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March 23, 2017

International Association of Universities (IAU) embarks on a dedicated "Internationalization of Higher Education" Campaign

IAU, UNESCO, Paris, France

Photo: A section of UNESCO headquarters building, Paris, France. Image Credit: Anna Armstrong.

The UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions, International Association of Universities (IAU), is strengthening its Higher Education Internationalization program.

What is Internationalization of Higher Education?

Professor Hans De Wit, a noted specialist in this field and founding editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education describes it as the process of integrating international and intercultural dimensions into the purpose, functions, and delivering of post-secondary education so that its quality improves and making it a meaningful contribution to the society.

While, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), defines it as the complex of processes whose combined effect, whether planned or not, is to enhance the international dimension of the experience of higher education in universities and similar educational institutions.

IAU has classified the internationalization process into five sections:

  1. Academic mobility
  2. Internationalization at home, of the curriculum, and learning outcomes
  3. Internationalization of research
  4. Borderless, offshore, transnational and cross-border education
  5. Development cooperation and capacity building

What are the academic benefits of Internationalization of Higher Education?

According to IAU, educational benefits of internationalization include:

Giorgio Marinoni, Manager of Internationalization Policy at IAU, told the editor that globalization has completely changed the environment in which Higher Education institutions around the world operate, and it is a phenomenon they cannot ignore.

IAU’s program of advisory services for advancing internationalization called ISAS (2.0), consists of several different but complementary services offered to IAU Members, other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), individuals at HEIs, national governments, and other organizations.

IAU has, meanwhile, called upon higher education institutions pursuing internationalization to adhere to the following values:

Founded in 1950, under the auspices of UNESCO, the International Association of Universities (IAU), with headquarters at UNESCO, Paris, France, is the leading global association of higher education institutions and organizations.

Its members from India, for example, include the following among others:

International Association of Universities (IAU) chairs the editorial team of the “Internationalisation of Higher Education” handbook. This handbook, published by DUZ Academic Publishers, Berlin, Germany, is a valuable tool and source of reference for higher education institutions.


The editor, Surender Hastir MAUA, is an Administration Consultant and an Expert in Internationalization of Higher Education. He is currently collaborating with IAU in advancing this field. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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March 16, 2017

Singapore Tops List of Best Asian Universities

Singapore University

Photo: University Campus. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Image Credit: Alan C.

LONDON, March 16, 2017 — The Times Higher Education (THE) today announced its Asia University Rankings. Singapore’s National University of Singapore is first overall, closely followed by Nanyang Technological University in fourth place.

For the second year running, Singapore’s National University and China’s Peking University ranked first and second respectively.

Only two Japanese institutions appear in the top 20, despite the country’s strong representation in the rankings with 69 universities in the top 300.

After Mainland China with six universities in the top 20, Hong Kong and South Korea are well-represented with five institutions each.

Of the Southeast Asian region as a whole, Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said:

“Singapore is the higher education star of the Southeast Asian region, with its national university topping the ranking for the second year in a row. Its younger sister Nanyang Technological University is not far behind in fourth place, but it drops two places this year despite an improved performance due to stiff competition from China.

“Thailand is also facing a tough contest, with all seven of its established universities dropping down the table, due to other institutions improving at a faster rate.

“But the expansion of the ranking to include 300 universities, up from 200 last year, provides good news elsewhere in the region. Malaysia, for instance, has nine representatives, up from four last year, with its flagship institution, the University of Malaya, debuting at 59th place. Indonesia has also doubled its representation to two. And the Philippines make the table for the first time, with the University of the Philippines joining the 201-250 cohort.

“Overall this ranking of Asia’s best 300 universities proves what a dynamic, diverse and competitive higher education region the continent is becoming - and the southeast Asian region is a key part of that development. It must make sure it doesn’t get left behind.”

On the South Asian region as a whole, Phil Baty continued: “India is the higher education star of the South Asian region, taking an impressive 33 places in the table this year - more than double its representation a year ago. This means that India is now the third most-represented nation in the table for the first time.”

He said that Pakistan has also made great gains, more than tripling its representation since last year, from two to seven, while Sri Lanka makes its debut with the University of Colombo making the 251+ band.

THE Asia University Rankings 2017 — Top 20

Rank — Institution — Country

  1. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  2. Peking University — Mainland China
  3. Tsinghua University — Mainland China
  4. Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
  5. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  6. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
  7. University of Tokyo — Japan
  8. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea
  9. Seoul National University — South Korea
  10. Pohang University of Science and Technology — South Korea
  11. Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  12. City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  13. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea
  14. Kyoto University — Japan
  15. University of Science and Technology of China — Mainland China
  16. Fudan University — Mainland China
  17. Hong Kong Polytechnic University — Hong Kong
  18. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — Mainland China
  19. Zhejiang University — Mainland China
  20. Korea University — South Korea

THE Asia University Rankings 2017 — INDIA

Rank — Institution — No. of Full-time Students — Student.Staff Ratio — International Students — Female : Male Ratio

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March 8, 2017

United Nations Marks International Women’s Day

UN International Women's Day

Photo: Observance of International Women’s Day at UN headquarters in New York under the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

Anne Hathaway, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, watches a video introducing her prior to addressing the event.

08 March 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

UNOG International Women's Day

Photo: The UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) holds a series of events, including a roundtable on gender and sport, to mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2017). 08 March 2017. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre.

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PININFARINA Presents FITTIPALDI EF7 VISION GRAN TURISMO at Geneva Motor Show: An All Carbon Fiber Supercar Like No Other










Geneva, March 7, 2017: F1 racing legend and Indy 500 champion, Emerson Fittipaldi, unveiled his dream track car, the much-anticipated Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina, at the Geneva Motor Show today.

The ultra-light, all carbon fiber supercar fuses the vision of F1 and Indy Car racing champion Fittipaldi, iconic Italian design company Pininfarina and race-bred German engineering firm HWA AG, and fulfills Fittipaldi’s dream to produce a car with fierce track-racing capabilities, for drivers of all skill levels.

“I have tried for years to explain to others what it truly feels like to be behind the steering wheel of a championship racecar. There is adrenaline and elation all rolled into an awe-inspiring inner fulfillment that leaves you craving for more. This is what our dream team created in the EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina,” said Fittipaldi of the first car to be released under the Fittipaldi Motors marque.

Revealing a commandingly sleek design underscored by an extraordinary power-to-weight ratio, the supercar’s design theme finds astounding aerodynamic expression in the vehicle’s flowing, aggressive lines and assertive yet incredibly beautiful and pure design work.

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