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December 10, 2019

Broadcast Journalist, Executive, and Educator Michael Freedman elected President of the National Press Club, Washington, DC.

National Press Club

Photo: The United States Chief of Staff of the Army, General Ray Odierno, speaks during a question and answer session at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Image Credit: JBLM PAO. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, 10 December 2019 — Michael Freedman, Journalist in Residence at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Executive Producer of The Kalb Report, was elected the 113th president of the National Press Club, The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists, on Friday, 6 December 2019.

Freedman, a 35-year broadcast journalist, network executive, and teacher will officially assume the duties of the presidency in January 2020.

In his acceptance speech before his fellow members, Freedman acknowledged the opportunities and challenges the coming election year would bring to the journalism profession, and pledged to uphold the Club’s vital role as both a beacon for press freedom and a champion of journalistic excellence:

“At the National Press Club, we protect press freedom, we protect reporters around the world, and today, we must also protect the reputation of journalism.”

Invoking Edward R. Murrow’s legendary “lights and wires in a box” speech, Freedman challenged his colleagues to keep their heads down and remain steadfast in their quest for the truth and their commitment to the journalist’s creed:

“Today we live in a digital world; one in which we have more information at our fingertips than perhaps even Ed Murrow could have imagined. At the same time, readers, listeners, and viewers on all platforms are asking: ‘Who do you trust?’ The National Press Club is an indispensable platform to educate, inspire, empower, and protect. I pray tonight that we join together over the next year to use it to those ends.”

Freedman has served as general manager of CBS Radio Network, vice president and managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International, a vice president and professor of journalism at The George Washington University, and journalist in residence at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

For the past 25 years, he has also served as executive producer of the multi-award-winning public broadcasting series “The Kalb Report” with Marvin Kalb. He has the distinction of having produced Walter Cronkite’s final programming for CBS News. Freedman and his teams have won more than 85 honors, including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards. He is the co-author of The Broadcast Voice Handbook, a contributing writer for Broadcasting Through Crisis, The Encyclopedia of Journalism, and Responsible Journalism, and a contributor to Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley.

A Detroit native, Mr. Freedman, is a graduate of Wayne State University. He spent 15 years as a reporter, sportscaster, anchor, and news director in Detroit radio before moving to Washington.

Also elected in Friday’s Club elections were: Lisa Nicole Matthews (Associated Press) as vice president; Kimberly Adams (Marketplace) as treasurer; Emily Wilkins (Bloomberg Government) as secretary; and Eileen Drage O’Reilly (Axios) as membership secretary. Elected to the Board of Governors were: Herb Jackson of CQ Roll Call, Mark Schoeff, Jr. of Investment News, Gillian Rich of Investor’s Business Daily, freelance journalist Menachem Wecker, and Lindsay Law Murphy of American Forest & Paper Association.

The Club has planned an Inaugural Gala for the New President on 18 January 2020.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club, located in Washington, D.C., is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. It has more than 3,100 members worldwide.

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— The editor is a member of the National Press Club. He is, as such, automatically entitled to use of facilities at NPC’s reciprocal clubs worldwide, which include “Press Club of India, New Delhi.”


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December 7, 2019

OMEGA unveils 007's Newest Timepiece that will feature in the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, set to arrive in Cinemas in April 2020.

Omega Watch

Omega Watch, Bond

Omega Watch

Omega Watch

OMEGA has unveiled 007’s newest timepiece that will feature in the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, set to arrive in cinemas in April 2020.

When James Bond embarks on his next mission, a new OMEGA watch will appear on the screen. OMEGA has built the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition with military needs in mind. The watchmaker has designed the watch with input from the actor, Daniel Craig. OMEGA will place this non-limited watch in its iconic current collection from February — available to customers either on a titanium mesh bracelet, or a striped NATO strap in dark brown, grey and beige, with 007 engraved on the loop.

OMEGA said it had crafted each 42 mm timepiece’s case and bracelet from Grade 2 Titanium. This unique material is particularly durable and lightweight, making it perfect for an undercover agent. Special new doming of the sapphire-crystal glass has also created a slightly slimmer watch than the standard Seamaster Diver 300M models, OMEGA elaborated.

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December 5, 2019

The 2019 MISS UNIVERSE Competition airs LIVE from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday, December 8, on FOX.

Miss Universe, South Africa

Photo: Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe South Africa 2019, is crowned Miss Universe after The MISS UNIVERSE Competition on FOX at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019, live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. The new winner will move to New York City, where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Frank L Szelwach.

• India’s Vartika Singh crashed out as she couldn’t make it to the top 10.

Miss Universe, Atlanta

Photo: Miss Universe contestants during a visit to the World Headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on December 4, 2019. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Atlanta. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019, live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta to see who will become the next Miss Universe. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Frank L Szelwach.

Miss Universe

Photo: Contestants during a visit to the High Museum of Art on December 4, 2019. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Atlanta. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019, live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, to see who will become the next Miss Universe. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Max Louis Miller.

Miss Universe

Photo: Gabriela Tafur Nader, Miss Universe Colombia 2019, visits the Children’s Hospital of Georgia on December 4, 2019. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Atlanta. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019, live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, to see who will become the next Miss Universe. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Patrick Prather.

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December 4, 2019

UN Security Council President Briefs Press after Security Council Consultations

United Nations

Photo: Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for December, briefs reporters after the Council had consultations on its program of work for the month. 02 December 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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December 3, 2019

India's 48 Universities and Higher Education Institutions awarded at the Swachhata (Cleanliness) Ranking Awards function in New Delhi today.

India Universities

Photo: The Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam, addressing at the Swachh Campus Ranking Awards 2019 of Higher Educational Institutions, in New Delhi on December 03, 2019.

New Delhi, December 3, 2019 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, addressed the 3rd Swachhata (Cleanliness) Ranking Award Function through video conferencing in New Delhi today. The 3rd Swachhata Ranking Award process was undertaken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development as a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission of Government of India to promote environmental hygiene in the Higher Education System and beyond. Based on the reports of UGC and AICTE, the HRD Ministry has recommended 48 Universities and Institutions for awards in various categories. The Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam, awarded the selected Universities/ Institutions in AICTE Auditorium, New Delhi.

The Minister said that Swachhata, as a Mission is essential for our living environment, body, and soul. A clean environment will result in a pure mind and elevate the thoughts of our students and teachers towards lofty ideas for the more significant benefit of society. He said that the principle of cleanliness is next to Godliness, and it should govern our day-to-day life. He added that the higher education system is the best mechanism towards achieving success in Swacchh Bharat Mission through the powerful and influential base of 3 crore plus students and teachers in the country.

He further said that the ranking system evaluates various parameters of hygiene like student-toilet ratio, hostel hygiene, hostel kitchen hygiene, availability of water, water conservation measures, campus greenery, and administrative responsibility for cleanliness. The Ministry has formulated the system to generate peer pressure amongst educational institutions to improve their level of campus hygiene and also take up off-campus hygiene activity in nearby villages/surrounding areas.

The Minister expressed his happiness in informing that over the last three years, the response from institutions to the Swachhata Ranking process has been steadily growing. In 2017, 3200 institutions participated; in 2018, it was 6100 institutions, and now in 2019, a total of 6900 institutions participated in the ranking exercise. Therefore, the need for and awareness of maintaining Swachh Campuses and also voluntarily taking up village hygiene activity is now spreading across the Indian Higher Education system with active enthusiasm.

He appreciated the Ministry’s effort to develop clean and green college campuses that would create a healthy study environment for students, thereby stimulating their minds towards higher learning. The Ministry recognizes that it is essential to create an ambiance for learning for the youth of our country who will play a significant role in the economic and social development of our great nation.

Mr. Pokhriyal congratulated the winners in various categories of awards like Residential Universities, Non-residential Universities, Technical Universities, Residential Colleges, and Government Universities.

Following are the Award Winners in the Government Residential Universities Category:

Name of the University — Position

  1. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala — Ist
  2. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar — 2nd
  3. National Law University, Delhi — 3rd
  4. Dr. B.R.Ambedkar University, Etcherla, Andhra Pradesh — 4th
  5. Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli — 5th

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December 1, 2019

Miss Universe Organization announces 2019 MISS UNIVERSE Contestants.

Miss Universe

Photo: Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines 2018, is congratulated by fellow contestants after being crowned Miss Universe after the three-hour special programming event on FOX on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Ralph Smith. [File Photo]

New York, NY, December 01, 2019 — The Miss Universe Organization has announced the names of the delegates who would be representing their respective countries as contestants in the 2019 MISS UNIVERSE Competition.

The 2019 MISS UNIVERSE Competition airs LIVE from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday, December 8, on FOX. The competition is also airing in Spanish on Telemundo.

• 2019 MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION CONTESTANT LIST

Country | Name | Hometown | Occupation

  • Albania | Cindy Marina | Shkoder | International Relations Student, Athlete
  • Angola | Salett Miguel | Luanda | Political Science Student
  • Argentina | Mariana Jesica Varela | Burzaco | Journalism Student
  • Armenia | Dayana Davtyan | Yerevan | Graphic Design Student, Model
  • Aruba | Danna Garcia | Noord | Nursing Student, Model
  • Australia | Priya Serrao | Melbourne | Policy Adviser
  • Bahamas | Tarea Sturrup | Nassau | Social Media Coordinator, Model
  • Bangladesh | Shirin Akther | Dacca | Physics Student, Model
  • Barbados | Shanel Ifill | Christ Church | Law Student, Legal Intern, Model
  • Belgium | Angeline Flor Pua | Antwerp | Graduate Commercial Pilot, Model, Host
  • Belize | Destinee Arnold | Roaring Creek Village | Property Claims Field Adjuster
  • Bolivia Fabiana Hurtado | Santa Cruz de la Sierra | Communications Science Student, Model
  • Brazil | Julia Horta | Juiz de Fora - Minas Gerais | Journalist, Speaker, Digital Influencer
  • British Virgin Islands | Bria Smith | Sea Cow’s Bay | Communications Officer, Speech Communications Adjunct Lecturer
  • Bulgaria | Lora Asenova | Byala Slatina | Recent E-Business Graduate (Masters)
  • Cambodia | Alyna Somnang | Phnom Penh | International Relations Student, Model
  • Canada | Alyssa Boston | Tecumseh, Ontario | Host
  • Cayman Islands | Kadejah Bodden | Bodden Town | Cayman Islands Department of Tourism Employee
  • Chile | Geraldine Gonzalez | Santiago | Law Student, Model, Volunteer Firefighter
  • China | Xin Zhu | Shijiazhuang, Hebei | Model, Makeup Artist
  • Colombia | Gabriela Tafur Nader | Santiago de Cali | Lawyer
  • Costa Rica | Paola Chacón Fuentes | San José | Business Administration Student, Business Owner
  • Croatia | Mia Rkman | Korčula | Environmental Health Engineering Student, Model
  • Curacao | Kyrsha Attaf | Willemstad | Financial Management Student
  • Czech Republic | Barbora Hodačová | Teplice | Law Student, Model
  • Denmark | Katja Stokholm | Odense | International Economics and Business Management Student, Translator, Model
  • Dominican Republic | Clauvid Daly | Punta Cana | International Affairs and Aviation Student, Bilingual Assistant
  • Ecuador | Cristina Hidalgo | Guayaquil | Public Relations Student, Model
  • Egypt | Diana Hamed | Cairo Business Student, Model
  • El Salvador | Zuleika Soler | La Unión | Product Specialist
  • Equatorial Guinea | Serafina Nchama | Malabo | Teacher
  • Finland | Anni Harjunpää | Sastamala | Entrepreneur, Model
  • France | Maëva Coucke | Fougères | Model, Digital Influencer
  • Georgia | Tako Adamia | Tbilisi | Office Manager
  • Germany | Miriam Rautert | Düsseldorf | Model
  • Great Britain | Emma Victoria Jenkins | Llanelli | TV Presenter
  • Guam | Sissie Luo | Tamuning | Student, Investment Bank Employee, Model
  • Haïti | Gabriela Clesca Vallejo | Port-au-Prince | Liaison Officer
  • Honduras | Rosemary Arauz | San Pedro Sula | Finance Student
  • Iceland | Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir | Mosfellsbaer | Fundraising Coordinator
  • India | Vartika Singh | Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Model, Actor
  • Indonesia | Frederika Cull | Jakarta | NGO Founder
  • Ireland | Fionnghuala O’Reilly | Dublin | NASA Datanaut, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge Director
  • Israel | Sella Sharlin | Beit Yitzhaq | High-Tech Company Employee
  • Italy | Sofia Marilù Trimarco | Buccino | Law Student
  • Jamaica | Iana Tickle Garcia | Montego Bay | Law and International Relations Student
  • Japan | Ako Kamo | Hyogo Prefecture | Linguistics Student
  • Kazakhstan | Alfiya Yersaiyn | Atyrau | Drawing Student
  • Kenya | Stacy Michuki | Nairobi | French Student, Model
  • Korea | Lee Yeon Ju | Incheon | Oriental Painter
  • Kosovo | Fatbardha Hoxha | Kosovo | Psychology Student
  • Laos | Vichitta Phonevilay | Bolikhamxay | Architecture Student, Model
  • Lithuania | Paulita Baltrušaitytė | Vilnius | Nursing Student
  • Malaysia | Shweta Sekhon | Kuala Lumpur | Model
  • Malta | Teresa Ruglio | Sliema | Public Speaking Student, Model
  • Mauritius | Ornella Lafleche | Beau Bassin-Rose Hill | Marketing Management Student, Model
  • México | Sofía Aragón | Guadalajara | Writer, Speaker
  • Mongolia | Gunzaya Bat-Erdene | Ulaanbaatar | Huuhed Erdene Foundation Board Member
  • Myanmar | Swe Zin Htet | Yangon | Art, and Culture Student, Model
  • Namibia | Nadja Breytenbach | Windhoek | Psychology Student
  • Nepal | Pradeepta Adhikari | Kathmandu | Medical Student
  • Netherlands | Sharon Pieksma | Rotterdam | Freelancer, Model, DJ
  • New Zealand | Diamond Langi | Auckland | Stylist, Musician, Actress
  • Nicaragua | Inés López | Managua | International Law Student
  • Nigeria | Olutosin Araromi | Lagos | Model, Presenter, Entrepreneur
  • Norway | Helene Abildsnes | Kristiansand | Instrument Technician Student
  • Panama | Mehr Eliezer | Panama City | United Nations Office for Project Services Intern
  • Paraguay | Ketlin Lottermann | Alto Parana | Pilates Instructor, Aesthetic Clinic Employee
  • Peru | Kelin Rivera | Arequipa | Vicuña Wool Ambassador
  • Philippines | Gazini Ganados | Cebu | Model, Host
  • Poland | Olga Bulawa | Swinoujscie | Senior Cabin Crew Member
  • Portugal | Sylvie Silva | Guimarães | Architecture Student
  • Puerto Rico | Madison Anderson | Puerto Rico | Model
  • Romania | Chihaia Dorina | Iasi | United Nations Asia-Pacific Intern
  • Saint Lucia | Bebiana Mangal | Lanse Road | Concierge Agent
  • Sierra Leone | Marie Esther Bangura | Freetown | Procurement Student
  • Singapore | Mohanaprabha Selvam | Serangoon | Model
  • Slovak Republic | Laura Longauerová | Detva | Finance and Accounting Master’s Student
  • South Africa | Zozibini Tunzi | Tsolo | Public Relations Student
  • Spain | Natalie Ortega | Barcelona | Model
  • Sweden | Lina Ljungberg | Vikbolandet | Executive Assistant
  • Tanzania | Shubila Stanton | Dar es Salaam | Model
  • Turkey | Bilgi Aydogmus | Turkey | Trainee Attorney
  • U.S. Virgin Islands | Andrea Piecuch | Charlotte Amalie | International Business Master’s Student
  • Ukraine | Anastasiia Subbota | Kyiv | Model
  • Uruguay | Fiona Tenuta Vanerio | Punta del Este, Maldonado | Business and Communications Student
  • USA | Cheslie Kryst | Charlotte, North Carolina | Complex Civil Litigation Attorney, ExtraTV Correspondent
  • Venezuela | Thalia Olvino | Valencia | Marketing Student
  • Vietnam | Thuy Hoang | Thanh Hoa | Architecture Student, Model

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November 28, 2019

QS Asia University Rankings 2020

QS Asia University Rankings

QS Asia University Rankings

Photo: A part of the Student Center at the Nanyang Technical University (NTU), Singapore, Campus. NTU is ranked number two in Asia. Image Credit: Damien Walmsley.

Discover the top universities in Asia with the QS Asia University Rankings 2020.

London, November 28, 2019 — In the QS Asia University Rankings, an impressive 550 universities feature in this year’s rankings, including 68 new entrants. The National University of Singapore (NUS) remains number one in Asia, with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) leapfrogging The University of Hong Kong (HKU) to take second place. Seventeen different locations are represented in this year’s Asia rankings, although only four regions get featured in the top 10. There’s only one new face in the top 10 this year - China’s Zhejiang University, which rises seven places to take the sixth position. This year’s rankings have been constructed using ten different indicators, which include academic and employer reputation.

  • Singapore reaps the benefits of investment and internationalization: while other systems across the continent strive to emulate it, Singapore reigns supreme.
  • Mainland China dominates the rankings for the number of universities, with 118 in total and four among the top-ten: remarkable progress. Until 2015, only one university from Mainland China featured among Asia’s top ten.
  • Hong Kong’s top three universities drop one place each, while the next four down rise, and there is even a new entry. The performance of the Special Administrative Region in the ranking has not (yet) been affected by the protracted civil unrest.
  • India boasts 96 universities, including 20 new entries but none among the top-30; The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is the top performer, placing 34th regionally.
  • Japan has endured another stagnant year. Although it has eight universities in the top-30 and 87 in total, the majority have dropped. Relative regression in the research indicators is mainly responsible for this indifferent performance.
  • South Korea, with 71 universities ranked, shows a persistent pattern of small falls, with Seoul National University dropping out of the top ten. However, there are still seven Korean universities in the top-100.
  • Malaysia continues its noteworthy progress, excelling in the reputational indicators and the international research network. Twenty-one of its 29 ranked institutions rise.
  • Thailand has two top-50 universities, one more than last year.
  • Universities from the following countries also appear in the rankings: Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Macau, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

QS Asia Top 25

QS Asia Rank— Institution — Country

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS) — Singapore
  2. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) — Singapore
  3. The University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  4. Tsinghua University — China (Mainland)
  5. Peking University — China (Mainland)
  6. Zhejiang University — China (Mainland)
  7. Fudan University — China (Mainland)
  8. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong SAR
  9. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology — South Korea
  10. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) — Hong Kong SAR
  11. Seoul National University — South Korea
  12. Korea University — South Korea
  13. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  14. Universiti Malaya (UM) — Malaysia
  15. Kyoto University — Japan
  16. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea
  17. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China (Mainland)
  18. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) — Japan
  19. City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  20. National Taiwan University (NTU) — Taiwan
  21. Yonsei University — South Korea
  22. Osaka University — Japan
  23. Tohoku University — Japan
  24. Hanyang University — South Korea
  25. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University — Hong Kong SAR

• QS Asia — INDIA

QS Asia Rank— Institution

  • 34 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • 43 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  • 50 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • 51 — Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
  • 56 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  • 65 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • 67 — University of Delhi
  • 90 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  • 112 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  • =114 — University of Hyderabad
  • 136 — Jadavpur University
  • 139 — University of Calcutta
  • =152 — Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Mumbai
  • 169 — Anna University
  • 175 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • =177 — Banaras Hindu University
  • =177 — University of Mumbai
  • =188 — Indian Institute of Technology Indore
  • 191 — Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • =192 — Jamia Millia Islamia
  • =201 — Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
  • 205 — Indian Institute of Technology Ropar
  • =215 — Tezpur University
  • =218 — National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
  • 222 — Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  • =225 — National Institute of Technology Rourkela
  • 227 — Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar
  • =228 — Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
  • =236 — Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
  • =239 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • =248 — Sri Venkateswara University
  • 251-260 — Aligarh Muslim University
  • 261-270 — Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  • 271-280 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
  • 291-300 — Annamalai University
  • 291-300 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • 291-300 — Symbiosis International University

The best performing institution from India is IIT Bombay, which drops one place to 34th position. IIT Delhi follows it at 43rd place and IIT Madras on the 50th.

Among the traditional universities, the University of Delhi tops in India. It is now placed 67th in Asia.

Meanwhile, in an exciting evolution, Pakistan’s oldest university, Punjab University Lahore, has secured 195th rank in the QS Asia University Rankings 2020, while its offshoot, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, could get placed under the 291-300 bracket only.

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November 27, 2019

International Council for Film Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) to award the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini medal to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

International Film Festival of India

Photo: Actress Tisca Chopra at the In-Conversation Session on ‘Director’s Actor,’ during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa on November 22, 2019.

Panaji, Goa, India, 27 November 2019 — Georges Dupont, Director General, International Council for Film Television, and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) has announced that ICFT would award the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini medal to International Film Festival of India (IFFI). IFFI would get the award on completion of its glorious 50 years, he said. Project Manager, ICFT, Ms. Xueyuan Hun, was also present at the press conference.

“We realized IFFI was the place to be. We are happy to learn you are celebrating the 50th year. IFFI is a lighthouse to the rest, and you have to shine the light to the rest of the world,” Mr. Dupont said.

Movies are becoming more aggressive these days, and that is good in a way because now, people can see what happened and do not remain blind to their surroundings, Mr. Dupont added.

Xueyuan Hun spoke about the upcoming platform that ICFT would launch next year. The platform would strive to follow on three goals: build peace, stimulate creation in youngsters, and explore the endless opportunity of moving images. It would foster better communication between youngsters and professionals for making more innovations, Ms. Hun said. The ultimate aim is to build peace in people’s minds, Ms. Hun added.

Concerning teaching education at a school level in making films that promote peace, Hun said, “The moving image is the most powerful way to express an idea. What to teach and what you can do with the moving image is the key. Media education is about information, expression, and what people can learn from what media gives.” In terms of connecting young filmmakers in India to the youth platform, Hun said they would be happy to develop further projects between IFFI and ICFT, next year.

On ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award, Mr. Dupont said that IFFI screens the films for the awards and that the ICFT jury evaluates the movies based on the ideals of UNESCO.

IFFI collaborates with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) Paris, to present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal. The UNESCO issued commemorative medal in 1994, marking the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. Since then, IFFI and ICFT have been awarding the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award to a film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance, and non-violence. This year seven notable foreign films, namely Ama Khando, Oray, Rwanda, Sanctorum, The Infiltrators, The Warden, Vitality, and one Indian film (Bahattar Hoorain), will compete for this exemplary award.

IFFI is considered to be Asia’s one of the oldest and prestigious Film Festival delivering a diverse array of compelling films, panel discussions, and other special events. This Golden Jubilee edition showcases over 200 best films from 76 countries.

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November 26, 2019

UNESCO adopts the first United Nations international treaty on Higher Education as UNESCO General Conference endorses the Global Convention on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

Unesco Gneral Confrence, Degrees

Unesco Gneral Confrence, Degrees

Photo: The 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris. 25 November 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Fred Di Girolamo.

Unesco Gneral Confrence, Higher Education

Photo: Scene during the plenary meeting of the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris. 26 November 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.

Paris, France, 26 November 2019 — On 25 November 2019, UNESCO’s Member States adopted the first United Nations convention on higher education when the plenary of the 40th session of the General Conference endorsed the Global Convention on Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education. The new Convention establishes universal principles for recognition of studies and degrees and will improve mobility for the more than 220 million students enrolled in higher education worldwide.

Eight years in the making, the new Global Convention expands the scope of the main principles of UNESCO’s regional recognition conventions to assess foreign qualifications in a fair, non-discriminatory, and transparent manner. It builds on quality assurance mechanisms and sharing of information about higher education institutions and systems, study programs, and degrees. Where the regional conventions only cover mobility between countries within the different UNESCO regions, the Global Convention paves the way for the increasing movement between regions and continents, which already counts for more than half of the 5 million mobile students in the world today.

Although the Global Convention does not impose automatic recognition of foreign qualifications, it lays down the principle that a student qualifying for access to higher education in one country generally will qualify for higher education studies when moving to another country.

The Global Convention also simplifies recognition processes by turning the burden of proof from applicants to recognition authorities. Where in the past, it has been mostly up to students to prove why their foreign qualifications should be recognized, it is now up to recognition authorities to show why they have not granted recognition. Even when the authorities withhold recognition of skills, applicants have the right to appeal.

Furthermore, the general rule is now for recognition authorities to look for similarities to recognize foreign qualifications, rather than rejecting recognition based on insignificant dissimilarities between international and national requirements, as has often been the case before.

The Global Convention includes innovative provisions on recognition of prior learning, partial studies, cross-border education, and non-traditional learning modes such as online or blended learning. With the Global Convention, the obligation to fairly assess the qualifications of refugees who cannot provide sufficient documentation becomes a universal principle. UNESCO is, therefore, piloting the UNESCO Qualifications Passport for Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants to provide the Member States with a tool for assessing undocumented qualifications held by refugees.

The new Convention creates a normative platform for fostering trust among higher education systems. It is a landmark opportunity for the world’s academic communities to embrace a common good and a shared resolve to forge lifelong higher education learning institutions that are at once relevant, dynamic, and inclusive. The Convention will help ensure the right to education of individuals by facilitating access to higher education.

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November 25, 2019

New UNESCO Recommendation will Promote Access to Educational Resources for All.

Unesco, Education

Photo: Plenary meeting of UNESCO General Conference in Paris. 25 November 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 25 November 2019 — An important step was taken towards quality education and access to information for all, as UNESCO’s General Conference adopted today a Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER).

This new Recommendation will support the development and sharing of openly-licensed learning and teaching materials, benefitting students, teachers, and researchers worldwide.

“The Recommendation on OER will contribute to the building of open and inclusive knowledge societies, and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” highlighted Mr. Moez Chakchouk, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.

OER are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under the copyright released under an open license, which permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others.

The UNESCO Recommendation will support the creation, use, and adaptation of inclusive and quality OER, and facilitate international cooperation in this field. Its objectives also include the development of supportive policies and the creation of sustainability models for OER.

During the General Conference debates, several Member States from different world regions expressed their support to the Recommendation on OER, underlining its essential role in providing access to quality education on digital platforms. The discussion echoed the critical contribution of OER to the construction of open, inclusive, and participatory knowledge societies.

“I welcome the intersectoral cooperation around the Recommendation,” said Ms. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education. “It shows how two Sectors can collaborate and support the Member States.” Ms. Giannini also highlighted that UNESCO had coined the term and concept of OER in 2002.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, announced the launch of a Dynamic Coalition to expand and consolidate commitments and strategies in the area of OER.

This Dynamic Coalition reflects the Ministerial Statement for the 2nd World OER Congress and will contribute to promoting and reinforcing international cooperation on the implementation of the Recommendation. UNESCO will work closely to support the Member States and other stakeholders in this regard.

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November 22, 2019

Amitabh Bachchan Retrospective Opens at Kala Academy, 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), Panaji, Goa.

Film Festival of India, Goa

Photo: The venue of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019) gearing up for the inaugural ceremony of the festival’s Golden Jubilee edition, in Panaji, Goa on November 19, 2019.

Film Festival of India, Goa

Photo: The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, felicitating the Popular Actor Amitabh Bachchan, at the Dada Saheb Phalke Retrospective, during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa on November 21, 2019.

Film Festival of India, Goa

Photo: Director Nila Madhab Panda, Actress Divya Dutta, and Manjari Fadnis at the screening of film ‘Interdependence’ during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa on November 21, 2019.

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Photo: Award presentation ceremony of the film ‘The Hero,’ during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa on November 21, 2019.

Panaji, Goa, November 21, 2019 — Indian film personality, Amitabh Bachchan (Big B), inaugurated the Dadasaheb Phalke Award retrospective organized at Kala Academy in connection with the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) today in Goa. This year, the 50th edition of IFFI is showcasing a retrospective of Amitabh Bachchan as he was honored with Dadasaheb Phalke award this year. IFFI 2019 will showcase 6 of the best films by Amitabh Bachchan in a separate section honoring the star’s achievement.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organization set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Government honors the recipient for his/her “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.”

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Bachchan said, “I feel deeply humbled and would thank the Government of India for this prestigious award. I’ve always felt that I’m not deserving of such recognition, but I humbly accept this with a lot of grace and affection”.

On the golden jubilee edition of IFFI, he said, “This is the 50th edition of IFFI, and I compliment the Government of India and IFFI for conducting themselves in such a wonderful manner. Each year we find a growth in the number of delegates and the choice of films allowing us to see the works and creativity from different parts of the world.”

Calling cinema, a universal medium, Mr. Bachchan added that films are beyond the borders of language. “When we sit inside a dark hall, we never ask the caste, creed, color of the person sitting next to us. We enjoy the same film, laugh at the same jokes and cry at the same emotions,” he said.

He warned that there are few mediums left like cinema in this fast-paced disintegrating world that can claim such integration. He expressed hope that we continue to make films that will bring people together.

The Master Actor also called for the disintegration of the rather odd system of keeping sides due to colors, caste, and religion. “We should bring us together in one community, hold hands together to appreciate the creativity and take a step forward to make this world a peaceful place,” he advised.

Bachchan, who has a close connection to Goa fondly recalled shooting his first film here. He said, “Coming to Goa has always been like coming home, and I’ve had many wonderful opportunities to work in this place and receive the hospitality from the people of Goa during our various stints of shooting.”

The Retrospective section of the Goa Film Festival is screening Amitabh’s following films: Sholay, Deewar, Black, Piku, Paa, and Badla.

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November 19, 2019

UNESCO is hosting the Forum of the Ministers of Culture

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Photo: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, at the Opening of the Forum of Ministers of Culture. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. 19 November 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

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Photo: A Group Photograph of the Ministers of Culture with the UNESCO Director-General at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. 19 November 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Luc Valigny.

UNESCO, Culture

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Photo: A Group Photograph of the participants in the Youth Forum at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. 18 November 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Luc Valigny.

UNESCO, Culture, Denmark

Photo: Princess Marie of Denmark on an official visit to the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. November 15, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Luc Valigny.

Paris, France, 19 November 2019 — UNESCO is hosting the Forum of Ministers of Culture, a major event to discuss the central place of culture in public policies around the world and its impact on sustainable development.

More than 140 Ministers and high representatives were present to mark a high point during the 40th session of the General Conference of UNESCO (12-27 November 2019). UNESCO, the only United Nations agency for culture, is returning to the tradition of ministerial meetings in the field of culture, 21 years after the Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1998.

As a platform for priority setting and public policy development, this ministerial meeting is an opportunity to make decisive progress on the role of culture in development.

The Forum would explore these four themes:

  • Culture and heritage, renewable energy for dialogue and peace.
  • The culture at the heart of education. A fundamental dimension for human development and innovation.
  • Investing in learning and creativity for sustainable development and employment.
  • Culture in the public space. A driving force for urban and social transformation.

In response to contemporary changes, UNESCO is strengthening its multidisciplinary scope and addressing the issue of sustainable development comprehensively by emphasizing the linkages between culture and social, economic, and environmental issues. In the Forum of Ministers of Culture, the ministers will share their views through interactive exchanges. They will present their cultural policy priorities and visions for the future.

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November 18, 2019

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in January 2020 in Davos, Switzerland to focus on 'Defining Stakeholder Capitalism'

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

Geneva, Switzerland, 18 November 2019 - The World Economic Forum recently announced the theme and details for its 50th Annual Meeting, to be held 21-24 January 2020, in Davos, Switzerland.

The Meeting’s theme will be ‘Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.’ It will bring together 3,000 participants from around the world, and aim to give concrete meaning to “stakeholder capitalism,” assist governments and international institutions in tracking progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and facilitate discussions on technology and trade governance.

“People are revolting against the economic ‘elites’ they believe have betrayed them. And our efforts to keep global warming limited to 1.5°C are falling dangerously short,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman at the World Economic Forum. “With the world at such critical crossroads, this year we must develop a ‘Davos Manifesto 2020’ to reimagine the purpose and scorecards for companies and governments. It is what for which we founded the World Economic Forum 50 years ago, and it is what we want to contribute to for the next 50 years.”

The Programme for the Annual Meeting will prioritize six key areas:

• Ecology: How to mobilize businesses to respond to the risks of climate change and ensure that measures to protect biodiversity reach forest floors and ocean beds.

• Economy: How to remove the long-term debt burden. And how to keep the economy working at a pace that allows higher inclusion.

• Technology: How to create a global consensus on deployment of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and avoid a ‘technology war.’

• Society: How to reskill and upskill, a billion people in the next decade.

• Geopolitics: How the ‘spirit of Davos’ can create bridges to resolve conflicts in global hotspots. Informal meetings to set kickstart conciliation.

• Industry: How to help businesses create the models necessary to drive enterprise in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And how to navigate an enterprise in a world influenced by politics, driven by exponential technological changes, and increasing expectations from all stakeholders.

The Forum’s first Meeting in 1971 was established to further the idea put forward by Professor Klaus Schwab that business should serve all stakeholders - customers, employees, communities, as well as shareholders.

According to WEF, the 2020 Annual Meeting will be among the “most sustainable international summits ever held.”

“Awarded the IS0 20121 standard for sustainable events in 2018, the Annual Meeting is fully carbon neutral through reducing, calculating and offsetting event-related emissions”, WEF stated.

Meanwhile, Muriel Pénicaud, Minister of Labour of France, and Mark Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé, Switzerland, will join the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum.

“The World Economic Forum, as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, is delighted to welcome Muriel Pénicaud and Mark Schneider to its Board of Trustees. We look forward to working together to deliver positive, transformative solutions to our most critical global, regional and industry challenges,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

As of 15 November 2019, the Members of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum are:

  • Klaus SCHWAB Chairman of the Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum
  • Peter BRUBECK-LETMATHE Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum
  • Mukesh AMBANI Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India
  • Marc BENIOFF Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA
  • Mark CARNEY Governor of the Bank of England
  • Laurence D. FINK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc.
  • Chrystia FREELAND Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
  • Orit GADIESH Chairman, Bain & Company, USA
  • Fabiola GIANOTTI Director-General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva
  • Al GORE Vice-President of the United States (1993-2001); Chairman and Co-Founder, Generation Investment Management, USA
  • Herman GREF Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Sberbank, Russian Federation
  • Angel GURRÍA Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris
  • André HOFFMANN Non-Executive Vice-Chairman, Roche Holding Ltd., Switzerland
  • Christine LAGARDE President, European Central Bank (ECB), Frankfurt
  • Jack MA Alibaba Board of Directors, Alibaba Group, People’s Republic of China
  • Yo-Yo MA Cellist
  • Peter MAURER President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Switzerland
  • Luis MORENO President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC
  • Muriel PÉNICAUD Minister of Labour of France
  • H.M. Queen Rania AL ABDULLAH of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • L. Rafael REIF President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • David M. RUBENSTEIN Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, Carlyle Group, USA
  • Mark SCHNEIDER Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé SA, Switzerland
  • Tharman SHANMUGARATNAM Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies of Singapore
  • Jim Hagemann SNABE Chairman, Supervisory Board, Siemens AG, Germany; Chairman, A.P. Møller-Maersk, Denmark
  • Feike SYBESMA Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM, Netherlands
  • Heizo TAKENAKA Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy of Japan (2002-2006)
  • Min ZHU President, National Institute of Financial Research, People’s Republic of China; Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC (2011-2016)

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November 16, 2019

Global Law Conference on 'Environmental Laws' opens at Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

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Photo: The Union Minister for Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, releasing the Conference Volume-I containing research papers on Environment, at the inaugural session of two-day Global Law Conference on ‘Environmental Laws: Challenges and Solutions’, at Chandigarh University, Mohali, Punjab, India, on November 16, 2019.

• The National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC) has awarded Chandigarh University with the prestigious ‘A+’ Grade. NAAC has, however, accredited its old-fashioned Chandigarhian neighbor, Panjab University, with Grade ‘A’ only. Panjab University Chandigarh is an offshoot of Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan.

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India's HRD Minister addresses education ministers and representatives of nearly 190 countries at the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris.

UNESCO, India

Photo: India’s HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, addresses education ministers and representatives of nearly 190 countries at the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris. November 15, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.

UNESCO, India

Photo: Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Human Resources Development Minister, India, addressed the General Policy Debate at UNESCO General Conference in Paris. November 15, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.

UNESCO, India

Photo: India’s representative, Ananya Agarwal, spoke forcefully during the General Policy Debate at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris. November 13, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Luc Valigny.

New Delhi, November 15, 2019 — India’s Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ”Nishank’, addressed education ministers/representatives of nearly 190 countries at the 40th UNESCO General Conference today in Paris.

He said that age-old immortal Indian culture had considered the whole world as a family. Spreading the great idea of ​​”Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” all over the world, India has prayed for the welfare of the entire humanity by accepting the hypothesis of “Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Survey Santu Niramaya,” he added. By contemplating the idea of Integral Human Debate, we have pledged to reach out to the last person in the society.

The Minister said that this session of UNESCO has another significance as it is being held at a time when the whole world is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. His message of truth and non-violence is even more critical and relevant today. Through education, we are trying to pursue and spread the spirit of universal brotherhood, social harmony, friendliness, human values, and love to every citizen of India, he added.

Minister ‘Nishank’ said that India is the third-largest education system in the world; therefore, it needs to be committed to building a bright future of more than 33 crore students. There are more than 1000 universities and more than 45000 colleges in India. India has been playing a positive and constructive role to carry forward the UNESCO’s mission and realize our shared objectives.

He assured continuous support of India to UNESCO in its effort to pursue its core mandate of building peace through international cooperation in Education, Science, Environment, and Culture.

He appreciated the efforts of UNESCO to ensure that every child and citizen receive a quality education.

The HRD Minister conveyed his thanks to UNESCO for including the city of Jaipur in the World Heritage List. He also thanked UNESCO for including Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest human gathering, in the list of intangible heritage. Likewise, he also welcomed the selection of Mumbai and Hyderabad for inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

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November 15, 2019

UNESCO is creating Inclusive Global Campus; Ministers and University Leaders address Inclusion and Mobility in Higher Education.

Unesco, Paris

Photo: The Opening of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.

Unesco, Paris, Universities

Photo: A Government Representative at the opening of the General Conference. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, November 14, 2019 — Over 100 ministers and 100 representatives from universities, participating in the UNESCO Chairs program convened during UNESCO’s General Conference currently taking place in Paris. They addressed some of today’s most pressing challenges in higher education: How can governments and higher education institutions work together to create a more inclusive global campus in the light of rapidly increasing numbers in enrolment and mobility of students? And how can the higher education sector across the world work against increasing inequalities and for the inclusion of marginalized groups into societies?

The higher education landscape is rapidly changing globally, characterized by increasing internationalization, diversification of providers, and new modes of learning. Two hundred twenty million students are today enrolled in higher education around the world, a number that has doubled over the past decade and is set to expand.

However, increased enrolments have not proven to be a reliable indicator for achieving the 2030 Agenda overall goal of “leaving no one behind,” or for ensuring equitable and affordable quality higher education. Institutions face the challenge of providing quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including non-traditional learners and disadvantaged groups such as migrants, refugees, and indigenous peoples.

The past decades’ unprecedented increase of enrolment in higher education is also reflected in the mobility of students with the move from an international university to a global campus of learners, faculty, and researchers fast becoming a reality. In the decade leading up to 2011, the number of learners choosing to study outside of their home country more than doubled to 4.3 million students - a figure that is conservatively estimated to increase again by 2025.

Yet many students still face obstacles in having their qualifications recognized when returning to their home country or moving to a new country. Lack of recognition of qualifications constitutes a significant obstacle for accessing further studies or for seeking employment opportunities. Today more than half of students going abroad study outside their home regions.

To respond to this new reality, UNESCO is preparing the adoption of a Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education at its General Conference that started this week. The new Convention aims to facilitate student mobility and improve access to higher education across regions and continents. UNESCO has also launched a Qualifications Passport to facilitate the movement for refugees with qualifications.

By convening policymakers and universities at this unprecedented meeting, UNESCO aims to strengthen the political will, international cooperation, and capacities in higher education to achieve the 2030 Agenda and to create an understanding of how the Global Convention can facilitate this process.

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November 13, 2019

UN Secretary-General highlights UNESCO’s Global Leadership in Education at the Organization’s 40th General Conference.

UNESCO, Universities

Photo: Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay at the Opening of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

UNESCO, Universities

Photo: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay addresses the Opening of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, 12 November—The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, Tuesday morning stressed UNESCO’s essential mandate in education and pleaded in favor of multilateralism as he opened UNESCO’s 40th General Conference addressing representatives of the Organization’s 193 Member States and 11 Associate Members.

“Education is an essential pillar to achieve our objectives for 2030. And we are late,” said the Secretary-General. “UNESCO has a fundamental role to play to coordinate and monitor global efforts in this regard. I commend the initiative launched by the Director-General at the UN General Assembly last September on the futures of education.”

Warning against the splintering of the international community along economic, social, and environmental divides, growing hate and discrimination, the Secretary-General declared: “We must do everything to maintain a universal system based on international law and preserve a multipolar world with strong multilateral institutions.”

“A world of cracks and fault-lines is not sustainable,” said the Secretary-General. “In this context, UNESCO’s work is central to bringing the world together.”

After the Secretary-General’s opening, the Member States named Ambassador Ahmet Altay Cengizer, Permanent Delegate of Turkey to UNESCO, as President of the 40th session of the General Conference.

Organization’s Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, denounced the multiple divides that are eroding national and international governance as well as the planet itself. She highlighted UNESCO’s vocation to serve as a laboratory of ideas.

“Contemporary challenges call on us to draw on our shared humanity,” said Ms. Azoulay. “Territorial borders can not contain them. Only cooperation, solidarity, and multilateralism can result in lasting solutions.”

The Director-General denounced the crippling effect of divisiveness on international governance. She said that it is our responsibility “to be effective by making multilateralism an everyday reality and by providing evidence that it can lead to better lives.”

Ms. Azoulay also stressed the importance of education, “the keystone of peace. We must correct not only the insufficiencies and inequalities that education is suffering from but also improve our guidance to the world’s educational systems so that we may lay the best foundations of practical, real, sustainable development.”

The General Conference is the governing body of UNESCO. It meets every other year to determine the Organization’s program and budget.

During its 40th session, which ends on 27 November, Member States are also set to adopt an international convention destined to facilitate the international recognition of higher education diplomas and the free movement of students and faculty.

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November 10, 2019

UNESCO General Conference to examine the draft of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

UNESCO, Universities

UNESCO, Universities

Photo: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Session of the Executive Board. October 16-17, 2019. Image Credit: UNESCO/C. Bailleul.

Paris, France, November 9, 2019 — In November 2019, UNESCO’s General Conference will examine for adoption the draft text of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications. Once approved, the Global Convention will be the first legally binding United Nations treaty on higher education.

The Global Convention, a binding agreement, will join the ranks of other UNESCO conventions, such as the cultural conventions and the Convention against doping in sport.

The Convention will be the first of its kind in the UN on higher education with a global scope. It will complement the five UNESCO regional conventions on the recognition of higher education qualifications.

Built on the existing regional conventions, the Global Convention will create a framework for fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory recognition of higher education qualifications. The originality of the Convention is that it opens for inter-regional academic mobility, and puts into place universal principles for improving recognition practices.

Under certain conditions, the Convention will be open for countries, which wish to be committed to its text.

Today, more than 4 million students study outside their home country. By 2020 around 8 million students will be studying abroad. The Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications is designed to facilitate academic mobility between regions. It will mainly benefit people who are seeking recognition of their qualifications in another area than their home region for either accessing higher education or continuing their studies.

For example, it will become easier for a student to have his/her high school diplomas recognized in another region to pursue his/her studies there. It will also facilitate a student who wants to complete a degree in another country based on education that he/she had started elsewhere.

The Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications will also provide platforms for national authorities to collaborate across borders and regions to develop better tools and practices for the recognition of higher education qualifications.

UNESCO serves as a global platform for discussion on the recognition of higher education qualifications and the promotion of academic mobility. Being the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education, the new Convention is part of UNESCO’s technical support to review more top education strategies and policies in countries that decided to be committed to its text. This support aims to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability.

UNESCO will be the secretariat of the mechanism to be set to ensure and monitor the implementation of the Convention’s text. This implementation mechanism body will meet every two years. It will provide guidance (recommendations, guidelines, and share good practices) to the countries committed to the Convention.

The Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications will be a reliable instrument to prevent brain drain since it would facilitate governments to put in place mechanisms for recognizing degrees obtained abroad.

The Convention will also help migrants to access higher education in their new home countries as it obliges to put in place mechanisms to facilitate the recognition of refugees’ qualifications, even for those who cannot provide any documentary evidence of their skills.

The idea of a Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications has been on UNESCO’s agenda for a long time. The formal process started in 2011 after a feasibility study had underlined the urgent need for such a convention to respond to the need for improved recognition of foreign qualifications worldwide. For this purpose, UNESCO established a drafting committee in 2016 consisting of experts from all regions that finalized a preliminary draft in June 2017.

UNESCO presented the draft for discussion at two intergovernmental meetings that took place in December 2018 and March 2019.

At the March meeting, more than 260 technical and legal experts from around 150 Member States approved the plan. Now the draft will be submitted for adoption at the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference in November 2019.

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November 8, 2019

IPI 2020 World Congress welcomes Powerful Partners — The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, and The Associated Press (AP), among others.

International Press Institute

New York, November 8, 2019 — The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, has welcomed The New York Times, The Associated Press (AP), the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Reuters and Bloomberg as partners for its 2020 World Congress. Columbia University and the Columbia School of Journalism would co-host IPI’s 2020 World Congress and 70th Anniversary Celebration. The IPI World Congress is the organization’s global forum on press freedom.

“We are honored to join hands with some of the most respected news media in the US for an event that will celebrate the power of independent journalism,” said John Daniszewski, AP Vice President and Chair of the IPI 2020 World Congress. “IPI looks forward to welcoming many more news organizations as partners for its 2020 World Congress. It is a strong sign that US news media today remain as dedicated to the core values of journalistic quality and integrity as they were seven decades ago when some distinguished editors founded IPI at Columbia University, New York.”

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November 7, 2019

India HRD Ministry to set up an Interfaith Center at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Nanak Books

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, and the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal released three Books of the National Book Trust on Guru Nanak at the University of Delhi on November 07, 2019. Dr. Pokhriyal also announced the setting up of Interfaith Center at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

New Delhi, November 7, 2019 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, and Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal launched three books on Guru Nanak Dev at the University of Delhi today.

The National Book Trust under the Ministry of HRD has published three Punjabi titles - Guru Nanak Bani, Nanak Bani, and Sakhian Guru Nanak Dev to spread the message of Guru Nanak. The National Book Trust has also published the title Guru Nanak Bani in Urdu, Odia, Marathi, Hindi, and Gujarati. It would publish its translations in Assamese, Bangla, Kannada, Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi, and English as well.

Mr. Pokhriyal congratulated National Book Trust for bringing out the books on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The books, he said, are relevant in these times, as the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev are apt in today’s world of complexities, and the youth world over need to follow his outlook of humanity, equality, and ‘One God.’ Mr. Pokhriyal also informed that in addition to the Guru Nanak Dev Chairs in Indian Universities, the Government had announced Guru Nanak Dev Chairs in Universities in the United Kingdom as well as in Canada. He also informed that many programs, seminars, discussions, discourses, and book release functions are being coordinated the world over by Indian missions abroad.

The HRD Minister also announced that an Interfaith Center would be set up at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, at the cost of Rs 493 crores.

While the National Book Trust, India will publish books on Guru Nanak in different Indian languages, UNESCO will publish Guru Nanak Dev’s writings in major world languages.

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