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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.


DAV College Hoshiarpur


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 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.



NTA, UGC, PG, CUIT

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Source: National Testing Agency (NTA)

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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.



UNESCO Higher Education



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.


Global university survey

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 15, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC) India tells Higher Education Institutions to award Degrees within the Prescribed Timeline or face Punitive Action. (Updated)


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UGC, India, Universities

New Delhi, April 08, 2022 — University Grants Commission (UGC) has addressed a communication to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities and Principals of all Colleges concerning “Compliance of UGC (Grant of Degrees and other Awards by Universities) Regulations 2008”.

UGC has stated that delay in the issue of degrees, mark sheets, and other certificates causes problems for students seeking employment or further higher education. After completing a program successfully, getting a degree in time is an “inviolable privilege of a student.” Therefore, Stipulation 4-4 of the UGC (Grant of Degrees and other Awards by Universities) Regulations 2008 mandates that:

“The Degree award date/s shall be within 180 days of the date/s by which the students are expected to qualify and become eligible for them.”

Consequently, UGC has asked all HEIs to comply with the UGC regulations and award the degrees to successful candidates within the prescribed timeline. Otherwise, it will be constrained to take punitive actions per Regulation 9 of the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulation 2012 against the universities failing to follow the UGC rules on the award of degrees, the Commission has warned.

Source: UGC

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UGC, India, Universities

— UPDATE —


New Delhi, April 22, 2022.


— UGC has, for the year 2022-23, allotted distinct Programs to its “Human Resource Development Centres” (HRDCs) located at the following universities: —


ANDHRA PRADESH

ASSAM

BIHAR

CHATTISGARH

DELHI

GOA

GUJARAT

HARYANA

HIMACHAL PRADESH

JHARKHAND

JAMMU AND KASHMIR

KARNATAKA

KERALA

MADHYA PRADESH

MAHARASHTRA

MANIPUR

MEGHALAYA

MIZORAM

ORISSA

PUDUCHERRY

PUNJAB

RAJASTHAN

TAMIL NADU

UTTAR PRADESH

UTTARANCHAL

WEST BENGAL

Source: UGC

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— UPDATE —

April 22, 2022


• UGC (University Grants Commission) and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) have jointly issued the following Public Notice:


UGC



• The following notification, however, ridicules the above UGC AICTE Public Notice.

• According to it, Graduates of the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, are eligible to enroll and vote in the Panjab University Chandigarh, India, Senate Elections !!!


UGC, PU


UGC, India, Universities


— UPDATE —

May 5, 2022


• UGC notifies Regulations for Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Educational Institutions for offering Twinning, Joint Degree, and Dual Degree Programs.


New Delhi, May 5, 2022 — University Grants Commission has notified the University Grants Commission (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Educational Institutions to offer Twinning, Joint Degree and Dual Degree Programmes) Regulations, 2022 in the Official Gazette.

“These Regulations shall promote enhanced academic collaboration with foreign higher educational institutions leading towards academic and research excellence in the Indian higher educational institutions,” UGC communicated to the Vice-Chancellors of all universities. “It is expected that academic and research collaboration and mobility of students and faculty through joint degree and dual degree programs will be highly beneficial for the Indian higher educational institutions to achieve higher global rankings,” UGC said.

All the eligible Indian Universities may now engage in academic collaboration with foreign higher educational institutions as per the provisions of the Regulations, 2022, the communication stated.

However, the Indian and Foreign Higher Educational Institutions shall be eligible to offer Twinning, Joint Degree, and Dual Degree programs under these regulations, provided they fulfill the specific eligibility criteria.

For example, to be eligible, the Indian Higher Educational Institution should be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a minimum score of 3.01 on a 4-point scale.

Or, it should figure in the top 1000 of Times Higher Education or QS World University ranking at the time of application.

Or, it should figure in the top 100 in the university category of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) at the time of application.

A Foreign Higher Educational Institution would be eligible to collaborate if it figures in the top 1000 in Times Higher Education or QS World University ranking.

Source: UGC

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— UPDATE —

May 14, 2022


— UGC Invitation for Applications from ELIGIBLE Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) for Recognition to offer programs under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) from 2022-23. —


UGC,ODL Notice


Source: UGC

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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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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

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- UPDATE -

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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April 28, 2022

World Intellectual Property Day 2022: Innovators from Syria, Ghana, and China Top Youth Video Contest


WIPO Conference


WIPO Conference


Photos: Delegates from Finland and Kazakhastan at the Forty-Fifth Session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 28 to March 30, 2022. Images provided by & Copyright © WIPO. Photos: Emmanuel Berrod.


Geneva, April 28, 2022 — Competitors from Syria, Ghana, and China won the top three spots in the youth video competition for this year’s World Intellectual Property Day, which carries the theme “IP and Youth Innovating for a Better Future.”

Hekma Jabouli from Syria won the first prize with her short film showing a homemade smart device designed to help her sister regain mobility after a shrapnel injury to her spinal cord.

In an online vote, Ms. Jabouli’s video was selected best submission among an original pool of nearly 150 entries from dozens of countries.

John Wobil from Ghana took second place for his video about a new rice thresher. At the same time, digital designers Li Binglu and Cai Quinge, Chinese nationals living in Japan, came third with their story about creating new pictograms or emojis to forge connections among remote workers.

WIPO Director General Daren Tang said that younger people are already working on solutions to shared issues, supported by intellectual property (IP) rights like trademarks, patents, designs, Copyright, and others that help people earn a living from their work.

“When humanity needs to come together to address a range of urgent challenges - from overcoming the pandemic to combatting climate change - we must help our youths realize their innovation potential,” Mr. Tang added.

This year, on World Intellectual Property Day, WIPO is celebrating the vision and dynamism of young innovators and creators everywhere.

“WIPO is working to build a more inclusive IP ecosystem by expanding access to IP for groups who have been historically under-represented, including women, smaller enterprises, and younger people, so we selected this year’s theme. A better future begins with young people, and WIPO intends to ensure that IP is there to help them grow,” the organization stated.

The three winning videos were screened at an event at WIPO headquarters on April 26, commemorating World IP Day. The event, entitled “Innovating for Better Health: Supporting Young Innovators through IP,” brought together young innovators from different regions and explored the challenges they face and how innovation ecosystems need to evolve to enable them to thrive.

In 2000, WIPO’s member states designated April 26 - the day the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 - as World Intellectual Property Day to increase general understanding of intellectual property (IP). Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 193 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

Source: WIPO

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April 27, 2022

The Times Higher Education (THE) publishes its SDG Impact Rankings 2022; Lovely, Shoolini, and Chitkara lead in India.


Times Higher Education, Impact Rankings


London, April 27, 2022 — The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings are the global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). THE says it uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas:

The 2022 Impact Rankings is the fourth edition, and the overall ranking includes 1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions.

An Australian institution, Western Sydney University, leads the overall ranking.

In second place is the US’s Arizona State University, and third is Western University from Canada.

No one country dominates the top 10, with universities from the UK, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Japan also featuring.

The top institutions from an emerging economy are King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and Universiti Sains Malaysia, in joint fourth place.

According to THE, the Impact Rankings are inherently dynamic: they are overgrowing each year as many more universities seek to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the SDGs by joining the ‘THE’ database. These rankings allow institutions to show rapid improvement year on year by introducing clear new policies or providing more transparent and open evidence of their progress.

• Following universities from India appear in the top 300

(India Rank) — ‘THE’ Global Rank — University

Source: Times Higher Education

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April 21, 2022

Call for Nominations for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards

UNESCO,

UNESCO,

Paris, April 21, 2022 — UNESCO and the Fondation L’Oréal have invited scientists worldwide to nominate candidates for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) International Awards.

The 2023 edition of the FWIS International Awards will designate five outstanding scientific women researchers in Physical sciences, Mathematics, and Computer science. Each of the five Laureates will receive an award of €100,000 for her contribution to scientific research at a ceremony in Paris in March 2023.

Nominations must be submitted through the dedicated online platform by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Source: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards

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April 15, 2022

IMF Chief addresses the International Monetary Fund 2022 Spring Meetings Curtain Raiser


International Monetary Fund


Photo: Post Spring Meetings 2021, Head of Department Meetings Chief of Staff, Dominique Desruelle, looks on during the post-2021 Spring Meetings meeting with the department heads at the International Monetary Fund. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock. [File photo]


International Monetary Fund


Photo: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva meets with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at the International Monetary Fund on March 23, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.


International Monetary Fund


Photo: Supply Chain and Inflation. There are high gas prices at gas stations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. January 19, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.


International Monetary Fund


Washington, DC, April 15, 2022 — The IMF’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva raised the 2022 Spring Meetings curtain yesterday, April 14, in an event hosted by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The IMF MD stated that the world is facing a crisis on top of an emergency: First, the pandemic, and second, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Global growth prospects vary significantly across countries: from catastrophic economic losses in Ukraine to a severe contraction in Russia to countries facing spillovers from the war through commodity, trade, and financial channels, IMF said. IMF will release detailed forecasts in the World Economic Report next Tuesday.

“The outlook has deteriorated substantially, largely because of the war and its repercussions. In addition, inflation, financial tightening, and frequent, wide-ranging lockdowns in China causing new bottlenecks in global supply chains are also weighing on activity. As a result, we will be projecting a further downgrading global growth for 2022 and 2023. Fortunately for most countries, growth will remain in positive territory. That said, the impact of the war will contribute to forecast downgrades for 143 economies this year, accounting for 86 percent of global GDP,” said Georgieva.


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Photo: Consumer Price Inflation Chart. Source: IMF.


Emerging and developing economies face the added risk of potential spillovers from monetary tightening in advanced economies—higher borrowing costs and capital outflows.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered spillovers through three main channels. The first is commodity prices, wheat oil, gas, and metals. The second one is the pressure on inflation and the necessity for central banks to tighten up faster than they would otherwise with all the consequences for emerging markets. And the third one is the financial channels remittances and the impact on how the monetary system will look after the war. So when you look at this impact from a human standpoint, the most dramatic one is food prices. Why? Because that comes on top of already deepening food insecurity in many parts of the world. Remember, we had bad harvests in several countries, locusts in Africa, and the Horn of Africa that have already generated pressure. And now the war is heating on the world’s low-income families even more,” added Georgieva.

Georgieva concluded the event by stressing that the international community’s immediate priorities are to end the war in Ukraine, confront the pandemic, and tackle inflation and debt.

“2020 is the record highest borrowing year since World War II. Even the global financial crisis didn’t lead to such an expansion of borrowing in one year. Now, when we have a global debt level of 256% of global GDP, we have to think of its impact. Interest rates are low. In some cases, even negative, this is easy. In fact, in 2021, debt went up, but debt service in many countries went down. Why? Because of accommodative monetary policy. When inflation accelerated, I should say that part of the inflation pressure came from demand picking up after the pandemic. Still, supply chains are getting broken, and supply is not catching up with this demand. Price stability is essential for growth, so central banks have to take action. They have to act decisively. Interest payments go up when they do so, and servicing debt becomes much more difficult,” the IMF MD concluded.

The world’s financial leaders are set to meet in Washington, DC, next week for the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings.

Rising inflation, the economic impact of the war in Ukraine, and the lingering effects of the pandemic are front and center for policymakers.

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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April 14, 2022

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar delivered Remarks and participated in a Conversation at Howard University in Washington, D.C.


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Photo: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar deliver remarks and participate in a conversation with Howard University students, faculty, and leadership as part of the U.S.-India Higher Education Discussion in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2022 [State Department Photo by Ronny Przysucha].

Source: U.S. Department of State

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April 10, 2022

The Vice President of India underlines the Importance of Evidence-Based Policymaking for Responsive Governance.



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ISB,Vice President of India


Photos: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, during an interaction with the participants of the ”Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy” conducted by the Indian School of Business (ISB) in New Delhi.


New Delhi, April 10, 2022 — The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, has highlighted the importance of evidence-based policymaking to ensure that governance is responsive to the changes and disruptions around us. He also called for constant rethink and readjustment of policies and programs as per emerging needs and requirements.

The Vice President recently interacted with the participants of the Indian School of Business (ISB)’s Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy. He called for developing innovative business models to find solutions to everyday problems ordinary people face, such as solid waste management or monetization of crop waste to help farmers check air pollution.

Quoting the World Bank and IMF projections of the high growth rate of the Indian economy, the Vice President underlined that the country holds tremendous potential and opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors. “To bring about the desired change, it is important that the government and private sector work together and build a better and stronger India,” he said.

Talking about the rapid pace of urbanization in India, the Vice President said it presents its challenges and opportunities. “Our policymakers will have to ensure that urban citizens have access to affordable housing, education, and healthcare,” he added, urging all states and the private sector to make the cities vibrant and inclusive living spaces.

The Vice President called for bridging the urban, rural divide and said that ”we must make efforts to make people in rural areas feel included as part of the developmental journey of the country”.

Underlining that the ultimate goal of any policy, innovation, or institution is to make people’s lives happier and more comfortable, Shri Naidu called for increasing people’s participation in governance and policy formulation. In addition, the Vice President called for dynamism in policymaking and administration, emphasizing the importance of the ”delivery” component of public services.

He appreciated the Indian School of Business for conducting the course with a particular focus on Public Policy. The study titled - ”Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy” is meant to hone the managerial skills of the working professionals in the public and private sectors. The Vice President expressed hope that a mixed batch of private and public sector mid-career students will help in cross-learning from each other.

Professor Madan Pillutla, Dean, Indian School of Business, Mr. DNV Kumara Guru, Director - External Relations, Indian School of Business, senior officials, and ISB Public Policy program participants were present.

Source: The Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi

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April 8, 2022

Harvard Business School announces new Robert K. Kraft Family Fellowship Fund


— Fund to Enable HBS to Attract Students with Highest Potential for Leadership.



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BOSTON, April 7, 2022 — Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the establishment of the Robert K. Kraft Family Fellowship Fund, which will benefit promising young leaders with high potential but limited means to attend HBS. The fund is made possible through the generosity of HBS alumni Robert Kraft (MBA 1965), founder, chairman, and CEO of both the Kraft Group and the Kraft Family Foundation, and his son Jonathan (MBA 1990), president of the Kraft Group.

By creating the largest endowed fellowship fund of $24 million at the School, the Kraft family continues their longstanding commitment to and support of fellowship programs at HBS. The fund was first announced earlier today at an event held at the School, “Improving Opportunity through Increasing Access: A Real-Life Story and A Legacy of Educating Leaders—A Chat with Dean Datar & Robert K. Kraft.”

The Robert K. Kraft Family Fellowship Fund will make the transformational educational experience of HBS more accessible to talented students who, without financial aid, would be unable to attend the MBA program. It will specifically support students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who are first-generation college students or from other underrepresented student backgrounds. In recognition of the Krafts’ support, the School has named the Financial Aid Office and Director of MBA Financial Aid position in their family’s honor.

“Harvard Business School has a long and proud history of educating leaders who make a difference in the world, like Robert and Jonathan Kraft,” said Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow. “Through this extraordinary act of philanthropy, father and son ensure that more lives are transformed as theirs have been. The University is grateful for their generosity and the deep care with which they support the members of our community.”

“Being part of HBS changed my life, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to help others benefit from the transformational power of this experience,” said Robert Kraft. “Our family is proud of the extraordinary difference that our fellowship recipients make in the world.”

The Robert K. Kraft Family Fellowship Fund advances the School’s commitment to making the MBA program more affordable and accessible.

“As HBS strives to ensure that a business is a force for good in society, it is increasingly important to educate leaders who anticipate the impact of their decisions on employees, customers, and their communities,” noted HBS Dean Srikant Datar. “Having the voices of fellow students from various cultures, industries, and socioeconomic backgrounds in the classroom broadens everyone’s perspectives on the real-world challenges they will face as business leaders. We can only foster this environment through the generous support of fellowships by leaders like Robert and Jonathan Kraft.”

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, more than 70 open enrollment Executive Education programs, 55 custom programs, and HBX, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, HBS faculty have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe through their research, experience in working with organizations worldwide, and passion for teaching leaders who make a difference in the world.

Source: Harvard Business School

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April 7, 2022

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022


QS World University Rankings


LONDON, April 6, 2022 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds - the international higher education think-tank - released the twelfth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject: an independent comparative analysis of the performance of 15,200 individual university programs  taken by students at  1543 universities in  88 locations worldwide  across 51 academic disciplines. They are part of the annual QS World University Rankings portfolio.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

Number of Programs getting Top-10 Ranking

• Global Highlights

Ben Sowter, QS Research Director, said: “Observing performance trends across over 15,000 university departments enables us to see which factors influence success. First, an international outlook - both in terms of faculty body and research relationships - correlates strongly with improved performance. Second, rising universities received targeted investment from governments for over a decade. Third, strengthening relationships with industry correlates with better employment, research, and innovation outcomes.”

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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March 31, 2022

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


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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.


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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.


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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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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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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 the 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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— The Editor is a GPE/UNESCO/IIEP trained “Independent Appraiser” of Education Sector Plans. He has presented his relevant suggestions to the UGC.

GPE: Global Partnership for Education.
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
IIEP: International Institute for Educational Planning, Paris.



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