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March 31, 2022

Automated Study Tool wins Best Idea at Innovation for University Students.


Red Bull Basement


Photo: Arizona State University students Sylvia Lopez and Brinlee Kidd were named Red Bull Basement Global Final winners.


Red Bull Basement


ISTANBUL, March 30, 2022 — Inspiration was in the air as finalist teams from universities worldwide converged in Istanbul to pitch their ingenious ideas at the Red Bull Basement Global climax Final 2021.

The program empowers student innovators to kickstart their ideas to drive a positive impact on campus and disrupt the world tomorrow. While the Arizona State University team made the biggest impression with their “Jotted” idea, the four-day collaboration revealed ingenious concepts for everything from climate action to career tools.

Red Bull Basement received more than 4,000 applications worldwide. It was a new high, and in all, 44 finalist teams from 43 countries worked for months to bring their ideas to life. The vast majority of the finalists attended the Global Final in person, with a handful participating virtually.

The event in Istanbul was an immersive experience that allowed the student teams to network and engage in workshops with visionary thought leaders. The sessions in the schedule packed with opportunities included:

The event concluded with the top 10 teams making their final pitch to a judging panel of prominent global visionaries. Again, the winning Jotted idea from Arizona State University made a deep impression. Brinlee Kidd and Sylvia Lopez are developing an automated, real-time note-taking tool that generates flashcards and creates practice quizzes. The students believe that Jotted could revolutionize how people find and aggregate knowledge worldwide. The team will now benefit from additional resources and contacts to fully bring their idea to reality.

Describing their experience at the Global Final, the Jotted teammates said, “Everybody wins when you come here. The people we’ve met are some of the best and brightest in the world - so exciting and interesting and active. With the things that we learned, from the business point of view and the technical perspective, we feel much more confident moving forward in our venture. We’re turning a new page in an incredible book, and we’re excited to go on this journey.”

Rounding out the top 10 were:

Most ideas focused on categories based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The top three focus areas were Education, Smart Cities, and Body & Mind.

Following events in Berlin (2018) and Toronto (2019) and a virtual Global Workshop in 2020, the Red Bull Basement Global Final in Istanbul was much awaited.

Over the years, Red Bull Basement participants have gone on to realize their ideas for global impact. For example, the winning team from 2019, “Audvice,” has made significant strides, receiving six-figure funding for their learning and collaboration tool in the first investment round. While the 2020 winners Lylo are now working to bring their ecologically friendly reinvention of the clothes washing machine to market.

Red Bull Basement’s Global Partners include NTT, Intel, and Porsche.

Source: Red Bull

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March 30, 2022

UNESCO and Anthology partner to Define the Future of Education at the 2022 World Higher Education Conference.


Unesco, Higher Education, Barcelona


Photo: Trade Buildings. Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is the venue of the World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) from May 18 to May 20, 2022. Image Credit: Josep Maria Torra.


Unesco, Anthology



BOCA RATON, Fla. and PARIS, March 28, 2022— Anthology, a leading provider of education solutions that support the entire learner lifecycle, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have announced Anthology’s sponsorship for the World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022). The conference takes place in Barcelona, Spain, from March 18, 2022, to March 20, 2022.

UNESCO and Blackboard, now part of Anthology, initially formed a partnership to support global digital learning initiatives in 2020. This flagship higher education event, held only once each decade, marks the organizations’ continued collaboration to help define the future of higher education.

The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference aims to break away from traditional models of higher education and open doors to new, innovative, creative, and visionary conceptions that serve current agendas for sustainable development and pave the way for future learning communities. The WHEC2022 will gather representatives from the worldwide higher education ecosystem, from academics to political leaders and youth, to reshape the ideas and practices in higher education for a more sustainable future. More than 2,000 in-person attendees and 10,000 virtual attendees would convene for this year’s event.

“We are honored to participate in such a momentous event and have a voice in the global conversation about the future of higher education,” said Jim Milton, Anthology Chairman and CEO. “There is an incredible synergy between the work UNESCO is leading and our vision of creating an inspiring and infinite world of learning without boundaries. We look forward to our continued partnership as we seek the best outcomes for learners and leaders across the education community.”

“The third World Higher Education Conference will concentrate on higher education as an agent of social change to contribute to leaving no one behind in higher ed,” said Mr. Peter Wells, UNESCO Chief of Higher Education. “Anthology’s dedication to supporting the entire learning lifecycle for students of all backgrounds makes them an excellent partner for UNESCO, both for this event and future.”

“Anthology” offers the largest EdTech ecosystem globally for education, recently combining with Blackboard to support more than 150 million users in 80 countries. With a mission to provide dynamic, data-informed experiences to the global education community, Anthology helps learners, leaders, and educators achieve their goals through over 60 SaaS products and services designed to advance learning.

UNESCO is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education. The organization believes that education is a human right and that access must match quality. Its work encompasses educational development from pre-school to higher education and beyond.

Source: Anthology

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— The Editor is a GPE/UNESCO/IIEP trained “Independent Appraiser” of Education Sector Plans.


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March 28, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC) India prepares Draft Guidelines for transforming Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) into Multidisciplinary Institutions; Invites Feedback from Stakeholders.


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UGC, India, Universities

New Delhi — University Grants Commission (UGC) India has prepared “Draft Guidelines for transforming Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) into Multidisciplinary Institutions” and has invited feedback from the Stakeholders.

According to UGC, this program is the follow-up of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which aims to control the fragmentation of Higher Education by transforming Higher Education Institutions into Multi-disciplinary Universities, Colleges, Clusters, and Knowledge Hubs.

The UGC Draft Guidelines have classified Multi-disciplinary Institutions into three Types:

Under the current structure, teaching takes place through colleges affiliated with universities. Universities design syllabi, conduct examinations, and award degrees. Whereas NEP 2020 recommends the transformation of all HEIs into large multi-disciplinary degree-awarding autonomous institutions.

Therefore, the UGC Draft Guidelines have outlined the procedure and rules for consolidating existing HEIs into multi-disciplinary degree-granting independent colleges through cooperation and collaboration. Under this arrangement, students enrolled in an HEI can take up the first degree at the host institution and the second degree at the partnering institution leading to a dual degree.

Further, single-stream institutions would be able to integrate their programs with nearby multi-disciplinary institutions to enhance their curricula. In addition, the existing multi-disciplinary HEIs would be free to seek collaboration to expand further and add more programs.

The UGC Draft Guidelines elaborate on how such a new and unexplored educational architecture will help strengthen the structure of multi-disciplinary education and achieve the vision of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

UGC has invited the stakeholders to provide feedback on its Draft Guidelines for transforming Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) into Multidisciplinary Institutions.

Source: UGC India

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Academy announces Oscars 2022 Winners.


Oscars 2022


Photo: Jennifer Garner arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.


Oscars 2022


Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.


Oscars 2022


Photo: Maddie Ziegler arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.


Oscars 2022


Photo: Ben Proudfoot poses backstage with the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject during the live A.B.C. telecast of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.


LOS ANGELES, CA, March 27. 2022 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar Winners on Sunday, March 27, 2022, via an event held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. The pageant was televised live on A.B.C. and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


• Following are the Nominees and WINNERS of the 94th Academy Awards:

• Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Performance by an actor in a supporting role

• Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Performance by an actress in a supporting role

• Best animated feature film of the year

• Achievement in cinematography

• Achievement in costume design

• Achievement in directing

• Best documentary feature

• Best documentary short subject

• Achievement in film editing

• Best international feature film of the year

• Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

• Best motion picture of the year

• Achievement in production design

• Best animated short film

• Best live-action short film

• Achievement in sound

• Achievement in visual effects

• Adapted screenplay

• Original screenplay

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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March 24, 2022

Lakmé Fashion Week and Fashion Design Council of India announce Designers And Partners for the New Delhi Show, March 23 to 27, 2022


Lakmé Fashion Week


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Masoom Minawala as the show stopper for Lakme Salon and Varun Bahl Couture presentation “QUINTESSENTIAL” at FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week, New Delhi, March 23, 2022. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.



New Delhi, March 24, 2022: After two years of digital showcases due to the pandemic, the powerhouses of fashion and beauty in India- Lakmé Fashion Week (jointly organized by Lakmé & RISE Worldwide) and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) together are hosting a fully on-ground, season-fluid edition in New Delhi, from 23rd-27th March 2022.

The schedule comprises one of the strongest curations of designers from across India. FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week. It commences with the Opening Show on March 22 and will culminate with the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale on March 27.

Sunil Sethi, Chairman FDCI, commented, “Energies are at an all-time high as we curate a diverse range of pathbreaking showcases and initiatives. This edition is exceptional as we make a full physical comeback after two years of adapting to the digital environment. Our audiences can expect the best designers and talent at this edition of FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week with an extremely intense and power-packed schedule.”

Participating designers at this season-fluid edition include Alpana Neeraj, Alpona Designs, Ashish N Soni, Aisha Rao, Antar-Agni, Anju Modi, Anavila, Aartivijay Gupta, Ananya Modi Jain, Abhishek Sharma, Abhishek Gupta Benares, Charu Parashar, Countrymade, Diksha Khanna, Divyam Mehta, Eshaa Amiin, HUEMN, JJ Valaya, JAJAABOR, Kiniho, Khanijo, KAVERI, Ka-Sha, Label Rahul Dasgupta, Manish Malhotra, Mossi Traoré, Mynah’s Reynu Taandon + Nikhita, Nikhita Mhaisalkar, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Nirmooha, Outhouse, Pramaa by Pratima Pandey, Payal Pratap, Pawan Sachdeva, Pankaj & Nidhi, Punit Balana, RARA Avis by Sonal Verma, Rahul Singh, Rimzim Dadu, Rina Dhaka, Rajdeep Ranawat, Ranna Gill, Satya Paul by Rajesh Pratap Singh, Suneet Varma, Samant Chauhan, Shantnu and Nikhil, Shivan & Narresh, Shriya Khanna, Swatti Kapoor, Siddhartha Bansal, Siddartha Tytler, Shruti Sancheti, Tarun Tahiliani, Two Point Two, Varun Bahl, and Vaishali S.

Source: Fashion Design Council of India

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Lakmé Salon and Varun Bahl Couture present “QUINTESSENTIAL”
at FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.




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U.S. Postal Service Issues Sunflower Bouquet and Tulips Flowers Stamps

Stamps Designed for Invitations, Oversize Cards, and Small Gifts.


U.S. Postal Service


Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues Sunflower Bouquet Stamp.


U.S. Postal Service


Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues 2022 Tulips Forever Stamp.


LAWRENCE, Kan. and MOUNT VERNON, Wash., March 24, 2022 — The U.S. Postal Service has issued a beautiful sunflower bouquet stamp and a Tulips Forever stamp.

U.S. Postal Service said that the sunflower stamp features five sunflowers as part of a bright and beautiful bouquet. The stamp forms a natural pair with the Tulips Forever stamp. In addition to regular correspondence, the two stamps are perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes, and important announcements.

The sunflower stamp’s art comprises a still-life image of several orange-and-yellow sunflowers intermingled with irises, dahlias, and coneflowers. In addition, the stamp shows other small red, purple, white, and pink flowers against a white background.

Long treasured for bringing cheer to a summer landscape or garden, sunflowers grow in various sizes and colors, making them popular in bouquets of cut flowers. When combined with other flowers, bouquets like the one on this stamp convey a fond announcement of friendship and love.

The Tulips Forever stamp features a colorful, eye-catching array of red, orange, yellow, purple, and white tulips against a bright white background. The result is a luminous, almost ethereal, assortment of overlapping tulips in a profusion of color.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with digital photography by Harold Davis.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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March 22, 2022

IQAir World Air Quality Report finds that 97 Percent of Global Cities did not meet Latest WHO Air Quality Guidelines.


IQAir World Air Quality


Photo: Lisbon (Portugal) Landscape. Image credit: Franklin Ferreira.

IQAir World Air Quality

GOLDACH, Switzerland, March 22, 2022 — The 2021 World Air Quality Report finds that only three percent of cities and not even one country met the latest World Health Organization’s (WHO) PM2.5 annual air quality guideline. The report analyzes PM2.5 air pollution measurements from air monitoring stations in 6,475 cities in 117 countries, regions, and territories.

IQAir’s 2021 World Air Quality Report is the first major global air quality report based on the updated annual WHO air quality guideline for PM2.5. The new procedure was released in September 2021 and cut the existing annual PM2.5 guideline value from 10 µg/m3 to 5 µg/m3.

Fine particle pollution, known as PM2.5, is commonly accepted as the most harmful, widely monitored air pollutant and is a major contributing factor to health effects such as asthma, stroke, heart and lung diseases. In addition, PM2.5 leads to millions of premature deaths every year.

Key findings:

The top five most polluted countries in 2021 were:

New Delhi (India) is the world’s most polluted capital city for the second consecutive year, followed by Dhaka (Bangladesh), N’Djamena (Chad), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), and Muscat (Oman).

Air quality in China continued to improve in 2021. More than half of the cities in China included in the report saw lower levels of air pollution when compared to the previous year. Pollution levels within the capital city of Beijing continued a nine-year trend of improved air quality, driven by emission control and reduction of coal power plant activity and other high emission industries.

Central and South Asia had some of the world’s worst air quality in 2021 and was home to 47 of the world’s 50 most polluted cities. The only two cities that met the updated WHO PM2.5 guideline were Zhezqazghan and Chu (Kazakhstan).

Air quality monitoring remains sparse in Africa, South America, and the Middle East. However, progress has been made by low-cost air quality sensors often operated by non-profit organizations and citizen scientists.

“Shockingly, no major city or country provides safe and healthy air to their citizens according to the latest World Health Organization air quality guideline,” said Frank Hammes, CEO of IQAir. “This report underscores just how much work remains to be done to ensure that everyone has safe, clean, and healthy air to breathe. The time for action is now.”

“We understand better than ever before how air pollution damages our health and economies. This report is a wake-up call, revealing how people are denied access to clean air. Particulate matter air pollution is produced by burning coal, oil, and fossil gas, unsustainable development, and agricultural activities. Addressing the air pollution crisis requires developing renewable energy resources and clean-powered, accessible public transport. Moreover, solutions to air pollution are also solutions to the climate crisis. Breathing clean air should be a basic human right, not a privilege,” said Greenpeace India Campaign manager Avinash Chanchal.

The 2021 World Air Quality Report is based on PM2.5 air pollution data from ground-based air quality monitoring stations in 6,475 cities in 117 countries, regions, and territories. Of the air quality monitoring stations included in this report, 44 percent were operated by governmental agencies.

IQAir is a Swiss-based air quality technology company that empowers individuals, organizations, and communities to breathe cleaner air through information, collaboration, and technology solutions. IQAir provides affordable air quality monitoring and data solutions to governments, NGOs, educational institutions, corporations, and individuals in over 100 countries.

Source: IQAir

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March 18, 2022

Schmidt Futures announces Opening of Applications for Quad Fellowship in partnership with Australia, India, Japan, and the United States


Quad Fellowships, Blinken


Photo: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken holds a meet and greet with U.S. Mission India in New Delhi, India, on July 28, 2021. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha] [File Photo]


Quad Fellowships

NEW YORK, March 17, 2022 — Schmidt Futures announced today that applications are open for the Quad Fellowship. A first-of-its-kind scholarship supporting master’s and doctoral students in STEM, the program is designed to spur scientific and technological innovation while building global ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists.

The Quad Fellowship is a joint initiative of the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. It is the flagship educational exchange program of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. Operated and administered by Schmidt Futures, the Fellowship will sponsor 100 exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to study in the United States beginning in August 2023.

“We will see more technological change in the next ten years than we saw in the last fifty,” said U.S. President Joe Biden. “We want the next generation of scientists and technologists who will build the future to come from our Quad countries. So together, we’re launching the new scholarship program to support STEM students in each of our countries and strengthen the collaboration among our people. It’s called the Quad Fellowship.”

The Fellowship will develop a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in their nations’ private, public, and academic sectors and among Quad countries. Over 18 months of programming, Quad Fellows will receive academic support and have the opportunity to learn from leading scientists, technologists, politicians, and more from the Quad nations. Just as crucial, the program will build a foundational understanding among Quad Fellows of one another’s societies and cultures through robust community programming and cultural immersion experiences.

“We were honored to accept the invitation to lead and administer the Quad Fellowship,” said Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures. “It is a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt that bets early on exceptional people making the world better. We believe that identifying and connecting talent through interdisciplinary STEM programs like this one is crucial to advancing world-changing innovation and solving our greatest challenges.”

“At the heart of the future, we see science and technology, engineering and math, because they have always been at the forefront of advancing progress and answering a human need,” said Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “It’s a fellowship that will create new connections and helps identify solutions to some of the most pressing challenges we face across our region and the world.”

“The most important driving force in the world will be the technology for the service and the use of humanity,” said India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. “Our Quad will play the role of a force for global good, and our cooperation under Quad will ensure prosperity and peace in the Indo-Pacific and the world.”

“I have great expectations that participants will become a “bridge” connecting the four countries, and will be the driving force for growth, helping to resolve issues arising in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world,” said Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

All Quad Fellows will receive access to the following benefits and participate in the following programs upon selection:

An International Advisory Board composed of leaders from academia, government, business, and civil society will guide Quad Fellowship selection, programming, and immersion experiences. Members include

Quad Fellowships would announce additional members of the International Advisory Board later.

Many leading corporate sponsors support the Quad Fellowship. Founding sponsors include Accenture, Blackstone, Boeing, Google, Mastercard, and Western Digital.

Source: Schmidt Futures

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March 17, 2022

College Consensus publishes Consensus Ranking of the 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities for 2022 in the USA


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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C., March 17, 2022 — College Consensus, a college ratings website aggregating publisher rankings and student reviews, has ranked the 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities for 2022 in the USA.

Tuition has outpaced both inflation and financial aid, and 70% of college students say that finances played a role in their college decision. As a result, many students take out hefty student loans that require a lifetime of repayment to afford college.

With student debt at an all-time high, more students than ever are looking for quality education at an affordable cost.

Thankfully, many colleges and universities are working to increase their affordability, providing great educational value at low tuition rates. The Top 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities offer students the chance to graduate with an impressive degree in their hands and money in their wallets.

College Consensus explains that to determine the 50 Best Value Online Colleges, it combined the results of the most respected college ranking systems with the averaged ratings of thousands of genuine student reviews from around the web to find the best schools. It then ranked these schools by affordability based on out-of-state tuition and fees listed by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The top 50 Best Value Colleges & Universities for 2022 in the USA are:

  1. Brigham Young University Provo, UT
  2. Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
  3. Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
  4. Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
  5. North Dakota State University-Main Campus Fargo, ND
  6. University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
  7. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL
  8. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
  9. CUNY City College New York, NY
  10. CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
  11. CUNY Lehman College Bronx, NY
  12. CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
  13. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York, NY
  14. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
  15. CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
  16. University of Minnesota-Morris Morris, MN
  17. Truman State University Kirksville, MO
  18. Winona State University Winona, MN
  19. University of Wisconsin-Platteville Platteville, WI
  20. Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
  21. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
  22. Westfield State University Westfield, MA
  23. University of South Florida Tampa, FL
  24. Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
  25. University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI
  26. Framingham State University Framingham, MA
  27. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL
  28. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse, WI
  29. Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
  30. The State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
  31. SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
  32. SUNY College at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
  33. California State University-Fresno Fresno, CA
  34. SUNY Brockport Brockport, NY
  35. SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
  36. SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
  37. California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
  38. California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
  39. California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
  40. SUNY College at Geneseo Geneseo, NY
  41. California State University-East Bay Hayward, CA
  42. University of Minnesota-Duluth Duluth, MN
  43. Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
  44. California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
  45. California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
  46. California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
  47. San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
  48. California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA
  49. Birmingham-Southern College Birmingham, AL
  50. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha, OK

“With the burden of student debt at an all-time high, getting a college degree at a reasonable cost is more important to students and families than ever,” said College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder. “By listing the top schools in order of affordability, our ranking of the Best Value Colleges & Universities allows students to instantly see what are the best schools at the best price.”

In addition to offering an innovative approach to college and graduate school rankings, College Consensus also provides expert advice and guidance on all aspects of college life.

Source: College Consensus

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March 16, 2022

Myntra launches 'Teens Store' catering to the growing demand for trend-first styles for India's fashion-forward teens.


Myntra Fashion


BANGALORE, India, March 16, 2022 — In a pioneering move, Myntra has announced the launch of its one-of-its-kind, dedicated shopping alley for teenagers on its platform called ‘Teens Store.’ The store intends to address the specific needs of teens in the market who seek to experiment with trendy fashion more often and have varied requirements in styles, size, brands, and fitting. “The ‘Teens Store’ on the Myntra app will cater to all their wardrobe needs under one roof, alongside a host of other value adds that make shopping effortless and instantly gratifying,” the company explained.

The ‘Teens Store’ will house a curated range of styles, from a host of well-renowned international brands and domestic brands like Justice, CK, UTH by Roadster Life & Co., Tommy Hilfiger, HRX, H&M, Nike, Puma, Adidas, and Mango Teens, complemented by the latest fashion trends, styling tips, and ensembled looks. The store currently houses over 20,000 styles from 100 domestic and international brands.

According to Myntra, some of the key categories in the teens’ segment include Athleisure, Denim Wear, Innerwear, Casual wear, Party wear, Ethnic wear, Footwear, and Accessories.

Jubi Samuel, Senior Director, Category Management, Myntra, said, “As a platform that holistically caters to the fashion needs, Myntra is pleased to pioneer creating a unique teen-specific offering. We are working with existing and prospective brands on our platform to create unique experiences for teenagers by truly understanding and catering to their varied needs. Our ‘Teens Store’ would therefore be a one-stop-shop for all the wardrobe needs of teens, helping them express their authentic identities. Myntra will offer one of the largest collections of brands, styles, designs, and fittings in this segment to suit the ever-evolving fashion needs of teenagers while also being mindful of affordability and comfort.”

Myntra is India’s leading platform for fashion brands. The company has partnered with over 5000+ top fashion and lifestyle brands such as H&M, Levis, U.S. Polo Assn., Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Philippe, Jack & Jones, MANGO, Forever 21, Urbanic, Marks & Spencer, W, Biba, Nike, Puma, Crocs, MAC, and Fossil to offer a wide range in latest branded fashion and lifestyle wear.

Source: Myntra

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March 15, 2022

Beautiful Mountain Flowers Featured on New U.S. Postal Service Stamps


USPS Flower Stamps


ALPINE, Wyo., March 14, 2022 — With spring approaching, the U.S. Postal Service has issued new Forever stamps featuring mountain flora. These flowers will soon be springing up in a riot of beautiful blooms across their respective habitats, while the four new stamps will appear in Post Offices nationwide in the USA.

Each stamp features a different flower:

The artist’s hand-drawn illustrations are refined digitally to create a block-print aesthetic.

An essential part of the natural world, wildflower habitats support species such as butterflies, bees, birds, and foraging mammals. Wildflowers grow in varied environments, including bogs and swamps, forests and woodlands, alpine meadows, mountain slopes, coastal bluffs, and deserts. As a result, some wildflowers are widely distributed across the United States, while others are specific to just a tiny area.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with original art by Lili Arnold.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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March 12, 2022

"Writing with Fire" — National Press Club Washington DC hosts a documentary screening on a women-run news network in India.


National Press Club


Photo: 94th Oscars nominee Rintu Thomas, Director of “Writing with Fire” Documentary, arrives at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on Monday, March 7, 2022. The 94th Oscars will air on Sunday, March 27, 2022, live on ABC. Image credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.


National Press Club


Photo: 94th Oscars nominee Sushmit Ghosh, Director of “Writing with Fire” Documentary, arrives at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on Monday, March 7, 2022. The 94th Oscars will air on Sunday, March 27, 2022, live on ABC. Image credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.


Washington, DC, March 11, 2022 — The National Press Club will host a special screening of the Oscar-nominated film “Writing with Fire” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14.

The documentary tells the story of Khabar Lahariya, the only news network in India run by women. The fierce band of Dalit (low caste) women serves as an anchor for truth and justice and a pillar of democracy. They defy the bounds of gender and caste and redefine what it means to be influential in their homes and the world with wit and grace.

The event, which is open to Club members and their guests, begins at 6:30 p.m. with a conversation with the film’s directors, Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m.

The film won the Audience Award at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

View the trailer.

• Writing With Fire (Official Trailer)

In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men emerges a newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India’s most significant issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.

Directed and Produced by: Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh



Source: National Press Club

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March 11, 2022

World's Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show


Hot Air Balloon


Hot Air Balloon


Hot Air Balloon


Saudi Arabia, March 10, 2022 — AlUla Moments, in association with SAHAB (Saudi Arabian Ballooning Federation), has broken the Guinness World Records title for the World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show.

On March 1, 2022 near Hegra, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, s total of 142 brightly-lit balloons were streamlined together in a show over the ancient site that brightened the skies and illuminated the rock-strewn desert landscape. The site is famous for more than 100 carved Nabataean tombs, which feature more than 2000 years of remarkably well-preserved inscriptions and symbols on the sandstone mountains.

A total of 142 brightly-lit balloons were streamlined together in the show over the ancient site that brightened the skies and illuminated the rock-strewn desert landscape.

The previous record was also achieved in AlUla - during its arts and cultural festival, Winter at Tantora, in 2019 - that time it was with 100 balloons.

The World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show on March 1, 2022, was part of AlUla Skies, a new festival in the AlUla Moments event calendar. The celebration included sunrise and sunset balloon experiences, with around 150 balloons each morning floating serenely over the stunning ancient site.

AlUla Moments’ winter events calendar offers engaging arts, music, and cultural experiences running until the end of March 2022.

Source: AlUla Moments

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March 8, 2022

Times Higher Education publishes its Annual List of the World's Top Universities led by Women.

Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education


London, March 08, 2022 — “Gender equality has come a long way since International Women’s Day was founded 111 years ago. In many ways, universities have been a positive force in this journey,” says a Times Higher Education report published today.

THE’s new data-led report marking International Women’s Day 2022, ‘Gender Equality: How Global Universities are Performing,’ examines whether higher education is setting a leading example for other industries. One of the key findings is that most global universities have various policies and services that support women’s advancement.

Times Higher Education has also published its annual list of the world’s top universities led by women. The data show that the share of female Vice-chancellors in the World University Rankings top 200 has surpassed 20 percent for the first time.

• Top universities led by women in THE World University Rankings top 200

Order — University — Country — Vice-chancellor

  1. University of Oxford — United Kingdom — Louise Richardson
  2. University of California, Berkeley — United States — Carol Christ
  3. Imperial College London — United Kingdom — Alice Gast
  4. University of Pennsylvania — United States — Amy Gutmann
  5. Cornell University — United States — Martha Pollack
  6. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States — Mary Sue Coleman
  7. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom — Minouche Shafik
  8. University of Washington — United States — Ana Mari Cauce
  9. McGill University — Canada — Suzanne Fortier
  10. University of Manchester — United Kingdom — Nancy Rothwell
  11. Wageningen University & Research — Netherlands — Louise Fresco
  12. The University of Queensland — Australia — Deborah Terry
  13. Monash University — Australia — Margaret Gardner
  14. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States — Rebecca Blank
  15. University of Southern California — United States — Carol Folt
  16. Brown University — United States — Christina Paxson
  17. University of Amsterdam — Netherlands — Geert ten Dam
  18. Leiden University— Netherlands — Annetje Ottow
  19. Ohio State University — United States — Kristina Johnson
  20. University of Minnesota — United States — Joan Gabel
  21. Sorbonne University — France — Nathalie Drach Temam
  22. University of Helsinki — Finland — Sari Lindblom
  23. University of Basel — Switzerland — Andrea Schenker-Wicki
  24. University of Freiburg — Germany — Kerstin Krieglstein
  25. Université Paris-Saclay — France — Sylvie Retailleau
  26. University of Leeds — United Kingdom — Simone Buitendijk
  27. Maastricht University — Netherlands — Rianne Letschert
  28. University of Auckland — New Zealand — Dawn Freshwater
  29. University of Nottingham — United Kingdom — Shearer West
  30. University of Rochester — United States — Sarah Mangelsdorf
  31. University of Exeter — United Kingdom — Lisa Roberts
  32. Trinity College Dublin — Republic of Ireland — Linda Doyle
  33. Université de Paris — France — Christine Clerici
  34. Durham University — United Kingdom — Karen O’Brien
  35. Indiana University — United States — Pamela Whitten
  36. TU Dresden — Germany — Ursula Staudinger
  37. Stockholm University — Sweden — Astrid Söderbergh Widding
  38. University of Liverpool — United Kingdom — Janet Beer
  39. The University of Cape Town — South Africa — Mamokgethi Phakeng
  40. University of Gothenburg — Sweden — Eva Wiburg
  41. Queensland University of Technology — Australia — Margaret Sheil
  42. Texas A&M University — United States — M. Katherine Banks
  43. Sapienza University of Rome — Italy — Antonella Polimeni

Source: Times Higher Education

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March 4, 2022

Woman Power! U.S. Postal Service Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Title IX


US Postal Service


Photo: Woman Power! U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 50th anniversary of Title IX with four new stamps.



WASHINGTON, March 3, 2022 — Just five days before International Women’s Day, the U.S. Postal Service commemorated legislation that leveled the playing field, literally, for women and girls nationwide in the USA with the dedication of four Title IX Forever stamps.

The U.S. Congress enacted Title IX, and President Richard Nixon signed it in 1972. The act prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial aid.

Title IX states: No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

“Title IX created pathways for enriching women’s programs, allowing for a broader range of competitive offerings, more robust physical education regimens, and equivalent resources,” said Amber McReynolds, member of the USPS Board of Governors. Amber McReynolds was the dedicating official during the related U.S. Department of Education ceremony in Washington, DC. “I can personally attest to the positive impacts of Title IX. I have seen my daughter excel with the increased opportunities available to her. I am thankful she can grow up knowing these rights are not only deserved but expected.”

Also participating in the event were Cindy Marten, deputy secretary, Department of Education; Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education; Sheila Johnson, president and managing partner, Washington Mystics; Donna de Varona, double Olympic gold medalist and first president of the Women’s Sports Foundation and Melinda Beck, stamp designer and artist.

Four different stamps feature dark blue silhouettes of one of four female athletes: a runner, a swimmer, a gymnast, and a soccer player. Yellow laurel branches, symbolic of victory, rest in their hair and on the swimmer’s cap. The four Forever stamps are in a pane of 20. The art director was Derry Noyes.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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March 3, 2022

Tata Elxsi unveiled as Title Partner for 2022 Bowler Defender Challenge.


- Tata Elxsi to partner with the Bowler Defender Challenge 2022

- The design and technology service provider will use series as a showcase for their skills

- Partnership is a demonstration of “Xtreme Engineering” - a Tata Elxsi core mind-set


Tata Elxsi

Photo: Tata Elxsi unveiled as Title Partner for 2022 Bowler Defender Challenge


TTata Elxsi

BANGALORE, India, March 2, 2022 — Tata Elxsi, amongst the world’s leading design and technology service providers, was today unveiled as the title partner for the 2022 Bowler Defender Challenge series. The global specialist in design thinking and digital technology development sees the challenge series as a perfect demonstration of Xtreme Engineering - where technology, engineering, and design come together to deliver the X factor in pace and performance.

The Bowler Defender Challenge held over 7 UK rounds with 12 teams competing in identical Bowler Defender rally vehicles, pits drivers, navigators, and vehicles against various competitive rally conditions. Each team will need to master the terrain and conditions to challenge for the championship from safari and hill rally through fast tarmac and gravel. The development of the Bowler Defender, from mule to full competition car in less than two years, is a prime example of the work Tata Elxsi undertakes. Converting the highly-capable Defender from a production passenger car to a rally-prepared competition vehicle requires fully integrating the existing systems into a competitive format.

Nitin Pai, Chief Strategy Officer and CMO Tata Elxsi commented, “The opportunity for Tata Elxsi to partner with the Bowler Defender Challenge gives us a superb platform to showcase our brand. With constant demands on the teams and the support crews, a high-performance environment brings the term “Xtreme Engineering” to life. Bowler is a world-class competition brand, and we see them as a perfect partner for our products and services in the modern automotive industry. We’re excited to be part of the action!”

Bowler General Manager Calum Mckechnie said, “We are excited to have Tata Elxsi partner with the Bowler Defender Challenge. To have a global leader onboard in the first year is a strongly positive endorsement of the series, the development work, and the direction in which Bowler is forging. Tata Elxsi understands perfectly the engineering and integration aspects of our business and the pressure to find solutions that only competition can bring. It’s going to be an exciting year for our partnership.”

The first round of the 2022 Bowler Defender Challenge takes place on the 5th and 6th of March at Walters Arena, near Neath, Wales.

Incorporated in 1989, Tata Elxsi is amongst the world’s leading design and technology services providers across industries, including Automotive, Media, Communications, Healthcare, and Transportation.

Bowler, founded in 1985, is based in Belper, Derbyshire, and pioneered the production of dedicated off-road competition cars in the UK.

Bowler provides its customers with competition racing events to provide them with the driving skills and technical competition knowledge necessary to undertake international rally raid events.

Source: Tata Elxsi

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March 2, 2022

United Nations Secretary-General Launches Humanitarian Flash Appeal and Regional Refugee Response Plan for Ukraine


United Nations


Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) walks in the corridor at UN Headquarters, on his way to launch a Humanitarian Flash Appeal and a Regional Refugee Response Plan for Ukraine. March 01, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


United Nations


Photo: Richard M. Mills, Jr., Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine. February 28, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


United Nations


Photo: A broad view of the Security Council Chamber as Filippo Grandi (on-screen), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, briefs the meeting on the situation in Ukraine. February 28, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


United Nations


Photo: Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine. February 28, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.


United Nations


Photo: Pordis Kolbrun Reykfjoro Gylfadottir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation of Iceland, addresses the high-level segment of the 49th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. February 28, 2022. Switzerland. Geneva. UN Photo/Violaine Martin.


United Nations


Photo: Melanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, addresses the High-Level Segment 2022 Conference on Disarmament. February 28, 2022. Switzerland. Geneva. UN Photo/Violaine Martin.


United Nations


Photo: Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for February, chairs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine. February 28, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


United Nations


Photo: A view of New York from United Nations Headquarters. March 01, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations

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March 1, 2022

U.S. State Department announces Fulbright Scholars producing top Colleges & Universities in the USA


Fulbright Top Producing Institutions highlight the Fulbright Program’s substantial institutional diversity and impact on American communities.


Fulbright


Photo: The Fulbright Program honored their 2019-2020 Top Producing Institutions. [File Photo]

Fulbright

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2022 — The U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (IIE), has released lists of more than 125 U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students and U.S. Scholars abroad in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Topping this year’s lists of Research, Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Special-focus four-year institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. students abroad are Brown University (R.I.), University of North Georgia (G.A.), CUNY Hunter College (N.Y.), Bowdoin College (M.E.), and the California Institute of the Arts (C.A.).

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (I.L.), the State University of New York at New Paltz (N.Y.), and Middlebury College (V.T.) sent the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Research, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degree categories.

Fulbright Students are recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals. In comparison, Fulbright Scholars are faculty, researchers, administrators, and established professionals.

“We congratulate the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2021-2022 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions and are especially delighted to celebrate the institutions recognized as Fulbright Top Producers for the first time. These institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States, and include Minority-Serving Institutions,” said Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We thank the leadership of these institutions for supporting their faculty advisors and administrators, who are instrumental in guiding their students through the Fulbright application process. We also commend their support for their faculty and administrators who pursue Fulbright awards. Consequently, these institutions benefit from new, global perspectives and new international collaborations, positively impacting local and global communities. As a result, Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Fulbright U.S. Students have life-changing experiences that continue to pay dividends both professionally and personally throughout their careers.”

The Fulbright Program is a United States Cultural Exchange Program to improve intercultural relations between the American people and other countries through exchanging persons, knowledge, and skills. Competitively-selected American citizens, including students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists, and artists, may receive grants to study, conduct research, teach, or exercise their talents abroad. Likewise, citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States.

Source: Institute of International Education

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