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May 31, 2022

UGC declares Periyar University's Online Distance Education Programmes Invalid.

New Delhi, May 31, 2022 — UGC (University Grants Commission) India has issued a Public Notice concerning violations by Periyar University, Tamil Nadu, in running distance education programs per UGC (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020.

Consequently, UGC has declared Periyar University’s online distance education programs invalid and warned students not to get admitted to these programs.

Incidentally, Periyar University is a NAAC ‘A++’ Grade State University.


Source: UGC

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May 29, 2022

Festival de Cannes Winners 2022

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Photo: Indian actress Deepika Padukone. Jury Member. Image Source: Deepika Padukone / Instagram.

Cannes, France, May 29, 2022 — After 11 days of a special edition, the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes presented its winners’ list from the 21 films appearing in the Competition this year. French actor Vincent Lindon chaired the jury. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, British-American actress and director Rebecca Hall, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Norwegian director Joachim Trier, and Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca were the other jury members.

Here is the WINNERS’ LIST

— Feature Films —

• Palme d’Or

• Grand Prix (jointly awarded)

• Award for Best Director

• Award for Best Screenplay

• Jury Prize (jointly awarded)

• 75th anniversary Prize

• Award for Best Actress

• Award for Best Actor

— Short Films —

• Palme d’Or

Special Mention

— Un Certain Regard —

• Un Certain Regard Prize

• Jury Prize

• Best Director Prize

• Best Performance Prize (jointly awarded)

• Best Screenplay Prize

• Coup de cœur Prize

• Caméra d’Or

Special Mention

• La Cinef

First Prize

Second Prize

Joint Third Prize

— Higher Technical Commission (CST) —

Source: Festival de Cannes

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May 27, 2022

Swiss Watchmaker OMEGA presents its Inspiring Women Ambassadors.

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Photos: Omega Women Ambassadors. (From Top) Zoë Kravitz, Allyson Felix, Kaia Gerber, Kiko Mizuhara, and So-hee Han. Images provided by & copyright © OMEGA.

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Photos: Omega Ladies’ Timepieces. Two models. The Mini Trésor and The Speedmaster 38 mm. Images provided by & copyright © OMEGA.

Captured in a new series of black and white portraits, the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is revealing the unique personalities of its inspiring women ambassadors.

“My Choice” is the latest continuation of OMEGA’s historical bond with women. For more than 100 years, the company has delivered ladies’ timepieces of reliability, beauty, and versatility - helping to support everyone from nurses and aviators to artists and actresses.

Today, OMEGA is represented worldwide by a strong family of female stars. For the latest shoot, actresses Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, So-hee Han, Dongyu Zhou, models Kaia Gerber, Kiko Mizuhara, and legendary athletes Allyson Felix joined the brand.

The result brings together a selection of classic yet fast-moving portraits.

Source: OMEGA


Kaia Gerber and the OMEGA Constellation

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May 26, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC) India invites Applications for QUAD Fellowships.

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QUAD Fellowships, India, USA, Japan, Australia

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Photo: Prime Minister Modi interacting with the Indian community in Tokyo, Japan, on May 23, 2022. Mr. Modi was in Tokyo to attend the QUAD summit.

New Delhi, May 25, 2022, — University Grants Commission (UGC) India has invited Applications for QUAD Fellowships.

“Applications are invited for the Quad fellowship - a first-of-its-kind scholarship program that brings together up to 25 engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and technologists from each of the four Quad countries (Australia, India, Japan, and the United States) to advance innovation and research by pursuing their graduate degrees in the United States,” the UGC notice said.

“The Quad Fellowship, a new graduate-level fellowship designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists, is recruiting its first cohort this year,” the announcement stated. The UGC notice further explained that this program would sponsor 100 exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian master’s and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to study in the United States.

UGC also clarified that “there will be no financial liability on the part of UGC for this fellowship program.”

Earlier, Schmidt Futures had announced from New York that applications are open for the Quad Fellowship — a first-of-its-kind scholarship supporting master’s and doctoral students in STEM. The program would 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 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 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.

For Details on the Quad Fellowship, Visit: Quad Fellowship Website

Source: UGC, QUAD, Schmidt Futures

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May 25, 2022

World Economic Forum's Open Forum returns to Davos.

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Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum/Mattias Nutt.

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Photo: H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Queen of the Netherlands; United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance, speaking in Unlocking Capital at Scale for Digital Inclusion at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, May 24, 2022. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum/Michael Calabrò.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, May 25, 2022 - As part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022, this year’s Open Forum Davos is focusing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the role of multilateralism for peace in Europe as well as other global challenges.

Taking place for the first time since January 2020, the Open Forum offers a platform for debate and interaction on controversial issues between the public and scholars, business leaders, and policy-makers concerning improving the state of the world.

Young and diverse voices are also playing a prominent role in the discussions, with one session on youth mental health co-designed and moderated by students from Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, each session includes at least one member of the Forum’s Global Shapers Community, a wide-ranging network of people from all walks of life and different parts of the world.

Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation, among other high-level panelists, is joined by Ievgeniia Bodnya, who mobilized the Global Shaper Hub she leads in Kyiv to build the Support Ukraine. In another session, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and his brother Wladimir, Chairman of the Klitschko Foundation, discuss how the Russian invasion has affected them and their country.

Also present at the Open Forum are climate activists, including 26-year-old Vanessa Nakate, author and climate advocate who addressed world leaders at the World Economic Forum 2020. The activists articulate how to turn words into action to fight the climate crisis. Gender equality is also featured prominently in the conversations.

The last two years have seen a blending of in-person and virtual interactions on the digital front. Peggy Johnson, Chief Executive Office of augmented reality company Magic Leap, will introduce the possibilities of the Metaverse. She will then join a panel of experts, including Pascal Kaufmann, President, and Founder of the Mindfire Foundation.

Additional panelists who are participating in this year’s Open Forum Davos include:

Open Forum Programme

Monday, May 23
12.30 - 13.30 A Discussion with the Klitschkos
18.30 - 20.00 A Wake-Up Call from Nature

Tuesday, May 24
09.00 - 10.30 Growing Up in the Pandemic
14.30 - 16.00 Working Together for Peace
18.30 - 20.00 Ethical Decision-Making in Times of Crisis

Wednesday, May 25
09.00 - 10.30 Turning Words into Action
12.30 - 14.00 A Discussion about Equality
18.30 - 20.00 Racial Disparities in Refugee Treatment

Thursday, May 26
09.00 - 10.30 The Possibilities of the Metaverse

In its 19th year, the Open Forum Davos opens its doors to the public from 23 to January 26 in Davos, Switzerland. It is being held at the Tobelmühle Sports Hall, Tobelmühlestrasse 4 e, Davos Platz, Switzerland.

For over 50 years, the World Economic Forum has been the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Annual Meeting is the focal point for leaders to accelerate the partnerships needed to tackle global challenges and shape a more sustainable and inclusive future. Convening under the theme ‘History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies,’ the Annual Meeting 2022 and its 200 sessions bring together global leaders from business, government, and civil society.

Source: World Economic Forum

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May 24, 2022

India's Minister of State for Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, addresses the 50th Convocation of D.A.V. College, Hoshiarpur, Punjab.

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Photo: The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh at the 50th Convocation of D.A.V. College Hoshiarpur, in Punjab on May 24, 2022.

Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India, May 24, 2022 — India’s Minister of State for Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, said that the new National Education Policy supplements the Start-Up ecosystem with the promise to open new career and entrepreneurship opportunities for students and youth in India.

Dr. Singh was addressing the 50th Convocation of D.A.V. College, Hoshiarpur. He said Punjab must reclaim its past glory as a premier education hub of India. He recalled that even in pre-Independence India, Government College Lahore and Punjab University Lahore were among the leading educational institutions in the entire subcontinent.

Dr. Jitendra Singh reminded the academia and students of the historical context and said that until independence in 1947, Punjab University Lahore (now in Pakistan) fulfilled the educational needs of a vast subcontinent region. After Bombay, Madras, and Calcutta, the British Government established Punjab University Lahore in 1882. Dr. Singh added that the British Government similarly established the Lahore College for Women as a residential college in May 1922.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said the contribution of D.A.V. institutions in spreading the light of education has indeed been invaluable, and one must be proud to receive a graduation or post-graduation degree from one of the premier institutions of North India. He said it’s also heartening to note that D.A.V. has routinely been ranked among the top institutions of India and congratulated all for this achievement.

Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasized that Convocation day or Graduation ceremony does not mean the end of your learning. But it is a continuous process as new opportunities emerge every day. Referring to Skill India Mission, he urged the students to imbibe multiple skills to be successful in life as there is an ample number of examples to show that those equipped with the latest skills are doing wonders in the world today.

In conclusion, the Minister said that Convocation day is one of the most critical days in a student’s life. It is not just an acknowledgment of your hard work but a token of your responsibility towards society. He said, you are fortunate to have studied in an institution like D.A.V. College, and on this solemn day, you must not fail to acknowledge your parents and teachers who have guided you.

Source: Ministry of Science & Technology, India

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May 23, 2022

TIME Reveals Its Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

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Photo: The 2022 TIME100 issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

NEW YORK, May 23, 2022 — Today, TIME revealed the 2022 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

The TIME100 includes surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. For example, the nineteenth annual list features Michelle Obama on Oprah Winfrey, Joe Biden on Volodymyr Zelensky, Matthew McConaughey on Channing Tatum, Denis Villeneuve on Zendaya, James Corden on Adele, Reese Witherspoon on Zoë Kravitz, Martin Scorsese on Andrew Garfield, Sandra Oh on Simu Liu, Ryan Seacrest on Kris Jenner, Laurene Powell Jobs on Tim Cook, Jeb Bush on Ron DeSantis, Tom Brady on Rafael Nadal and many more.

Of the 2022 TIME100 list, TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal writes, “We hope that the TIME100 list is not simply a recognition of influence but a study in how influence can be wielded… If a crisis unites us, we must find within ourselves that same empathy. The spectrum of leaders on this list, wielding influence in so many ways, is a reminder that we all have the option to use our power for good.”


The 2022 TIME100 features dozens of entertainers, including Channing Tatum, Pete Davidson, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Adele, Simu Liu, Mila Kunis, Oprah Winfrey, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Jon Batiste, Keanu Reeves and more.

Athletes on this year’s list include Nathan Chen, Alex Morgan, Eileen Gu, Candace Parker, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Rafael Nadal.

This year’s list features 49 women, including Mary J.Blige, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Yeoh, Ariana DeBose, Adele, Miranda Lambert, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Nadine Smith, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Quinta Brunson, Zoe Kravitz, Cristina Villarreal Velásquez and others.

The list features U.S. President Joe Biden and other U.S. political figures, including Kevin McCarthy, Ron DeSantis, Kyrsten Sinema, and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Other notable writers include Sacha Baron Cohen, Mindy Kaling, LeBron James, Billy Porter, Stevie Wonder, Alexei Navalny, Jimmy Fallon, Bernie Sanders, Bowen Yang, Billie Jean King, Chip, and Joanna Gaines, Jack Harlow, Cory Booker, and more.

Xi Jinping is on the list for the 13th time, more than any other person this year. Other repeats include Oprah Winfrey (10), Vladimir Putin (7), Joe Biden (5), Christine Lagarde (5), Tim Cook (5), Adele (3), Rafael Nadal (2), Alex Morgan (2), Abiy Ahmed (2), Issa Rae (2), Megan Rapinoe (2) and Ursula von der Leyen (2).

TIME will celebrate the 2022 TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people with the return of the annual TIME100 Summit and TIME100 Gala on June 7 and June 8 in New York City.

The second annual TIME100 Summit on June 7, 2022, will convene leaders from the global TIME100 community to spotlight solutions and encourage action toward a better world. Speakers for the day-long event include Apple CEO Tim Cook; co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates; NBA champion, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Dwyane Wade; writer, producer, and actor Mindy Kaling; U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry; former U.S. Representative and co-founder, Giffords Gabrielle Giffords; Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley; founder and creative director, Brother Vellies Aurora James, designer Christian Siriano; head of global TV, Netflix Bela Bajaria; Olympic Champion, Freestyle Skiing Eileen Gu; writer, director, producer, and actor Taika Waititi; poet and author Cathy Park Hong; artist Jon Batiste; senior vice president, BioNTech SE Dr. Katalin Karikó; filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen and more.

The 16th annual TIME100 Gala, celebrating TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people, will take place on June 8, 2022. The event will feature Mary J. Blige and Miranda Lambert performances, honorary tributes from members of this year’s list, remarks from TIME Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal, and more.

Both events will occur at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz, at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Source: TIME

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May 22, 2022

India's National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the Postgraduate Entrance Test for 42 Central and participating Universities for the Academic Session 2022-2023.



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May 19, 2022

UNESCO World Conference in Barcelona to shape the future of Higher Education

- The third UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education is taking place from May 18 to May 20, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain, to chart a renewed vision for higher education in the next decade.

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Barcelona, Spain, May 18, 2022 — There are 235 million students enrolled in higher education worldwide. This number has more than doubled in the last 20 years and will likely double again over the coming decade.

Faced with such growing demand, how can we ensure quality higher education adapted to contemporary challenges such as sustainable development? How can international academic mobility be supported? What lessons can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic? These questions will be at the heart of the World Conference.

More than 1,500 participants are attending the event coming from universities, governments, multilateral agencies, the private sector, and civil society to share their experiences and ideas to draw a joint global roadmap for the coming decade.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, the Spanish Minister of Universities, Joan Subirats, the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, and the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, opened the Conference.

• Democratizing access

Disparities persist despite a remarkable 200% increase in enrolment in 20 years in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and South and South-East Asia. As a result, between 40% and 50% of an age group are enrolled in higher education in East and South-East Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In Central and South Asia, however, only 25% are registered. And the figure drops to 9% for sub-Saharan Africa.

Expanding access to education is necessary, but it has significant logistical and budgetary implications for governments, particularly developing countries. There has been a trend toward increasing tuition fees and other indirect costs in many places, burdening the finances of students and their families.

• Increasing student mobility

Six million of the global student population are studying abroad, and this number will rise to 8 million by 2025. But international frameworks are needed to support mobility, an academic asset for students and a boost to knowledge sharing and mutual understanding.

At the Barcelona Conference, UNESCO will call on its Member States to pursue ratification of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education, the first UN treaty to strengthen inter-university cooperation and cross-border academic research. Fourteen states have already ratified the text, and only seven more signatures are needed to enter it into force.

• Learning from the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged higher education systems resulting in learning losses and increased inequalities. However, it has also shown that higher education systems with significant public funding are more resilient in the face of a global crisis and better able to ensure continuity of provision and inclusion of the most important number of students. The Conference will draw lessons from the past two years to design more robust and resilient systems.

To develop the roadmap for higher education to 2030, the Conference will focus on the following themes: (1) Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education; (2) Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals; (3) Inclusion; (4) Quality and Relevance of Programmes; (5) Academic Mobility; (6) Governance; (7) Financing; (8) Data and Knowledge Production; (9) International Cooperation and (10) The Futures of Higher Education.

The International Council for Science (ICS) and the International Association of Universities (IAU) are among the conference partners, as well as the Global Universities Network for Innovation (GUNI/ACUP) and the Catalan Association of Public Universities.

Source: UNESCO


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Global Survey Comparing University Mindsets and Student Expectations Identifies Critical Shifts in the Learner Experience

Global Anthology research study reveals accessibility barriers and technology needs in higher education.

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BOCA RATON, Fla., May 17, 2022 — Anthology, a leading provider of education solutions that support the entire learner lifecycle, today announced the results of its 2022 global research study: Comparing Global University Mindsets and Student Expectations. The study surveyed more than 5,000 higher education leaders and current students from countries worldwide, including the United States, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, India, Japan, Spain, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Findings revealed that student expectations following the pandemic do not fully align with what university leaders envision for the future, indicating an opportunity for higher education institutions to adjust to the learner experience to support better outcomes.

“As universities continue to drive digital transformation, they face new hurdles around everything from course delivery and support services to accessibility and how they equip their students and staff with technology,” said Jim Milton, Chairman and CEO at Anthology. “We believe that technology plays a vital role in shaping the future of higher education across the globe, and results from this study validate that viewpoint as leaders consider the impact of technology and data on the overall student experience.”

• Financial Barriers and Lack of Technology Access

Outside the pandemic, the economy continues to have the most significant impact on learners across all regions (73 percent), followed by a lack of access to technology (35 percent). Lack of technology access was significantly higher in the Middle East and Africa, where 54 percent of students indicated this was a challenge. University leaders in most regions are mainly in sync with these challenges. Still, only 30 percent of higher education leaders in the Middle East and Africa felt that technology access was a concern for their students, indicating a discrepancy between their perception and the student experience.

• Hybrid Instruction for the Foreseeable Future

More than 80 percent of students globally now prefer that at least some of their courses or instructional meetings take place online. As a result, leaders are moving their universities in the right direction, with more than a third (38 percent) indicating that a mix of online and in-person course delivery would be the model at their institution by 2025, increasing from 16 percent currently.

Nearly a quarter of North American leaders (24 percent) stated that courses would still be offered in an entirely in-person format by 2025 - a significantly higher percentage than any other region. The highest percentage of students interested in fully asynchronous courses were from North America, representing the most significant gap compared to student preferences for how classes are offered.

• Investing in Holistic Technology

Learners globally want - and expect - technology to be more prevalent in their higher education experience. University leaders agree, with 60 percent stating that their university currently lacks the appropriate digital learning tools to help students succeed. While only 26 percent of university leaders have significantly increased the number of digital learning tools utilized over the past two years, more than half are considering additional technology investments.

The majority (94 percent) of university leaders agree that a holistic view of learner data pulled across multiple systems would benefit their team and help more students achieve their goals. The same percentage indicates that their university is actively looking for new opportunities to aggregate and analyze data to drive more insights, ultimately seeking to use data to help improve outcomes for student populations through personalization.

Anthology partnered with Thrive Analytics to execute its 2022 survey, Comparing Global University Mindsets and Student Expectations. The survey targeted student respondents currently enrolled at a higher education institution pursuing a degree or diploma. University leader respondents are senior leaders (Dean, Provost, Rector, etc.) at a higher education institution. In total, 2,572 current university leaders and 2,725 students completed the survey.

“Anthology” offers the largest EdTech ecosystem globally for education, recently combining with Blackboard to support more than 150 million users in 80 countries.

Source: Anthology

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May 18, 2022

French actor Vincent Lindon is the President of the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes.

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Cannes, France, May 18, 2022 — French actor Vincent Lindon will be the 75th Festival de Cannes Jury president. Together with eight jury members, the actor who won Best Actor in 2015 will present the Palme d’Or to one of the 21 films in competition on Saturday, May 28, during the closing ceremony, to be broadcast live by France Télévisions and Brut.

• The Jury

Vincent Lindon - President

Rebecca Hall
Actress, producer, screenwriter, director
United Kingdom / United States

Deepika Padukone
Actress, producer

Noomi Rapace

Jasmine Trinca
Actress, director

Asghar Farhadi
Director, producer, screenwriter

Ladj Ly
Director, screenwriter, actor, producer

Jeff Nichols
Director, screenwriter
United States

Joachim Trier
Director, screenwriter

Source: Cannes Film Festival

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May 15, 2022

U.S. Postal Service honors Illustrator Shel Silverstein and Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz

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WASHINGTON, May 14, 2022 — The U.S. Postal Service has announced several new stamps.

The Shel Silverstein Forever stamp — featuring artwork from one of his most famous books, “The Giving Tree” — was dedicated at Darwin Elementary, one of the schools he attended as a child.

The extraordinarily versatile Silverstein (1930-1999) was one of the 20th century’s most imaginative authors and illustrators.

Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” published in 1964 by Harper & Row, is about a friendship between a motherly tree and a boy. As the child grows older, the tree gives him its shade, apples, branches, and trunk. The story ends with the boy returning as a grown-up man to rest against the tree’s stump. The bestselling tale of selflessness, accompanied by the author’s elegantly simple black-and-white illustrations, is considered a classic of children’s literature.

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Other new stamps salute the centennial of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), whose “Peanuts” characters are some of the best known and most beloved in all of American culture. Schulz alone wrote and drew nearly 18,000 strips for five decades. Each character reflects Schulz’s rich imagination and great humanity.

In a celebratory mode, characters from “Peanuts” adorn ten designs on this pane of 20 stamps and form a frame around a 1987 photograph of Schulz.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps from Schulz’s artwork and an existing photograph by Douglas Kirkland.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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May 14, 2022

Camila Cabello to headline Show-Stopping UEFA Champions Final Opening Ceremony Presented by Pepsi

- Grammy Award-Nominated, Multi-Platinum, and Chart-Topping Singer/Songwriter will take to Pepsi Stage live in Paris on May 28 ahead of the World’s most watched Annual Sporting Event.

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NEW YORK, May 14, 2022 — UEFA and Pepsi have revealed that GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum, and chart-topping singer/songwriter Camila Cabello will headline this year’s UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi. The Opening Ceremony will see the ‘Bam Bam’ ‘Senorita,’ and ‘Havana’ hitmaker takes center stage to kick off one of the World’s most significant sporting events and bring the energy and atmosphere of the UEFA Champions League final to millions of viewers tuning in around the World.

The 5-minute performance would be a breath-taking carnival-themed celebration, brought to life through a stunning display of costumes, dancers, and musicians, choreographed to deliver a high-energy spectacular to fans in the stadium and at home, live from the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, May 28. The Opening Ceremony production will see her perform a medley of her chart-topping hits alongside new releases from the highly-acclaimed third studio album ‘Familia.’

Camila Cabello commented: “I’m so excited to be taking to the stage at the UEFA Champions League final in Paris this month! I intend on putting on an amazing show, bringing together the spirit of my Latin heritage and a feeling of togetherness for sports and music fans all over the World - I can’t wait!”

To announce Camila’s performance at the UEFA Champions League final, Pepsi shared a short video via its YouTube channel, showing what fans can expect in Paris. In the clip, playful animations and floral patterns surround Camila taking inspiration from the iconic Oaxaca carnival in Mexico. The vibrant colors channel the feeling of togetherness and celebrate people of all walks of life coming together, showcasing how the power of music and sport can unite people all around the World.

Pepsi’s Global Marketing Vice President, Eric Melis, said: “Pepsi has been working with UEFA to build the Opening Ceremony platform since 2016. We’re delighted to be returning to live stadium shows and bringing Camila Cabello to the stage this year. Pepsi has a long and rich heritage in entertainment. This year’s show will not disappoint as we bring Camila’s Latina spirit elements to one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.”

Each year, the Opening Ceremony sees some of the hottest music artists in the World put on an electrifying, show-stopping performance that brings enormous buzz to the UEFA Champions League final in true Pepsi style. The 2022 Opening Ceremony is no different and will be running across the international Pepsi trademark, including Pepsi, Pepsi Black / MAX, and Diet Pepsi.

UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein commented: “We are excited to be collaborating with our long-standing partners at Pepsi for yet another highly entertaining Opening Ceremony performance at the 2022 UEFA Champions League final. These events always provide the ultimate cross-pollination of sport and music, which we know fans love to watch - and Pepsi is the perfect partner to help us do that. We know that Camila Cabello is one of the World’s most popular artists, and she will help us build on our fans’ excitement for the Opening Ceremony performance with a show football fans will never forget.”

This year’s UEFA Champions League final Opening Ceremony performance will air in over 200 countries and territories around the World, just minutes before the biggest game in European club football gets underway.

Source: PepsiCo

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May 10, 2022

Movie celebrities from across India to walk Red Carpet along with Shri Anurag Thakur at Cannes.

• A.R. Rahman, Shekhar Kapur, Akshay Kumar, and Ricky Kej are among the celebs on Red Carpet

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, announcing that India will be the official Country of Honour at the upcoming Marche’ Du Film, organized alongside the 75th edition of Cannes Film Festival in France, in New Delhi.

New Delhi, May 10, 2022 — Red Carpet Event at the 75th Cannes Film Festival is going to be a gala event for the Indian audience as celebrities from the cine world across India are set to walk the Red Carpet as part of the Indian delegation on the opening day of Cannes Film Festival 2022 on May 17, 2022.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Anurag Thakur will lead the delegation from India to Cannes. The list of celebrities comprises stars from the film and music industries across India. The panel will contain the following celebrities:

This year, the intent is to showcase the rich flavor and diversity of India - culture, heritage, legacy, and developments through its cinema. The Ministry has hand-picked the delegation from across the length and breadth of the country to represent different strengths and aspects of the nation.

Notably, India is the Official Country of Honour at Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film) in this edition of the festival. It is the first time this honor has been bestowed on any country and comes when India celebrates its Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. In addition, India and France are also celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations this year.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

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May 9, 2022

India Ministry of Education takes steps toward the formulation of the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI)

Higher Education, India

Photo: Dharmendra Pradhan chairs a meeting on the formulation of HECI in New Delhi.

New Delhi, May 09, 2022 — Union Education and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today had an extensive consultation on taking further steps to formulate the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI).

Mr. Pradhan said that HECI should ensure employability, job creation, and a global outlook during the meeting. He added that it should ensure international academic standards and provide more academic autonomy to higher education institutions.

He further said that this critical recommendation of NEP-2020 will be one of the many steps in the direction of decolonization of the education system of the country.

The Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) would be an overarching umbrella for the guidance of all the higher education institutions in the country.

Source: Ministry of Education

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Lamborghini Squadra Corse secures first British GT win of the season in Silverstone 500

- Barwell’s Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon ensure a third successive victory in a three-hour event.


Photo: Lamborghini Squadra Corse secures the first British GT win of the season in Silverstone 500.

Silverstone, UK, May 8, 2022 - Barwell Motorsport’s Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon delivered Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s first victory in the British GT Championship season with a measured drive under heavy pressure during the three-hour Silverstone 500. Factory Driver Mitchell had helped the #72 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO take pole position on Saturday before coming out on top by just under a second at the end of the opening endurance event of the year.

After two sprint races to kick off the season at Oulton Park, the field moved to the Home of British Motorsport for the first long-distance meeting of the year. Mitchell and Balon began the weekend strongly in Saturday’s free practice sessions, setting the seventh quickest time in the morning before topping the times in the afternoon FP2.

The leading pair of Lamborghinis had opened a healthy margin over the chasing pack, with Balon hanging onto the pace of Malykhin. Balon then moved back into the race lead as Malykhin made his first pit stop after the half-hour marker. Mitchell took over the reins of the #72 Huracán after Balon - who become embroiled in a lively battle with the McLaren of Morgan Tillbrook - made his first stop 15 minutes later.

With Mitchell at the wheel, the Barwell Motorsport car established a lead of just under five seconds, which extended by another second by the time Balon got back behind the wheel for his second stint. Mitchell was back in for the final 45 minutes, in which he maintained a diminishing advantage over another McLaren - with Marvin Kirchhofer in the car.

Despite it coming down to as little as two-tenths of a second in the closing stages, Mitchell controlled the lead to take a deserved victory at the finish, ensuring Lamborghini’s third successive win in the Silverstone endurance event.

Source: Lamborghini


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May 7, 2022

Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, inaugurates International Conference on Environmental Diversity and Environmental Jurisprudence at Chandigarh University.

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, released the Annual Report of Chandigarh University in Mohali on May 7, 2022.

Chandigarh University

Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, at the inauguration of the International Conference on Environmental Diversity and Environmental Jurisprudence at Chandigarh University in Mohali on May 7, 2022.

Chandigarh, May 07, 2022 — Today, the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, called for ‘collective action’ from people and enabling policies to limit the impact of climate change. “To be able to achieve the 1.5°C global warming limit, we must aim at both macro-level systemic changes as well as micro-level lifestyle choices. Therefore, we need a people’s movement for environmental protection”, he said.

Mr. Naidu called for weighty introspection and bold actions to mitigate the reality of increasing extreme events and diminishing biodiversity. But, he said, “it is not only the duty of the government to deliberate, but it is also the duty of every citizen and human being on earth to save this planet.”

The vice president inaugurated the International Conference on Environmental Diversity and Environmental Jurisprudence at Chandigarh University, Mohali. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Naidu stressed that India has always led the world in climate action. He reiterated India’s commitment to fulfilling the ambitious national targets set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recent COP26 Summit in Glasgow.

Mr. Naidu recalled that people in villages came together to protect the adjacent forests and repair ponds and canals in earlier times. “What we need today is a change in people’s mindset. Unless environmental protection becomes a people’s movement, our future is bleak.”

Stressing the need to reverse the dangerous trend of exploiting nature, Mr. Naidu appealed to lawmakers to take cognizance of the situation and make legislations that maintain a delicate balance between ecology and economy.

Emphasizing the importance of such international conferences, Mr. Naidu said that “we have to learn from each other globally and adopt best practices worldwide.” He appreciated Chandigarh University for its initiative and hoped the conference would open a new chapter in environmental protection in the country.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat

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May 6, 2022

Vice President Naidu inaugurates the Centenary Celebrations of Delhi University; Releases Centenary Commemorative Stamp & Centenary Commemorative Coin. (Updated)

Delhi University

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, at the inauguration of the centenary celebrations of the University of Delhi on its 100th Foundation Day, in New Delhi on May 01, 2022. Mr. Naidu released the Delhi University Centenary Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts. On his right is Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education.

New Delhi, May 4, 2022 — The Vice President of India, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, inaugurated the Centenary celebrations of the Delhi University.

Mr. Naidu reminded the gathering that ancient India had enjoyed the reputation of being a “Vishwa Guru” and was a renowned cradle of culture. He said reputed centers of knowledge, among the earliest known to humanity, like the universities of Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramshila, Vallabhi, and Odantapuri, bear ample testimony to this fact. Mr. Naidu remarked that his deep-seated wish is to see Indian Universities ranked among the top. He asked all stakeholders to work with this aim in mind.

He emphasized that Universities must come out with innovative ideas to address the pressing problems of society. He added that the ultimate aim of the research should be to make people’s lives more comfortable and happier.

The Vice President also released the Delhi University Centenary Commemorative Stamp, Commemorative Coin, and Commemorative Book.

Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education, Prof. Yogesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, and other dignitaries attended the event.

The University Grants Commission has recognized Delhi University as an Institute of Eminence.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat



May 6, 2022

• Vice President Naidu asks Panjab University to Move Away from Mediocrity and follow Guru Nanak’s Teachings, Calls upon All Universities to maintain Peace on Campuses, and Focus Attention on Academic Excellence.

Vice President Naidu

Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, at the convocation ceremony of Panjab University in Chandigarh on May 06, 2022.

Chandigarh, May 6, 2022 — Today, the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, emphasized the need for Universities to accord greater importance to implementable patents under Intellectual Property rights to give a fillip to the economy and industry. In addition, he termed it necessary to strengthen industry-institute linkages for better research outcomes.

Addressing the 69th Convocation ceremony of Panjab University in Chandigarh today, the Vice President said that we should move away from mediocrity.

Calling for making good quality education accessible and affordable to all, the Vice President wanted such education to positively transform an individual’s outlook, societal cohesion, and inclusive national development.

Mr. Naidu emphasized that education should transform how we look at the planet and interact with fellow human beings. He said that we should illuminate our life by the five virtues of Guru Nanak, namely - Sat (honest, truthful behavior), Santokh (contentment), Daya (compassion), Nimrata (humility), and Pyaar (love of humanity, love of divinity). I hope these principles will continue to inspire us to be better human beings, he added.

Terming peace a prerequisite for progress, Mr. Naidu called upon all universities to see that they maintain stability on campuses and focus attention on academic excellence. Emphasizing the importance of cohesion and harmony in society, he said that we should teach these values to the students from a young age in our schools. “There should be no place for caste, creed, religion, and gender divisions in the 21st century. We all belong to one country, India,” he said.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat

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May 5, 2022

Baruch College offers New York State's First Doctor of Business Administration Degree.

- Zicklin School of Business Program Trains Senior Executives to “Be the Doctor in the Boardroom”

Baruch College, New York

NEW YORK, May 4, 2022 — Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business is the first institution in New York State authorized to award the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Degree. Zicklin’s DBA Program is one of the school’s impressive professional and executive degree offerings for business executives and corporate leaders.

According to Fenwick Huss, Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business, “The DBA Program exemplifies Zicklin’s commitment to delivering relevant, academically rigorous business education that is world-class in both quality and reputation.”

The program’s faculty have developed a unique, multidisciplinary curriculum that employs a wide range of traditional and cutting-edge research methodologies to address the critical business issues of the day.

The DBA is the premier terminal degree for practical and applied business problems, both in the United States and worldwide. The three-year doctoral program is designed for senior executives with seven or more years of executive experience who seek empirical knowledge and research experience at the doctoral level. Graduates will gain skills needed to thrive in the C-suite, broaden their opportunities as consultants, and enter the college classroom as clinical professors. This program complements Baruch’s traditional Ph.D. program in Business, which focuses on developing research scholarship and training for career paths in academia.

Baruch College provides students with the skills, knowledge, and perspectives to pursue their aspirations in today’s global environment. Baruch is among the USA’s top public colleges for academic excellence, affordability, student success, and value.

Source: Baruch College

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India Art Fair 2022 closes.

India Art Fair


India Art Fair

India Art Fair

New Delhi, May 4, 2022 — The 2022 edition of the India Art Fair, the leading platform to discover and celebrate modern and contemporary art from South Asia, closed on May 1 amid reports of robust sales. The fair offered a strong contingent of 77 exhibitors, including 63 galleries and 14 institutional participants from 16 cities in India.

The fair featured over 500 modern and contemporary artists.

Jaya Asokan, Fair Director of India Art Fair, commented: “As the first fair that I oversaw, I am immensely proud of the team and our artists, galleries, and partners for working so seamlessly together and pushing the boundaries of the region’s artistic language. The upbeat energy at the fair has demonstrated that audiences here are ready to dive back in and experience art in person again, a true embodiment of the strength and resilience of the region’s art scene.”

Leading art-lovers across the cultural landscapes of India and the South Asia region attended the fair to explore and experience the diverse line-up of leading exhibitors and curated programs.

Source: India Art Fair

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