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August 18, 2019

New York Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station.



Photo: Russia’s Progress 73 resupply ship approaches the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment packed with almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 60 crew. Image provided by NASA.


Photo: International Space Station, a variety of solar arrays criss-cross the view. Image provided by NASA.


Photo: Official portrait of NASA astronaut Christina Koch. Image provided by NASA.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2019 — SciGirls viewers from New York will have an opportunity on Monday, Aug. 19, to talk live with NASA astronaut Christina Koch aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Koch will answer questions beginning at 10:55 a.m. EDT from girls ages 8 to 14 participating in the “SciGirls in Space” program. SciGirls is a PBS Kids television show, website and educational outreach program engaging more than 14 million girls in STEM learning and careers. The “SciGirls in Space” program includes partners and girls in six states who will participate in the event. The event will take place at the Challenger Learning Center of Ramapo, 225 Route 59, Airmont, New York.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station (habitable artificial satellite) in low Earth orbit. The ISS program is a joint project between five participating space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Astronauts living in space on the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).

Through NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 and then on to Mars.

Source: NASA

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August 17, 2019

Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Briefs Press on Jammu and Kashmir.

United Nations, India

Photo: Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, briefs correspondents following Security Council consultations on the situation in Pakistan and his country. 16 August 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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August 16, 2019







Photos: TAG Heuer’s three new Aquaracer models for women capture the lifestyle at sea without compromising on the diving functionalities, for which, the Aquaracer line is well known. Images provided by TAG Heuer.

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer has always been a sports watch. Its robust design and wide range of functions make it a reliable tool on land, out on the ocean and below the waves. These three new quartz-powered models for ladies are no different.

Each new model has the six standard features of any Aquaracer wristwatch:

  1. Unidirectional rotating bezel
  2. Sapphire crystal
  3. Screw-down crown
  4. Water resistance to 300 m
  5. Luminescent hands and markers
  6. A double security clasp on the bracelet or strap.

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United Nations Commemorates International Day of World's Indigenous People

United Nations, World's Indigenous People


Photo: Silvia Museiya (right) from the Yiaku indigenous community of the Mukogodo forest in Kenya, have a digital moment with another participant at the event to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Ms. Museiya is an advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples and chairperson of the Indigenous People National Steering Committee on Climate Change. 09 August 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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August 15, 2019

Prime Minister Modi of India addresses the nation from Red Fort, Delhi, on Independence Day.

Modi, Independence Day, India

Modi, Independence Day, India


Photos: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi, on August 15, 2019.

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August 10, 2019

The World Economic Forum will host the 2019 India Economic Summit in New Delhi from 3 to 4 October.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Dalian International Conference Centre before the start of the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. [File Photo]

World Economic Forum

Photo: Zhang Lu, Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund, USA; Young Global Leader, captured during the Session “How China Shapes the Future of Finance” at the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, 1 July 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary. [File Photo]

Geneva, Switzerland, 9 August 2019 - The World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will host this year’s India Economic Summit in New Delhi from 3 to 4 October.

The World Economic Forum would conduct the summit under the theme “Innovating for India: Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World.” The summit will build on its more than three decades of success and explore some of the critical issues facing the region.

Participants will discuss improving technology governance, developing infrastructure, ensuring job creation and skill development, advancing environmental sustainability, and ensuring equitable and inclusive growth for all.

The India Economic Summit will welcome over 800 participants from business, politics, academia, civil society, international organizations, arts and culture, media and members of the Forum’s communities, including Social Entrepreneurs, Global Shapers and Young Global Leaders.

The summit will address strategic issues of regional significance under four thematic pillars:

The International Affairs Reality - Geopolitical shifts and the complexity of our global system

The New Social System - Inequality, inclusive growth, health and nutrition

The New Ecological System - Environment, pollution, and climate change

The New Technological System - The Fourth Industrial Revolution, science, and innovation and entrepreneurship

“This year marks 35 years of our engagement in India,” said Viraj Mehta, World Economic Forum’s Head of Regional Agenda, India and South Asia.

Mr. Mehta disclosed that the summit would hear the government’s vision of making India a $5 trillion economy. The summit will also focus on South Asia and ASEAN. It would discuss how the two regions can enhance economic collaboration and bring the global best practices to the area.

Source: World Economic Forum

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August 7, 2019

India's University Grants Commission (UGC), asks Universities to Report Recruitment of Faculty, Vacant Posts, Reservations, and Advertisement Details. DEADLINE: 10 AUGUST 2019.

UGC India

New Delhi, 31 July 2019 — The University Grants Commission of India (UGC) has, today (31 July 2019), sent a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities. UGC has asked them to “ensure that the details of all vacant posts, along with the reservations and advertisement details are uploaded” on the website of the National Higher Education Research Center (NHERC).

Earlier, in a bid to address the issue of shortage of quality teaching faculty in higher education institutions, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had issued guidelines for the recruitment of faculty.

The UGC has set a time-frame of six months for the entire recruitment process for the faculties, which includes:

  1. Identification of Vacancies.
  2. Permission for filling up Vacancies.
  3. Release of Advertisement for Vacancies.
  4. Constitution of the Selection Committee.
  5. Fixing of Dates of the Selection Committee Meetings.
  6. Scrutiny of Applications.

UGC Secretary, Rajnish Jain, in his previous (04 June 2019) letter to the Vice-Chancellors, had asked the institutions to comply with the UGC guidelines in letter and spirit and complete the recruitment at the earliest.

Main Points of UGC Guidelines for Recruitment of Faculty in Universities and Colleges:

• HEIs should follow the selection process as per their Acts, Statutes or constituent documents and per the University Grants Commission (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2018.

• HEIs should, however, ensure that all the vacant posts, along with the reservations details, are uploaded on the NHERC online portal.

• The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) would do the monitoring of the filling up of the vacancies through the above portal.

• HEIs should initiate and complete the selection process within six months.

• The selection process should be strictly per the University Grants Commission (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2018 and as amended from time to time.

• Violations of the Guidelines described above may lead to appropriate action by the UGC against the institution, including withholding the grants.

Source: University Grants Commission, New Delhi.


• The University Grants Commission of India (UGC) is a statutory body charged with coordination, determination, and maintenance of standards of higher education. It recognizes universities and disburses grants to such recognized universities and colleges.

UPDATE — New Delhi, 07 August 2019.


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August 2, 2019

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, selects 10 Public and 10 Private Universities for "Institution of Eminence" Status.

UGC, India

UGC Members


Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank,’ with the University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman, and the Members. He held a meeting with them. New Delhi. 02 August 2019.

New Delhi, 02 August 2019 — The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended the following universities for the coveted “Institution of Eminence” Status:

Delhi University


  1. IIT Bombay
  2. IIT Delhi
  3. IISC Bangalore
  4. IIT Madras
  5. IIT Kharagpur
  6. Delhi University
  7. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  8. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  9. Anna University, Chennai
  10. Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi

(UGC will finalize the names of Jadavpur University and Anna University after consultation with the respective state governments.)


  1. BITS Pilani, Rajasthan
  2. Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka
  3. Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation, Maharashtra) [Greenfield Category]
  4. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore
  5. VIT Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  6. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
  7. Kalinga Instt. of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar
  8. OP JINDAL University, Haryana
  9. Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh
  10. Bharti University (Satya Bharti Foundation), Delhi [Greenfield Category]

Among the Public Universities, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune; Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh; Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam; Panjab University, Chandigarh; and Andhra University, Visakhapatnam were also in the race. They all, however, failed to make the cut as their World Ranking was beyond 800 or they did not figure in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

Following private universities were also in the race: Azim Premji University, Bangalore; Ashoka University, Sonepat; KREA University, Chennai; IIHS (Indian Institute for Human Settlements), and Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar. These institutions have not been given the IoE status as they did not figure in the NIRF Rankings 2018 and 2019.

In the case of the Private Institutions proposed as Institutions of Eminence, there will be no financial support. They will, however, be entitled to more autonomy as a select category Deemed University.

Each of the ten Public Institutions selected as Institute of Eminence (IoE) will get financial assistance up to Rs. 1000 Crore over five years.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

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July 31, 2019

QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019: London Named World's Best Student City. Bangalore Best Student City in India.

QS Best Student Cities

Bangalore, QS Best Student Cities

Photo: Bangalore. Bangalore is QS Best Student City in India. Image Credit: M. R. Gears.

QS Best Student Cities

Photo: London. Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. London is the World’s Best Student City. Image Credit: Duane Wessels.

LONDON, July 31, 2019 — London is the world’s best student city for the second consecutive year, according to the latest guide to the globe’s top urban study destinations. The sixth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, compiled by global consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees London outrank competition from Tokyo and Melbourne.

London remains the world’s leading student city due to the high number of top universities present in the city, its high levels of employer activity and student diversity. Further, the global student body holds it in high regard. These positive elements outweigh London’s low ‘Affordability’ score.

QS ranks Student Cities according to:

  • Number and performance of their Universities.
  • The extent to which employers are actively hiring there.
  • City’s affordability.
  • City’s Desirability and Quality of Life.
  • Diversity of the city’s student body.

Feedback from over 87,000 current and prospective international students also impacts the results.

  • Both the US and UK have 14 cities ranked, led by Boston (12th) and London (1st) respectively.
  • Canada’s top City is Montreal (6th) and second-best according to the students surveyed;
  • Toronto (11th) ranks third for Desirability;
  • Asia’s top city remains Tokyo (2nd) followed by Seoul (10th) and Hong Kong (14th);
  • China’s top is Beijing (32nd), with Shanghai (33rd):
  • India’s top is Bangalore (81st), with Mumbai (85th);
  • Australia boasts seven cities, with Melbourne (3rd) and Sydney (9th) confirming their top-10 rank;
  • Auckland (37th) is New Zealand’s top city;
  • In Continental Europe, Munich (4th) leads, followed by Berlin (5th), Paris (7th) and Zurich (8th);
  • Scandinavia’s best is Stockholm (37th);
  • Moscow (34th) leads in Eastern Europe, followed by Prague (35th);
  • Budapest (43rd) tops the Affordability Indicator, followed by Kuala Lumpur;
  • Latin America’s best City is Buenos Aires once again (31st ).
  • Dubai-Ajman-Sharjah (60th) tops the Middle East;
  • Africa’s top is Johannesburg (78th ), with Cape Town (80th);
  • Pakistan’s leading city is Islamabad (110th), with Lahore (115th).

QS Best Student Cities

Rank — City — Country

  1. London — United Kingdom
  2. Tokyo — Japan
  3. Melbourne — Australia
  4. Munich — Germany
  5. Berlin — Germany
  6. Montreal — Canada
  7. Paris — France
  8. Zurich — Switzerland
  9. Sydney — Australia
  10. Seoul — South Korea
  11. Toronto — Canada
  12. Boston — United States
  13. Vienna — Austria
  14. Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  15. Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  16. Vancouver — Canada
  17. Taipei — Taiwan
  18. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe — Japan
  19. New York — United States
  20. Singapore — Singapore
  21. Barcelona — Spain
  22. Brisbane — Australia
  23. Canberra — Australia
  24. Amsterdam — Netherlands
  25. Los Angeles — United States
  26. Adelaide — Australia
  27. Auckland — New Zealand
  28. Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia
  29. Manchester — United Kingdom
  30. Buenos Aires — Argentina
  31. Beijing — China
  32. Shanghai — China
  33. Moscow — Russia
  34. Prague — Czech Republic
  35. San Francisco — United States
  36. Dublin — Ireland
  37. Stockholm — Sweden
  38. Glasgow — United Kingdom
  39. Milan — Italy
  40. Chicago — United States
  41. Perth — Australia
  42. Brussels — Belgium
  43. Budapest — Hungary
  44. Ottawa — Canada
  45. Copenhagen — Denmark
  46. Coventry — United Kingdom
  47. Nottingham — United Kingdom
  48. Birmingham — United Kingdom
  49. Lyon — France
  50. Warsaw — Poland
  51. Lisbon — Portugal
  52. Mexico City — Mexico
  53. Santiago — Chile
  54. Gothenburg — Sweden
  55. Helsinki — Finland
  56. Atlanta — United States
  57. Newcastle Upon Tyne — United Kingdom
  58. Bangkok — Thailand
  59. Brno — Czech Republic
  60. Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman — United Arab Emirates
  61. Philadelphia — United States
  62. Washington DC — United States
  63. Aberdeen — United Kingdom
  64. Christchurch — New Zealand
  65. St. Petersburg — Russia
  66. Pittsburgh — United States
  67. Hsinchu — Taiwan
  68. Stuttgart — Germany
  69. Rome — Italy
  70. Istanbul — Turkey
  71. Athens — Greece
  72. Tomsk — Russia
  73. Toulouse — France
  74. Valencia — Spain
  75. San Diego — United States
  76. Sao Paulo — Brazil
  77. Johannesburg — South Africa
  78. Graz — Austria
  79. Cape Town — South Africa
  80. Bangalore — India
  81. Bogota — Colombia
  82. Brighton — United Kingdom
  83. Gold Coast — Australia
  84. Manila — Philippines
  85. Mumbai — India
  86. Baltimore — United States
  87. Abu Dhabi — United Arab Emirates
  88. Ankara — Turkey
  89. Daejeon — South Korea
  90. Monterrey — Mexico
  91. Novosibirsk — Russia
  92. Houston — United States
  93. Miami — United States
  94. Nagoya — Japan
  95. Vilnius — Lithuania
  96. Bristol — United Kingdom
  97. Lima — Peru
  98. Nanjing — China
  99. Montpellier — France
  100. Beirut — Lebanon
  101. Rio de Janeiro — Brazil
  102. Sheffield — United Kingdom
  103. Krakow — Poland
  104. Wuhan — China
  105. Liverpool — United Kingdom
  106. Cairo — Egypt
  107. Wroclaw — Poland
  108. Jakarta — Indonesia
  109. Riga — Latvia
  110. Islamabad — Pakistan
  111. Almaty — Kazakhstan
  112. Delhi — India
  113. Dallas — United States
  114. Chennai — India
  115. Lahore — Pakistan
  116. Quebec — Canada
  117. Kiev — Ukraine
  118. Leicester — United Kingdom
  119. Minsk — Belarus

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The fact that London has again been ranked the best city in the world in which to be a student is fantastic news. It is no surprise given that London is home to world-leading higher education institutions and a vibrant cultural life. London is open to students and talent from around the world.”

Debuting at 81st position globally, Bangalore has been ranked India’s best city for students. In terms of affordability, Bengaluru is ranked seventh globally.

The other top Indian cities include Mumbai (85), Delhi (113), and Chennai (115). Among these, Mumbai has gained ground, moving 14 places up from last year.

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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July 29, 2019

Porsche India welcomes the new Macan, while Porsche introduces new 911 Carrera Coupé and 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

Porsche India

Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, at the launch of the new Macan.

Porsche India

Photo: Porsche’s compact SUV the Macan is now available in India.

New Delhi, 29 July 2019 — Following a comprehensive upgrade, one of Porsche’s most popular models, the Macan, is now available in India. Its performance credentials underline the model’s position as the genuine sports car in its segment. The guests saw the latest generation at a launch event today. The brand’s compact SUV has evolved in terms of comfort and driving dynamics, with two engine versions available at the launch, the Macan and the more powerful Macan S.

Commenting on the arrival of the new model, Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, said: “The Macan has been one of our most successful series in India. With the new generation combining even more pronounced Porsche DNA, greater performance and comfort, I am confident that the success story is sure to continue.”

“I believe that the Macan is the most exciting compact SUV on the market, never allowing you to forget it is a true sports car at heart. The new range offers the perfect balance of emotions and functionality. The newly introduced Crest Care Package for the Macan offers complete peace of mind for the vehicle’s upkeep. I am delighted to be welcoming the first variants of Macan to the market,” Mr. Shetty stated.

• Porsche introduces new 911 Carrera Coupé and 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

Meanwhile, Porsche is expanding its eighth-generation range with the addition of the 911 Carrera. It is launching a new 911 Carrera Coupé and a further 911 Carrera Cabriolet.



Porsche Carrera Cabriolet

Porsch CarreraCabriolet

Porsche Carrera Coupe

PorscheCarrera Coupe

Porsche Carrera Coupe

The latest Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé and 911 Carrera Cabriolet are now available for order.

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July 28, 2019

Mastercard: China and the United States Continue to Drive Global Travel

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Mastercard, Bangkok, Travel

Photo: Bangkok, Thailand. Image Credit: Roberto Trombetta.

PURCHASE, NY - July 26, 2019 - According to Mastercard’s newest edition of its Global Destination Cities Index, Mainland Chinese are traveling overseas for business and leisure in higher numbers than ever before. Mastercard’s special report, “Global Destination Cities Index: Origins,” released today, turns its lens on where international travelers originate. Mainland China has jumped from No. 7 in 2009 to No. 2 today, behind only the United States in terms of the number of travelers to overseas destinations.

Mastercard’s “Global Destination Cities Index: Origins” individually ranks from where most people travel internationally and their top destinations. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the industry contributed a record US$8.8 trillion and 319 million jobs in 2018 globally.

This year, the United States is the No. 1 origin market followed by mainland China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France. Travel from across Asia-Pacific also surged; the Republic of Korea and Taiwan, which were not in the top 10 a decade ago, rose to No. 6 and No. 10 respectively. The top origin markets are:

  1. United States of America
  2. Mainland China
  3. Germany
  4. The United Kingdom
  5. France
  6. Republic of Korea
  7. Japan
  8. Canada
  9. Russian Federation
  10. Taiwan

Top Destination Cities by Origin


  1. The United States of America — Cancun, Mexico; Toronto, Canada; London, U.K.
  2. Mainland China — Bangkok, Thailand; Seoul, Republic of Korea; Tokyo, Japan
  3. Germany — Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Bolzano, Italy; Tiroler Unterland, Austria
  4. The United Kingdom — Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Paris, France; Dublin, Ireland
  5. France — London, England; Marrakech, Morocco; Barcelona, Spain
  6. Republic of Korea — Osaka, Japan; Hokkaido, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  7. Japan — Taipei, Taiwan; Seoul, Republic of Korea; Bangkok, Thailand
  8. Canada — Washington D.C., U.S.A.; Las Vegas, U.S.A.; New York, U.S.A.
  9. Russian Federation — Antalya, Turkey; Pattaya, Thailand; Phuket, Thailand
  10. Taiwan — Tokyo, Japan; Hokkaido, Japan; Okinawa, Japan

Top Destination Countries by Origin


  1. United States of America — Mexico; Canada; Italy
  2. Mainland China — Thailand; Japan; United States of America
  3. Germany — Italy; Spain; Austria
  4. United Kingdom — Spain; United States of America; India
  5. France — Spain; United States of America; United Kingdom
  6. Republic of Korea — Japan; Mainland China; Vietnam
  7. Japan — The United States of America; Mainland China; Taiwan
  8. Canada — United States of America; Mexico; India
  9. Russian Federation — Turkey; Thailand; Tunisia
  10. Taiwan — Japan; Republic of Korea; Thailand

“Mastercard’s “Global Destination Cities Index: Origins” offers a new way for local officials and companies to see how travelers spend at destinations. It provides them with better insights on how to plan and promote travel and tourism capabilities,” says Diana Robino, senior vice president, tourism partnerships for Mastercard.

“Managed well, travel and tourism can be a catalyst for inclusive growth, benefiting both visitors and all communities in the destinations. Mastercard is committed to using its expertise and technology to help cities and destinations realize these opportunities,” she said.

Mastercard acts as a critical technology partner for the global travel and tourism industry. It helps tourism partners better understand commerce patterns and deliver more connected and inclusive experiences.

Addressing the challenges of global tourism is too big a task for one organization, industry, or government alone. Bringing together resources from across disciplines and sectors - public and private - produces innovation and more sustainable solutions, made possible by a 360-degree view of the issues at hand.

Mastercard’s “Origins” is a breakout report of the broader “Global Destination Cities Index,” with full rankings coming out later this year.

“Top Destinations for Origins” is obtained by summing together all the overnight visits of origin market residents to each destination covered by the overall Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.

The Mastercard “Global Destination Cities Index” ranks 200 cities based on third-party research and proprietary analysis. It takes into account the number of total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities in 2018.

Mastercard Travel, Top 20 Destination Cities

Source: Mastercard

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July 24, 2019

India's Commerce & Industry Minister Launches Global Innovation Index Rankings 2019, authored by Cornell University, INSEAD, and WIPO.

Global Innovation Index

Global Innovation Index

Photo: The Union Minister for Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, launching the Global Innovation Index - 2019, in New Delhi on 24 July 2019.

Cornell, Global Innovation Index

Insaid, Global Innovation Index

New Delhi, 24 July 2019 — Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal, launched the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019 in New Delhi, today.

India jumped five places to improve its position from 57th last year to 52nd in 2019.

The Minister, Piyush Goyal, congratulated all those involved in the process. He said that India has made significant progress to 52nd rank in the GII-2019 and now the culture of innovation is coming to the center-stage. Mr. Goyal further said that India would not rest on past laurels until it achieves its target of positioning itself among the top 25 countries of the Global Innovation Index. To achieve this ranking, he urged all stakeholders to work in mission mode.

Piyush Goyal urged the R&D institutions, universities, and the private sector to transform the country into a hub of innovation.

The Commerce and Industry Minister in his address said that the improvement in the rankings should inspire Indians to help marginalized and underprivileged section of society. He said India needs innovative solutions to problems like rising pollution levels in cities, water crises, depleting natural resources, climate change, and food wastage.

“The rise in the GII by economic powerhouses like China and India have transformed the geography of innovation,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

Mr. Gurry thanked the Government of India for hosting the global launch of the GII. “India’s high-level focus on using innovation to foster economic development makes the country an ideal location for the GII 2019 launch,” Mr. Gurry said.

• The GII rankings are published every year by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The GII rankings of 129 economies use 80 indicators ranging from intellectual property filing rates to mobile-application creation, education spending, and scientific and technical publications.

Switzerland remains number one in the GII index. Sweden follows it. The United States of America, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark, Singapore, Germany, and Israel come after that.

Top 20 in Global Ranking

  1. Switzerland
  2. Sweden
  3. United States of America
  4. The Netherlands
  5. The United Kingdom
  6. Finland
  7. Denmark
  8. Singapore
  9. Germany
  10. Israel
  11. Korea, Republic of
  12. Ireland
  13. Hong Kong (China)
  14. China
  15. Japan
  16. France
  17. Canada
  18. Luxemburg
  19. Norway
  20. Iceland

Sources: India Ministry of Commerce & Industry, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University.

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July 22, 2019

India's Second Mission to the Moon: GSLV MkIII-M1 Successfully Launches Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft.


Photo: The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1 rocket, carrying Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, lifting off from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, 22 July 2019.

New Delhi, 22 July 2019 — India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV MkIII-M1, successfully launched the 3840 kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an earth orbit today. The probe is now revolving around the earth with a perigee (nearest point to earth) of 169.7 km and an apogee (farthest point to earth) of 45,475 km. Today’s flight marks the first operational flight of the GSLV Mk III.

After a smooth countdown lasting 20 hours, GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle majestically lifted off from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at the scheduled launch time of 1443 Hrs (2:43 pm) Indian Standard Time (IST) with the ignition of its two S200 reliable strap-on motors. All the subsequent flight events occurred as scheduled.

About 16 minutes 14 seconds after lift-off, the vehicle-injected Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an elliptical earth orbit. Immediately after spacecraft separation from the vehicle, the solar array of the probe automatically got deployed. After that, ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), Bengaluru successfully took control of the spacecraft.

ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan congratulated the launch vehicle and satellite teams involved in this challenging mission. “Today is a historic day for Space Science and Technology in India. I am thrilled to announce that GSLV MkIII-M1 successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 into an orbit of 6000 Km more than the intended orbit and is better.”

“Today is the beginning of the historical journey of India towards Moon and to land at a place near the South Pole to carry out scientific experiments to explore the unexplored,” Dr. Sivan said.

In the coming days, a series of orbit maneuvers will be carried out using Chandrayaan-2’s onboard propulsion system. It will raise the spacecraft orbit in steps and then place it in the Lunar Transfer Trajectory to enable the spacecraft to travel to the vicinity of the moon.

GSLV Mk III is a three-stage launch vehicle developed by ISRO. The car has two solid strap-ons, a core liquid booster, and a cryogenic upper stage. It is designed to carry 4 ton class of satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) or about 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

Chandrayaan-2 is India’s second mission to the moon. It comprises a fully indigenous Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).

The mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the critical technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. On the science front, this mission aims to expand our knowledge about the moon further. There would be a detailed study of its topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics, and atmosphere leading to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon.

After leaving earth orbit and on entering the moon’s sphere of influence, the onboard propulsion system of Chandrayaan-2 will be fired to slow down the spacecraft.

Subsequently, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and enter into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the moon. Then, it will perform a series of complex braking manoeuvers to soft-land in the South polar region of the moon on 7 September 2019.

Following this, the Rover will roll out from the lander and carry out experiments on the lunar surface for one lunar day, which is equal to 14 Earth days. The mission life of the lander is also one lunar day. The Orbiter will continue its mission for one year.

The Orbiter had a lift-off weight of about 2,369 kg, while the lander and Rover weighed 1,477 kg and 26 kg respectively. The Rover can travel up to 500 m (half a kilometer) and relies on electric power generated by its solar panel for functioning.

Chandrayaan-2 has several science payloads to facilitate a more detailed understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon. The Orbiter carries eight payloads, the lander takes three, and the Rover brings two. The Orbiter payloads will conduct remote-sensing observations from a 100 km orbit while the Lander and Rover payloads will perform in-situ measurements near the landing site.

The ground facilities constitute the third vital element of Chandrayaan-2 mission. They perform the crucial task of receiving the health information as well as the scientific data from the spacecraft. They also transmit the radio commands to the satellite. The Ground Segment of Chandrayaan-2 consists of Indian Deep Space Network, Spacecraft Control Centre and Indian Space Science Data Centre.

Today’s successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 is a significant milestone in this challenging mission. A total number of 7500 visitors witnessed the launch live from the Viewer’s Gallery at Sriharikota.

Source: Department of Space, Government of India.

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July 19, 2019

High-Level Political Forum at UN Headquarters in New York concludes that Education is Everyone's Responsibility.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (right), meets with Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 16 July 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, UNESCO


Photo: Group photo of participants of the 57th UN Geneva International Graduate Study Programme during the closing ceremony. The participants are displaying the certificates awarded to them. 12 July 2019. United Nations, Geneva. UN Photo/ Jean-Marc Ferré.

New York, 19 July 2019 — The voices of governments, donors, international organizations, youth, and teachers struck a universal chord in calling for stepped-up action to achieve relevant, equitable and inclusive quality education. They were participating in an event organized by UNESCO, the Group of Friends for Education and the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee during the High-Level Political Forum at UN Headquarters in New York.

“Education is a fundamental right and the supporting structure for the entire 2030 Agenda,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, opening the event. “It is urgent that we act together and step up efforts to invest more in education.” “Governments hold the primary responsibility, but civil society, multilateral and international actors must join their efforts to achieve this common goal,” she said. Ms. Azoulay asserted that UNESCO would continue to make education a top priority to accomplish its global coordination and monitoring role.

Government representatives gave examples of how Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education is influencing national policy, demonstrating its relevance to all contexts. The Minister of Research and Higher Education of Norway, Ms. Iselin Nybo, proposed actions to integrate sustainable development across all school subjects and university programs. To achieve the SDGs and build better societies, she called for the “democratization of knowledge” to ensure that the fruits of research are widely shared.

Argentina has placed a priority on ‘leaving no one behind” through affirmative actions at all levels, explained Oscar Ghillione, the country’s deputy Minister of Education. Having hosted the first G20 conference of education ministers in 2018, Argentina is also striving to “place education at the heart of the global debate,” he said.

Jaime Saavedra, head of Education Global Practice at the World Bank, called for a “completely different level of political commitment.” He warned that “many kids are in learning poverty” as proven by assessments showing that over half cannot understand a simple story. “This is morally unacceptable,” he said.

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini, wrapped up the event by stressing urgency, accountability, solidarity, and political engagement to accelerate global action for education.

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July 18, 2019

Mastercard's Global Network, City Possible, demonstrates how Cities can truly become Smart Cities.

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City Possible Mastercard

City Possible Dubai

Photo: Dubai. Image Credit: Eugene Kaspersky. Dubai is a founding member of the City Possible global network.

City Possible Athens

Photo: Athens, Greece. Image Credit: Tilemachos Tampakas. Athens is a founding member of the City Possible global network.

City Possible Melbourne

Photo: Melbourne, Australia. Image Credit: Carlos Y. Melbourne is a founding member of the City Possible global network.

At the just-concluded United States Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mastercard demonstrated how collaboration and technology could help the city administrations and the city residents.

Mastercard recently launched “City Possible,” a unique global network for urban co-development. Mastercard is connecting cities with academia and businesses to identify common challenges.

Sixteen cities, representing a diverse mix of geography and size, became founding members of the global City Possible network: Athens, Aurora IL, Baltimore, Dubai, Dublin, Helsinki, Honolulu, Kansas City, Melbourne, Prague, San Diego, Altamonte Springs FL, and Greater Sydney communities of Campbelltown, Canterbury Bankstown, Liverpool, and Wollondilly. The network is open for additional cities to join.

Miguel Gamiño leads the global city partnerships for Mastercard. According to him, “The superpower of cities is their freedom to collaborate - allowing them to build on each other’s progress.” “By bringing together city leaders from across the globe, City Possible promotes the sharing of ideas and best practices - aimed at advancing more connected and inclusive urban communities. What unites all our public, private, and academic partners is their commitment to making technology work for all people, and finding scalable solutions for universal needs.”

As a critical component of City Possible, Mastercard is partnering with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (TECH). TECH will host a series of programs to foster a regular learning exchange among global city leaders.

“As urban areas around the world continue to grow, cities face common issues - how to provide a healthy environment, safety, affordability and economic opportunity for their communities,” says Prof. David S. Ricketts, a fellow at TECH. “Faced with limited resources and competing priorities, city leaders look for solutions that work. Through our learning exchanges, we want to equip CIOs and other urban leaders to navigate this dynamic environment better.”

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for “making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” Through collaboration with Mastercard, participating cities can access the City Possible network to identify shared challenges and seek sustainable business models to address them. United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme will work with City Possible. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to work with Mastercard,” Michael Nolan, Director of the UN Global Compact Cities said.

French multinational company IDEMIA is also collaborating with Mastercard for City Possible. IDEMIA specializes in security and identity solutions. “We look forward to building on our long-standing relationship with Mastercard,” said Nathalie Oestmann, SVP Global Innovation Strategy for Financial Institution’s activities at IDEMIA. “It would shape future banking and payment experiences in an increasingly urbanized world.”

According to Mastercard, City Possible will provide a framework for co-creating, testing, and finding solutions to crucial challenges shared by cities across the globe. Mastercard would connect cities with private sector players that are equally committed to people-centered design. By closely collaborating with companies such as Microsoft, HERE Technologies and now also IDEMIA, Mastercard works to address urban challenges more holistically.

Mastercard explains that one of the areas that exemplifies the advantages of city-to-city collaboration is public transit. Mastercard had helped Transport for London to transform its ticketing system by introducing contactless technology in 2014. Now cities around the world, including Sydney, Singapore, Vancouver, Boston, and New York have adopted solutions that are using the same global standard. Through City Possible, cities could benefit from greater efficiency, and better, more inclusive experiences in the disbursement of social benefits and unified access to municipal services, Mastercard elaborated.

Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director-General, Smart Dubai & CEO, Dubai Data Establishment, said that Knowledge and experience sharing build Smart Cities. Joining Mastercard’s City Possible network opens a global array of uses for Dubai. “We have already begun working on our first collaborative project with Mastercard. Through the network, we look forward to working on several cross-border projects with cities across the globe,” he stated.

The Mayor of Kansas City, Sly James, said, “Kansas City is proud to partner with Mastercard and Civic Leaders from around the world.” “Smart Cities programs are not about technology - they are about people, and how we can use technology as a tool to improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors.” “We are excited to be part of the global network of City Possible that is using tech and policy to establish 21st Century Communities for 21st Century Citizens.”

“Athens has acquired deep expertise in public-private partnerships, and we are extremely excited to join the City Possible program,” said Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Greece. “Mastercard is a key partner, and we are already working closely to enhance the city’s tourism and technology sector.” “By joining this global initiative, we continue to work towards developing smart city solutions. Sharing best practices and knowledge with other cities is the best way of moving forward,” he concluded.

Source: Mastercard

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July 17, 2019

Times Higher Education (THE) announces its World University Reputation Rankings 2019. India Absent.

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World University Reputation Rankings

Photo: A building at the University of Chicago. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

London, 17 July 2019 — The most valuable asset in a crowded market is reputation. Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the World University Reputation Rankings 2019 comprising the world’s top 100 most prestigious universities.

According to Times Higher Education, its World University Reputation Rankings are created using the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Reputation Rankings 2019 are based on the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior published academics. It asks scholars to name no more than 15 universities that they believe are the best for research and teaching in their field, based on their own experience.

The US continues to dominate the table in 2019, with 42 representatives in the overall top 100, led by Harvard University in first place for the ninth consecutive year.

The UK has ten institutions in the rankings, up from nine last year, headed by the University of Cambridge in fourth place.

Australia has doubled its representation this year, claiming six spots, up from three. Its most prestigious institution, the University of Melbourne, is now ranked joint 44th, up from joint 47th.

Meanwhile, Japan’s University of Tokyo sits just outside the top 10 in 11th place, up from 13th last year. It is the top-ranked university outside the US and UK.

Elsewhere, a Canadian university features in the top 20 for the first time since 2015; the University of Toronto is ranked 19th, up from joint 22nd last year.

Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo is back in the ranking in the 81-90 band; it was absent last year.

Overall, 19 countries are represented across the top 100 list of the most influential global university brands, down from 21 last year.

This year, no institution from India figures in the Times Higher Education World University Reputation Rankings. Last year, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has made it to the list in the 91-100 band.

According to Times Higher Education, the 2019 rankings are based on a survey of 11,554 respondents in 135 countries, across all core academic disciplines, carried out in the spring of 2019.

• World’s Top 100 Most Prestigious Universities in 2019


  1. Harvard University — United States
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  3. Stanford University — United States
  4. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  5. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  6. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  7. Princeton University — United States
  8. Yale University — United States
  9. University of California, Los Angeles — United States
  10. University of Chicago — United States
  11. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  12. California Institute of Technology — United States
  13. Columbia University — United States
  14. Tsinghua University — China
  15. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States
  16. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  17. Peking University — China
  18. UCL — United Kingdom
  19. University of Toronto — Canada
  20. ETH Zurich — Switzerland
  21. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  22. Cornell University — United States
  23. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  24. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  25. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom
  26. New York University — United States
  27. Kyoto University — Japan
  28. University of Washington-Seattle — United States
  29. Duke University — United States
  30. University of California, San Diego — United States
  31. Carnegie Mellon University — United States
  32. The University of Texas at Austin — United States
  33. Northwestern University — United States
  34. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  35. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States
  36. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States
  37. University of British Columbia — Canada
  38. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
  39. McGill University — Canada
  40. Paris Sciences et Lettres - PSL Research University Paris — France
  41. King’s College London — United Kingdom
  42. University of California, San Francisco — United States
  43. LMU Munich — Germany
  44. Georgia Institute of Technology — United States
  45. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  46. University of Melbourne — Australia
  47. Seoul National University — South Korea
  48. University of California, Davis — United States
  49. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne — Switzerland
  50. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States


  • Delft University of Technology — Netherlands
  • Heidelberg University — Germany
  • KU Leuven — Belgium
  • University of Manchester — United Kingdom
  • University of Minnesota — United States
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore — Singapore
  • National Taiwan University — Taiwan
  • Pennsylvania State University — United States
  • Sorbonne University — France
  • Technical University of Munich — Germany


  • University of Amsterdam — Netherlands
  • Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany
  • Karolinska Institute — Sweden
  • Leiden University — Netherlands
  • University of Maryland, College Park — United States
  • Michigan State University — United States
  • Ohio State University — United States
  • University of Southern California — United States
  • University of Sydney — Australia
  • Tohoku University — Japan


  • Australian National University — Australia
  • Brown University — United States
  • University of Copenhagen — Denmark
  • Fudan University — China
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) — United States
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea
  • Osaka University — Japan
  • Purdue University West Lafayette — United States
  • University of Science and Technology of China — China
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
  • Washington University in St Louis — United States


  • University of Arizona — United States
  • Boston University — United States
  • University of California, Santa Barbara — United States
  • Free University of Berlin — Germany
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick — United States
  • University of São Paulo — Brazil
  • Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
  • Zhejiang University — China


  • Chinese University of Hong Kong —Hong Kong
  • Durham University — United Kingdom
  • École Polytechnique — France
  • University of Florida — United States
  • Monash University — Australia
  • University of Queensland — Australia
  • UNSW Sydney — Australia
  • Utrecht University — Netherlands
  • Wageningen University & Research — Netherlands
  • University of Warwick — United Kingdom

The Times Higher Education World University Reputation Rankings list the world’s top 100 universities purely on their Academic Prestige as distinct from their Academic Performance.

According to Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty, “A university’s reputation for academic excellence is vital for its success.”

A university’s brand - crucial in helping to attract students, staff, and funding - is built on esteem.

Source: Times Higher Education

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July 15, 2019

2020 Presidential Candidate, Senator Amy Klobuchar, will deliver a vital speech and brief the press on priorities for her first 100 days as President at National Press Club, July 16.

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Amy Klobuchar, NPC

Photo: 2020 Presidential Candidate, Senator Amy Klobuchar, will deliver a vital speech and brief the press on priorities for her first 100 days as President at National Press Club, July 16.

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2019 — Democratic Presidential Candidate and Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar, will participate in a National Press Club Newsmaker event at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Senator Klobuchar will deliver a major speech on her plan outlining the more than 100 concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days as the President of the United States to take on the most significant challenges Americans face at home and abroad.

This news conference will take place in the Club’s Holeman Lounge, and is open to credentialed media and the Members of the National Press Club.

The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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July 14, 2019

World's Best Cultural Cities for Students

Sao Paulo students


Photo: College students, downtown, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image Credit: Fernando Stankuns.

Sao Paulo students


Photo: College students, downtown, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image Credit: Fernando Stankuns.

Santiago, Chile

Photo: Auto show, Santiago, Chile. Image Credit: Francisco Osorio.

LONDON, July 13, 2019 — The UK and US are home to the most cultural cities for students. A new study by Oxford Summer Courses examined the towns that are home to some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and ranked them according to the number of museums, cinemas, libraries, theaters and street markets per 100,000 people. The UK and US lead the list, with the American city of Berkeley in California coming out on top.

Second in the ranking was Ithaca, home to the Ivy League Cornell University. Ithaca, New York, is ranked high for its museums and theaters. Cambridge (UK) follows Ithaca. Cambridge (UK) is ranked highly across all categories, in particular, public libraries and theaters. The UK overall is well represented, with six cities - Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Glasgow, Bristol, and Manchester - featuring in the top 20.

The United States and the United Kingdom both ranked highly in the top 20, with eight and six cities featured, respectively.

Cambridge (3rd place) beat out old-time rival Oxford (8th place) in the ranking.

Continental European cities outside the UK also performed well, with Amsterdam, Paris, Lausanne, and Zurich making to the top 20.

The top 10 cities, according to the research, are:

  1. Berkeley, CA, USA
  2. Ithaca, NY, USA
  3. Cambridge, UK
  4. Cambridge, USA
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Edinburgh, UK
  7. Paris, France
  8. Oxford, UK
  9. Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  10. Lausanne, Switzerland

Paris’s inclusion on the list - in 7th place - is no surprise. It has some 300 museums and 132 theaters. Amsterdam and Edinburgh have been rated two spots above Paris for their collections of museums and bold cultural identities.

The results show that the UK has much to offer students from a cultural perspective. Historic cities such as Oxford and Cambridge not only rank highly in traditional cultural categories, such as theaters, museums, and libraries but also live music venues and street food markets.

Interestingly, despite their reputations as cultural beacons of the world, metropolises London and New York come in at relatively low 25th and 42nd positions, respectively. Although neither are short of cultural places to visit, their large populations mean that each scored relatively small on a per capita basis.

The cities selected for rating are home to Top Global Universities and lead in providing the following cultural facilities:

  • Theaters
  • Museums
  • Cinemas
  • Public Libraries
  • Live Music Venues
  • Street Markets
  • Street Food Markets

The study concludes that the culture offered by a city forms an integral part of the student experience.

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July 13, 2019

TAG Heuer presents third Limited-edition MONACO Timepieces at Exclusive Event in New York City.

TAG Heuer, Monaco

TAG Heuer, Monaco

TAG Heuer, Monaco

New York — TAG Heuer presented the third of five limited-edition MONACO timepieces to mark the icon’s 50th anniversary. TAG Heuer is dedicating the third limited edition to the 1990s, following the first timepiece (1970s edition) presented during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix and the second timepiece (1980s edition) revealed in Le Mans. The exclusive unveiling event took place in New York. Guests included brand ambassadors 2017/2018, Formula E Champion Jean-Éric Vergne, actor Patrick Dempsey, and friend of the brand and model Paulina Vega.

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July 11, 2019

Nadia Nadim designated as UNESCO Champion for Girls' and Women's Education.

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Unesco Education

Photos: Nomination of Nadia Nadim as UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 12 July 2019 — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay on 5 July named Nadia Nadim, the Afghan-born Danish football striker for the French women’s Paris Saint-Germain team, UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

Ms. Azoulay designated Ms. Nadim in recognition of her role in promoting sport and gender equality, her contribution to UNESCO’s educational action in favor of young people, advocacy for girls and women’s education and support for the Organization’s work worldwide.

The designation took place as UNESCO launched a significant initiative, “Her Education, our Future” to mobilize political and financial support for girls and women’s education. UNESCO is working to improve the quality of data that education policymakers require to accelerate gender parity.

Ms. Nadim was born in Herat, Afghanistan. Following the execution of her father, an Afghan National Army (ANA) general in 2000, the family sought refuge in Denmark where Ms. Nadim began her career in football. In 2018, she published a book, My Story.

While pursuing her career in football, Ms. Nadim is a student of medicine at the University of Aarhus (Denmark).

The star football player shares UNESCO’s conviction that education can improve girls and women’s future. Ms. Nadim subscribes to UNESCO’s belief that knowledge can enhance their economic independence, self-confidence, and ability to assert their rights. Ms. Nadim’s award comes in recognition of her inspiring ability to serve as a role model, and her determination to put her heart and reputation at the service of girls and women everywhere.

As a UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education, Ms. Nadim joins UNESCO’s family of distinguished champions, committed to the Organization’s ideals and objectives, like the football players Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (Pelé) and Rabah Madjer.

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