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September 28, 2022

India's Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan participates in International Conclave; DEAKIN UNIVERSITY to set up Hubs in India at OP Jindal Global University, Symbiosis International University, and Chitkara University.




Photos: DEAKIN UNIVERSITY to set up HUBS in India at OP Jindal Global University, Symbiosis International University, and Chitkara University.

NEW DELHI, Sept. 27, 2022 — On the occasion of 75 years of India’s Independence, Deakin University, Australia, has announced a new strategic engagement initiative in India: DEAKIN UNIVERSITY HUBS.

Deakin was the first international university to establish its presence in India in 1994. Over the last two years, its office in New Delhi has set up innovative engagement models to boost learning opportunities for students in India. Students can now commence the first part of their studies with a Deakin partner institution in India and then transfer to a Deakin campus in Australia for the second part of their educational journey.

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY HUBS will be the central point of all engagement activities, alongside strategic partners OP Jindal Global University, Symbiosis International University, and Chitkara University. This initiative will enhance collaboration and deliver on the National Education Policy’s goal of the internationalization of education.

Deakin announced it in the presence of Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon. Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, at an international conclave in New Delhi.

Dharmendra Pradhan said, “This event is important for me, India, and the youth of India because academicians, technocrats, and thought leaders are here. I’m here to take advice from all of you. I want to align my National Education Policy with the emerging thoughts of the globe.”

The conclave brought together thought leaders from academia, government, and industry. They deliberated on various critical themes:

  • Digital transformation
  • Internationalization of education
  • International collaboration in research and innovation
  • Skill-based education
  • Global employability

“I am excited to be back in India. It couldn’t have been for a better occasion than the launch of the DEAKIN UNIVERSITY HUBS at OP Jindal Global University, Symbiosis International University, and Chitkara University,” said Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Deakin University.

The Hubs will act as a conduit to strengthen the university-industry-government partnership, which will benefit society.”

The conclave featured an unparalleled selection of speakers, including:

  • Mr. Subramaniam Ramodorai (Former Vice Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services)
  • Mr Sanjeev Bikhchandani (Founder, InfoEdge)
  • Ambassador Anil Wadhwa (Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation)
  • Lt. Gen. (Dr) M D Venkatesh (Vice-Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education)
  • Mr. Ankur Mathur (Business Unit Head, Education - India, TCS)
  • Ms. Michelle Wade (Commissioner - South Asia, Global Victoria)
  • Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar (Pro-Chancellor, Symbiosis International University)
  • Dr. Monica Kennedy (Senior Trade Commissioner - Australian Trade and Investment Commission)
  • Mr. Kuldeep Pandita (Geo Head Education Business for Australia & New Zealand, TCS)
  • Ms. Sarah Storey (Deputy Australian High Commissioner to India)
  • Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar (Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University)
  • Dr Vibha Dhawan (Director General, TERI)
  • Mr. Raju Goteti (Vice President, TCS Co-Innovation Network)
  • Ms. Melissa Banks (Head of International Education, AUSTRADE)
  • Mr. Gopal Krishna GSS (Country Head - Market Function and Product Group Head, TCS iON)
  • Mr. Glenn Campbell (CEO DeakinCo.).

Source: Deakin University

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September 26, 2022

National Testing Agency (NTA) India declares Results for the Postgraduate Entrance Test


  • September 26, 2022

  • National Testing Agency (NTA) India has declared Results for the Postgraduate Entrance Test for 66 Central and other Participating Universities for the Academic Session 2022-2023.

  • Results of the Examination are now available on Candidates can log in to the website and view/download/print their score card.

  • Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the participating universities to make necessary preparations for admissions.

• National Testing Agency (NTA) India issues Public Notice on the Schedule of Entrance Exam for Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) 2022.

NTA, Delhi University

Source: National Testing Agency (NTA)

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September 25, 2022

UNESCO launches 2022 State of the Education Report for India: Artificial Intelligence in Education

UNESCO India Report

New Delhi, September 24, 2022: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched today its 2022 State of the Education Report (SOER) for India: “Artificial Intelligence in Education - Here, There and Everywhere.”

This publication is the annual flagship report of the UNESCO New Delhi Office, prepared after extensive research.

This fourth edition of the State of Education Report introduces Artificial Intelligence (AI) to demystify a subject that has endured various misconceptions. It is supplemented by an overview of challenges and opportunities in the Indian education sector that Artificial Intelligence can address.

“Today, improving the quality of education and students’ learning outcomes are the utmost priorities of all countries. India has made significant strides in its education system, and strong indicators point to the country’s notable efforts to enhance learning outcomes, including by using Artificial Intelligence-powered education technology,” said Eric Falt, Director, UNESCO New Delhi.

“The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology is pleased to note that UNESCO has dedicated the theme of its 2022 ‘State of the Education Report for India’ to Artificial Intelligence in Education. We believe this report is timely, as it can contribute towards transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy and make Digital India a reality,” Dr. Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, remarked.

Some reports predict that the AI market in India will reach US$7.8 billion by 2025 at the rate of 20.2 percent compound annual growth. To align India’s curriculum to the 21st century and to prepare the students for the AI economy, India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 lays profound emphasis on the need to impart the necessary technical knowledge at all levels of education. In addition, it emphasizes the integration of AI in Education to promote quality and skill-based education.

With this Report, UNESCO offers a glimpse of the varied dimensions and suggestions for future uses of Artificial Intelligence. “We hope this publication will serve as a helpful reference tool for enhancing and influencing programs and policies related to technology and, in particular, Artificial Intelligence,” Unesco India said.

In line with the national vision of Digital India, the report concludes with ten action-oriented recommendations that will catalyze India’s transformational journey through technical education and advanced tech-driven solutions in the educational processes.

The Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Learning project build on the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence adopted at the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences, and Culture. UNESCO’s programs contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

In this spirit, UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. By promoting cultural heritage and all cultures’ equal dignity, UNESCO strengthens nations’ bonds. Furthermore, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programs that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.

Source: UNESCO, New Delhi


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September 24, 2022

Academy Reveals 2022 Student Academy Awards Winners

• All Winning Films are now eligible for the 2022 Oscars

Student Academy Awards

Photo: Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell pose backstage with their Oscars during the live ABC telecast of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Luis Alberto Rodriguez / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 14 students as winners of the 49th Student Academy Awards competition. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,796 entries from 614 colleges and universities around the world. The 2022 winners join past Student Academy Award winners such as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by category):


  • Olivia Peace, “Against Reality,” University of Southern California


  • Jan Gadermann and Sebastian Gadow, “Laika & Nemo,” Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg, Germany
  • Lachlan Pendragon, “An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake, and I Think I Believe It,” Griffith Film School, Australia
  • Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard and Nicolas Mayeur, “The Seine’s Tears,” Pôle 3D Digital & Creative School, France


  • Shuhao Tse, “Found,” New York University
  • Jared Peraglia, “Here to Stay,” New York University
  • Gabriella Canal and Michael Fearon, “Seasons,” Columbia University


  • Nils Keller, “Almost Home,” University of Television and Film Munich, Germany
  • Welf Reinhart, “Rooms,” University of Television and Film Munich, Germany
  • Freddy Macdonald, “Shedding Angels,” American Film Institute

First-time honors go to Pôle 3D Digital & Creative School.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for the 2022 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, or Documentary Short Film categories. Past winners have gone on to receive 65 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 14 awards.

For the first time since 2019, students will participate in an in-person award ceremony on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the David Geffen Theater in Los Angeles. The Academy will announce the Gold, silver, and bronze medal placements in the four award categories at the ceremony.

The 49th Student Academy Awards ceremony on October 20 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. The David Geffen Theater is located at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard.

Starting this year, the Student Academy Awards no longer distinguish between domestic (U.S.-based) and international (non-U.S.-based) schools for categories. Regardless of where they are from, all eligible submissions now qualify for the competition category the filmmaker selected in their submission application.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972. They provide a platform for emerging global talent to showcase their work.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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September 23, 2022

71st MISS UNIVERSE competition to be held in New Orleans

Miss Universe

Photo: Maria Thattil, Miss Universe Australia 2020 and a 2021 Miss Universe Competition Contestant. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. [File Photo]

NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2022) - The Miss Universe Organization has announced the 71st MISS UNIVERSE competition will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

“There is no place like New Orleans. This vibrant city has been at the top of our list to host for quite some time due to its rich cultural history, as well as its unique arts, entertainment, and culinary scene,” said Paula Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “I look forward to our delegates from all over the world getting to experience all it has to offer.”

The highly anticipated event will feature almost 90 women from around the globe vying for the job of Miss Universe through the process of personal statements, in-depth interviews, and various categories, including evening gowns & swimwear. The evening will culminate with the 70th Miss Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu, who brought the title back to India for the first time in twenty-one years, crowning her successor.

“My time as Miss Universe has been an incredible experience, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have received due to this platform,” said Sandhu. “I’m very excited that I will be crowning the next titleholder in New Orleans and that she will kick off her reign in such an exciting and special city known for its resiliency, music, and grand celebrations.”

“The City of New Orleans and the Miss Universe Organization share common values of celebrating inclusion, culture, and the empowerment of women,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the first female Mayor in the city’s 300-year history. “Former Miss Universe delegates and winners have gone on to become surgeons, diplomats, politicians, and business leaders, and they all champion social causes that are important to them. In addition, hosting this event demonstrates the significant global impact an international city like New Orleans has on the world’s tourism and cultural stages. We are honored to host the 71st annual Miss Universe pageant and show people around the globe why New Orleans is the best at executing major events, festivals, conferences, and conventions with an unmatched culture.”

Source: The Miss Universe Organization

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September 22, 2022

United Nations General Assembly Session 2022

United Nations General Assembly

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. September 21, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist.

United Nations General Assembly

Photo: Csaba Kőrösi (right), President of the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly, meets with Katalin Novák, President of Hungary. September 21, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations General Assembly

Photo: The high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to mark the commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the “Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities” was held on the second day of the General Assembly’s general debate. September 21, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist.

United Nations General Assembly

Photo: A view of UN Headquarters and delegates of the high-level week of the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly. September 20, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.

United Nations General Assembly

Photo: Csaba Kőrösi (right), President of the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly, meets with Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India. September 19, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations General Assembly

Photo: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), spoke during the “SDG Moment 2022” and “Transforming Education Summit.”

The “SDG Moment “is an event during the UN General Assembly high-level week to highlight the promise of inclusion, resilience, and sustainability embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in times of crisis. Convened by Secretary-General António Guterres, the event is shaped by the narrative of the SDGs as our To-Do List for a better future for all on a safe and healthy planet. In addition, the SDG Moment features the Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates Co-Chairs, and SDG Dialogues focused on solutions for inequalities and climate and environmental challenges. 

The Secretary-General had convened the “Transforming Education Summit” in response to a global crisis in education - one of equity and inclusion, quality, and relevance. Often slow and unseen, this crisis is devastatingly impacting the futures of children and youth worldwide. The Summit provides a unique opportunity to elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and to mobilize action, ambition, solidarity, and solutions to recover pandemic-related learning losses and sow the seeds to transform education in a rapidly changing world. 

September 19, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel.

Source: United Nations, New York

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September 19, 2022

Oxford University Press Celebrates 110 Years in India

Oxford University Press

NEW DELHI, Sept. 19, 2022 — Celebrating its 110 years in India, Oxford University Press (OUP), a department of the prestigious “University of Oxford,” announced the launch of its new suite of blended learning solutions—OXFORD INSPIRE. Catering to students in grades 1 to 8, Oxford Inspire is one of India’s first competency-based composite learning solutions with ‘learner success’ at its core. It would inspire learners to acquire knowledge, abilities, and skills through various experiences in an engaging and flexible environment and encourage teachers to engage innovatively with learners by combining sound pedagogy with new-age technology.

‘Oxford Inspire’ will offer print and digital courseware for English, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, and Science, blending the two learning mediums through a unique learning journey. The gamified platform will allow more significant levels of student engagement and drive a deeper understanding of core concepts. ‘Oxford Inspire’ will also offer a Reading Portal, a multilingual digital library with exclusive graded stories on Indian and International themes.

Oxford Inspire’s three fundamental pillars, competency-based progression, flexible learning environment, and learner engagement, are critical to creating confidence, connection, active involvement, and lifelong learning. Aligned with the new National Education Policy’s (NEP 2020) priorities, these pillars will enable classrooms to shift from traditional rote learning methods to holistic concept-based learning.

Oxford University Press (OUP) is one of the world’s largest university presses with a broad global presence. It publishes in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and in various formats - print and digital. As a result, OUP products cover a vast academic and educational spectrum.

Celebrating 110 years, OUP is credited with revolutionizing publishing in India. Oxford books were being sold in India much before the Oxford University Press was set up in India in 1912.

The first academic book published by the branch was Dr. S. Radhakrishnan’s Essentials of Psychology in 1912. Dr. Radhakrishnan was then Assistant Professor at Presidency College, Madras (later became the first Vice President and then the President of India).

By 1915, the India branch began to publish the Oxford School Atlas. The Atlas is currently in its 36th edition. Jim Corbett’s Man-Eaters of Kumaon, published in 1945, remains one of the bestsellers for OUP. Oxford English Dictionary started selling in 1928.

Source: Oxford University Press (OUP)


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September 18, 2022

United Nations Landmark Launch of Scoring for the Goals Event 

United Nations

United Nations

Photos: A landmark launch of the Scoring for the Goals event with the projection of images of Sustainable Development Goals on the UN Building. September 17, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

Source: United Nations, New York

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Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe 2023

- Heritage-inspired Willys 4xe blends more than 80 years of Jeep 4x4 leadership and electric vehicle technology to deliver legendary capability and a nearly silent off-road experience.

Jeep Wrangler

Photo: 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 17, 2022 — 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe, delivering 49 MPGe and 21 miles of all-electric range, combines authentic retro cues with the technologically advanced 375-horsepower and a 470-lb.-ft. Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid propulsion system.

Wrangler Willys 4xe features Jeep brand go-anywhere capability with a 2.72:1 Selec-Trac full-time 4WD system, 30 inches of water fording, heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, and mud-terrain tires.

The Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe features standard LED headlamps and fog lamps, Alpine 9-speaker premium audio, all-weather floor mats, rear limited-slip differential, rock rails, black grille, and 17-inch black-painted alloy wheels. A special ‘Willys’ decal on the hood, trimmed in the 4xe’s signature Electric Blue, and an ‘Electric 4-Wheel Drive’ decal on the swing gate signify that this Willys is a 4xe plug-in hybrid.

Stellantis’ Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio assembles Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe.

• Jeep Brand

Built on more than 80 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand that brings capability, craftsmanship, and versatility to people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep vehicle range consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, new three-row Grand Cherokee L, Grand Cherokee 4xe, Renegade and Wrangler, and Wrangler 4xe.

Source: Jeep

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September 17, 2022

National Testing Agency (NTA), India, declares the Common University Entrance Test (UG) Results; Also releases Admit Cards for the UGC-NET Examination.

  • September 17, 2022 —

  • The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the Admit Card for the UGC-NET Examination it will conduct on 20, 21 & 22 September 2022, NTA said in a Public Notice.

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) has entrusted the National Testing Agency (NTA) with conducting UGC-NET.

  • UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for “Assistant Professor” and “Junior Research Fellowship” in Indian universities and colleges.

  • September 16, 2022—

  • National Testing Agency (NTA) has declared the Common University Entrance Test (UG) Results.

  • In addition to 259 cities in India, NTA conducted the CUET (UG)-2022 in 10 cities outside India, namely Manama, Doha, Dubai, Kathmandu, Muscat, Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore, Kuwait City, and New York.

  • NTA said that it is sharing the results of candidates with the Universities where the candidates had applied. Therefore, it has advised the candidates to contact their respective Universities and Institutions for further details.

National Testing Agency (NTA) India

Source: National Testing Agency (NTA)

The University of Delhi has issued the following Press Release after the NTA CUET (UG)-2022 Declaration of Results.

Delhi University

Source: University of Delhi

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September 15, 2022

Emily Ratajkowski Turns Heads in New York in LILYSILK Silk Poppy Skirt

New York Fashion Week

Photo: Emily Ratajkowski looking stylish in her LILYSILK Silk Poppy Skirt in New York.

NEW YORK, September 14, 2022 — LILYSILK, the world’s leading silk brand, was the clothing of choice for supermodel Emily Ratajkowski. She was looking stylish on the streets of New York as she headed to a concert wearing the LILYSILK Minimalist Aesthetic Silk Poppy Skirt.

Multiple top media outlets, including British Vogue, Elle Netherlands, and Harper’s Bazaar, covered her street look, saying Ms. Ratajkowski “put an edgy spin on the romantic ensemble by pairing the set with a pair of black knee-high Cowgirl boots.” Emily Ratajkowski earlier graced the Paris Fashion Week runway and Milan Fashion Week.

According to LILYSILK, “A clear-cut case of contemporary meets classic, this ultra-cool midi silk skirt is inspired by 90s minimalist aesthetic. A best-seller from the LILYSILK Spring 2022 Collection, the bias-cut adds comfort and movement, making it an ideal piece to be worn at home for a touch of luxury or as an elevated essential for the spring social calendar. Paired with LILYSILK’s matching Osmanthus shirt of the same edition makes styling easier and more fashion-forward than ever.”

“Emily Ratajkowski brings us a fresh look,” said David Wang, CEO of LILYSILK. “Silk has always represented elegance, femininity, and fashion, but now we are spicing women’s wardrobes with our classy silk pieces such as the Silk Poppy Skirt. We hope more people can express their style and personality wearing LILYSILK.”

LILYSILK is a world-leading silk brand. It says its “mission is to inspire people to live spectacularly as well as more sustainably.”


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September 14, 2022

The Wealthiest Cities in the World in 2022

Wealthiest Cities

Fastest Growing Cities

LONDON, Sept. 13, 2022 — The USA dominates the world’s Top 20 Cities with the Most Millionaires in 2022, with New York taking the crown with 345,600 millionaires. Five other American cities, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Dallas, secure places on the coveted world’s wealthiest cities ranking. Tokyo is in 2nd place with 304,900 high-net-worth residents worth over USD 1 million.

London, the wealthiest city in the world for many years, drops to 4th place below the San Francisco Bay Area with just 272,400 millionaires. This information comes from the latest Henley Global Citizens Report, which tracks private wealth migration trends worldwide.

Two Chinese cities, Beijing (9th) and Shanghai (10th), make it into the Top 10, and Switzerland and Australia each manage to secure two top city spots, with Sydney (11th), Zurich (15th), Melbourne (17th), and Geneva (19th) all making the cut. Singapore (5th), Hong Kong (SAR China) (12th), Frankfurt (13th), Toronto (14th), Seoul (16th), and finally Paris, plummeting three places to 20th, make up the rest of the 2022 ranking.

The report features exclusive data from global wealth intelligence firm New World Wealth. It includes the five wealthiest cities in each significant region and the 25 fastest growing cities in terms of millionaire growth.

Dr. Juerg Steffen, CEO of Henley & Partners, points out that 14 of the Top 20 are in countries that host investment migration programs. ” The right to live, work, study, and invest in leading international wealth hubs such as New York, London, Singapore, Sydney, and Toronto can be secured via residence by investment. Being able to relocate yourself, your family, or your business to a more favorable city or have the option to choose between multiple different residences across the world is an increasingly important aspect of international wealth and legacy planning for private clients.”

The millionaire populations of Dubai, Mumbai, and Shenzhen are expected to break into the Top 20 wealthiest cities by 2030, according to Andrew Amoils, Head of Research at New World Wealth. “Cities with strong oil and gas industries are performing especially well this year, including Riyadh, Sharjah, Luanda, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Lagos. Others on the fastest-growing list include Lugano, a Swiss hotspot for affluent retirees, Bengaluru, the ‘Silicon Valley of India,’ and Hangzhou, one of China’s most scenic cities.”

Source: Henley & Partners

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September 13, 2022

IPI Executive Board appoints Frane Maroević as the next Executive Director

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

Photo: Frane Maroevic - photo credit OSCE/Micky Kroel.

New York: At its meeting in New York on September 7, 2022, the Executive Board of the International Press Institute (IPI) appointed Frane Maroević as the organization’s next executive director. He will take over the management of this global network of editors, journalists, and media executives from Barbara Trionfi after she steps down at the beginning of November 2022.

“Today, independent media and journalists are under attack from more directions than ever,” said IPI Executive Board Chair Khadija Patel. “I look forward to working with Frane to strengthen IPI’s support for independent media worldwide. He is committed to defending press freedom and has experience resolving various threats that journalists face today”.

Maroević brings to this position over 30 years in journalism, media development, and press freedom. He developed his passion for journalism and learned this profession’s skills, professional standards, and values at the BBC World Service in London. In post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, he worked on reforming public broadcasting and media regulation and managed donor support for independent media. As the director of the office of the OSCE media freedom representative, he managed responses to numerous cases of media freedom violations in 54 countries that are part of this intergovernmental organization. Before joining IPI, his work at the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network and the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network focused on threats to online freedom of expression.

“The IPI is the world’s oldest global press freedom organization, and I am deeply honored to have been chosen as its next executive director,” said Frane Maroević, “Attacks on free media are attacks on our societies. I will work with the IPI Board, team, and members worldwide to improve journalists’ safety and resolve physical, legal, economic, online, and multiple other threats faced by the traditional media and the new media actors. In this time of disinformation and din, we need independent media more than ever to shine a light on our world.

“The strength of IPI is having members across the globe who understand the problems faced by journalists in every corner of the world and can develop local solutions. Moreover, the solidarity of the members and their shared mission ”to defend media freedom and the free flow of news wherever they are threatened” means that they are always ready to support and help each other. Together they are a compelling voice for independent media and press freedom.

“I am looking forward to working with Barbara Trionfi to ensure a smooth transition and to continue and build on the achievements of IPI under her leadership,” concluded Maroević.

The International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists who share a common dedication to quality, independent journalism.

Source: International Press Institute (IPI)


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September 12, 2022

U.S. News Announces 2022-2023 Best Colleges Rankings in the USA

• The newest edition ranks 1,500 colleges and universities across the country.

US News

US News College Rankings

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2022 — U.S. News & World Report, a global authority in education rankings, announced the 2022-2023 Best Colleges in the USA today. The rankings evaluate 1,500 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality. In addition, they serve as a guide for prospective students and their families.

“For nearly 40 years, the Best Colleges methodology has continuously evolved to reflect changes in the higher education landscape and the interests of prospective students,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “Guiding that evolution is U.S. News’ mission of providing useful data and information to help with one of life’s biggest decisions.”

This year’s rankings include a more comprehensive measure of faculty resources and updates to the ranking categories.

To calculate the rankings, U.S. News focuses on academic quality and emphasizes outcome measures - including graduation rates, retention rates, graduate indebtedness, and social mobility. Outcomes are the most highly weighted ranking factor, contributing 40% to each school’s overall score.

• 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

National Universities - Top 3

  • 1. Princeton University (N.J.)
  • 2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 3. Harvard University (M.A.) (tie)
  • 3. Stanford University (C.A.) (tie)
  • 3. Yale University (C.T.) (tie)

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 3

  • 1. Williams College (M.A.)
  • 2. Amherst College (M.A.)
  • 3. Pomona College (C.A.)

Top Public Schools

National Universities - Top 3

  • 1. The University of California, Berkeley (tie)
  • 1. The University of California, Los Angeles (tie)
  • 3. The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (tie)
  • 3. University of Virginia (tie)

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 3

  • 1. United States Naval Academy
  • 2. United States Military Academy at West Point
  • 3. The United States Air Force Academy

Top Performers on Social Mobility

National Universities - Top 3

  • 1. Keiser University (F.L.)
  • 2. The University of California, Riverside
  • 3. California State University - Long Beach

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 3

  • 1. Salem College (N.C.)
  • 2. Lake Forest College (I.L.)
  • 3. Tougaloo College (M.S.)

Alongside the rankings, U.S. News publishes editorial content related to the college selection experience. It includes advice on how parents should approach college visits, when to submit their applications, choose a major, and more.

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings. It empowers consumers, business leaders, and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives and communities. Founded in 1933, U.S. News has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, L.P.

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Keds and Altuzarra Debut Collaboration at New York Fashion Week: The Shows

Footwear Collaboration Continues Keds Partnership with IMG as ‘The Official Sole of NYFW’

Keds, Altuzarra, New York Fashion Week

Photo: Keds and Altuzarra Debut Collaboration at New York Fashion Week: The Shows.

NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2022 — Sneaker brand Keds, well-known for its long-standing brand partnerships, debuts an exclusive footwear collection with luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand, Altuzarra, during Altuzarra’s New York Fashion Week show. This collection launch is a continuation of Keds’ partnership with IMG and New York Fashion Week: The Shows that have solidified Keds as the ‘Official Sole of NYFW’ for the second season. The footwear collection features new sneaker styles in varying colorways and cements Keds’ position as a style leader in the collaborative footwear category.

“Our partnership with Altuzarra marks Keds’ emergence into the luxury fashion space with our iconic silhouettes reimagined through the lens of the talented Joseph Altuzarra,” said Jen Lynch, VP and General Manager of Keds. “The collection delivers unique styles in luxe fabrications for our customers in styles they cherish.”

Keds displayed the exclusive first look of the limited-edition footwear collection with the brand during the Sept. 10 Altuzarra fashion show in New York City. It featured never-seen-before sneaker styles that merge the two distinct brand aesthetics in new design features. “I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Keds this season. Their iconic brand language and heritage were a huge source of inspiration, and the resulting footwear collection adds an exciting and dynamic layer to the show,” said Joseph Altuzarra.

“This collection marks an exciting time for two beloved brands to seamlessly bring to life the creative fashion minds of two teams,” said Patrick Connors, the Senior Vice President of Global Brand Partnerships for IMG’s Fashion Events and Properties.

Keds. Wear Yours. — Keds is a division of Wolverine Worldwide, the world’s leading maker of casual, work, outdoor, athletic, and children’s footwear.

Founded by creative director Joseph Altuzarra in 2008, Altuzarra is a luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand.

IMG is a global sports, fashion, events, and media leader. It is a subsidiary of Endeavor, an international sports, and entertainment company.

Source: Keds

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September 11, 2022

Chitkara University, Chandigarh, India, organizes a seminar on Quality Assurance in Higher Education with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and Tata Tele Business Service.

NAAC India

Citkara University

Chandigarh, India, September 07, 2022 — The Accreditation and Quality Assurance Cell at Chitkara University, Punjab, organized a two-day National Seminar on Quality Assurance in Higher Education “QAHE-2022”. Education experts deliberated on National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, focusing on Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

• Chitkara University organized the National Seminar in association with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and Tata Tele Business Services.

  • Eminent speakers in the seminar included Dr. R. K. Goel, Director-IQAC, Punjabi University, Patiala, Prof. (Retd.) L. N. Mittal, Formerly Professor at NITTTR, Chandigarh, Dr. Kawaljeet Singh, Director, University Computer Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr. Sandhir Sharma, Dean, Chitkara Business School; and Dr. V. K. Jadon, Dean-Academics, CUIET (Applied Engineering), Chitkara University, Punjab.

  • A souvenir with 91 research articles from research scholars and faculty members on “Quality Assurance in Higher Education” was also launched.

  • Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor of Chitkara University, said that we at Chitkara always focus on implementing the NEP into the modern education system to meet the Industry 5.0 requirements. She gave her valuable insights about quality in higher education. She said that the most influential factor is human capital, expressed in the knowledge, skills, creative abilities, and moral attributes of individuals in society. In addition, policymakers increasingly view higher education institutions as economic engines that ensure knowledge production through research and innovation. She also shared her views about the quality of higher education. She said that education is now an instrument of change, as change is happening quicker than in older times.

  • Chitkara university focuses on multidisciplinary research and consultancy. So far, it has published 4000+ Scopus articles with more than 14000 citations. In addition, it has applied for 1800 patents, out of which 300 have been published and 150 granted.

  • All the presentations delivered in the seminar were focused on the impact of accreditation agencies on the education system, how the education system transitioned itself to an online education system during COVID-19, what are the after effects, and how NEP can contribute to strengthening the Indian education system.

• Kurukshetra University organizes a workshop on the NAAC assessment and accreditation process

  • In another similar event, Haryana Higher Education Department and Kurukshetra University organized a one-day state-level workshop on the “NAAC assessment and accreditation process” at the Kurukshetra University auditorium hall.

  • The Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education Department, Haryana, said that a good NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) rating was essential for an institution to build a promising student future. Kurukshetra University Vice-Chancellor Prof Som Nath Sachdeva said the NAAC ranking determined the quality of education, research standard, the effectiveness of the teaching-learning process, and the facilities offered to students by an institute.

  • Dr. Pratibha Singh, Deputy Adviser, NAAC, New Delhi, conducted the workshop for participants.

• Panjab University Chandigarh no longer NAAC accredited

  • The NAAC Accreditation of an institution in the region, Panjab University Chandigarh, has expired.

  • NAAC Administration’s latest ‘Accreditation Status of Universities’ shows that that institution has not initiated the accreditation renewal application process. Accordingly, it is no longer NAAC accredited.

PU Naac

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had, through a gazette notification dated January 19, 2013, made it mandatory for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to undergo accreditation. Accordingly, accreditation will now be required for higher education institutions (HEIs) to be eligible to receive grants and other financial assistance from the Central Government.

NAAC accreditation identifies the institute’s quality in terms of its education, research, faculty, and infrastructure, gives students confidence in selecting a quality institution, and provides instant credibility to a Higher Education Institution.

Sources: Chitkara University; NAAC; Agencies.

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Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2021 Announced

• Top University Patent Holders Ranked in Annual Report from the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association

US University Patents

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 10, 2022 — The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2021 report was released today by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. The information uses data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, highlighting patents’ vital role in university research and innovation.

The report ranks the top 100 universities as the first assignee on utility patents granted by the USPTO in the 2021 calendar year.

“Innovation based on university technology continues to be a key factor in economic development. The expansion of technology and innovation are fundamental to the success of a university,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the National Academy of Inventors. “The NAI is pleased to release this list of the top innovation universities in the world in conjunction with the IPO for the tenth year in a row.”

Jessica Landacre, Executive Director at the IPO, commented, “University patents ignite a culture of growth and innovation which, in turn, stimulates the economy. We are pleased to partner with NAI to publish the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents.”

• National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions.


The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) is a trade association for patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets owners. IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves and advocates for all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology.

Source: National Academy of Inventors

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September 9, 2022

The Managing Director of IMF calls on the President of India.


Photo: Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), called on the President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 9, 2022).


Photo: Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), met with Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, earlier today (September 9, 2022).

New Delhi, September 09, 2022 — Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), called on the President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 9, 2022).

Welcoming Ms. Georgieva to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said that the world is passing through the third year of the Covid pandemic. She noted that multilateral institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank provided significant assistance to many low-income countries. She said that IMF has to play an essential role in maintaining the stability of the International Monetary System.

The President said that today, India is one of the fastest growing major economies in the world. India’s start-up ecosystem ranks high in the world. The success of start-ups in our country, especially the increasing number of Unicorns, is a shining example of our industrial progress. What is even more gratifying is that the development of our country is becoming more inclusive, and regional disparities are also reducing. The basic mantra of today’s India is compassion - compassion for the oppressed, compassion for the needy, and compassion for the marginalized.

Source: President’s Secretariat, New Delhi

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September 7, 2022

Message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on International Literacy Day, September 08, 2022

• Message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on International Literacy Day, September 08, 2022.


Source: UNESCO

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Charles & Colvard Redefines Conscious Luxury with New Lab Grown Diamond Couture Collection

Charles Colvard Diamonds

Photo: Charles & Colvard redefines conscious luxury with its new lab-grown diamond COUTURE collection.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., September 07, 2022 — A brand on the move, Charles & Colvard, is giving the luxury industry a glimpse of the future of fine jewelry with its new Couture Collection. The 50-piece collection, crafted using lab-grown diamonds and precious recycled metals, features rings, bracelets, and earrings in staggering carat weights and design combinations that prove fine luxury jewelry can still be conscious.

The collection includes, among others, 10-carat chandelier drop earrings, double and triple-stacked geometric eternity bands, and 12- and 13-carat alternating tennis bracelets. The company said the collection is for couture brides, red carpet fashion, celebrities, or anyone looking for high-carat-conscious couture.

Adding to their already-impressive repertoire of ‘made, not mined’ fine jewelry - the company has its sights on becoming one of the top destinations for lab-grown diamond jewelry. It says it has a stunning showcase of abstract silhouettes and dramatic lines that feature new pear, baguette, and marquise cuts.

“We believe the future is lab-grown,” CEO Don O’Connell said, “and today’s consumers expect their products to be as beautiful as they are responsible. So we introduced this collection to showcase what the future of luxury fine jewelry can - and should - look like.”

Source: Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

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