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June 12, 2020

World Photography Organisation announces Sony World Photography Awards 2020 Open Competition Category Winners and Shortlist.

Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Back Home. Photographer Name: Liu Jon. Year: 2020.

Image Description: After a downpour, there is often a moment of beauty. Here, a zebra crossing, an umbrella, and a lone figure combine to make a colorful composition.

Copyright: © Liu Jon, China, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Just Saving the Planet. Photographer Name: Tim Johnston. Year: 2020.

Image Description: I was wandering around Central London when I came across the UK Student Climate Network blocking Westminster Bridge during a school Climate Strike. It’s an issue that affects us all, and one I care about, so I followed the protest to its end. I wanted to capture the defiance and resolve of the students.

It was a bright day, so I narrowed my aperture and set a fast shutter speed. I decided to convert the picture to black & white to draw attention to the students’ faces and the establishment buildings behind them. These kids are our future, and they are the ones fighting for it.

I hope my picture can make an impact, however small.

Copyright: © Tim Johnston, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Pan Katy. Photographer Name: Dmitrii Tulmentev. Year: 2020.

Image Description: It was a warm July evening. I sat in the studio and prepared myself and my Hasselblad for a few experiments - I wanted to see how an old film camera would behave when paired with modern lighting equipment. All well and good, but what should I photograph? Suddenly a girl walked into the studio, and everything fell into place.

Copyright: © Dmitrii Tulmentev, Russian Federation, Shortlist, Open, Portraiture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Of Lines and Arcs II. Photographer Name: Marek Juras. Year: 2020.

Image Description: In this geometric experiment, I made a double exposure of wooden shapes lit by several lights.

Copyright: © Marek Juras, Czech Republic, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Image Name: Autumn Mood. Photographer Name: Veliko Karachiviev. Year: 2020.

Image Description: Life high in the Bulgarian mountains.

Copyright: © Veliko Karachiviev, Bulgaria, Shortlist, Open, Travel, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Image Name: Graceful. Photographer Name: Manfred Voss. Year: 2020.

Image Description: The small fishing village of Reine in Norway delivers one of the most beautiful views in the Lofoten archipelago. The balance between the cold light of blue hour and the warmth of the well-lit houses was perfect this morning. It was almost windless, resulting in a beautiful reflection of the mountain in the water. I opted for an exposure that balanced the blue hour with the slightly illuminated mountains and the gentle light from the houses.

Copyright: © Manfred Voss, Germany, Shortlist, Open, Travel, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.

The World Photography Organisation has announced this year’s category winners and shortlist in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020, recognizing the best single images from 2019.

The World Photography Organisation has shortlisted more than 100 photographers in the 2020 competition alongside ten category winners. Each winner receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony to develop their vision and will go on to compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000 (USD) reward.

Standout images from this year’s shortlist include:

  • Pinball Pier by Stephen Tomlinson (UK, Architecture), a bird’ s-eye view of Brighton Pier lit up at dusk;
  • Metamorphosis by Stanislav Stankovskiy (Russian Federation, Creative), a cinematic image of car lights illuminating the darkness on a foggy night;
  • Rivers by Or Adar (Israel, Landscape), a look from above at the network of rivers and creeks in a swamp area near Venice, Italy;
  • That’s Nothing to Laugh About by Adam Stevenson (Australia, Natural World & Wildlife), a photograph of a lone kookaburra perched on a burnt tree branch surveying the damage left in the wake of one of the many devastating bushfires that gripped Australia;
  • Mother Love by Ottavio Marino (Italy, Portraiture), a poignant illustration of the deep bonds that exist between a mother and her child.

Gisela Kayser, Managing Director, and Artistic Director, Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus, e.V., Berlin, judged this year’s Open Competition.

World Photography Organisation’s online channels and platforms would celebrate the Winning and shortlisted images using dedicated content, including videos, presentations, and Q&As.

OPEN COMPETITION 2020 CATEGORY WINNERS AND SHORTLIST

ARCHITECTURE:

Category Winner:
Rosaria Sabrina Pantano, Italy

Shortlist:

  • Justin Chui, Hong Kong
  • Massimo Crivellari, Italy
  • Paul Crudgington, United Kingdom
  • Marcin Giba, Poland
  • Iraklis Kougemitros, Greece
  • Alexandre B. Lampron, Canada
  • Peter Li, United Kingdom
  • Wen Lu, China Mainland
  • Liliana Ochoa, Colombia
  • Peter Plorin, Germany
  • Eleni Rimantonaki, Greece
  • Franco Tessarolo, Switzerland
  • Eng Tong Tan, Malaysia
  • Stephen Tomlinson, United Kingdom

CREATIVE:

Category Winner:
Suxing Zhang, China Mainland

Shortlist:

  • Lucia Benavento, Argentina
  • Cristina Coral, Italy
  • Henry Oude Egberink, Netherlands
  • Julian Fabiolato, United States
  • Katie Farr, United Kingdom
  • Erica de Haas, Netherlands
  • Martina Holmberg, Sweden
  • Marek Juras, Czech Republic
  • Stanislav Stankovskiy, Russian
  • David Swindler, United States
  • John White, United Kingdom

MOTION:

Category Winner
Alec Connah, United Kingdom

Shortlist:

  • Jessica Chappe, United States
  • Roberto Corinaldesi, Italy
  • Marc Le Cornu, United Kingdom
  • Lloyd Lane, United Kingdom
  • Peter Svoboda, Slovakia
  • Jonathan Taylor, United States
  • Muriel Vekemans, Belgium
  • Emma Williams, United Kingdom
  • Lior Yaakobi, Israel

STILL LIFE:

Category Winner:
Jorge Reynal, Argentina

Shortlist:

  • Javier De Benito, Spain
  • Simone Bramante, Italy
  • Antonio Coelho, Portugal
  • Kunkun Liu, China Mainland
  • Ian Knaggs, United Kingdom
  • Igor Kryukov, Russian Federation
  • Arnaud Montagard, France
  • Chris Patterson, United Kingdom
  • Kihyoung You, Republic of Korea

TRAVEL:

Category Winner:
Adrian Guerin, Australia

Shortlist:

  • Kendall Greene, United States
  • Trung Pham Huy, Viet Nam
  • Chen Jun, China Mainland
  • Kaitlyn Kamperschroer, United States
  • Veliko Karachiviev, Bulgaria

CULTURE:

Category Winner:
Antoine Veling, Australia

Shortlist:

  • Ignacio Alvarez Barutell, Spain
  • Diana Buzoianu, Romania
  • Kinyas Bostanci, Turkey
  • Sergio Carrasco, Mexico
  • Satheesh Chandran, India
  • Gil Kreslavsky, Israel
  • Ted Lau, United Kingdom
  • Mahesh Lonkar, India
  • Antonino Maurizio Clemenza, Italy

NATURAL WORLD & WILDLIFE:

Category Winner:
Guofei Li, China Mainland

Shortlist:

  • Filippo Borghi, Italy
  • Rachel Brooks, United Kingdom
  • Marleen Van Eijk, Netherlands
  • Michael Faint, United Kingdom
  • Anastasia Kaminskaya, Russian Federation
  • David Keep, United Kingdom
  • Alex Kydd, Australia
  • Shivansh Mathur, India
  • Caroline Paux, France
  • Adam Stevenson, Australia
  • Domenico Tripodi, Italy
  • Will Venter, South Africa
  • Marcus Westberg, Sweden
  • Julia Wimmerlin, Ukraine

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY:

Category Winner:
Santiago Mesa, Colombia

Shortlist:

  • Indranil Aditya, India
  • Peter Brooks, United Kingdom
  • Jaime Diaz, Spain
  • Daniel Heilig, Hungary
  • Misha Japaridze, Russian Federation
  • Tim Johnston, United Kingdom
  • Jon Liu, China Mainland
  • Joaquín Luna, Spain
  • Bülent Suberk, Turkey
  • Xun Yuan, China Mainland

LANDSCAPE:

Category Winner:
Craig McGowan, Australia

Shortlist:

  • Or Adar, Israel
  • Hong Chen, Hong Kong
  • Marcin Giba, Poland
  • Kai Hornung, Germany
  • Stanley Lin, Taiwan
  • Marco Minischetti, Italy
  • Viktor Einar Vilhelmsson, Iceland
  • Hsiang Hui (Sylvester) Wong, Malaysia

PORTRAITURE:

Category Winner:
Tom Oldham, United Kingdom

Shortlist:

  • Frederic Aranda, United Kingdom
  • Will Bolsover, United Kingdom
  • Laurent Caitucoli, France
  • Gareth Cattermole, Ireland
  • Lorena Zschaber Guimarães, Brazil
  • Katinka Herbert, United Kingdom
  • Justin Keene, United Kingdom
  • Ottavio Marino, Italy
  • Sawamaru Pokiru, Japan
  • David Ridgway, United Kingdom
  • Ulana Switucha, Canada
  • Dmitrii Tulmentev, Russian Federation
  • Greg Turner, United Kingdom
  • Tales Yuan, China Mainland
  • Hu Qing, China
  • Mainland Michael Paramonti, Germany
  • José María Pérez, Argentina
  • Jonathan Rogers, United Kingdom
  • James Rushforth, United Kingdom
  • Tran Tuan, Vietnam
  • Manfred Voss, Germany
  • Milosz Wilczynski, Poland

Source: World Photography Organisation

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June 11, 2020

Back to Campus for Whom? New Infographic Shows Ongoing Uncertainty about Higher Education this Fall.

Cengage’s Analysis of Public Data Shows Many Higher Ed Leaders are Considering a Range of Scenarios while Many Faculty are Planning for Online Learning.

Back to Campus

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Photo: Infographic. Cengage’s Analysis of Public Data Shows Many Higher Ed Leaders are Considering a Range of Scenarios while Many Faculty are Planning for Online Learning.

BOSTON, June 11, 2020 — The COVID pandemic continues to wreak havoc on higher education. Eighty-six percent of institutions have yet to announce their plans for the fall semester, and when factoring in enrollment, more than half (62 percent) of college students are uncertain about how to plan their lives when fall arrives.

The data appears in a new infographic from Cengage, an education and technology company. The data includes information gathered from a public listing of fall campus plans tracked by The Chronicle of Higher Education and open data from the federal IPEDS system aggregated with an ongoing Cengage faculty survey.

Of the four-year schools that have announced plans, the majority (68 percent) are planning for in-person courses. 3.5 percent are planning for online-only; 5 percent are proposing a hybrid model; 11.5 percent are “considering a range of scenarios,” while 10 percent have announced they are “waiting to decide.”

While data from schools that have announced their fall plans show a majority plan to hold in-person courses, only 18% of instructors surveyed think sessions will be entirely in-person. 70% of instructors believe they will be doing all or some instruction online.

“There is still a lot of uncertainty about what ‘back to school’ will look. Still, we know that America’s higher education system must be more prepared this fall to handle virtual learning than they were in March,” said Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage. “Whether online or in-person, institutions should focus on making learning more flexible for the needs of their students and the needs of the times.”

Cengage is an education and technology company built for learners. It provides teaching and learning materials for higher education.

Source: Cengage

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June 10, 2020

QS announces World University Rankings 2021

QS Rankings

QS World University Rankings, MIT

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Photo: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Image Credit: Mahesh.

LONDON, June 9, 2020 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have just released the seventeenth edition of the QS World University Rankings. QS World University Rankings are the world’s most-consulted, most-covered source of comparative information about university performance.

The rankings have placed 26 Asian universities among the global top 100 — the highest number ever.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology is named the world’s best university for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year;
  • The top three institutions remain American: Stanford University (2nd) and Harvard University (3rd) follow MIT;
  • Britain’s top institution is the University of Oxford, which falls to fifth. Its compatriot competitor, the University of Cambridge, remains 7th;
  • One hundred twelve of America’s 153 ranked universities fall, with only 34 recording improvements. It is primarily due to collective relative decline in QS’s measures of academic standing and research impact;
  • Continental Europe’s best university is ETH Zurich (6th no-change);
  • Asia’s top university is the National University of Singapore (11th);
  • China’s Tsinghua University reaches a new all-time high (15th);
  • Latin America’s leader is the Universidad de Buenos Aires (66th, up by eight places). Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (100th) becomes the first Mexican university ever to achieve a top-100 place;
  • Universities in Russia and Malaysia continue to rise: Lomonosov Moscow State University (74th) and Universiti Malaya (59th) reach record highs.

Ben Sowter, QS Director of Research, said: “The American higher education hegemony continues to diminish in the face of increasing competitiveness across the world: competitiveness driven by strategic funding, internationalization efforts, and strong links between education and industry.”

QS bases its World University Rankings on Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Faculty, Faculty/Student Ratio, International Faculty Ratio, and International Student Ratio.

• QS World University Rankings 2021: Global Top 50

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — United States
  2. Stanford University — United States
  3. Harvard University — United States
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) — United States
  5. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  6. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology — Switzerland
  7. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  8. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  9. University of Chicago — United States
  10. UCL — United Kingdom
  11. National University of Singapore (NUS) — Singapore
  12. Princeton University — United States
  13. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) — Singapore
  14. EPFL — Switzerland
  15. Tsinghua University — China (Mainland)
  16. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  17. Yale University — United States
  18. Cornell University — United States
  19. Columbia University — United States
  20. The University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  21. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States
  22. The University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  23. Peking University — China (Mainland)
  24. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  25. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  26. University of Toronto — Canada
  27. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong SAR
  28. The University of Manchester — United Kingdom
  29. Northwestern University — United States
  30. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) — United States
  31. The Australian National University — Australia
  32. King’s College London — United Kingdom
  33. McGill University — Canada
  34. Fudan University — China (Mainland)
  35. New York University (NYU) — United States
  36. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — United States
  37. Seoul National University — South Korea
  38. Kyoto University — Japan
  39. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology — South Korea
  40. The University of Sydney — Australia
  41. The University of Melbourne — Australia
  42. Duke University — United States
  43. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) — Hong Kong SAR
  44. The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) — Australia
  45. University of British Columbia — Canada
  46. The University of Queensland — Australia
  47. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China (Mainland)
  48. City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  49. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) — United Kingdom
  50. Technical University of Munich — Germany

• QS World University Rankings 2021: INDIA

QS Rank — Institute

  • 172 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • 185 — Indian Institute of Science
  • 193 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  • =275 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • =314 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  • =350 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • =383 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  • =470 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  • 501-510 — UNIVERSITY OF DELHI
  • 601-650 — Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
  • 651-700 — JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY
  • 651-700 — O.P. Jindal Global University
  • 651-700 — Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • 651-700 — UNIVERSITY OF HYDERABAD
  • 751-800 — JAMIA MILIA ISLAMIA
  • 751-800 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka
  • 801-1000 — ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY
  • 801-1000 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  • 801-1000 — ANNA UNIVERSITY
  • 801-1000 — BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY
  • 801-1000 — UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA

Overall, 21 Indian higher education universities and institutes have found a place in the world’s top 1,000 rankings.

• QS World University Rankings 2021: PAKISTAN

QS Rank — Institute

  • 355 — National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST)
  • =373 — Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
  • =454 — Quaid-i-Azam University
  • 651-700 — Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
  • 801-1000 — PUNJAB UNIVERSITY
  • 801-1000 — University of Engineering & Technology (UET)
  • 801-1000 — COMSATS UNIVERSITY

• QS World University Rankings 2021: BANGLADESH

QS Rank — Institute

  • 801-1000 — Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • 801-1000 — UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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June 7, 2020

Cannes Film Festival announces Official Selection 2020

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. May 17, 2019. The American singer, Madison Beer, looked fascinating on the red carpet. She added yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a pair of Millefoglie earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and an Allegra bracelet in white gold set with white diamonds. Besides, she wore an Allegra ring in white gold set with white diamonds paired with a Gocce ring in white gold set with black quartz drops and white diamonds. [File Photo]

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. May 20, 2019. Aishwarya Rai attends the screening of “La Belle Epoque” during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2019, in Cannes, France. The Actress chose a pair of earrings from Avakian Jewellery matched with a black diamond ring from the same collection. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images). Copyright © 2019 Getty Images. Image provided by Avakian Jewellery. [File Photo]

Paris, France. June 7, 2020 — On Wednesday, June 3, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux announced the line-up of the 73rd edition of the Festival de Cannes, live from the UGC Normandie in Paris.

For the occasion, Thierry Frémaux, the Festival’s General Delegate, has unveiled the 2020’s Official Selection, comprising fifty-six films to be delivered by the Festival for release in cinemas and screenings at specific shows.

Check out the Cannes 2020 films!

• THE FAITHFUL
(or at least selected once before)

THE FRENCH DISPATCH by Wes Anderson (USA) - 1h43
Production: INDIAN PAINTBRUSH PRODUCTIONS / AMERICAN EMPIRICAL PICTURES - International Sales: FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES - French Distribution: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

ÉTÉ 85 by François Ozon (France) - 1h40
Production: MANDARIN - International Sales: PLAYTIME - French Distribution: DIAPHANA.

ASA GA KURU (True Mothers) by Naomi Kawase (Japan) - 2h20
Production: KINO FILMS CO - International Sales: PLAYTIME - French Distribution: HAUT ET COURT.

LOVERS ROCK by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom) - 1h08
Production: TURBINE STUDIOS LIMITED - International Sales: TURBINE STUDIOS LIMITED.

MANGROVE by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom) - 2h04
Production: TURBINE STUDIOS LIMITED - International Sales: TURBINE STUDIOS LIMITED.

DRUK (Another Round) by Thomas Vinterberg - (Denmark) - 1h55
Production: ZENTROPA - International Sales: TRUSTNORDISK - French Distribution: HAUT ET COURT.

ADN (DNA) by Maïwenn (France / Algeria) - 1h30
Production: WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS - International Sales: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL.

LAST WORDS by Jonathan Nossiter (USA) - 2h06
Production: STEMAL - International Sales: THE PARTY FILMS.

HEAVEN: TO THE LAND OF HAPPINESS by IM Sang-Soo (South Korea) - 1h40
Production: HIVE MEDIA CORP - International Sales: FINE CUT.

EL OLVIDO QUE SEREMOS (Forgotten we’ll be) by Fernando Trueba (Spain) - 2h16
Production: CARACOL TELEVISION - International Sales: FILM FACTORY ENTERTAINMENT.

PENINSULA by YEON Sang-Ho (South Korea) - 1h54
Production: REDPETER FILMS - International Sales: CONTENTS PANDA - French Distribution: ARP SELECTION

IN THE DUSK (Au crépuscule) by Sharunas BARTAS (Lituania) - 2h06
Production : KINOELEKTRON - International Sales : LUXBOX

DES HOMMES (Home Front) by Lucas BELVAUX - (Belgium) - 1h40
Production: SYNECDOCHE - International Sales: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution: AD VITAM

THE REAL THING by Kôji Fukada (Japan) - 3h48
Production: NAGOYA TV - International Sales: NAGOYA TV

• THE NEWCOMERS

PASSION SIMPLE by Danielle Arbid (Lebanon) - 1h36
Production : LES FILMS PELLÉAS - International Sales : PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution : PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

A GOOD MAN by Marie Castille Mention-Schaar (France) - 1h47
Production: WILLOW FILMS - International Sales: PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution: PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

LES CHOSES QU’ON DIT, LES CHOSES QU’ON FAIT by Emmanuel Mouret (France) - 2h
Production: MOBY DICK FILMS - International Sales: ELLE DRIVER - French Distribution: PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

SOUAD by Ayten Amin (Egypt) - 1h30
Production: VIVID REELS

LIMBO by Ben Sharrock (United Kingdom) - 1h53
Production: CARAVAN CINEMA LTD - International Sales: PROTAGONIST PICTURES

ROUGE (Red Soil) by Farid Bentoumi (France) - 1h26
Production: LES FILMS VELVET - International Sales: WTFILMS - French Distribution: AD VITAM

SWEAT by Magnus Von Horn (Sweden) - 1h40
Production: LAVA FILMS - International Sales: NEW EUROPE FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES

TEDDY by Ludovic et Zoran Boukherma (France) - 1h28
Production: BAXTER FILMS - International Sales: WTFILMS - French Distribution: THE JOKERS FILMS

FEBRUARY (Février) by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria) - 2h05
Production: KORO FILMS - French Distribution: UFO DISTRIBUTION

AMMONITE by Francis Lee (United Kingdom) - 2h
Production: SEE-SAW FILMS - International Sales: CROSS CITY FILMS - French Distribution: PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

UN MÉDECIN DE NUIT by Elie Wajeman (France) - 1h40
Production: PARTIZAN FILMS - International Sales: BE FOR FILMS - French Distribution: DIAPHANA DISTRIBUTION

ENFANT TERRIBLE by Oskar Roehler (Germany) - 2h14
Production: BAVARIA FILMPRODUKTION - International Sales: BAVARIA FILMPRODUKTION

NADIA, BUTTERFLY by Pascal Plante (Canada) - 1h46
Production: NEMESIS FILMS - International Sales: WAZABI FILMS

HERE WE ARE by Nir Bergman (Israel) - 1h34
Production: SPIRO FILMS - International Sales: MK2 FILMS

• AN OMNIBUS FILM

SEPTET: THE STORY OF HONG KONG by Ann Hui, Johnnie TO, Tsui Hark, Sammo Hung, Yuen Woo-Ping et Patrick Tam - 1h53
Production: MILKYWAY IMAGE - International Sales: MEDIA ASIA DISTRIBUTION

• THE FIRST FEATURES

FALLING by Viggo Mortensen (USA) - 1h52
Production: PERCIVAL PICTURES - International Sales: HANWAY FILMS - French Distribution: METROPOLITAN FILMEXPORT

PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg (Sweden) - 1h45
Production : PLATTFORM PRODUKTION - International Sales : VERSATILE

SLALOM by Charlène Favier (France) - 1h32
Production : MILLE ET UNE PRODUCTIONS - International Sales : THE PARTY FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES - French Distribution : JOUR2FÊTE

CASA DE ANTIGUIDADES (Memory House) by Joao Paulo Miranda Maria (Brazil) - 1h27
Production : MANEKI FILMS

BROKEN KEYS (Fausse note) by Jimmy Keyrouz (Lebanon) - 1h30
Production: EZEKIEL

IBRAHIM by Samir Guesmi (France) - 1h20
Production: WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS - International Sales: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL- French Distribution: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL

BEGINNING (Au commencement) by Déa Kulumbegashvili (Georgia) - 2h10
Production: FIRST PICTURE / O.F.A - International Sales: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL

GAGARINE by Fanny Liatard et Jérémy Trouilh (France) - 1h35
Production : HAUT ET COURT - International Sales : TOTEM FILMS - French Distribution : HAUT ET COURT

16 PRINTEMPS by Suzanne Lindon (France) - 1h13
Production: AVENUE B PRODUCTIONS - International Sales: LUXBOX - French Distribution: PANAME DISTRIBUTION

VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis (France) - 1h35
Production: 10:15 PRODUCTIONS - International Sales: KINOLOGY - French Distribution: REZO FILMS

GARÇON CHIFFON by Nicolas Maury (France) - 1h48
Production : CG CINEMA - International Sales : LES FILMS DU LOSANGE - French Distribution : LES FILMS DU LOSANGE

SI LE VENT TOMBE (Should the Wind Fall) by Nora Martirosyan (Armenia) - 1h40
Production: SISTER PRODUCTIONS - International Sales: INDIE INTERNATIONAL SALES - French Distribution: ROUGE DISTRIBUTION

JOHN AND THE HOLE by Pascual Sisto (USA) - 1h38
Production : MUTRESSA MOVIES

STRIDING INTO THE WIND (Courir au gré du vent) by WEI Shujun (China) - 2h36
Production: ALIBABA PICTURES

THE DEATH OF CINEMA AND MY FATHER TOO (La Mort du cinéma et de mon père aussi) by Dani Rosenberg (Israel) - 1h40
Production: PARDES FILMS - International Sales: FILMS BOUTIQUE

• 3 DOCUMENTARY FILMS

EN ROUTE POUR LE MILLIARD (The Billion Road) by Dieudo Hamadi - (Democratic Republic of Congo) - 1h30
Production : LES FILMS DE L’OEIL SAUVAGE - International Sales : ANDANA FILMS

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS by Michael Dweck et Gregory Kershaw (USA) - 1h24
Production: GO GIGI GO PRODUCTIONS LLC - International Sales: SONY PICTURES CLASSICS - French Distribution: SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

9 JOURS A RAQQA by Xavier de Lauzanne - (France) - 1h30
Production: ALOEST FILMS

• 5 COMEDY FILMS

ANTOINETTE DANS LES CÉVÈNNES by Caroline Vignal (France) - 1h35
Production: CHAPKA FILMS - International Sales: PLAYTIME - French Distribution: DIAPHANA DISTRIBUTION

LES DEUX ALFRED by Bruno Podalydès (France) - 1h30
Production: WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS - French Distribution: UGC DISTRIBUTION

UN TRIOMPHE (The big hit) by Emmanuel Courcol (France) - 1h40
Production : AGAT FILMS & CIE - International Sales : MK2 FILMS - French Distribution : MEMENTO FILMS DISTRIBUTION

L’ORIGINE DU MONDE by Laurent Lafitte (France) - 1st film
Production: TRESOR FILMS - International Sales: STUDIO CANAL - French Distribution: STUDIO CANAL

LE DISCOURS by Laurent Tirard (France) - 1h27
Production : LES FILMS SUR MESURE - International Sales : CHARADES - French Distribution : LE PACTE

• 4 ANIMATED FILMS

AYA TO MAJO (Earwig and the Witch) by Gorô Miyazaki (Japan) - 1h22
Production: NHK / NHK ENTERPRISES / STUDIO GHIBLI - International Sales: WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution: WILD BUNCH

FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Denmark) - 1h30
Production: FINAL CUT FOR REAL - International Sales: CINEPHIL

JOSEP by Aurel (France) - 1h20 - 1st film
Production: LES FILMS D’IC I - International Sales: DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL - French Distribution: SOPHIE DULAC DISTRIBUTION

SOUL by Pete Docter (USA) - 1h30
Production: PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS - French Distribution: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

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June 6, 2020

Journalism and Mass Communication Students of Chandigarh University Register Record Placements.

102 National & Regional Media Brands recruit more than 200 Mass Communication students.

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Photo: Placed students of Chandigarh University in a happy mood after getting an offer from a well-known media house in India.

CHANDIGARH, India, June 5, 2020 — Graduate and Post-Graduate students of the University Institute of Media Studies (UIMS) at Chandigarh University have registered a record number of placements. 102 National & Regional media houses have recruited more than 200 Journalism and Mass Communication students of the last two passing-out batches. The Vice-Chancellor of Chandigarh University announced the placement record of UIMS students. About 140 Bachelors and 60 Master students have been picked up by top-notch media houses, including National & Regional Newspapers & News Channels, Radio Channels, Advertising & PR Agencies, Event Management firms, and Digital Marketing Companies.

While giving details about UIMS students’ placements, the Vice-Chancellor said, “Prominent News Channels such as News 18, Zee News, ETV Bharat, ABP News, India News, News 24, PTC News, and Doordarshan have selected 65 students. In print media, newspapers like Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Punjab Kesari, Times of India, and Kashmir Times, have selected 50 students.” The Vice-Chancellor further added, “More than 50 students were picked-up by online digital media platforms while radio channels like Big FM, My FM, Red FM, and Radio Mirchi have selected 15 students.”

Besides, Ad-Agencies and PR Agencies recruited about 20 students, out of which ten students bagged government jobs in State Government Public Relations Departments, the Vice-Chancellor said.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “Our Journalism and Mass Communication students undergo academic training as per the current needs of the Media Industry. Experts from renowned media houses are involved in designing the course curriculum and imparting practical hands-on training.”

“Today, media is fast converging towards the delivery of real-time news updates to its viewers. It has created a new age media where professionals must perform multiple roles as journalists working in the field, and we are preparing our students according to the changing dynamics of the Industry,” Mr. Sandhu stated.

Chandigarh University is the youngest university in India to be honored with A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in the field of engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and others.

Source: Chandigarh University

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Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw from India named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020

EY, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

EY, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

LONDON, June 4, 2020 — Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Executive Chairperson of India-based Biocon Limited, was this evening named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 at a ground-breaking, virtual award ceremony. Kiran got picked from among 46 award winners from 41 countries and territories vying for the world title. In the award’s 20-year history, Kiran becomes the third EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winner from India. She follows former Indian world title winners Uday Kotak of Kotak Mahindra Bank (2014) and Narayana Murthy of Infosys Technologies Limited (2005). She also becomes the second woman to hold the title, following Olivia Lum of Hyflux Limited from Singapore in 2011.

Kiran, 67, founded Biocon, a bio-enzymes company, in 1978 with just two employees and US$500. Since its inception, Biocon has grown to employ more than 11,000 people and become one of the most influential innovation-driven biotechnology companies in Asia with revenues of US$800m for FY19. Biocon and its subsidiaries are making a lasting impact on global health care. Millions of people living with diabetes now have access to affordable insulin. Further, millions more battling cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and other debilitating diseases now have access to affordable biosimilars.

Manny Stul, Chairman and Co-CEO of Moose Toys and Chair of the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel, said:

“Kiran is an inspirational entrepreneur who demonstrates that determination, perseverance, and a willingness to innovate can create long-term value. The judging panel was impressed by her ability to build and sustain growth over the past 30 years, her integrity, and passion for philanthropy that has delivered a huge global impact. She has built India’s largest biopharmaceutical company on a foundation of compassionate capitalism and putting patient needs before profits.”

Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Executive Chairperson of Biocon Limited, said:

“At its core, entrepreneurship is about solving problems. The greatest opportunities often arise at the toughest times, which has been my experience throughout my entrepreneurial journey. My business focus is global health care and the provision of universal access to life-saving medicine; however, my responsibility as an entrepreneur is greater than simply delivering value to shareholders. Wealth creation can be a catalyst for change, and all entrepreneurs have a responsibility to the world around them and the communities in which they operate. Women also play a hugely important role in economic development. We must use EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year to encourage more women to participate in entrepreneurial pursuits. I feel honored to receive this prestigious award.”

Carmine Di Sibio, EY Global Chairman and CEO, said:

“Entrepreneurs are the unstoppable visionaries who inspire innovation and fuel growth and prosperity by building remarkable companies and services. Kiran’s passion for developing low-cost, cutting-edge pharmaceutical alternatives has brought affordable health care to patient communities worldwide. Her drive to innovate has created huge growth for Biocon Limited and helped diversify the company’s portfolio of therapies for chronic diseases. Kiran is a truly inspiring EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year winner.”

Stasia Mitchell, EY Global Entrepreneurship Leader, said:

“With an exceptional record in creating long-term value, Kiran’s clear vision of making a difference to the lives of millions of people around the world make her a worthy EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year winner. Her impact on improving global health access and affordability will endure for decades to come. She is a beacon for other entrepreneurs to follow.”

A first-generation entrepreneur, Kiran, graduated as a Master Brewer from a brewing school in Australia and returned to her native India in 1975 to find work as a brewmaster. After two years of unsuccessfully trying to overcome the hurdles of entering a male-dominated brewing industry, Kiran started Biocon Limited, producing bio-industrial enzymes in the garage of her rented house in Bengaluru, India. A year later, Biocon became the first Indian company to export proteins to the US and Europe.

Now, Biocon and its subsidiaries are the pioneers in areas less frequented by Indian pharmaceutical companies, including fermentation-based small molecules, human insulin and insulin analogs, biosimilars for essential antibody drugs, novel therapies, and high-end contract research services. The company has customers in over 120 countries. It is a world leader in biosimilars and other specialty molecules. In 2014, Biocon was India’s first biotech company to go public and only the second Indian company to pass the US$1b mark on its first day of listing. The company’s market capitalization is currently over US$4b.

Biocon is also leading the way to universal access to affordable life-saving medicine. For example, in September 2019, the company announced that it would supply RH-insulin at less than US$0.10 per day (for the average 40 units of insulin required per patient per day) to low- and middle-income countries — less than a third of current RH-insulin prices. The company has supplied more than 2 billion affordable doses of biosimilar insulins to patients globally in the last 15 years.

Compassionate capitalism that addresses inequality is at the center of Kiran’s business and leadership philosophy.

Manny Stul, Chairman and Co-CEO of Moose Toys and EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 winner, chaired the independent judging panel. Joining him were:

  • Rosaleen Blair, CBE, Founder and Chair of Alexander Mann Solutions
  • George Hongchoy, Executive Director and CEO of Link Asset Management Limited
  • Hernan Kazah, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Kaszek Ventures
  • Sipho Nkosi, Chairman of Sasol
  • Emine Sabancı Kamışlı, Co-Founder and Vice Chairperson of Esas Holding

According to EY, “EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth, and prosperity that transform the world.”

Source: EY

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June 5, 2020

Hyundai Becomes Title Sponsor of International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Race Weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Sept. 4 - 6, 2020.

Hyundai, Sportscar

Hyundai, Sportscar

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 4, 2020 — Hyundai has announced that its high-performance N Brand will be the title sponsor of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) race weekend at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Sept. 4 - 6, 2020 in Monterey, California. This year’s IMSA Race Weekend will be the Hyundai Monterey SportsCar Championship. Hyundai will provide N Brand experiences to fans throughout the weekend. The title sponsorship enhances Hyundai’s growing N and N Line portfolio of vehicles, including the Veloster N, Elantra N Line, and Sonata N Line. Hyundai also will be the broadcast title sponsor when the race airs on NBCSN.

Hyundai said its N Brand is a perfect match for the IMSA series and Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course that includes the famous Corkscrew turn. Hyundai sees this partnership as an excellent opportunity to showcase the high-performance N Brand to sports car racing and automotive enthusiasts.

“Seeing Hyundai and their N performance brand combine with one of my all-time favorite venues is fantastic news,” said Bryan Herta, co-owner of Bryan Herta Autosport.

Hyundai will be mounting an all-out assault to win the 2020 Laguna Seca race and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge championship with three Veloster N TCR cars and six drivers. Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis, who co-drove the #98 Veloster N TCR to the 2019 IMPC Drivers championship, will be split up for 2020. Michael Lewis will remain in the #98. He, with Mason Filippi and Mark Wilkins, will also co-drive with Harry Gottsacker in the #21. The new third entry, the #33 Veloster N TCR, will be driven by open-wheel standouts Gabby Chaves and Ryan Norman.

Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

Source: Hyundai Motor America

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June 4, 2020

World Economic Forum to Convene a Unique Twin Summit "The Great Reset" in January 2021.

The twin summit will be both in-person and virtual, connecting key global governmental and business leaders in Davos with a global multistakeholder network in 400 cities around the world for a forward-oriented dialogue driven by the younger generation.

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Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

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Photo: Impressions from the Opening Concert: An International Call for Unity and Joy, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Christian Clavadetscher. [File Photo]

Geneva, Switzerland, 3 June 2020 - “The Great Reset” will be the theme of a unique twin summit to be convened by the World Economic Forum in January 2021. The 51st World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will bring together global leaders from government, business, and civil society, and stakeholders from around the world in a unique configuration that includes both in-person and virtual dialogues.

“We only have one planet, and we know that climate change could be the next global disaster with even more dramatic consequences for humankind. We have to decarbonize the economy in the short window remaining and bring our thinking and behavior once more into harmony with nature,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

“To secure our future and to prosper, we need to evolve our economic model and put people and planet at the heart of global value creation. If there is one critical lesson to learn from this crisis, we need to put nature at the heart of how we operate. We can’t waste more time,” said HRH, The Prince of Wales.

“The Great Reset is a welcome recognition that this human tragedy must be a wake-up call. We must build equal, inclusive, and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of pandemics, climate change, and the many other global changes we face,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York.

“A Great Reset is necessary to build a new social contract that honors the dignity of every human being,” added Schwab. “The global health crisis has laid bare the unsustainability of our old system. We lack social cohesion, equal opportunities, and inclusiveness. Nor can we turn our backs on the evils of racism and discrimination.”

“COVID-19 has accelerated our transition into the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We have to make sure that the new technologies in the digital, biological, and physical world remain human-centered and serve society as a whole, providing everyone with fair access,” he said.

“This global pandemic has also demonstrated again how interconnected we are. We have to restore a functioning system of smart global cooperation structured to address the challenges of the next 50 years. The Great Reset will require us to integrate all global society stakeholders into a community of common interest, purpose, and action,” said Schwab. “We need a change of mindset, moving from short-term to long-term thinking, moving from shareholder capitalism to stakeholder responsibility. Environmental, social and good governance have to be a regular part of corporate and governmental accountability,” he added.

According to the World Economic Forum, this innovative summit will be a very different Annual Meeting. It would reflect the spirit of the Great Reset. It will provide a unique opportunity at the beginning of 2021 to bring together the critical global government and business leaders in Davos. It would be a worldwide multistakeholder summit driven by the younger generation to ensure that the Great Reset dialogue pushes beyond traditional thinking and is genuinely forward-oriented.

To do so, the World Economic Forum will draw on thousands of young people in more than 400 cities around the world (the Global Shapers Community), interconnected with a robust virtual hub network to interact with the leaders in Davos. Each of those hubs will have an open house policy to integrate all interested citizens into this dialogue, making the Annual Meeting open to everyone. Also, global media and social media networks will mobilize millions of people, enabling them to share their input while also providing them with access to the Annual Meeting discussions in Davos.

HRH, The Prince of Wales, and Professor Schwab announced the Great Reset during a virtual meeting. Statements by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva followed the announcement.

All stakeholder groups of global society supported the above statements. The Great Reset supporters include:

  • Victoria Alonsoperez, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chipsafer, Uruguay, and a Young Global Leader
  • Caroline Anstey, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Pact, USA
  • Ajay S. Banga, Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard, USA
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Brussels
  • Ma Jun, Chairman, Green Finance Committee, China Society for Finance and Banking, and a Member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China
  • Bernard Looney, Chief Executive Officer, bp, United Kingdom
  • Juliana Rotich, Venture Partner, Atlantica Ventures, Kenya
  • Bradford L. Smith, President, Microsoft, USA
  • Nick Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, United Kingdom.

In the run-up to the Annual Meeting, the Forum will host a virtual series, The Great Reset Dialogues. These dialogues are a joint initiative of the World Economic Forum and HRH The Prince of Wales.

Source: World Economic Forum

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June 2, 2020

EarthX to Celebrate World Oceans Week in Partnership with the National Geographic Society.

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival.

EarthX, National Geographic

DALLAS, June 1, 2020 — EarthX and the National Geographic Society will convene virtually to celebrate World Oceans Week from June 9-11 at EarthX.org. EarthxOcean will bring together cross-disciplinary innovators driving solutions to the most pressing threats facing the oceans. Conversations, film screenings, and extended reality experiences would explore these solutions using the power of science and storytelling. It would unlock the impact potential of communities across cultures, generations, and ideologies.

Trammell S. Crow, Founder of EarthX, Michael L. Ulica, President of the National Geographic Society and Danni Washington, Conference Moderator, would introduce ‘Protecting the Life Systems of the Ocean.’ A welcome note from Robert and Sybille Szaggars Redford would follow the introduction. Later, Robert and Sybille Szaggars Redford would introduce their environmental film series ‘The Way of the Rain - Reflections on Earth.’ The conferences will bring together leading voices in ocean conservation, including renowned National Geographic Explorers-at-Large Enric Sala and Dr. Sylvia Earle, and conservationists Julie Packard and Fabien Cousteau. The three-day program will cover some of the most critical issues threatening the most significant life source of the planet.

• High Seas Protection

As the region of the global ocean that is beyond national jurisdiction, the high seas include some of the least protected and most critically threatened ecosystems in the world. EarthX offers a platform for members of the High Seas Alliance and mission-aligned partners. They work together to inform and engage the public, decision-makers, and experts to support and strengthen high seas governance and conservation.

Musical storytelling with the EarthXR presentation of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project would further explore the lawlessness of the high seas. The session will feature visuals from this lawless realm alongside music produced for the project. It features rhythmic sounds to raise awareness and stoke a sense of urgency about human rights, labor, and environmental abuses that occur at sea. EarthxFilm will showcase Watson, the story of Captain Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace and founder of Sea Shepherd, who has spent 40 years fighting to end the destruction of the ocean’s wildlife and its habitat.

• Coral Reef Conservation & Restoration

Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species on the planet but make up only 0.1% of our ocean. Rising water temperatures, acidification, destructive fishing practices, and pollution are destroying an essential source of life in our ocean’s ecosystem. EarthX is assembling leading ocean conservationists across the world to address these threats and introduce solutions at an industry and individual level.

EarthxFilm will bring this issue to life through the screening of Chasing Coral, an ocean adventure directed by Jeff Orlowski. Chasing Coral is a mission to discover why reefs are disappearing and revealing the underwater worlds of our changing oceans. EarthXR will also transport audiences to the depths of our ocean through virtual dives with National Geographic Explorer Erika Woolsey and Underwater Earth Co-Founder Christophe Bailhache. They would immerse viewers in the underwater worlds of coral reefs while illustrating the importance of their conservation.

• Ocean Plastic Solutions

With over 8 million tons of plastic dumped in our ocean every year, plastic waste has become ubiquitous. It has found its way into the air we breathe and the food we eat - with the average person ingesting the equivalent of 1 credit card a week in microplastics. EarthX will host leaders in ocean plastic solutions to highlight this critical issue and introduce innovative solutions across categories including technology, policy, and activism in a session featuring youth leader and Founder of Bye-Bye Plastic, Melati Wijsen.

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival, and is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed research boundaries, investing in bold people, and transformative ideas. It has provided more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings and engaging audiences worldwide through signature experiences, stories, and content.

Source: EarthX

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June 1, 2020

Canon U.S.A. Announces Crowd People Counter Software To Capture Crowd Sizes In Real-Time.

Software Aids in Social Distance Monitoring, City Planning and Crowd Control at Stadiums, Airports, Train Stations, Houses of Worship, and Other Large Venues.

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MELVILLE, N.Y., June 1, 2020 — Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the Crowd People Counter. This video content analysis software can quickly provide event management teams and law enforcement agencies the ability to gather crowd size data in real-time. The gathering and analysis of this data can help detect overcrowding and potentially prevent accidents at a variety of locations, including stadiums, airports, train stations, houses of worship, and other venues. An additional application of the software is the ability to support city planning projects.

“Now more than ever, cities and venues are extremely conscious about crowd control and social distancing,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies and Communications Group. “With the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has become essential to monitor the density of crowds. Our new Crowd People Counter software can help to manage crowds in real-time and will provide valuable data to help keep people safe once large gatherings and events return.”

The Crowd People Counter software can detect humans using as little as 15 pixels and can detect up to approximately 88,000 people in maximum resolution (5472 x 3648) and 9,000 people in Full HD (1920 x 1080), respectively. Designed to aid with event management by identifying trends in crowds, the software data can help to determine the appropriate number of police officers, security guards, emergency medical personnel, and ambulances needed in a given area. The real-time crowd analysis allows security and staff repositioning during events in large venues, helping to increase safety while managing crowd size. The crowd data also supports staff optimization for future event planning.

The Crowd People Counter software works in tandem with Canon and Axis Network Cameras and Windows-supported devices using both Webview and VAPIX protocol for live streaming, Canon said.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and Latin America. With approximately $33 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc., is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2020.

Source: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

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May 30, 2020

Mastercard Launches Recovery Insights. It would assist Businesses and Governments in making Smarter Economic Decisions.

Mastercard extends COVID-19 Commitments by Providing Data Insights and Tools to New York City, London, Madrid, the State of Arizona, and other Governments.

Mastercard

Mastercard

PURCHASE, NY. MAY 29, 2020 — Businesses and governments worldwide are looking for resources to help better manage the health, safety, and economic risks presented by the recent pandemic. To assist in these efforts, Mastercard has launched Recovery Insights, a set of tools, innovation, and research that can provide some certainty today and support data-driven decision-making for a more digital tomorrow.

The initiative draws on Mastercard’s analytics and experimentation platforms, its longstanding consulting practice, and unique data-driven insights.

“Enabling smarter decisions with better outcomes is our goal. And, it’s what airlines, restaurants, Consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands, banks, governments, and countless others are seeking right now,” said Raj Seshadri, president of data and services, Mastercard. “Our insights are helping apparel brands refine their inventory to address the rise in e-commerce, grocers fine-tune store hours to give at-risk shoppers peace of mind, and governments guide services to fuel local economies.”

• Empowering Data-Driven Decision-Making

As part of this initiative, Mastercard is making specific insight-driven tools available at no cost to governments and select businesses to give a timely snapshot of economic performance. These solutions draw on aggregated and anonymized spending insights to provide an ongoing view of financial health, Mastercard said.

Dozens of cities (including New York City, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Los Angeles, and Logan City, Australia), states (Arizona), and national governments (Turespaña, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain) are now using Mastercard tools. These solutions help inform budget planning, optimize aid disbursement, understand which merchants are open for business, and prioritize investment to support those most impacted by the pandemic. The tools help assess the local effects of COVID-19 and build a foundation for an inclusive recovery.

“Access to Mastercard’s insights gives us a much more detailed picture of the economic health of the capital’s high streets during lockdown - and as we move towards easing restrictions,” commented London’s Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell. “It complements other insights we’re gathering, which allows us to target future investments and understand the emerging needs of businesses and communities across London.”

Meanwhile, U.S. small business owners are using the tools to understand local consumer spending trends better, while central banks around the world are collaborating closely with the Mastercard Economics Institute to better understand changing market conditions through regular COVID economic impact trackers, Mastercard elaborated.

• Informing Plans to Reopen New York City

In New York City, retail sales were down 44 percent at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Policymakers needed to understand how the steep decline in consumer spending would impact the city’s sales tax revenue to adjust their budgets. Mastercard Geographic Insights identified spending pattern changes in specific neighborhoods.

Mastercard is also working closely with local institutions, trade organizations, and other groups on recovery efforts. Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, said, “The Mastercard insights into how the pandemic and quarantine are impacting consumer spending have helped us understand the huge and devastating impact of COVID-19 on jobs and the local economy.”

“We’re committed to helping government leaders take an evidence-based approach to policy and program development,” added Miguel Gamino, executive vice president, Enterprise Partnerships and head of Global Cities, Mastercard. “Given the multitude of challenges today, the government leaders are activating our network to support areas ranging from aid disbursements to emergency fundraising to cybersecurity assessments and identity theft protection. It’s about building more inclusive economies for everyone everywhere.”

• Upcoming Research

The Mastercard Recovery Insights initiative will feature a research series about the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on economies, businesses, and people. The first report, available in June, will focus on the retail sector’s shift to digital.

Source: Mastercard

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May 29, 2020

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India, hosts a Webinar for more than 45,000 Higher Educational Institutions across the Country; Academicians, Professors, Faculty, Vice-Chancellors, Registrars, and Principals register their Attendance

NAAC India

New Delhi / Bangaluru, May 28, 2020 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, interacted with Academics of more than 45,000 Higher Educational Institutions across the country today. He was speaking at a Webinar. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru had hosted it. The participants included a galaxy of Academicians, Vice-Chancellors, Registrars, Professors, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) heads, Principals, and Faculty from across the Nation.

While lauding the initiatives taken by the NAAC at this time of the Pandemic, Mr. Pokhriyal called upon the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in the country to treat the current situation as an opportunity to overcome limitations in the system. He called upon the educationists, students, and parents to switch-over to the online method and make the most of the situation so that the students’ academic session is not interrupted. He said there is an urgent need to improve and enhance the online ecosystem in India. He added that educators should contribute to increasing the reach so that online education reaches even the rural areas.

In the hour-long interaction and address, the Union Minister reflected on various issues and concerns raised by educationists related to Academic Calendar, Online Education, Examinations, Fees, Mental Health of Students, Problems of Students, Fellowships, and Entrance Examinations.

He urged all Higher Educational Institutions to take part in the NAAC accreditation process. He reiterated that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is very concerned about the well being of Higher Educational Institutions. The Minister assured of all help in furthering the academic activities of the student fraternity.

NAAC Student Survey

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Photo: NAAC Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS) Poster for displaying at the Higher Education Institutions Campuses. The Union Human Resource Development Minister has urged all Higher Education Institutions to take part in the NAAC Accreditation Process. Image provided by NAAC.

The Union Minister asked all Universities to constitute a particular cell which will be empowered to address the issues of students related to academic calendar and examinations arising out of extraordinary circumstances due to COVID 19. He said that a task force had been created in the UGC to resolve the students’ different issues.

The Chairman, University Grants Commission, Prof D. P. Singh, also graced the occasion. Prof S. C. Sharma, Director, NAAC, coordinated the event.

Sources: NAAC. Ministry of Human Resource Development.

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May 27, 2020

Johns Hopkins Releases Comprehensive Report on Digital Contact Tracing to Aid COVID-19 Response.

Leading global experts contributed to the report, offering clear guidance and recommendations on ethics and governance as digital technologies fight the pandemic.

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BALTIMORE, May 26, 2020 — Johns Hopkins University has released a comprehensive report on the use of digital contact tracing technologies (DCTT), including smartphone apps and other tools, to fight COVID-19. The paper would help the government, technology developers, businesses, institutional leaders, and the public make responsible decisions.

‘Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response’ is a report led by the Berman Institute for Bioethics in collaboration with the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins, as well as leading experts worldwide. The report highlights the ethical, legal, policy, and governance issues that the world must address as it develops and implements DCTT. The report’s primary conclusions and recommendations advise that privacy should not outweigh public health goals and other values. Big technology companies should not unilaterally set terms when such broad public interests are at stake. And decisions about the technology and its uses are updated continuously as new information becomes available.

As officials in many countries strive to find a balance between respecting civil liberties and controlling the pandemic, the report offers clear, well-supported guidance for leaders as they consider deployment and use of these technologies and the data they collect, store and share.

“As we move forward, we must strike a balance between privacy and values like equity, choice, economic well-being, and solidarity,” said Jeffrey Kahn, Ph.D., MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute for Bioethics. “Too much emphasis on privacy could severely limit the ability to gather the information that is critical for effective and efficient contact tracing to help beat the pandemic. And so the full range of interests and values of the public must drive this conversation, and not just those asserted by tech companies.”

The report makes numerous recommendations, including:

  • Technology design should not be static. There is no “one size fits all” approach. The design should be capable of evolving depending upon local conditions, new evidence, and changing preferences and priorities.
  • Technology companies alone should not control the terms, conditions, or capabilities of DCTT. Nor should they presume to know what is acceptable to members of the public.
  • Design the DCTT to have a base set of features that protect privacy, with layers of additional capabilities that users can choose to activate. A default should be that user location data are not shared. Still, users should be provided with natural mechanisms and prompt to allow for opting-in to this capability, especially if opting-in is critical to achieving public health goals.
  • Make the De-identified data collected through DCTT available to public health professionals and researchers to support population-level studies and analyses.
  • Those who authorize the use of DCTT within a particular jurisdiction or institution should continuously and systematically monitor the technology’s performance. The monitoring should include monitoring for effectiveness and benefit, monitoring for harms, and monitoring for the fair distribution of both benefits and harms.
  • Governments should not require mandatory use of DCTT, given the uncertainty about potential burdens and benefits. New technology, user, and real-world testing are needed.
  • Congress should enact legislation specifically tailored to the use of DCTT as part of the response to COVID-19, which would facilitate the use of DCTT to promote the public health response while protecting citizens.

“In this time of COVID-19, digital technologies have an unprecedented capacity to accelerate and improve the way the world responds to infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. “The digital contact tracing technologies represent a great opportunity. They also present significant ethical, legal, and governance concerns. I’m grateful to the Berman Institute of Bioethics for leading this effort and galvanizing some of the nation’s and the world’s foremost leaders on these issues to share their knowledge on this complex and timely set of issues.”

The report is the result of rapid research and expert consensus effort led by a group of leaders in bioethics, health security, public health, technology, engineering, public policy, and law.

Source: Johns Hopkins University

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John Jay College Senior Students Balance Front-Line Work with Education Demands

John Jay College

NEW YORK, May 26, 2020 — John Jay students, many who live and work in communities of color hit hardest by Covid-19, are also on the front-lines. Their stories of studying while saving lives and keeping New Yorkers safe are inspiring examples of sacrifice and resilience.

Rosa Jimenez is an Emergency Medical Technician working in the Bronx, the borough with the highest infection and mortality rates in New York City. While studying full time in her senior year at John Jay, Jimenez has seen firsthand how the virus is impacting families, communities, and medical professionals.

“I’ve seen so many doctors and nurses end up with Covid-19. It concerns when you look at the patient’s chart and recognize the name,” says Jimenez.

Between shifts, Jimenez studies for finals. It’s her last semester, and she’s not letting the coronavirus or the change to distance learning stop her momentum.

Estefania Solis, a transfer student from Panama, is a Presidential Intern at John Jay and a member of the National Guard. When Covid-19 spread across New York City, Estefania’s life rapidly transformed from that of a typical student attending class and an internship to that of an active duty National Guard member contributing to a critical mission.

“My community has been affected. Some friends have had to fly back to their home countries and struggle with financial hardships. Others lost their job. Many have gotten sick. I am grateful I have the chance to help and not stay at home.”

The virus has altered all of her current plans, from summer job opportunities to her coursework. Balancing the internship, the National Guard, and her college work was initially overwhelming, and Solis thought she wouldn’t be able to complete her classes. But her professors stepped up and worked with her to make sure she finishes the semester and doesn’t lose momentum towards graduation.

Matthew Hart plans to graduate this summer, taking six courses this semester to keep on schedule. He is also serving in the National Guard at Covid-19 testing sites and food distribution centers.

“Juggle is tough. There are times when you want to sleep, but then you remind yourself that you have to get your homework done.”

Despite the struggle, Hart tries to keep a positive attitude and is committed to finishing his undergraduate education. He will start working on a master’s degree in the fall at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Graduate student Khalid Islam took a course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and studied how Toronto handled a SARS outbreak. A few months later, he is using what he learned to keep the Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics safe under his supervision. Khalid is an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Safety and Training Manager for the Mount Sinai Health System. He would receive his master’s degree this month. He has managed to balance his work, family obligations, and education in the shadow of a global pandemic.

According to John Jay College, all these students rose to the challenge these past few months, facing the danger of Covid-19 head-on while staying on the path to graduation. “Their commitment to public service and their communities centers them on a course to become tomorrow’s leaders,” the College said.

John Jay College would honor these students and their classmates from the Class of 2020 in a virtual celebration to mark the end of the semester on Wednesday, May 27. The ceremony will include pre-recorded remarks from special guests, including CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez; Charles Schumer, United States Senate; Kathy Hochul, Lt. Governor; and Letitia James, NYS Attorney General, among others.

An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York offers a vibrant liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. John Jay is home to faculty and research centers at the forefront of advancing criminal and social justice reform. In teaching, scholarship, and research, the College engages the theme of justice and explores fundamental human desires for fairness, equality, and the rule of law.

Source: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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May 26, 2020

Naya Hindustan - Anthem on India's Unity in Diversity during the Pandemic.

MUMBAI, May 26, 2020 — The COVID-19 Pandemic has created massive disruptions across the world. For the last two months, the lockdown in India has altered people’s lives - socially, economically, and emotionally. Music Director Hitesh Prasad ideated the concept, scored the music, and penned the lyrics of the song ‘Naya Hindustan,’ an anthem on India’s Unity in Diversity during the Pandemic. Leading singers — Mahalaxmi Iyer, Bhumi Trivedi, Toshi Sabri, Shraddha Pandit, and Hitesh Prasad sang the song with contributions from Raju Shankar (Piano) and Glen Fernandez (Guitar).

Kanishka Shankar directed the video, Tosif Shaikh mixed it, and Raju Shankar and Sanjay Jaipurwale arranged the music. Nihilent, a global consulting and services company, supported the project.

“As people embrace this new reality, it is also a time to reflect and ink a new future. With this unprecedented crisis, comes a great opportunity to heal ourselves, break barriers and blur boundaries and hasten compassion, empathy, and togetherness. No doubt, this crisis has unified all, and it is time to showcase this unity amid diversity of caste, religion, and creed. This is the time to foster humanity, love, and light,” said the producers. “The song is a tribute to the countless COVID-19 warriors, the unsung heroes and a billion-plus people suspended on hope, united by courage and faith in humanity.”

Hitesh Prasad said, ” I wrote and composed this music video to primarily showcase the communal harmony and motivate people of this country impacted by COVID-19 and lockdown in many different ways. The key message of this video I wanted to convey is my vision of ‘New India’- a country that needs to rise above all our differences and be one in this hour of crisis.” “The lyrics capture this idea of peace, communal harmony, compassion, and resilience to move forward. The singers and others have contributed as a purely social cause. Thanks to Nihilent for supporting us with this initiative,” he added.

Source: Nihilent

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May 25, 2020

Jayatu Jayatu Bharatam - A tribute to India's eternal spirit.

Jayatu Jayatu Bharatam!

India will be victorious!

Watch this unique tribute by 211 singers from across the country, as they come together to salute India’s indomitable spirit.

Source: ICICI Bank

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development — Message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Unesco, Paris

Unesco, Paris

Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs journalists following a Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton. [File Photo]

• World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

• Message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

21 May 2020

This year’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development comes at a time of uncertainty and anxiety.

For many, the closure of public spaces, cultural institutions, and performance and concert halls has led to a constriction of cultural space and increased seclusion.

Fortunately, the technical means we have at our disposal today make it possible for those who can benefit from them to compensate for the narrowness of confined spaces. We have thus seen initiatives blossom that has renewed interest in cultural practices around the world and highlighted their abundant richness. By dint of coordinated action, initial efforts, and creativity, this imposed downtime has made it possible to see what is one of humanity’s riches: our diversity.

Although COVID-19 has not succeeded in curbing dialogue among cultures, the long-term consequences of the crisis, especially in economic terms, might inflict severe damage on diversity, as periods of crisis are conducive to concentration and standardization. It is this insidious threat that looms.

Without significant support, structures will disappear. We would miss the opportunities to stimulate and hear different ways of seeing and feeling. Cultural diversity may get diminished, and humanity would be the poorer for it.

We must, therefore, protect diversity without delay before it is too late. That is why UNESCO has launched the ResiliArt movement, whose purpose is to find ways of fostering the protection and promotion of cultural diversity in these difficult times. By bringing together artists, cultural professionals, governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to reflect on the pandemic’s impact, we are developing the future of cultural diversity through collective intelligence and joint cultural building.

The current crisis must lead to new awareness and new efforts to ensure the development and continuation of varied cultural forms and flourishing cultural structures. The crisis has brought to light difficulties that were often already present.

On this 21 May, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, UNESCO appeals to all: together, let us celebrate and support cultural diversity, the symbol of our humanity.

Source: UNESCO

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May 24, 2020

Mastercard Joins Alliance to Accelerate Digital Identity Solutions.

Partnership accelerates access to and adoption of digital identity solutions.

Mastercard

Mastercard

Mastercard

Purchase, NY, May 23, 2020 — Mastercard today announced that it would join the ID2020 alliance, a global multi-stakeholder partnership dedicated to enabling everyone to have access to a viable and trusted form of legal identity.

With the recent implementation of social distancing around the world, our digital dependency has become even more significant. Individuals are signing up and logging in to a range of digital services - social media, entertainment streaming, telemedicine, and remote learning, to name just a few. What is critical in each of these interactions is the role that identity plays in enabling trust and the need to prove who we are safely and conveniently, wherever we are, Mastercard said.

“We share the belief with ID2020 that digital identity is a fundamental human right that each individual has control over. And that digital identity is a crucial step towards financial inclusion and to building a world where technology empowers, enables and protects everyone,” said Ajay Bhalla, President, Cyber & Intelligence, Mastercard. “We must work together to establish consistency and common standards across the globe that can make this a reality, addressing real challenges faced by people every day and sparking continued innovation.”

As the world accelerates towards more digital interactions and the verification associated with that, managing this rapid shift, holistically and responsibly, is crucial to ensure that no-one is left behind. Mastercard said it recognizes that holding a viable and trusted digital identity will allow everyone to connect and realize the opportunities presented by the increasingly digital world. By joining the ID2020 Alliance, who are strong advocates for digital identity in developing markets, both companies believe their collective technologies, networks, and connections can better bridge the gap and provide viable solutions for everyone.

“Digital identity can be a powerful force multiplier to enhance social and economic opportunities for all people,” said ID2020 Executive Director, Dakota Gruener. “But to fully realize that potential, governments, technology companies, financial institutions, and civil society must collaborate. We are delighted to welcome Mastercard to the ID2020 Alliance and applaud their commitment to privacy-protecting, user-centric digital identity.”

Mastercard said its collaboration with ID2020 builds on Mastercard’s commitment to improving how people manage and use their digital identity and follows the publication of the company’s model for digital citizenship in an increasingly connected world. The model is founded on user-centric principles such as data ownership, confidentiality, consent, and transparency, and embodies privacy-by-design.

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. “Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart, and accessible. Our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments, and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all,” Mastercard declared.

ID2020 is a global public-private partnership that harnesses the collective power of nonprofits, corporations, and governments to promote the adoption and ethical implementation of user-managed, privacy-protected, and portable digital identity solutions.

Source: Mastercard

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May 22, 2020

Pandemic Will Cost U.S. International Education more than $4.5 Billion, and Tens of Thousands of American Jobs — Says Association of International Educators NAFSA.

International Education

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020 — The Association of International Educators NAFSA says it surveyed senior leadership at U.S.-based higher education institutions and international education organizations to gauge the financial impact of COVID-19 on the field of international education.

According to NAFSA, survey results indicate that, overall, U.S. higher education had potentially lost nearly $1 billion due to shortened or canceled study abroad programs. Further, it spent approximately $638 million in financial support for international students, scholars, faculty, and staff who remained on campus when courses moved online.

Responses estimate that U.S. higher education will lose at least $3 billion due to anticipated international student enrollment declines for fall 2020. NAFSA survey has concluded that without congressional action and financial relief to support global culture, there would be a loss of more than $4.5 billion to U.S. higher education and tens of thousands of American jobs.

“With travel restrictions, visa delays, and economic instability worldwide, COVID-19 has been incredibly harmful to the field of international education,” said Esther D. Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO of the Association of International Educators NAFSA. “We need Congress to support legislation protecting international education to save American jobs and ensure U.S. students remain globally competitive at a time where we cannot afford to lose our competitive edge.”

Detailed Survey Results:

• Study Abroad

  • 94% of institutions with study abroad programs reported shortened or canceled spring and summer programs, resulting in losses of $115 million; when estimated across all of U.S. higher education, potential losses total nearly $1 billion.

  • 65% responded that the cancellation of study abroad programs had impacted staff positions in education abroad offices. Impacts include reduced hours, furloughs, eliminated jobs, hiring freezes, and salary reductions.

  • 61% expressed uncertainty if study abroad programs will be offered for fall 2020, while 15% anticipated cancelations.

• International Students

  • 38% indicated ongoing support for international students who remained on campus, spending nearly $42 million; when extrapolated across all of U.S. higher education, potential spending totals $418.5 million. Types of support include housing, scholarships, food, rent, airfare, and tuition refunds.

  • 60% reported up to 5 staff positions funded by international student fees.

  • 78% anticipate enrollment declines for fall 2020, with a loss of $192 million in revenue; estimated across all of U.S. higher education, potential revenue losses total at least $3 billion.

• International Scholars, Faculty, Staff

  • 55% host or employ international scholars, faculty, and staff, with 77% indicating ongoing support/employment during the crisis.

  • 36% reported providing additional financial support totaling nearly $6 million; estimated across all of U.S. higher education, expenditures approximate $219 million.

  • 51% responded that staff positions in international student/scholar offices would not be impacted by COVID-19, while 24% indicated it was too soon to know, and 21% said it would affect jobs.

  • Impacts include reduced hours, furloughs, eliminated positions, hiring freezes, and salary reductions.

• Other Negative Financial Impacts

  • 41% reported additional negative financial impacts, such as loss of grants and contracts, enrollment declines due to the shift to online instruction, and compensation paid for canceled programs.

NAFSA said it had prepared several requests to the Congress to mitigate the pandemic’s damage on the international education field and to position its recovery when it is safe for American students to study abroad and for international students and scholars to return to the U.S. These requests include petitions for policy changes, such as waiving the in-person interview requirement for visas, and direct financial assistance totaling $46.6 billion.

The Association of International Educators NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education.

Source: NAFSA

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May 20, 2020

QS World University Rankings USA

The Best US Universities for Excellence, Equity, and Employability.

QS World University Rankings USA

LONDON, May 20, 2020 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the publishers of the QS World University Rankings, today released their inaugural ranking of America’s top universities.

The QS World University Rankings USA assesses how well universities are responding to the social, intellectual, and economic challenges. QS said it had ranked the Universities according to their research performance and career outcomes as well as a range of indicators evaluating each institution’s social impact and attempts to foster equitability.

The methodology also evaluates universities based on the efforts they are making to support the 17 UN Sustainable Development goals.

QS CEO Nunzio Quacquarelli said, “QS surveyed 33,000+ prospective university students since the start of the pandemic. Though COVID-19’s effects on higher education will resonate for years to come, our research reveals that it does not deter students from pursuing their education goals. We hope that this ranking will provide students with an insightful comparative tool, as they prepare for the next steps in their educational journey.”

The QS World University Rankings USA see Harvard University named America’s top university, placed ahead of Stanford University (2nd) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3rd).

Harvard’s leadership got perfect scores for QS’s Research and Employability indicators, which suggests that, on average, Harvard produces America’s most impactful research and most employable graduates, QS said.

Five American colleges achieve perfect scores for QS’s Learning Experience indicator: Yale University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, and Brown University.

QS Research Director Ben Sowter said, “For thirty years, QS has served the global student community with the independent insights they need to make informed decisions. Our Employer Reputation indicator, a dataset based on the sentiments of over 44,000 hiring managers worldwide, allows potential applicants to assess US universities based on their ability to enhance their future careers.”

Sowter continued, “As the global graduate jobs market becomes even more competitive, our research suggests that students are placing a greater emphasis on this information. With the pandemic further disrupting the graduate employment market, we predict that concern about education and employability will intensify.”

QS has named 300 institutions as the best four-year universities in the United States.

• QS World University Rankings USA

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  4. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  5. Columbia University
  6. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  7. Yale University
  8. University of Pennsylvania
  9. Princeton University
  10. Cornell University
  11. New York University (NYU)
  12. University of Chicago
  13. Duke University
  14. Johns Hopkins University
  15. University of Southern California
  16. Northwestern University
  17. Carnegie Mellon University
  18. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  19. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  20. Brown University
  21. Boston University
  22. Rice University
  23. Georgetown University
  24. University of Washington
  25. The University of Texas at Austin
  26. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  27. Emory University
  28. University of California, Davis
  29. Washington University in St. Louis
  30. University of Rochester
  31. Vanderbilt University
  32. Georgia Institute of Technology
  33. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  34. George Washington University
  35. Tufts University
  36. University of Florida
  37. Dartmouth College
  38. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  39. University of Miami
  40. University of Notre Dame
  41. Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  42. University of California, Irvine
  43. Case Western Reserve University
  44. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  45. Stony Brook University, State University of New York
  46. University at Buffalo SUNY
  47. Pennsylvania State University
  48. Boston College
  49. University of Maryland, College Park
  50. University of Virginia
  51. Syracuse University
  52. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  53. Purdue University
  54. Northeastern University
  55. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  56. Michigan State University
  57. Brandeis University
  58. The Ohio State University
  59. Drexel University
  60. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  61. Temple University
  62. North Carolina State University
  63. University of Colorado Boulder
  64. Lehigh University
  65. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  66. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  67. Tulane University
  68. Howard University
  69. The University of Arizona
  70. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  71. Binghamton University SUNY
  72. Illinois Institute of Technology
  73. University of Pittsburgh
  74. New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  75. The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  76. University of the Pacific
  77. Texas A&M University
  78. University of Denver
  79. University of Massachusetts Boston
  80. William & Mary
  81. Florida State University
  82. San Diego State University
  83. University of Connecticut
  84. Virginia Commonwealth University
  85. Indiana University Bloomington
  86. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  87. University of Houston
  88. University of San Francisco
  89. The University of Georgia
  90. University of Oklahoma
  91. Arizona State University
  92. Wake Forest University
  93. Southern Methodist University
  94. Andrews University
  95. University of California, Santa Cruz
  96. University of Oregon
  97. University of Texas Dallas
  98. Santa Clara University
  99. The University of Louisville - School of Public Health & Information Sciences
  100. George Mason University

• 101-110

  • Rutgers University, Newark
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • Oregon State University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University at Albany SUNY
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Iowa
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Utah

• 111-120

  • American University
  • Clark University
  • Clarkson University
  • Florida International University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Pace University, New York
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Washington State University

• 121-130

  • Baylor University
  • DePaul University
  • Loyola University, Maryland
  • St. John’s University: New York City
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of San Diego
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Vermont

• 131-140

  • Bentley University
  • Clemson University
  • Fordham University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tulsa
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University

• 141-150

  • California Lutheran University
  • CUNY Queens College
  • Fairfield University
  • Georgia State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Seattle University
  • The University of Alabama
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Texas Arlington
  • Villanova University

• 151-160

  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University-Camden
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Texas
  • Yeshiva University

• 161-170

  • CUNY Baruch College
  • Brigham Young University
  • California State University - Fullerton
  • Marquette University
  • San Jose State University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Suffolk University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Redlands

• 171-180

  • Chapman University
  • Dominican University of California
  • Duquesne University
  • Hofstra University
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Kansas State University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Portland State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • University of Nevada - Las Vegas

• 181-190

  • Adelphi University
  • Auburn University
  • Ohio University
  • Saint Mary’s College of California
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Nevada

• 191-200

  • California State University Northridge
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Colorado State University
  • Creighton University
  • CUNY Lehman College
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • St. Edward’s University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Wyoming

• 201-250

  • Ball State University
  • Butler University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California State University
  • California State University - Los Angeles
  • California State University Dominguez Hills
  • California State University - San Bernardino
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Dominican University
  • Drake University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Ithaca College
  • La Salle University
  • Marymount University
  • Mississippi State University
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Rider University
  • Rollins College
  • Simmons University
  • SUNY Oswego
  • Stetson University
  • The State University of New York at Fredonia
  • The State University of New York at Geneseo
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • The College of New Jersey
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Hartford
  • The University of Illinois, Springfield (UIS)
  • University of Memphis
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of St. Thomas - Houston
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Texas, El Paso
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Western Michigan University
  • Western Washington University

• 251-300

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Augustana University
  • Boise State University
  • Bradley University
  • Bryant University
  • California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Calvin University
  • Cedar Crest College
  • Chatham University
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Cleveland State University
  • CUNY The City College of New York
  • Endicott College
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Hampton University
  • Immaculata University
  • Iona College
  • James Madison University
  • Marist College
  • Miami University
  • Montana State University
  • Nazareth College
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Regis University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Siena College
  • Sonoma State University
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Cortland
  • Texas State University
  • Trinity University
  • Truman State University
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • University of Evansville
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Montana Missoula
  • University of New Haven
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Portland
  • University of St Thomas
  • The University of Tampa
  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • Valparaiso University
  • Wagner College
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • Woodbury University

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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