- 39 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), India
- 41 — University of Delhi, India
- 54 — University of Calcutta, India
- 54 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India
- 68 — University of Mumbai, India
- 88 — Jadavpur University, India
- 89 — University of Madras, India
- 101-110 — Banaras Hindu University, India
- 101-110 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
- 101-110 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
- 111-120 — National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India
- 111-120 — University of Calicut, India
- 121-130 — Amity University, India
- 131-140 — University of Pune, India
- 131-140 — Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India
- 131-140 — Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
- 141-150 — Bharathidasan University, India
- 151-200 — Anna University, India
- 151-200 — Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
- 151-200 — Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
- 151-200 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University), India
- 151-200 — Andhra University, India
- 151-200 — Dr. Harisingh Gour University (University of Sagar), Sagar, India
- 151-200 — G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Mysore, India
- 201-250 — Mangalore University, Mangalore, India
- 201-250 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA), India
- 201-250 — National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India
- 201-250 — Pondicherry University, India
- 201-250 — Cochin University of Science & Technology, India
- 201-250 — Goa University, India
- 201-250 — Indian School of Mines (ISM) University, Dhanbad, India
- 201-250 — Motilal Nehru NIT (MNNIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Sri Krishnadevaraya Univesity, India
- 201-250 — University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India
- 201-250 — VIT University, India
QS University Rankings: BRICS Top 10 Universities in India 2016 https://t.co/EPjnAWOeAS— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) July 20, 2016
July 17, 2016
Chandigarh Capitol Complex declared UNESCO World Heritage Site
Photo: The Open Hand Monument, designed by Le Corbusier, is a symbolic structure located at Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, India. It is the emblem of the Chandigarh Administration and symbolizes “the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind”. Image Credit & Copyright © Fernando Stankuns.
Photo: Pavillon Le Corbusier, Zurich, Switzerland. Image Credit & Copyright © Emiliano.
Photo: Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. The Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp was designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s. It is one of the first and most famous post-modern architectural designs. Photographer, Image Credit & Copyright © Roiability.
Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016 — Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India, has just been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list as a part of “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”.
The Chandigarh Capitol Complex comprises three buildings — Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.
India’s application for World Heritage Site status for Chandigarh Capitol Complex is actually part of an international effort as it involves 17 Le Corbusier buildings from Germany, France, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, and India - all collectively declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)—Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unite d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet.
Following is the list of the 17 Le Corbusier sites that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage:
Year Designed: Site
- 1923: Houses La Roche and Jeanneret / Paris, France
- 1923: Small villa on Lake Geneva / Corseaux, Switzerland
- 1924: City Frugès / Pessac, France
- 1926: House Guiette / Antwerp, Belgium
- 1927: Houses in the Weissenhof-Siedlung / Stuttgart Germany
- 1928: Villa Savoye and gardener’s lodge / Poissy, France
- 1930: Building Clarity / Geneva, Switzerland
- 1931: Apartment building at Porte Molitor / Boulogne-Billancourt, France
- 1945: Housing unit / Marseille, France
- 1946: Manufacture in Saint Die / Saint-Die-des-Vosges, France
- 1949: Doctor’s House Curutchet / La Plata, Argentina
- 1950: Notre Dame du Haut / Ronchamp, France
- 1951: Shed Corbusier / Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
- 1952: Capitol Complex / Chandigarh, India
- 1953: Couvent Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette / Éveux, France
- 1953: House of Culture of Firminy / Firminy, France
- 1955: National Museum of Fine Arts of the West / Tokyo, Japan
The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, which opened in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 July closes today. It is chaired by Ambassador, Director General of Cultural Affairs and Promotion Abroad of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lale Ulker.
• REACTIVE MONITORING
“Once a site is inscribed on the World Heritage List (and becomes a ‘World Heritage Property’), the State Party has to ensure that effective and active measures are taken for its protection, conservation and presentation. To do so, States Parties are encouraged to establish services for the protection, conservation and presentation of the heritage, to take appropriate legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures to protect the heritage, not take any deliberate measures that directly or indirectly damage their heritage or that of another State Party to the Convention, and finally to provide information to the World Heritage Committee on the implementation of the Convention and on the state of conservation of their properties. To ensure that all possible measures are taken to prevent the deletion of any property from the World Heritage List, the World Heritage Committee has adopted a specific process, which is called Reactive Monitoring”.
• CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF WORLD HERITAGE SITES
“To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. These criteria are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which, besides the text of the Convention, is the main working tool on World Heritage. The criteria are regularly revised by the Committee to reflect the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself”.
The elephant is the lion’s meat,
With drops of trickling ichor sweet;
Though lack thereof should come to pass,
The lion does not nibble grass.
— The Panchatantra.
July 13, 2016
'Porsche Experience For Women' Event In Leipzig, Germany
Photos: Leipzig, Germany - July 11, 2016: German actresses Claudia Eisinger and Julia Dietze with Porsche cars 718 Boxster S and 911 Carrera S at the ‘Porsche Experience For Women’ Event on July 11, 2016 in Leipzig, Germany. ((Images provided by Porsche AG. Copyright © Isa Foltin/Getty Images for Porsche AG).
Stuttgart & Leipzig, Germany — A Porsche is by far more than just a car: Porsche stands for an outstanding driving experience, timeless design, strong emotions and a special lifestyle. Two German actresses, Claudia Eisinger and Julia Dietze had the opportunity to find this out for themselves on the Porsche racing track in Leipzig on 11 July. Under the guidance of the Porsche Carrera Cup racing driver, Michelle Gatting, they both demonstrated their skills on Porsche’s own racing track. They both took on the challenging circuit at full tilt and it was clear to see that they were having a lot of fun. “I once sat in a Porsche and ever since then I have dreamt of driving one at full speed. The experience I had with Porsche in Leipzig today was better than I ever could have imagined: unlimited fun while driving, top speeds, pure adrenaline - and yet I still felt completely safe”, said Claudia Eisinger.