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June 22, 2021

THE ACADEMY ELECTS 2021-2022 BOARD OF GOVERNORS


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Photo: Erik Messerschmidt poses backstage with the Oscar for Cinematography and Halle Berry during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2021-2022 Board of Governors. The governors will take office at the first scheduled board meeting of the new term.

• Elected to the Board for the first time:

• Incumbent governors reelected to the Board:

• Returning to the Board after a hiatus:

They will join returning governors Kate Amend, Craig Barron, Howard Berger, Charles Bernstein, Jon Bloom, Rob Bredow, Ruth E. Carter, Kevin Collier, Laura Dern, Teri E. Dorman, Dody J. Dorn, Ava DuVernay, Linda Flowers, DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo García, Donna Gigliotti, Whoopi Goldberg, Lynette Howell Taylor, Mark Johnson, Larry Karaszewski, Laura Karpman, Christina Kounelias, Ellen Kuras, David Linde, Isis Mussenden, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Jan Pascale, Stephen Rivkin, Eric Roth, David Rubin, Steven Spielberg, Wynn P. Thomas, Nancy Utley, Mandy Walker, Roger Ross Williams, Janet Yang, and Debra Zane.

As a result of this election, the number of women Academy governors increases from 26 to 31, and the number of governors from underrepresented racial/ethnic communities increases from 12 to 15.

The Academy has 17 branches. Three governors represent each branch. The governors may serve up to two three-year terms (consecutive or non-consecutive), followed by a two-year hiatus, after which eligibility renews for up to two additional three-year terms with a lifetime maximum of 12 years. The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures its mission.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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June 21, 2021

Joint Statement on Spectator Capacities at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.


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Photo: Tokyo 2020 - 100 days to go. General view. Image provided by & copyright © 2021 - International Olympic Committee/Yuichi Yamazaki.


Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Photo: Aichi, JAPAN - April 5, 2021. The Olympic Torch Relay in Kasugai City, Aichi prefecture, Japan. Image provided by & copyright © 2021 - International Olympic Committee.


Tokyo, June 21, 2021 — Today, on June 21, the five parties, namely the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), and the Government of Japan (GoJ), met to discuss spectator limits for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

They took the following main decisions:

There will be strong coordination and cooperation with local governments in Japan to ensure compliance with the above guidelines.

The situation will be monitored in Japan and abroad, including the status of the different variants of the coronavirus. The organizers will promptly take all necessary action. Vaccination of those involved with the Games will continue. The organizers would further update the vaccination status.

There are 32 days to go until the Olympic Games. There are 64 days to go until the Paralympic Games. The five parties will continue to work together to ensure safe and secure Games for all.

Source: International Olympic Committee

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June 20, 2021

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, asks 'Global Citizens' to Cooperate more Closely.


Ban Ki-moon, UN, NPC

Photo: The cover of “Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World” by Ban Ki-moon. Columbia University Press.


Ban Ki-moon, UN, NPC


Ban Ki-moon, UN, NPC

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He discussed the challenges and opportunities that the United Nations faces in its 70th year, from fostering sustainable development and dealing with climate change to confronting violent extremism. He took questions during an hour-long session. At right is John Hughes, President of the National Press Club. April 16, 2015. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. [File Photo].


Washington, DC, June 18, 2021 — Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a return to multilateral diplomacy and for people to be “global citizens.” He was speaking during a National Press Club Virtual Headliners Book Event on Thursday.

In a discussion coinciding with the release of his new book “Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World,” Ban said global alliances have fractured amid the crises of coronavirus, climate change, and refugees fleeing conflict. He blamed world leaders for not doing enough.

“Why are we not doing more and better? For me, the fault most often lies with the leaders of the world,” Ban said. “Too many autocrats and also dictators put themselves before their countries and before the people who elected them.”

That fracturing of global alliances undermined the world’s response to COVID-19, mainly when the United States chose to withdraw from the World Health Organization, a move Ban called “totally unacceptable.” And he said the wealthiest countries “looked inward first,” meaning an uneven distribution of vaccines.

However, the recent G7 summit in the United Kingdom gave Ban some reasons for optimism as leaders there agreed to share 1 billion doses with poorer countries and reaffirmed their pledge of $100 billion a year for poorer countries to help them fight climate change.

But he criticized the United States, which under the Trump administration, stepped back from the global fight against climate change and withdrew from the Paris climate accord.

“This kind of leadership has shown no concern to the people, and it is only the people on the ground who will suffer,” Ban said. “This is what I found heartbreaking.”

And he said the UN could do more to help, especially in Syria, which has struggled for a decade amid civil war and a humanitarian crisis. Instead, Ban said, it is paralyzed and unable to “deliver timely, effective, and powerful messages or actions because of the divisions among the Security Council members, particularly veto-power members.”

Multilateralism has borne good work in recent years, Ban said, especially in getting 196 signatories for the Paris climate accord and adopting the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But he said there is “so much work ahead,” not only in fighting climate change but also promoting peace in Myanmar, Afghanistan, Israel, and elsewhere.

Ban served as UN Secretary-General from January 2007 to December 2016. His tenure coincided with numerous incidents, including the Arab Spring, nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea, the Ebola epidemic, and brutal new conflicts in Central Africa.

Ban, who served as a South Korean diplomat and foreign minister before becoming the UN’s eighth Secretary-General, said his home country showed what is possible. Ban recalled being raised during the Korean War, then coming of age and watching the country grow from a dictatorship to a “stable and prosperous democracy.”

“Without the United Nations, Korea would not be as it is today,” Ban said.

Resolved is Ban Ki-moon’s account of his decade at the organization’s helm during a period of historical turmoil and promise. Meeting challenges and resistance with a belief in the UN’s peacekeeping mission, development, and human rights, he steered the United Nations through a volatile period. As secretary-general, Ban also forged global agreements to fight extreme poverty and address the climate crisis.

Ban performed what has been called “the impossible job on this earth” with a genuine belief in collective action and global transformation. Freed from the diplomatic constraints of a lifetime of public service, he offers a candid assessment of the people and events that shape this era and a bracing analysis of what lies ahead.

The one-hour program streamed live on the National Press Club’s website and YouTube Channel. Thus, it was accessible to both the media and members of the general public.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the “World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists.” The Club has about 3,000 reporters, editors, and professional communicators worldwide, representing nearly every major news organization. It hosts almost 2,000 events per year in its 54,000 square foot facility located in downtown Washington, just three blocks from the White House.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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June 18, 2021

Rating Agency QS I-Gauge hosts Redefining Institutional Strategy for Excellence (RISE) Conference Punjab Edition in India.



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CHANDIGARH, India, June 18, 2021 — The emergence of world-class Higher Education institutions like Chandigarh University and Chitkara University has made Mohali the education hub of North India, Tejveer Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Punjab, said. He was speaking during the inaugural session of the QS I-Gauge Virtual RISE Conference, Punjab Edition. It is the first state-level conference organized by QS I-Gauge in association with Chandigarh University and Chitkara University on the theme “Redefining Institutional Strategy for Excellence” (RISE-2021).

The virtual conference involved education leaders and renowned academicians from all over Punjab, India. International speakers were from 3 countries — Germany, U.K, and Australia. Prominent discussants included Dr. Ashwin Fernandes, CEO, QS I-Gauge; Satnam Singh Sandhu Chancellor, Chandigarh University; Dr. Heike Schinnenburg, University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrück, Germany; Prof Paul Stapley, University of Wollongong, Australia; Dr. Harivansh Chaturvedi, President, EPSI; Prof. Rajeev Ahuja, Director IIT Ropar; and Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University.

Delivering the inaugural address, Tejveer Singh, Secretary to Chief Minister Punjab, said, “In India, we still have a long way to go as far as improving access to higher education is concerned. While the gross enrolment ratio for higher education in India is 27.1 percent, Punjab has a better GER of 30 percent. The National Education Policy announced by the Government of India provides a road map for steps to improve the current situation.” Tejveer Singh added, “We need to focus on the ability to attract quality faculty, create a liberal campus environment where young minds bloom, and concentrate on content & pedagogy.”

Giving the keynote address, Dr. Ashwin Fernandes, CEO, QS I-Gauge, said, “Punjab has emerged as the next education hub of India, which currently accounts for ten lakh students pursuing Higher Education. Moreover, Punjab has also appeared on the International map as it has successfully attracted a reasonable number of international students from more than 50 countries, which are currently 4500 in number.”

Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “With an emphasis on meeting the aspirations of today’s youth, the higher education institutions of Punjab have been able to attract quality students from all over the world to choose Punjab as their preferred destination for education. Ranking and rating agency QS I-Gauge has helped the institutions to understand the framework of global ranking parameters which are necessary to implement for upgrading the level of education imparted.”

Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University, said, “RISE Conference is a positive initiative considering the demand for strategic transformation of the institutions. The education sector has emerged as a beacon of hope. The pandemic has allowed us to learn, re-learn, evolve ourselves, and redefine the new education paradigm for the generation to come and follow. This pandemic enables us to redefine our strategy for new possibilities.”

Sources: Chandigarh University, Chitkara University

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June 17, 2021

Ironman and Breitling launch the Endurance Pro Ironman Watches.


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Ironman, Breitling


Ironman, Breitling


Ironman, Breitling


Ironman, Breitling


As the new Official Luxury Watch of IRONMAN, Breitling celebrates the power and stamina fueling the phenomenal Triathlon sporting events with a new series of timepieces.

Breitling and IRONMAN have signed a long-term partnership and teamed up to co-design the Endurance Pro IRONMAN Watches, a unique series of Breitling’s ultimate athleisure watch. The result is a set of perfectly lightweight and lighthearted luxury sports watches combining high precision, innovative technology, and vibrant, colorful design. The launch features two exciting new watches: a red version available globally at all Breitling boutiques and retailers for sports and timekeeping enthusiasts and a black and gold piece exclusively available for IRONMAN race finishers.

“IRONMAN truly reflects our core values of performance and endurance. We’ve designed this to be an ideal watch for elite athletes as well as a casual, everyday sports chronograph for active people who want that winning combination of performance and luxury,” said Breitling CEO Georges Kern.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with such an exceptional and well-respected watchmaker. After the success of our collaboration in 2019, we are pleased to partner with Breitling in creating this new watch which embodies the strength and tenacity of IRONMAN triathletes,” said Andrew Messick, President and CEO of The IRONMAN Group.

The new Endurance Pro IRONMAN collection serves athletes and luxury clients looking for the ultimate athleisure timepiece.

Source: Breitling

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June 16, 2021

Summary of Carbis Bay G7 Summit Communique


G7 Cornwall Summit

Photo: Setting up the US press conference during the G7 Summit at Newquay airport, Cornwall, UK, on 13th June 2021. Image provided by & copyright © Karwai Tang/G7 Cornwall 2021.


— SUMMARY OF CARBIS BAY G7 SUMMIT COMMUNIQUÉ —


• Our Shared Agenda for Global Action to Build Back Better


We, the Group of Seven leaders, met in Cornwall on 11-13 June 2021, determined to beat COVID-19 and build back better. We remembered everyone who has been lost to the pandemic and paid tribute to those still striving to overcome it. Inspired by their example of collaboration and determination, we gathered united by the principle that brought us together initially, that shared beliefs and shared responsibilities are the bedrock of leadership and prosperity. Guided by this, our enduring ideals as free open societies and democracies, and by our commitment to multilateralism, we have agreed on a shared G7 agenda for global action to:

We shall seek to advance this open agenda in collaboration with other countries and within the multilateral rules-based system. In particular, we look forward to working alongside our G20 partners and with all relevant International Organisations to secure a cleaner, greener, freer, fairer and safer future for our people and planet.

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Source: G7 SUMMIT 2021

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June 15, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Mayors Challenge Names Top 50 Global Urban Innovations Emerging From Pandemic.



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Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021

Photo: Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute, and The Atlantic co-host CityLab 2017 in Paris. Image provided by & copyright © Bloomberg Philanthropies. [File Photo]


Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021

Photo: Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, hosted over 130 advisors and staff from the CollegePoint Initiative for the program’s 2020 Midyear convening. CollegePoint is a virtual advising initiative that aims to increase the number of high achieving low and moderate-income students who attend top colleges across the USA. Image provided by & copyright © Bloomberg Philanthropies. [File Photo]


NEW YORK, June 15, 2021, — Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the 50 Champion Cities, representing the boldest urban innovations of the past year, which will advance to the final stage 2021 Global Mayors Challenge. This worldwide innovation competition encourages and spreads the cities’ most promising ideas. This year’s program focuses on elevating the essential public innovations generated in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The 50 cities named hail from 29 nations on six continents. They emerged from a highly competitive applicant pool: Mayors from 631 cities in 99 countries submitted their most promising ideas for consideration which is near twice the number of cities that applied in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ last Mayors Challenge, held in the United States in 2018. The finalists were elevated based on four criteria: vision, the potential for impact, feasibility, and transferability.

The ideas provide a powerful snapshot of the innovation priorities of the world’s cities. At the global level, innovations focusing on improving health and reducing unemployment were most common. Racial justice emerged as the highest priority for U.S. cities, while social inclusion topped the European submissions. In Africa, where the world is experiencing its fastest rates of urbanization, infrastructure was dominant. Nearly half of the recommendations were generated in part through participatory processes with residents.

“These 50 finalists are showing the world that in the face of the pandemic’s enormous challenges, cities are rising to meet them with bold, innovative, and ambitious ideas,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City. “By helping these cities test their ideas over the coming months, we will have a chance to identify cutting-edge policies and programs that can allow cities to rebuild in ways that make them stronger and healthier, and more equal and just.”

• The 50 Champion Cities of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge are:


• Africa (16% of Finalists):


• Asia-Pacific (16% of Finalists):


• Europe (16% of Finalists):


• South America (16% of Finalists):


• Middle East (4% of Finalists):


• North America (32% of Finalists):


The Mayors Challenge selection committee helped Bloomberg Philanthropies select the 50 finalists. The selection committee includes a wide range of global experts:

“The level of creativity and innovation among this year’s fifty Champion Cities is a clear sign that cities are continuing to step up amid even the biggest challenges,” said Mellody Hobson. “I look forward to seeing these ideas begin to come to life in the next phase of the competition.”

“With fifty Champion Cities come fifty exciting opportunities to foster innovative ideas,” said David Miliband. “The next Champion Phase will equip city leaders with critical tools to test, learn, and grow these solutions.”

The 50 finalist cities will now enter a four-month testing phase to refine their ideas with technical assistance from Bloomberg Philanthropies and its network of leading innovation experts. Fifteen of the 50 cities will ultimately win the grand prize, with each receiving $1 million and robust multi-year technical assistance to implement and scale their ideas.

“This is always a fascinating phase of the Mayors Challenge, helping mayors push their innovations to even greater heights,” said James Anderson, head of Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies. “While 15 cities will ultimately take home grand prizes, all 50 cities receive world-class coaching and support to improve their ideas and their potential to improve lives.”

The 2021 Global Mayors Challenge builds on the success of four previous Bloomberg Philanthropies Challenges in the U.S. (2013 and 2018), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). Previous Mayors Challenge grand prizewinners include Los Angeles, USA, Stockholm, Sweden, and Barcelona, Spain.

Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in 810 cities and 170 countries worldwide to ensure better, longer lives for the most significant number of people. The organization focuses on five critical areas for creating lasting change: the Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation, corporate, and personal philanthropy, as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world. In 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $1.6 billion.

Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies

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June 14, 2021

Novavax says its COVID-19 Vaccine Demonstrates 90% Overall Efficacy and 100% Protection Against Moderate and Severe Disease in PREVENT-19 Phase 3 Trial.



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Novavax

Photo: Novavax laboratory scientist. Image Credit: Patrick Seibert/ Novavax.


GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 14, 2021, — Novavax, Inc. today announced that NVX-CoV2373, its recombinant nanoparticle protein-based COVID-19 vaccine, demonstrated 100% protection against moderate and severe disease, 90.4% efficacy overall, and met the primary endpoint in its PREVENT-19 pivotal Phase 3 trial. The study enrolled 29,960 participants across 119 sites in the U.S. and Mexico to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity, emphasizing recruiting a representative population of communities and demographic groups most impacted by the disease.

“Today, Novavax is one step closer to addressing the critical and persistent global public health need for additional COVID-19 vaccines. These clinical results reinforce that NVX-CoV2373 is extremely effective and offers complete protection against both moderate and severe COVID-19 infection,” said Stanley C. Erck, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Novavax. “Novavax continues to work with a sense of urgency to complete our regulatory submissions and deliver this vaccine, built on a well understood and proven platform, to a world that is still in great need of vaccines.”

“PREVENT-19 confirms that NVX-CoV2373 offers a reassuring tolerability and safety profile,” said Gregory M. Glenn, M.D., President of Research and Development, Novavax. “These data show consistent, high levels of efficacy and reaffirm the ability of the vaccine to prevent COVID-19 amid ongoing genetic evolution of the virus. Our vaccine will be a critical part of the solution to COVID-19, and we are grateful to the study participants and trial staff who made this study possible, as well as our supporters, including the U.S. Government.”

In the placebo-controlled, observer-blinded study randomized 2:1, NVX-CoV2373 demonstrated overall efficacy of 90.4% (95% CI: 82.9, 94.6), achieving its primary endpoint, the company said.

According to Novavax, preliminary safety data from PREVENT-19 showed the vaccine to be generally well-tolerated. Severe and adverse events were low in number and balanced between vaccine and placebo groups. In assessing reactogenicity seven days after Dose 1 and Dose 2, injection site pain and tenderness, generally mild to moderate in severity, were the most common local symptoms, lasting less than three days. Fatigue, headache, and muscle pain were the most common systemic symptoms, lasting less than two days.

Novavax expects to share further details of the PREVENT-19 trial results as additional data become available. Other analyses of the trial are ongoing. The company would submit them to peer-review journals for publication.

The company intends to file for regulatory authorizations in the third quarter to complete the final phases of process qualification and assay validation needed to meet chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) requirements. Upon regulatory approvals, Novavax remains on track to reach a manufacturing capacity of 100 million doses per month by the end of the third quarter and 150 million doses per month by the end of the fourth quarter of 2021.

Source: Novavax, Inc.

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June 12, 2021

G7 Cornwall Summit — Summit Meeting Agenda


G7 Summit

Photo: United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, United States of America President Joe Biden and Jill Biden pose for the official family picture at Carbis Bay hotel during the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK, on the 11 June 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © Justin Goff/G7 Cornwall 2021.


G7 Summit

Photo: G7 Leaders Plenary Session at G7 Leaders’ Plenary Room, Carbis Bay, during the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK, on 11 June 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © Karwai Tang/G7 Cornwall 2021.


G7 Summit

Photo: Boris Johnson and wife Carrie at Carbis Bay hotel during the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK on 11 June 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © David Fisher/G7 Cornwall 2021.


G7 Summit

Photo: G7 Leaders’ Family Photo. (Back row L to R) EU Council President of the European Council Charles Michel, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, (Front row L to R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, United States of America President Joe Biden, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for the official family picture at Carbis Bay hotel during the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK on 11 June 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © G7 Cornwall 2021.


• G7 Cornwall Summit — Summit Meeting Agenda

• Friday 11 June

• Saturday 12 June

• Sunday 13 June


International Organisations participating virtually: International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank Group, World Health Organisation, and World Trade Organisation.

Source: G7 UK 2021

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June 9, 2021

QS ranks MIT the World's No. 1 University for 2021-22


QS announces World University Rankings 2022.

MIT celebrates a decade as the world’s best university.


QS World University Rankings


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QS, MIT

Photo: Stata Center, MIT campus, Cambridge, MA. Image credit: Nicole Cho.


QS World University Rankings

Photo: Stanford University. Knight Management Center (Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, California). Image Credit: Corey Seeman.



LONDON, June 8, 2021 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have released the eighteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) celebrates an unprecedented, unbroken decade as the world’s best university.

L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT, said: “We deeply appreciate the recognition of our institution and the faculty, staff, alumni, and students that make MIT what it is - and we also tremendously admire the achievements of academic institutions around the globe. The world benefits from a strong higher education network that delivers countless benefits for humanity, from fundamental discoveries to novel solutions to pressing challenges in climate and health to the education of the next generation of talent. We are proud and grateful to belong to this great human community of scholars, researchers, and educators, striving together to make a better world.”



• QS World University Rankings 2022: Global Top 60

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, United States
  2. The University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  3. Stanford University, Stanford, United States
  4. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  5. Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
  6. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, United States
  7. Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
  8. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland
  9. UCL, London, United Kingdom
  10. University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
  11. National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, Singapore
  12. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), Singapore, Singapore
  13. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States
  14. EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  15. Yale University, New Haven, United States
  16. The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  17. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (Mainland)
  18. Peking University, Beijing, China (Mainland)
  19. Columbia University, New York City, United States
  20. Princeton University, Princeton, United States
  21. Cornell University, Ithaca, United States
  22. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  23. The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  24. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, United States
  25. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States
  26. The University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  27. McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  28. The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  29. The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  30. Northwestern University, Evanston, United States
  31. Fudan University, Shanghai, China (Mainland)
  32. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, United States
  33. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  34. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  35. King’s College London, London, United Kingdom
  36. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
  37. The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
  38. The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  39. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  40. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, United States
  41. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Daejeon, South Korea
  42. New York University (NYU), New York City, United States
  43. The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Sydney, Australia
  44. Université PSL, France
  45. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (Mainland)
  46. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  47. The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  48. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), San Diego, United States
  49. Institut Polytechnique de Paris, Palaiseau Cedex, France
  50. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  51. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom
  52. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China (Mainland)
  53. The Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
  54. Duke University, Durham, United States
  55. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, United States
  56. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR5
  57. University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  58. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Tokyo, Japan
  59. Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
  60. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  61. Brown University, Providence, United States

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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June 8, 2021

Preparing for Booster Shots: Adapting to the New Normal


COVID-19 Vaccination Passports Must Have the Adaptability to Account for Booster Shots.


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Photo: Real Vaccination ID COVID-19 Vaccine & Waiver Cards, used to help CastleBranch implement a legally compliant vaccine requirement. Image credit: CastleBranch.


Vaccination Card

Photo: Real Vaccination ID cards are embedded with industry-leading forgery-prevention technology to combat counterfeiting and help people prove their COVID-19 vaccination status. (CastleBranch)



WILMINGTON, N.C., June 7, 2021 — As global health professionals discuss the necessity of a booster shot to ward off COVID-19 variants unaffected by the current vaccines, businesses, schools, and individuals who need proof of vaccination status will want facile documents that can update quickly.

CastleBranch, a compliance management company located in Wilmington, N.C., has announced that its RealVaccinationID card empowers individuals to quickly prove their vaccination or waiver status. The card addresses this long-term need, making it easy for individuals to verify their vaccination, waiver, or booster status, the company said.

The company asks individuals to provide documentation to prove their vaccination status or legally permissible waiver request. Once validated, the company issues to the individual a driver’s license-sized card featuring highly sophisticated anti-fraud technology. The card includes the individual’s name, address, date of birth, physical identifiers, photo, and a QR code.

Using the QR code on the back of the card, along with a unique access code and the PIN, third parties presented with this information can access digital copies of primary-source documentation to confirm status. However, it is entirely up to the cardholder when and with whom he shares the data. Private data gathered for the RealVaccinationID.com cards will never be transmitted or collected in a database and distributed to third parties by CastleBranch, the company clarified.

Updating the cards to reflect booster shots is just as simple. When someone receives a booster, they can submit their documentation to CastleBranch, whose team of experts will verify the documentation. CastleBranch houses the new information in their protected digital space, visible via the QR code on the individual’s card.

“Our understanding of the COVID-19 virus changes with each passing day, requiring a response that also adapts and grows,” said Brett Martin, CastleBranch CEO. “With variants come boosters, which requires a form of vaccination proof that can get updated over time. Our RealVaccinationID.com cards respond to these emerging realities, helping people and organizations as they continue to navigate the new normal.”

Source: CastleBranch

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June 7, 2021

FORTUNE announces 2021 FORTUNE 500 List, Launches First-Ever "Most Progressive Companies On Racial Inclusion" List.


Walmart takes No. 1 spot for a ninth straight year, followed by Amazon.com and Apple.


FORTUNE 500

Photo: The cover of the June/July 2021 issue of FORTUNE.


NEW YORK, June 7, 2021 — FORTUNE has announced the 67th FORTUNE 500, its annual list of the largest corporations in the United States, ranked by revenue for the 2020 fiscal year. The revenue threshold for the 2021 FORTUNE 500 list was $5.4 billion, down 5% from last year. In total,  FORTUNE 500 companies represent two-thirds of the U.S. GDP with $13.8 trillion in revenues (down 3%), $859 billion in profits (down 30%), $32.7 trillion in market value (up 60%), and employ 29.1 million people worldwide. Women CEOs lead forty-one companies on the 2021 FORTUNE 500 — an all-time high.

Walmart took the top spot on the 2021 list for the ninth year in a row,  generating $4.5 trillion cumulative revenue over that time. Amazon.com also held onto their No.2 spot with a 38% jump in revenue. At No. 3 position, Apple is the most profitable company on the 2021 FORTUNE 500 and the only company on the list valued at over $2 trillion. At No. 4, CVS Health and CEO Karen Lynch make in FORTUNE 500 history the highest-ranked company ever led by a female CEO.

THE TOP TEN COMPANIES ON THE 2021 FORTUNE 500 LIST ARE:

As part of FORTUNE’s Measure Up partnership with Refinitiv, a global provider of financial markets data and infrastructure, the FORTUNE 500 list now includes Diversity & Inclusion information online. Users will sort the companies by a ranking based on their self-reported D&I data, provided by Refinitiv. FORTUNE has used this data to identify the top 20 Most Progressive Companies on Racial Inclusion. Microsoft (No. 15) takes top honors, followed by Centene (No. 24), Target (No. 30), Gap (No. 221), and Biogen (No. 228).

“A year ago, companies made a promise to end racial injustice in the workplace and broader society. To keep that promise, companies will need courage in sharing with the world a picture of what they look like today. From this starting point, we can make real progress, as they say ‘what gets measured gets managed,’” comments David Craig, Group Head of Data & Analytics Division at LSEG and CEO, Refinitiv. “U.S. companies lead the world when it comes to collecting data on their employees’ race and ethnicity. Through this partnership and Refinitiv’s own ESG data and analytics, we have developed a standard taxonomy to help simplify disclosure and give investors, customers, and employees the information they now seek to measure progress.”

FORTUNE and Qlik, the official analytics partner of the FORTUNE 500, also published the “The Pandemic Effect on the Fortune 500” interactive site. This visual experience, developed by Qlik, details the revenue and performance of the sectors and industries that shape the 2021 FORTUNE 500. It takes users on a journey through the crises that have shaped the Fortune 500 over the years.

FORTUNE is an American international business magazine headquartered in New York City. It says it drives the conversation about business. “With a global perspective, the guiding wisdom of history, and an unflinching eye to the future, we report and reveal the stories that matter today — and that will matter even more tomorrow,” the magazine stated.

Source: FORTUNE Media

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June 6, 2021

NYC Performing Arts Organization, New 42, celebrates Arts Education Outdoors.


New York City, Culture


New York City, Culture

Photo: Times Square, 42nd Street 7th Avenue, New York, NY. Image Credit: Joe Nicholl.


NEW YORK, June 5, 2021 — On Saturday, June 5, New 42, a nonprofit organization focused on making performing arts a vital part of everyone’s life from the earliest years onward, celebrated arts educators in an outdoor celebration on 42nd Street in Times Square.

The event featured Sara Bareilles, Freestyle Love Supreme Academy, Bill Irwin, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Chop & Quench, Sahr Ngaujah, DJ Duane Harriott, Brooklyn United Marching Band, and Saxophone Ensemble of Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music.

The event honored the New York City Department of Education, Office of Arts, and Special Projects. NYC Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter accepted the awards on their behalf. The event also honored Jody Gottfried Arnhold, a New York City public school teacher, a great supporter of dance and arts education. Presenters included Brian Stokes Mitchell, DeAngelo Blanchard, and Misty Copeland.

“Now more than ever, it’s important for us to celebrate the arts with a focus on arts educators, truly essential workers, who have continued to encourage and inspire children throughout the pandemic and beyond,” said Russell Granet, New 42 President & CEO.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also made an appearance during the event and shared remarks about the importance of arts education for the very young. He congratulated the New York City Department of Education, Office of Arts, and Special Projects on being honored and noted that this honor extends to all teachers across the city.

“Building a recovery for all of us means reconnecting with the arts and cultural events that make New York City unique, and I’m proud to stand with and celebrate that recovery in the heart of Times Square,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Today and every day, we’re grateful to all the educators who have engaged their students with uplifting, empowering, and healing artistic expression.”

“The arts have been a critical lifeline during this challenging year, providing students with outlets to express themselves and helping our school communities build resiliency,” said NYC Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter. “I’m grateful to our educators who have led with creativity and passion throughout this crisis, creating invaluable spaces for our children to chase their dreams.”

Several celebrities - including Renée Elise Goldsberry, Kal Penn, Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Leguizamo, Alison Pill, Michael James Scott, and New York Giants players Lorenzo Carter and Andrew Thomas - also participated virtually by sharing stories of their favorite teachers and the importance of arts education to them.

The June 5 event closed down traffic on West 42nd Street, filling the block between 7th and 8th Avenues with programming. Performances took place on the main stage in front of The New Victory Theater with event production provided by Empire Entertainment. At New 42 Studios, xRStage Times Square powered by WorldStage presented their innovative LED Stage & Studio designed for all types of live events and entertainment projects.

New 42 also announced New Victory Summer Programming, including the New Victory Dance summer series, a programming partnership with Little Island.

The New 42nd Street is a not-for-profit organization based in Manhattan, New York City. In 1990, New York City and State established it to oversee the redevelopment of seven historic theatres on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues and restore the block to a desirable tourist destination in Manhattan.

Its mission is to make extraordinary performing arts a vital part of everyone’s life in New York City. It connects people to world-class performances, essential education, employment programs, and creative communities that push culture forward. New 42 says it strives to serve artists, educators, and New Yorkers of all ages with invaluable arts engagement and resources in and beyond the performing arts.

Source: New 42

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June 5, 2021

World's leading film school, New York Film Academy, inks MoU with Chandigarh University.


Due to the increase in Digital Entertainment, Content has become a commodity today, says Prof. Michael Young, President of New York Film Academy.


New York Film Academy

Photo: Learning Cinematography. New York, NY. Image Credit: Gwenael Piaser.


CHANDIGARH, India, June 5, 2021 — World’s leading and distinguished film school, New York Film Academy (NYFA), today signed an academic MoU with Chandigarh University. As a part of the agreement, Indian students can now pursue globally recognized Under-Graduate 3 years degree in Film Making from New York Film Academy by studying the first year of the program at Chandigarh University while studying the remaining two years at the New York Academy, USA.

The official MoU signing ceremony took place virtually today, where Mr. David Klein, Senior Executive, New York Film Academy, and the Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University, and other university officials exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding.

“NYFA is known for imparting hands-on practical learning to the students where they learn every minute aspect of film making. The students will undergo thousands of hours working and creating their content and projects under the guidance of renowned filmmakers, technicians, and experts from Hollywood,” said Prof. Michael Young, President of New York Film Academy. “We introduce the students to various career options in Filmmaking such as Direction, Script Writing, Sound Engineering, Visual Effects, Animation, Camera Handling, Lights and Camera Set-up. They are required to work as a team on small projects,” Prof. Young added.

Prof. Michael Young further said, “Eminent Hollywood directors like Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Mira Nair, Doung Liman are some of the prominent guest faculty that the students who are joining the program would be interacting. The students would have the chance to work with them during their academic learning.” Professor Young explained that the students would learn and work on the latest technology and tools in the International film industry to become experienced and ready when they move out of university and start their careers. He further said, “With digital platforms such as OTT, Social Media taking the lead, the content has become a commodity, and the students have to understand the art of developing quality content which is recognized and appreciated by the global audience.”

The Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “This year, most Indian students might not be able to travel abroad to study due to the prevalent COVID-19 pandemic situation. We at Chandigarh University offer a unique opportunity to the students in India through our International Articulation programs. The students get the global academic learning experience by studying for one or two years in India and then moving to respective Universities in the USA, Australia, and the UK to complete their degree programs. By then the situation will improve for traveling. The other important aspects of the International Articulation Programs are that the students save precious academic years and education costs. During the initial years of the academic program, the student would pay fees per Indian fee structure and also in Indian Currency which saves at least 33% cost incurred in comparison if you pursue the full degree abroad.”

Source: Chandigarh Educational Trust

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June 4, 2021

The White House issues Statement on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Calls with Foreign Leaders on the Global Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines.


Kamala Harris

Photo: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks to the National League of Cities via video conference from the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson).


• Statement by Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Calls with Foreign Leaders on the Global Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines.



Source: The White House Briefing Room


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June 3, 2021

India's Union Cabinet approves the Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAl) with Foreign Professional Accountancy Bodies/Organisations.


Cost Accountants


Cost Accountants

Photos: Covers of two recent issues of “The Management Accountant,” the monthly journal of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.


New Delhi — The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has granted ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAl) with various Foreign Countries/Organisations.

The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAl) has signed MoUs with several foreign organizations, such as the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), Australia, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, UK (CISI), Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), UK, and the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka.

The various memoranda seek to facilitate mutual recognition of qualifications and a range of collaborative activities for exchanging knowledge, experience sharing, and technical cooperation through participation in annual conferences/training programs/workshops, seminars, and joint research projects relevant to their jurisdiction.

• Impact:

The signed MoUs would help advance equity, public accountability, and innovation among the beneficiaries countries.

• Background:

The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAl) was established by a Special Act of Parliament, namely, the Cost and Works Accountants Act, 1959, as a statutory professional body for regulating the profession of Cost Accountancy. The Institute is the only recognized statutory professional organization and licensing body in India specializing exclusively in Cost Accountancy. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, governs the Institute.

The Institute is the 2nd most significant Cost & Management Accounting Body in the World and the largest in Asia, having qualified CMAs either in practice or in employment all over the globe. The Institute is a founder member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA), and the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA).

Sources: The Union Cabinet Secretariat, ICAI

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— The editor is an alumnus of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. He was a delegate to the 18th All India Cost Conference, New Delhi, organized by the Institute and inaugurated by the President of India.


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June 2, 2021

New US$50 Billion Health, Trade, and Finance Roadmap to End the Pandemic and Secure a Global Recovery


International Monetary Fund

Photo: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva meets with Odile Renaud-Basso, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), at the IMF Paris Office. May 17, 2021. Paris, France. IMF Photo/Cyril Marcilhacy.


International Monetary Fund

Photo: A doctor holds a syringe containing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Howard University Hospital. March 12, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/Joshua Roberts.


Geneva/Washington, DC, June 1, 2021 — The heads of the world’s predominant global financing, health and trade agencies have united in urging government leaders to urgently finance a new US$50 billion roadmap to accelerate the equitable distribution of health tools. It would help end the pandemic that has devastated lives and livelihoods for 18 months. It would also set the foundations for a genuinely global recovery, as well as enhanced health security.

The leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization, and World Trade Organization [Kristalina Georgieva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, David Malpass, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala] have issued a joint statement. They say the governments must act without further delay or risk continued waves and explosive outbreaks of COVID-19 and more transmissible and deadly virus variants undermining the global recovery.

Leaders of the four agencies said: “By now, it has become abundantly clear there will be no broad-based recovery without an end to the health crisis. Access to vaccination is key to both.”

The joint statement draws on a recent IMF staff analysis, which stated that US$50 billion in new investment is needed to increase manufacturing capacity, supply, trade flows, and delivery, which would accelerate the equitable distribution of diagnostics, oxygen, treatments, medical supplies, and vaccines. This injection would also give a significant boost to economic growth around the world.

“At an estimated US$50 billion, it will bring the pandemic to an end faster in the developing world, reduce infections and loss of lives, accelerate the economic recovery, and generate some US$9 trillion in additional global output by 2025, “said the leaders.

It echoes economic analysis by the International Chamber of Commerce and the Eurasia Group - both of which make a case for a relatively modest investment by governments compared to the trillions spent on national stimulus plans and lost trillions in foregone economic output. But the critical element of this is that it effectively spurs global vaccination and bridges the equity gap.

“Increasing our ambition and vaccinating more people faster: WHO and its COVAX partners have set a goal of vaccinating approximately 30% of the population in all countries by the end of 2021,” said the four leaders. “But this can reach even 40% through other agreements and surge investment, and at least 60 percent by the first half of 2022.”

The leaders have urged the governments to act on the investment opportunity to boost vaccines, oxygen, tests, and treatment supplies. The IMF, WBG, WHO, and WTO chiefs issued their joint statement as the World Health Assembly drew to a conclusion.

“To urgently get more shots in arms, doses need to be donated immediately to developing countries synchronized with national vaccine deployment plans, including through COVAX,” said the four leaders. “Cooperation on trade is also needed to ensure free cross-border flows and increasing supplies of raw materials and finished vaccines.”

The IMF, WBG, WHO, and WTO leaders would address a joint press conference later today to outline the new joint roadmap to ending the pandemic and driving the genuinely global and fast recovery.

Sources: IMF, WHO, WB, WTO

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nternational Monetary Fund

Photo: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva walks back to IMF HQ following her interview with the BBC’s Katty Kay. April 7, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.


Following is the Joint Statement by Kristalina Georgieva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, David Malpass, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala:


• A NEW COMMITMENT FOR VACCINE EQUITY AND DEFEATING THE PANDEMIC •

— Kristalina Georgieva is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO); David Malpass is the President of the World Bank Group; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


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