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April 1, 2021

Global University Leaders Commit to Joint Action on Reaching UN 2030 Sustainability Goals at an Online Event hosted by Zhejiang University in China.


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Photo: University presidents from 30 countries unite to announce action on climate change. March 30, 2021. Image provided by Zhejiang University.


HANGZHOU, China, March 31, 2021 — On March 30, 2021, university presidents from 30 countries united for the first time to announce action on climate change. They signed a Joint Statement of Global University Leaders 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UN officials witnessed the event.

That first global online forum for university leaders was hosted by Zhejiang University in China. Presidents from 56 universities across six continents committed to working together to meet sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The initiative includes five key aspects all signatories have agreed:

Among the top 50 universities on the QS World University Rankings, 80% have developed their university-level sustainability strategy, plans, or operational activities. According to Zhaohui Wu, President of Zhejiang University (ZJU), the forum’s purpose was to bring together leaders from some of the best universities to share these visions and best practices on SDGs and explore opportunities for potential cooperation in safeguarding a sustainable future.

With less than nine years to meet targets and the pandemic slowing progress, the forum allowed leaders to share essential expertise on how to scale up efforts to deliver on the 2030 Agenda. The event gave academics a platform to clearly outline their action plans for human-oriented, innovation-driven, and down-to-earth sustainable development.

UN officials, including Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary-General, and Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, joined the speakers’ panel. The speakers included Peter Salovey, President of Yale University; Pam Fredman, President of the International Association of Universities; and Eric Labaye, President of Ecole Polytechnique.

Speakers reinforced how universities can work together to harness technology’s power to expand access to quality education. They also discussed how they should draw on their academic ecosystem to support scientific collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines.

Universities that have signed the initiative include:



Zhejiang University (ZJU) is an elite university located in Hangzhou, China. Founded in 1897, Zhejiang University is one of China’s oldest and prestigious institutions of higher education.

Source: Zhejiang University

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March 31, 2021

US News & World Report Announces 2022 Best Graduate Schools

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Stanford University

Photo: Knight Management Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.


WASHINGTON, March 30, 2021 — US News & World Report has published the 2022 Best Graduate Schools. The rankings evaluate programs across several disciplines - including business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing - for students interested in furthering their education beyond college.

US News added several standalone medical school rankings, using data from the Robert Graham Center, a division of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

These rankings display data on alumni’s various practice areas - specifically, the percentage of graduates practicing in primary care specialties, rural areas, and medically underserved areas.

US News has added two new student debt indicators to the overall Best Law Schools methodology: The average law school debt incurred by law school graduates and the percentage of law graduates who incurred debt.

“Trying to decide where to go to grad school can be overwhelming under normal circumstances, let alone during a pandemic,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at US News. “Along with our articles featuring expert advice on the admissions process, the Best Graduate Schools rankings provide helpful data to make that search more manageable for prospective students.”

Best Business Schools: Full-Time MBA

Stanford University is the No. 1 full-time MBA program, followed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School at No. 2. The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business rounds out the top three.

Best Law Schools

The top school among Best Law Schools is Yale University. Stanford and Harvard University come in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Best Medical Schools: Research

Harvard maintains the top spot among Best Medical Schools: Research, while New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine moves up to No. 2 this year. Duke University also moves up in the rankings to No. 3.

The University of Pennsylvania moves up to join Harvard in a tie for the top spot among education programs. MIT maintains its place as No. 1 in engineering, while Johns Hopkins is No. 1 among nursing master’s programs.

Alongside the six most prominent disciplines, US News has updated other graduate program rankings this year. These include criminology, economics, English, history, library and information studies, political science, public affairs, public health, and sociology.

2022 Best Graduate Schools Rankings

• Best 100 Business Schools: Full-Time MBA

  1. Stanford University — Stanford, CA
  2. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) — Philadelphia, PA
  3. University of Chicago (Booth) — Chicago, IL
  4. Northwestern University (Kellogg) — Evanston, IL
  5. Harvard University — Boston, MA
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) — Cambridge, MA
  7. Columbia University — New York, NY
  8. University of California, Berkeley (Haas) — Berkeley, CA
  9. Yale University — New Haven, CT
  10. Dartmouth College (Tuck) — Hanover, NH
  11. New York University (Stern) — New York, NY
  12. Duke University (Fuqua) — Durham, NC
  13. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ross) — Ann Arbor, MI
  14. University of Virginia (Darden) — Charlottesville, VA
  15. Cornell University (Johnson) — Ithaca, NY
  16. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) — Pittsburgh, PA
  17. University of Southern California (Marshall) — Los Angeles, CA
  18. University of California—Los Angeles (Anderson) — Los Angeles, CA
  19. University of Texas—Austin (McCombs) — Austin, TX
  20. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) — Chapel Hill, NC
  21. Georgetown University (McDonough) — Washington, DC
  22. University of Washington (Foster) — Seattle, WA
  23. Indiana University (Kelley) — Bloomington, IN
  24. Vanderbilt University (Owen) — Nashville, TN
  25. Rice University (Jones) — Houston, TX
  26. Emory University (Goizueta) — Atlanta, GA
  27. University of Florida (Warrington) — Gainesville, FL
  28. Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) — Atlanta, GA
  29. University of Minnesota—Twin Cities (Carlson) — Minneapolis, MN
  30. Arizona State University (W.P. Carey) — Tempe, AZ
  31. Brigham Young University (Marriott) — Provo, UT
  32. University of Texas—Dallas — Richardson, TX
  33. Ohio State University (Fisher) — Columbus, OH
  34. Pennsylvania State University, University Park (Smeal) — University Park, PA
  35. University of Rochester (Simon) — Rochester, NY
  36. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) — Notre Dame, IN
  37. Washington University in St. Louis (Olin) — St. Louis, MO
  38. Texas A&M University, College Station (Mays) — College Station, TX
  39. Michigan State University (Broad) — East Lansing, MI
  40. University of Georgia (Terry) — Athens, GA
  41. University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Haslam) — Knoxville, TN
  42. University of Maryland, College Park (Smith) — College Park, MD
  43. University of Wisconsin, Madison — Madison, WI
  44. Boston College (Carroll) — Chestnut Hill, MA
  45. Purdue University, West Lafayette (Krannert) — West Lafayette, IN
  46. Rutgers University—Newark and New Brunswick — Newark, NJ
  47. Southern Methodist University (Cox) — Dallas, TX
  48. University of Alabama (Manderson) — Tuscaloosa, AL
  49. University of Utah (Eccles) — Salt Lake City, UT
  50. Boston University (Questrom) — Boston, MA
  51. Iowa State University (Ivy) — Ames, IA
  52. University of Pittsburgh (Katz) — Pittsburgh, PA
  53. George Washington University — Washington, DC
  54. University of California, Davis — Davis, CA
  55. Northeastern University (School of Business) — Boston, MA
  56. University of South Carolina (Moore) — Columbia, SC
  57. Texas Christian University (Neeley) — Fort Worth, TX
  58. University of California—Irvine (Merage) — Irvine, CA
  59. University of Massachusetts—Amherst (Isenberg) — Amherst, MA
  60. Baylor University (Hankamer) — Waco, TX
  61. University of Connecticut — Hartford, CT
  62. University of Miami — Coral Gables, FL
  63. Babson College (Olin) — Babson Park, MA
  64. Fordham University (Gabelli) — New York, NY
  65. Howard University — Washington, DC
  66. North Carolina State University (Poole) — Raleigh, NC
  67. University of Arizona (Eller) — Tucson, AZ
  68. Louisiana State University—Baton Rouge (Ourso) — Baton Rouge, LA
  69. Pepperdine University (Graziadio) — Malibu, CA
  70. Stevens Institute of Technology — Hoboken, NJ
  71. William & Mary — Williamsburg, VA
  72. Saint Louis University (Chaifetz) — St. Louis, MO
  73. University of Kansas — Lawrence, KS
  74. Auburn University (Harbert) — Auburn, AL
  75. Clemson University — Greenville, SC
  76. University of Colorado, Boulder (Leeds) — Boulder, CO
  77. Chapman University (Argyros) — Orange, CA
  78. CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin) — New York, NY
  79. University at Buffalo—SUNY — Buffalo, NY
  80. University of Denver (Daniels) — Denver, CO
  81. Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead) — Cleveland, OH
  82. University of Oklahoma (Price) — Oklahoma City, OK
  83. University of Kentucky (Gatton) — Lexington, KY
  84. Binghamton University—SUNY — Binghamton, NY
  85. Syracuse University (Whitman) — Syracuse, NY
  86. Temple University (Fox) — Philadelphia, PA
  87. American University (Kogod) — Washington, DC
  88. University of California—San Diego (Rady) — La Jolla, CA
  89. University of San Francisco — San Francisco, CA
  90. Rochester Institute of Technology (Saunders) — Rochester, NY
  91. University of Mississippi — University, MS
  92. Mississippi State University — Mississippi State, MS
  93. Tulane University (Freeman) — New Orleans, LA
  94. University of Oregon (Lundquist) — Eugene, OR
  95. University of San Diego — San Diego, CA
  96. North Carolina A&T State University — Greensboro, NC
  97. Belmont University (Massey) — Nashville, TN
  98. Drexel University (LeBow) — Philadelphia, PA
  99. University of Houston (Bauer) — Houston, TX
  100. University of Colorado, Denver — Denver, CO


• Best 100 Law Schools

  1. Yale University — New Haven, CT
  2. Stanford University — Stanford, CA
  3. Harvard University — Cambridge, MA
  4. Columbia University — New York, NY
  5. University of Chicago — Chicago, IL
  6. New York University — New York, NY
  7. University of Pennsylvania (Carey) — Philadelphia, PA
  8. University of Virginia — Charlottesville, VA
  9. University of California—Berkeley — Berkeley, CA
  10. Duke University — Durham, NC
  11. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor, MI
  12. Northwestern University (Pritzker) — Chicago, IL
  13. Cornell University — Ithaca, NY
  14. University of California Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA
  15. Georgetown University — Washington, DC
  16. University of Texas, Austin — Austin, TX
  17. Vanderbilt University — Nashville, TN
  18. Washington University in St. Louis — St. Louis, MO
  19. University of Southern California (Gould) — Los Angeles, CA
  20. Boston University — Boston, MA
  21. University of Florida (Levin) — Gainesville, FL
  22. University of Minnesota — Minneapolis, MN
  23. University of Notre Dame — Notre Dame, IN
  24. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill — Chapel Hill, NC
  25. Arizona State University (O’Connor) — Phoenix, AZ
  26. University of Alabama — Tuscaloosa, AL
  27. George Washington University — Washington, DC
  28. University of Georgia — Athens, GA
  29. Boston College — Newton, MA
  30. Brigham Young University (Clark) — Provo, UT
  31. Emory University — Atlanta, GA
  32. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign — Champaign, IL
  33. University of Iowa — Iowa City, IA
  34. University of Wisconsin, Madison — Madison, WI
  35. Fordham University — New York, NY
  36. University of California, Davis — Davis, CA
  37. University of California, Irvine — Irvine, CA
  38. Washington and Lee University — Lexington, VA
  39. William & Mary Law School — Williamsburg, VA
  40. Ohio State University (Moritz) — Columbus, OH
  41. George Mason University — Arlington, VA
  42. Wake Forest University — Winston-Salem, NC
  43. Indiana University, Bloomington (Maurer) — Bloomington, IN
  44. University of Utah (Quinney) — Salt Lake City, UT
  45. University of Washington — Seattle, WA
  46. Pepperdine University Caruso — Malibu, CA
  47. University of Arizona (Rogers) — Tucson, AZ
  48. Florida State University — Tallahassee, FL
  49. University of Colorado, Boulder — Boulder, CO
  50. University of California (Hastings) — San Francisco, CA
  51. University of Maryland (Carey) — Baltimore, MD
  52. Southern Methodist University (Dedman) — Dallas, TX
  53. Temple University (Beasley) — Philadelphia, PA
  54. Texas A&M University — Fort Worth, TX
  55. University of Richmond — Richmond, VA
  56. Villanova University — Villanova, PA
  57. Yeshiva University (Cardozo) — New York, NY
  58. Baylor University — Waco, TX
  59. University of Connecticut — Hartford, CT
  60. Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law — Carlisle, PA
  61. Pennsylvania State University—University Park — University Park, PA
  62. Tulane University — New Orleans, LA
  63. University of Houston — Houston, TX
  64. University of Missouri — Columbia, MO
  65. University of Nevada, Las Vegas — Las Vegas, NV
  66. University of Tennessee, Knoxville — Knoxville, TN
  67. Northeastern University — Boston, MA
  68. University of Oklahoma — Norman, OK
  69. University of Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh, PA
  70. Seton Hall University — Newark, NJ
  71. University of Kansas — Lawrence, KS
  72. Case Western Reserve University — Cleveland, OH
  73. Loyola Marymount University — Los Angeles, CA
  74. St. John’s University — Jamaica, NY
  75. University of Miami — Coral Gables, FL
  76. University of Oregon — Eugene, OR
  77. Wayne State University — Detroit, MI
  78. Georgia State University — Atlanta, GA
  79. Loyola University Chicago — Chicago, IL
  80. University of Denver (Sturm) — Denver, CO
  81. American University (Washington) — Washington, DC
  82. Brooklyn Law School — Brooklyn, NY
  83. Drexel University (Kline) — Philadelphia, PA
  84. University of Cincinnati — Cincinnati, OH
  85. University of Kentucky — Lexington, KY
  86. University of San Diego — San Diego, CA
  87. University of Nebraska, Lincoln — Lincoln, NE
  88. Florida International University — Miami, FL
  89. Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern) — Portland, OR
  90. University of New Hampshire — Concord, NH
  91. Howard University — Washington, DC
  92. Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent) — Chicago, IL
  93. Michigan State University — East Lansing, MI
  94. Rutgers University — Newark and Camden, NJ
  95. Saint Louis University — St. Louis, MO
  96. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville — Fayetteville, AR
  97. University of South Carolina — Columbia, SC
  98. University at Buffalo, SUNY — Buffalo, NY
  99. University of Hawaii, Manoa (Richardson) — Honolulu, HI
  100. University of Louisville (Brandeis) — Louisville, KY
  101. University of Mississippi — University, MS
  102. CUNY School of Law — Long Island City, NY

• Best 5 Medical Schools: Research

  1. Harvard University (MA)
  2. New York University (Grossman)
  3. Duke University (NC)
  4. Columbia University (NY)
  5. Stanford University (CA)

Source: US News & World Report

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March 30, 2021

College Consensus Publishes Aggregate Consensus Ranking of the 100 Best Value U.S. Colleges & Universities for 2021.


College Consensus


Eastern Illinois University

Photo: The gate in front of Old Main Building, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. Image credit: Travis Stansel / Illinois Public Media.



HILLSBOROUGH, N.C., March 30, 2021 — College Consensus, a unique college rating website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, has published its ranking of the Best Value U.S. Colleges and Universities for 2021.

“Student debt represents the second-largest consumer debt class in the U.S. today. It’s no surprise that many prospective college students are looking to avoid a lifetime of debt without compromising education quality. We have ranked the Best Value Colleges and Universities for 2021 to guide students looking for quality and affordability,” College Consensus said.

“When it comes to college, affordability isn’t cheap. Keeping costs down, and student loan debt low is every student’s worry,” the ranking agency remarked.

“In the age of rapidly rising tuition, college costs have risen far faster than the inflation rate in the 21st century and even faster than financial aid. Affordability is no joke. With our 2021 Consensus Ranking of the 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities, College Consensus is lighting up the way to a college education students can afford,” the publisher elaborated.

• Top 50 Schools in the Best Value U.S. Colleges and Universities ranking for 2021

  1. Brigham Young University-Provo — Provo, UT
  2. North Dakota State University-Main Campus — Fargo, ND
  3. Eastern Illinois University — Charleston, IL
  4. CUNY City College — New York, NY
  5. Truman State University — Kirksville, MO
  6. CUNY Hunter College — New York, NY
  7. CUNY Lehman College — Bronx, NY
  8. CUNY Brooklyn College — Brooklyn, NY
  9. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College — New York, NY
  10. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice — New York, NY
  11. CUNY Queens College — Queens, NY
  12. University of Minnesota-Morris — Morris, MN
  13. Winona State University — Winona, MN
  14. University of North Dakota — Grand Forks, ND
  15. Fitchburg State University — Fitchburg, MA
  16. Westfield State University — Westfield, MA
  17. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point — Stevens Point, WI
  18. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire — Eau Claire, WI
  19. University of South Florida-Main Campus — Tampa, FL
  20. University of Wisconsin-Stout — Menomonie, WI
  21. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University — Tallahassee, FL
  22. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse — La Crosse, WI
  23. University of Wyoming — Laramie, WY
  24. Birmingham-Southern College — Birmingham, AL
  25. The State University of New York at New Paltz — New Paltz, NY
  26. SUNY Polytechnic Institute — Utica, NY
  27. SUNY Maritime College — Throggs Neck, NY
  28. Farmingdale State College — Farmingdale, NY
  29. California State University-Fresno — Fresno, CA
  30. SUNY College at Brockport — Brockport, NY
  31. SUNY College at Oswego — Oswego, NY
  32. California State University-Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA
  33. SUNY Oneonta — Oneonta, NY
  34. California State University-Channel Islands — Camarillo, CA
  35. California State University-Long Beach — Long Beach, CA
  36. SUNY Cortland — Cortland, NY
  37. California State University-San Bernardino — San Bernardino, CA
  38. SUNY College at Plattsburgh — Plattsburgh, NY
  39. Florida State University — Tallahassee, FL
  40. California State University-Fullerton — Fullerton, CA
  41. California State University-Dominguez Hills — Carson, CA
  42. SUNY at Purchase College — Purchase, NY
  43. SUNY College at Geneseo — Geneseo, NY
  44. California State University-Northridge — Northridge, CA
  45. California State University-East Bay — Hayward, CA
  46. University of Minnesota-Duluth — Duluth, MN
  47. Florida International University — Miami, FL
  48. California State University Maritime Academy — Vallejo, CA
  49. California State University-Monterey Bay — Seaside, CA
  50. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry — Syracuse, NY

Source: College Consensus

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March 25, 2021

UNESCO extends full support to its new National Education Policy as India starts expanding Research-oriented Higher Education towards building a Knowledge-based Economy


Unesco, India

Unesco, India

Photos: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. March 25, 2021. Director-General of UNESCO Ms. Audrey Azoulay talks with Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank,’ Minister of Education of India, through a video conference. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Fabrice GENTILE.


• New Delhi / Paris, March 25, 2021 —India’s Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, held a virtual meeting with Director-General UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, today. They discussed critical issues of mutual importance, including National Education Policy and India’s response to the COVID Pandemic.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that the Ministry of Education Government of India has ensured that education reaches even the last child in the country’s remotest part.

The Minister also mentioned that competitive entrance exams for almost 2.3 million students, the most extensive entrance examinations in the world, were conducted successfully and safely during the covid pandemic.

Minister emphasized that the Government of India National Education Policy 2020 aims to transform the educational ecosystem for over 340 million students of the country. It is based on the foundations of Equality, Equity, Access, Affordability, and Accountability. It seeks to fulfill the vision of making India a ‘global superpower of knowledge’ and the ‘mission to create a ‘global citizen.’

Director-General of UNESCO Ms. Audrey Azoulay appreciated the response of the Indian Government in mitigating the challenges of covid and ensuring continuity of education during the covid pandemic by providing education to the students through different mediums of TV, Radio, and online to the last student of the country. She remarked that India’s response to covid was remarkable in terms of scale and diversity. She requested the Union Minister share the experiences and best practices relating to India’s education sector with UNESCO member states. She congratulated the Minister for bringing out the New Education policy, which is visionary and capable of transforming the education sector. On behalf of UNSECO, she extended full support in its implementation.


• New Delhi, March 23, 2021 — India’s Education Ministry said today that the National Education Policy 2020 envisions an education system rooted in Indian ethos that contributes directly to sustainably transforming India into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society.

India’s Minister for Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, gave this information through a statement in the Indian Parliament.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India.

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March 19, 2021

University Grants Commission (UGC) India recognizes Cost Accountant Qualification equivalent to Post Graduate Degree.


• Candidates who have qualified for the Chartered Accountant (CA), Company Secretary (CS), or Cost and Works Accountant (ICWA) exams will now be treated equivalent to postgraduate degree holders, according to the University Grants Commission (UGC).

• UGC made this decision on the behest of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India to help CA, CS, and ICWA qualification holders improve their mobility.


UGC, ICWA


New Delhi, March 19, 2021 — To increase their academic mobility, the University Grants Commission has concluded that those qualifying the Chartered Accountant (CA), Company Secretary (CS), or Cost and Works Accountant (ICWA) exams are equivalent to postgraduate degree holders.

UGC said that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India had requested it to consider the qualifications they award (CA, CS, and ICWA) as equivalent to post-graduation degrees.

To consider this, the UGC constituted an expert committee. The commission accepted the expert committee’s recommendation and resolved that CA, CS, and ICWA qualifications be considered equivalent to PG degrees, the UGC said in its official order.

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) said this decision would offer more scope to its professionals worldwide. “This recognition will leverage the company secretary profession across the globe, allowing the members of the institute to pursue Ph.D. in Commerce and Allied Disciplines,” the Institute said in a release.

Nagendra D Rao, President of ICSI, said, “This recognition will open up another world of opportunities for company secretaries. Such recognitions reaffirm the fact that with the increasing focus on good governance, the demand for Company Secretaries, as skilled professionals, is both ubiquitous and inevitable.”

Nihar N Jambusaria, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), said that this equivalence to Post Graduate Degree would open up the International market for various job avenues for ICAI qualification holders. It would aid those seeking professional opportunities abroad.”

Biswarup Basu, President of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, remarked that this recognition would facilitate widespread international acceptance of its Cost & Management Accounting qualification.

In their presentations to the UGC, the Chartered Accountants (CA) and the Company Secretaries (CS) bodies had argued that students who have cleared CA and CS exams have already attained a high level of education. At the same time, the Cost Accountants body had emphasized that compared to M.Com and MBA, ICWA students’ curriculum is much more elaborate.

The Institute of Cost Accountants of India, established in 1944, was set up under an Act of Parliament in 1959 by India’s Government as a statutory professional body to impart education and training in Cost and Management Accountancy. The Institute is the 2nd most significant Cost & Management Accounting body globally. It is a founder member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).

Sources: UGC, Institute of Cost Accountants of India, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

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March 12, 2021

CUNY SPH to be honored with ASPPH Award for Outstanding Community Service


Cuny SPH


Cuny York College

Photo: Hospital Corpsmen providing vaccinations to New York City civilians as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces the opening of State-FEMA mass vaccination site at York College / CUNY in Queens, New York. February 24, 2021. (Photo Don Pollard // Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo). Image provided by Navy Medicine.


NEW YORK, March 12, 2021 — At its 2021 Annual Meeting this month, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will present the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) with the Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service.

The ASPPH Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service acknowledges Dr. Spencer, who had a long-standing commitment to social justice principles focusing on community engagement. This annual award is given to an ASPPH-member and accredited school or public health program that demonstrates a significant institutional commitment to addressing community needs through education, practice, and research.

CUNY SPH said that community engagement is integral to its vision of promoting health and social justice in New York City and across the globe through innovation and excellence in education, research, and service in public health. “We embrace a multifaceted concept of ‘community’ that includes half a million CUNY students at its center, exceeding a million when including the students’ families and close social circle. The school engages with its immediate neighborhood in Harlem, broader New York City public health community, government agencies, health care institutions, and academia,” the institution elaborated.

“We are delighted and humbled by the news of this award,” said CUNY SPH Dean Ayman El-Mohandes. “We look forward to continuing our work to partner with our community in New York City and beyond, to advance social justice, and to improve health outcomes for all.”

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (commonly known as the CUNY School of Public Health, or CUNY SPH) is a public research and professional college within the City University of New York (CUNY) system of colleges.

Source: CUNY SPH

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March 8, 2021

UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education invites Nominations.


International Women's Day, UNESCO

Photo: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the OECD Convention. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX. [File Photo]


International Women's Day, UNESCO

Photo: Scenes from the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2020, held in the UN General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York on 6 March 2020. Image provided by & copyright © UN Women/Ryan Brown. [File Photo]


Paris, France, March 8, 2021 — On International Women’s Day, UNESCO launched the call for nominations for the 2021 UNESCO Award for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Prize awards US$ 50,000 annually to two laureates making outstanding efforts in favor of girls’ and women’s education.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in a context where girls and women have been disproportionately impacted by nationwide school closures, ensuring that girls and women continue learning must be a priority. UNESCO estimates that over 11 million girls and young women may not return to school following the pandemic’s impact. About 128 million girls were already out of school before the pandemic, UNESCO said.

The Prize is more significant in these challenging times than ever before. Highlighting innovations that can help us foster an equal future is key to responding to global challenges around girls’ and women’s education, UNESCO added.


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Source: UNESCO

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March 7, 2021

Harvard Business School Announces Spring 2021 Cohort of Executive Fellows.


The program engages practitioners to enhance teaching and learning.


Harvard Business School


BOSTON, March 6, 2021 — Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the spring cohort of Executive Fellows for the 2020-21 academic year. The Executive Fellows Program leverages the expertise of outstanding practitioners, including alumni. They all partner with an HBS faculty member to bring their business experience into the MBA program and the School.

The fellows contribute to the School by working with faculty and MBA students on curricular and co-curricular activities, including co-teaching course sessions in the elective curriculum, offering career counseling and development coaching, co-leading Short Intensive Programs, and delivering workshop sessions. They also collaborate with faculty on HBS Online and Executive Education and case development and other research projects. Fellow appointments range from a few months to one year.

“Our inaugural cohort of Executive Fellows provided tremendous insights to our students and shared learnings gained through years of extensive business practice,” says Len Schlesinger, chair of the Executive Fellows Program. “This cohort is equally as impressive and committed to contributing to the HBS community and the School’s mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world.”

The Spring 2021 cohort of Executive Fellows includes:

Rob Biederman (MBA 2014)

Gerald Chertavian (MBA 1992)

Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui (MBA 1995)

Daniel Kahn and Leo Tsao

Vladimir Jacimovic (MBA 1992)

Dr. Rana el Kaliouby

Source: Harvard Business School

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March 5, 2021

Latest global university rankings: MIT & Harvard share the top spot, Russia and China record best-ever performances.

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings, Toronto University

Photo: The University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

LONDON, March 4, 2021— QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education think-tank, today released the eleventh edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. It is an extensive independent comparative analysis on the performance of 13,883 individual university programs taken by students at 1440 universities in 85 locations across the world, across 51 academic disciplines. They are part of the annual QS World University Rankings portfolio.

• Global Highlights

Jack Moran, the QS Spokesperson, said: “Observing performance trends across nearly 14,000 university departments enables us to draw some conclusions about the commonalities between nations that are improving and nations that are not. Three factors stand out. First, both in terms of faculty body and research relationships, an international outlook correlates strongly with improved performance. Second, rising universities have received strong targeted investment from governments over a decade or more - particularly in China, Russia, and Singapore. Third, improving relationships with industry is correlated with better employment, research, and innovation outcomes.”

Sources: QS Quacquarelli Symonds; Ministry of Education, India.

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February 23, 2021

AcademicInfluence.com Announces the Top-Ranked Public Graduate Schools in the U.S. for 2021.


University Rankings


Virginia, University Rankings

Photo: Lawn at the University of Virginia. Charlottesville, Virginia. Image Credit: Smilla.


FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 23, 2021 — Job candidates today find that elite companies expect more of their hires, often requiring a master’s degree just to get considered for a job. Career-minded people who want to stay competitive for the most desirable jobs — and for whom cost and proximity are critical considerations — are increasingly looking to public colleges or universities for their graduate degrees.

But which public graduate schools are best? AcademicInfluence.com has ranked the 50 best public graduate schools in the USA.

It has identified 302 public colleges and universities that meet its criteria. To be included in this list of best graduate schools, a university needs to satisfy the following four conditions:

• 100 Best (Influential) Public Grad Schools of 2021

  1. University of California, Berkeley — Berkeley, CA
  2. The University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, MI
  3. University of California, Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA
  4. University of California, San Diego — La Jolla, CA
  5. University of Washington — Seattle, WA
  6. The University of Texas at Austin — Austin, TX
  7. University of Wisconsin-Madison — Madison, WI
  8. University of Minnesota — Minneapolis, MN
  9. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Champaign, IL
  10. University of Virginia — Charlottesville, VA
  11. Purdue University — West Lafayette, IN
  12. University of Maryland — College Park, MD
  13. University of Arizona — Tucson, AZ
  14. University of Iowa — Iowa City, IA
  15. University of California, Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara, CA
  16. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Chapel Hill, NC
  17. University of California, Davis — Davis, CA
  18. University of Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh, PA
  19. The University of Utah — Salt Lake City, UT
  20. Pennsylvania State University — University Park, PA
  21. Michigan State University — East Lansing, MI
  22. Arizona State University — Tempe, AZ
  23. University of California, Irvine — Irvine, CA
  24. University of Florida — Gainesville, FL
  25. University of California, Santa Cruz — Santa Cruz, CA
  26. University of Massachusetts Amherst — Amherst, MA
  27. Stony Brook University — Stony Brook, NY
  28. George Mason University — Fairfax, VA
  29. Ohio State University — Columbus, OH
  30. The State University of New York at Buffalo — Buffalo, NY
  31. University of Colorado Boulder — Boulder, CO
  32. Florida State University — Tallahassee, FL
  33. University of Oregon — Eugene, OR
  34. Georgia Institute of Technology — Atlanta, GA
  35. University of Missouri — Columbia, MO
  36. University of Georgia — Athens, GA
  37. Virginia Tech — Blacksburg, VA
  38. Texas A&M University — College Station, TX
  39. North Carolina State University — Raleigh, NC
  40. The City College, The City University of New York (CUNY) — New York, NY
  41. University of Tennessee, Knoxville — Knoxville, TN
  42. Temple University — Philadelphia, PA
  43. Indiana University Bloomington — Bloomington, IN
  44. University of California, Riverside — Riverside, CA
  45. University of Houston — Houston, TX
  46. The University of Illinois at Chicago — Chicago, IL
  47. University of New Mexico — Albuquerque, NM
  48. University of Kansas — Lawrence, KS
  49. University of Oklahoma — Norman, OK
  50. University of Connecticut — Storrs, CT
  51. Hunter College, The City University of New York (CUNY) — New York, NY
  52. Iowa State University — Ames, IA
  53. University of Cincinnati — Cincinnati, OH
  54. San Francisco State University — San Francisco, CA
  55. University of Alabama — Tuscaloosa, AL
  56. Wayne State University — Detroit, MI
  57. The University of South Florida — Tampa, FL
  58. Louisiana State University — Baton Rouge, LA
  59. Binghamton University — Vestal, NY
  60. William & Mary — Williamsburg, VA
  61. Oregon State University — Corvallis, OR
  62. University of Colorado Denver — Denver, CO
  63. University of Delaware — Newark, DE
  64. University of Kentucky — Lexington, KY
  65. University of Massachusetts Boston — Boston, MA
  66. Florida International University — Miami, FL
  67. University of Central Florida — Orlando, FL
  68. Auburn University — Auburn, AL
  69. University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Lincoln, NE
  70. San Diego State University — San Diego, CA
  71. Colorado State University, — Fort Collins, CO
  72. Washington State University — Pullman, WA
  73. Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) — New York, NY
  74. University of Nevada, Las Vegas — Las Vegas, NV
  75. University of South Carolina — Columbia, SC
  76. University of Vermont — Burlington, VT
  77. The University of Texas at Dallas — Richardson, TX
  78. Utah State University — Logan, UT
  79. Virginia Commonwealth University — Richmond, VA
  80. University of Mississippi — University, MS
  81. Texas Tech University — Lubbock, TX
  82. Georgia State University — Atlanta, GA
  83. Ohio University — Athens, OH
  84. West Virginia University — Morgantown, WV
  85. University of Montana — Missoula, MT
  86. University of Maine — Orono, ME
  87. California State University, Long Beach — Long Beach, CA
  88. University of Rhode Island — Kingston, RI
  89. Kansas State University — Manhattan, KS
  90. The State University of New York at Albany — Albany, NY
  91. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee — Milwaukee, WI
  92. Florida Atlantic University — Boca Raton, FL
  93. Miami University, — Oxford, OH
  94. University of New Hampshire — Durham, NH
  95. Naval Postgraduate School — Monterey, CA
  96. Illinois State University — Normal, IL
  97. Portland State University — Portland, OR
  98. California State University, Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA
  99. University of North Texas — Denton, TX
  100. New Jersey Institute of Technology — Newark, NJ

“Many students and working adults are seeking advanced degree programs that balance excellence with affordability. Often, a public grad school is the wisest choice,” says Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of AcademicInfluence.com and professor of physics at Wake Forest University.

While some graduate programs offer tuition remission and stipends to students, many do not, especially in business, law, and medicine. Public universities still retain an advantage over private universities when the cost is an issue.

“But don’t let financial factors obscure the true value of a public grad school degree; alumni and faculty at the top-ranked public grad schools have had a major influence in a diverse spectrum of fields,” adds Macosko. “Students attending these schools receive a superior education and earn the credentials to make their impact on the world.”

Source: AcademicInfluence.com

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February 21, 2021

AcademicInfluence.com Releases Rankings of the Top Private Colleges & Universities in the U.S. for 2021


University Rankings


University Rankings, Caltech

Photo: California Institute of Technology Campus. Pasadena, CA. Image Credit: Michael Adams.



FORT WORTH, Texas, February 20, 2021 — Prospective college students face a tough decision: choose to attend a private college or a public one. The advantages of private colleges and universities include smaller student-to-teacher ratios, student-centered communities, and more intimate settings. But which private college to pick?

To address the needs of the more than 400,000 incoming private college students each fall, AcademicInfluence.com releases its ranking of the leading American private higher education institutions:

“Our ranking of private colleges and universities not only includes some of the most desirable schools in the country, but it also accounts for their influence worldwide,” says Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of AcademicInfluence.com and professor of physics at Wake Forest University. “The schools featured in our ranking system stand out due to their influential faculty and alumni, and for their many unmatched accomplishments in academics.”

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost at private universities is nearly $43,000, compared to $20,000 at four-year public universities. However, about one in five students chooses a private, non-profit higher education over the public option.

“Many students prefer the smaller communities and specialized studies that private schools offer compared to their larger public counterparts, and they are willing to pay for that privilege,” adds Macosko.

Private colleges are independent, non-profit schools that receive their funding through endowment income and student tuition fees rather than public tax dollars. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of private vs. public college, consider that private colleges are often smaller, offering more individualized experiences, including opportunities for dynamic classroom discussions, independent research, and one-on-one relationships with your instructors.

AcademicInfluence.com said it had identified 755 private universities in the United States. This list is composed entirely of private universities and colleges that offer four-year undergraduate degrees. To be included in that list of the best private colleges and universities, a school needs to satisfy the following three conditions:

• 50 Best Private Colleges and Universities of 2021

  1. California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA
  2. Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
  4. Stanford University - Stanford, CA
  5. University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
  6. Princeton University - Princeton, NJ
  7. Columbia University - New York, NY
  8. Yale University - New Haven, CT
  9. Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD
  10. Duke University - Durham, NC
  11. Swarthmore College - Swarthmore, PA
  12. Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  13. Amherst College - Amherst, MA
  14. Rice University - Houston, TX
  15. Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA
  16. Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
  17. Sarah Lawrence College - Bronxville, NY
  18. Reed College - Portland, OR
  19. University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
  20. Brown University - Providence, RI
  21. Barnard College - New York, NY
  22. Brandeis University - Waltham, MA
  23. Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT
  24. Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY
  25. Hampshire College - Amherst, MA
  26. Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH
  27. Georgetown University - Washington, DC
  28. Tufts University - Medford, MA
  29. Wellesley College - Wellesley, MA
  30. Williams College - Williamstown, MA
  31. Cooper Union - New York, NY
  32. Pomona College - Claremont, CA
  33. Oberlin College - Oberlin, OH
  34. Bryn Mawr College - Bryn Mawr, PA
  35. Yeshiva University - New York, NY
  36. New York University - New York, NY
  37. Bard College - Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
  38. Haverford College - Haverford, PA
  39. Washington University in St. Louis - Saint Louis, MO
  40. Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN
  41. George Washington University - Washington, DC
  42. The New School - New York, NY
  43. Claremont McKenna College - Claremont, CA
  44. Emory University - Atlanta, GA
  45. The Catholic University of America - Washington, DC
  46. University of Rochester - Rochester, NY
  47. Morehouse College- Atlanta, GA
  48. Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH
  49. Kenyon College - Gambier, OH
  50. University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

How does AcademicInfluence.com determine the best private colleges & universities?

“The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. It is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call Concentrated Influence. Concentrated influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.”

“Using concentrated influence allows small and mid-sized schools to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size,” AcademicInfluence.com explained.

Suppose you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree. In that case, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

“Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes,” AcademicInfluence.com elaborated.

Source: AcademicInfluence.com

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February 19, 2021

Touchdown! NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on the Red Planet


NASA, Mars Rover

Photo: This high-resolution still image is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. A camera aboard the descent stage captured this shot. A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken gravel and dust). (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech).


NASA, Mars

Photo: The Empire State Building is illuminated in red to celebrate this Thursday’s scheduled landing on Mars of NASA’s Perseverance rover, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in New York City. A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. Photo Credit: (NASA/Emma Howells).


NASA, Mars

Photo: NASA Mars Perseverance Live at One Times Square. The live NASA TV broadcast from inside the Mission Support Area of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is seen on the One Times Square video board as NASA’s Perseverance rover completes its descent towards the surface of Mars, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in New York City. A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. Photo Credit: (NASA/Emma Howells).


NASA, Mars

Photo: Members of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover team watch in mission control as the first images arrive moments after the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls).



WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2021 — The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST).

The Mars 2020 mission launched July 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The Perseverance rover mission marks an ambitious first step to collect Mars samples and return them to Earth.

“This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the United States, and space exploration globally - when we know we are on the cusp of discovery and sharpening our pencils, so to speak, to rewrite the textbooks,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. “The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission embodies our nation’s spirit of persevering even in the most challenging of situations, inspiring and advancing science and exploration. The mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering toward the future and will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet in the 2030s.”

About the size of a car, the 2,263-pound (1,026-kilogram) robotic geologist and astrobiologist will undergo several weeks of testing before it begins its two-year science investigation of Mars’ Jezero Crater. While the rover will investigate Jezero’s ancient lakebed and river delta’s rock and sediment to characterize the region’s geology and past climate, a fundamental part of its mission is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life.

“Because of today’s exciting events, the first pristine samples from carefully documented locations on another planet are another step closer to being returned to Earth,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA. “Perseverance is the first step in bringing back rock and regolith from Mars. We don’t know what these pristine samples from Mars will tell us. But what they could tell us is monumental - including that life might have once existed beyond Earth.”

Some 28 miles (45 kilometers) wide, Jezero Crater sits on the western edge of Isidis Planitia, a giant impact basin just north of the Martian equator. Scientists have determined that 3.5 billion years ago, the crater had its river delta filled with water.

The power system that provides electricity and heat for Perseverance through its exploration of Jezero Crater is a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator or MMRTG. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provided it to NASA through an ongoing partnership to develop power systems for civil space applications.

“Perseverance is the most sophisticated robotic geologist ever made, but verifying that microscopic life once existed carries an enormous burden of proof,” said Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division. “While we’ll learn a lot with the great instruments we have aboard the rover, it may very well require the far more capable laboratories and instruments back here on Earth to tell us whether our samples carry evidence that Mars once harbored life.”

• Paving the Way for Human Missions

“Landing on Mars is always a challenging task, and we are proud to continue building on our past success,” said JPL Director Michael Watkins. “But, while Perseverance advances that success, this rover is also blazing its path and daring new challenges in the surface mission. We built the rover to land and find and collect the best scientific samples for return to Earth. Its incredibly complex sampling system and autonomy not only enable that mission, but they also set the stage for future robotic and crewed missions.”

The Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing Instrumentation 2 (MEDLI2) sensor suite collected data about Mars’ atmosphere during entry, and the Terrain-Relative Navigation system autonomously guided the spacecraft during the final descent. The data from both would help future human missions land on other worlds more safely and with larger payloads.

On the surface of Mars, Perseverance’s science instruments will have an opportunity to shine scientifically. Mastcam-Z is a pair of zoomable science cameras on Perseverance’s remote sensing mast, or head, that creates high-resolution, color 3D panoramas of the Martian landscape. Also located on the mast, the SuperCam uses a pulsed laser to study the chemistry of rocks and sediment and has its microphone to help scientists better understand the stones’ properties, including their hardness.

The rover chassis is home to three science instruments, as well. The Radar Imager for Mars’ Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) is the first ground-penetrating Radar on the surface of Mars.

Currently attached to Perseverance’s belly, the diminutive Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration that will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.

Project engineers and scientists will now put Perseverance through its paces, testing every instrument, subsystem, and subroutine over the next month or two. Only then will they deploy the helicopter to the surface for the flight test phase. If successful, Ingenuity could add an aerial dimension to exploring the Red Planet in which such helicopters serve as scouts or make deliveries for future astronauts away from their base.

Once Ingenuity’s test flights are complete, the rover’s search for evidence of ancient microbial life will begin in earnest.

“Perseverance is more than a rover, and more than this amazing collection of men and women that built it and got us here,” said John McNamee, project manager of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission at JPL. “It is even more than the 10.9 million people who signed up to be part of our mission. This mission is about what humans can achieve when they persevere. We made it this far. Now, watch us go.”

• More About the Mission

A primary objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology research, including searching for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.

JPL, a Caltech (California Institute of Technology) division in Pasadena, California, manages the Mars 2020 Perseverance mission and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter technology demonstration for NASA.

Source: NASA

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February 16, 2021

World Health Organization lists Oxford coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.


Oxford/AstraZeneca-developed vaccines to reach countries in the coming weeks.

Oxford University

Oxford, WHO

Photo: World Health Organization experts guide the use of the Oxford vaccine. Image credit: WHO / Oxford University.


Geneva, February 15, 2021 - The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed two versions of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving the green light for these vaccines to be rolled out globally through COVAX. AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) and the Serum Institute of India produce these vaccines.

WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) assesses the quality, safety, and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and is a prerequisite for COVAX Facility vaccine supply. It also allows countries to expedite their regulatory approval to import and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

“Countries with no access to vaccines to date will finally be able to start vaccinating their health workers and populations at risk. It would contribute to the COVAX Facility’s goal of equitable vaccine distribution,” said Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO Assistant-Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products.

But we must keep up the pressure to meet the needs of priority populations everywhere and facilitate global access. To do that, we need two things - a scale-up of manufacturing capacity and developers’ early submission of their vaccines for WHO review.”

The authorization of the Chadox1-nCoV19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, and the Serum Institute of India (SII), enables global access to the vaccine during the pandemic.

Andrew Pollard, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity, and Chief Investigator on the Oxford vaccine trial said:

‘At the University of Oxford, we are all so pleased by today’s announcement because the emergency use listing from WHO is a critical piece in the path to global access to the Chadox1-nCoV19 vaccine and our mission for vaccines to protect the vulnerable, whoever they are, and wherever they live.’



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• The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has issued interim recommendations for using the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (AZD1222).

Who should be vaccinated first?

While vaccine supplies are limited, it is recommended that priority be given to health workers at high risk of exposure.

Countries can refer to the WHO Prioritization Roadmap and the WHO Values Framework as guidance for prioritizing target groups.

Who else can take the vaccine?

Vaccination is recommended for persons with comorbidities that have been identified as increasing the risk of severe COVID-19.

Vaccination can be offered to people who have had COVID-19 in the past. But individuals may wish to defer their COVID-19 immunization for up to six months from the time of SARS-CoV-2 infection to allow others who may need the vaccine more urgently to go first.

Who is the vaccine not recommended for?

People with a history of a severe allergic reaction to any vaccine component should not take it.

The vaccine is not recommended for persons younger than 18 years of age, pending further studies.

What’s the recommended dosage?

The recommended dosage is two doses given intramuscularly (0.5ml each) with an interval of 8 to 12 weeks.

Additional research is needed to understand potential longer-term protection after a single dose.

Is it safe?

While this vaccine has yet to be recommended for an Emergency Use Listing by WHO, it has undergone review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Consequently, it meets WHO’s criteria for SAGE consideration.

The EMA has thoroughly assessed the data on the quality, safety, and efficacy of the vaccine and has recommended granting conditional marketing authorization for people aged 18 and above.

The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety is a group of experts that provides an independent and authoritative guide to the WHO on safe vaccine use. It receives and assesses reports of suspected safety events of potentially global impact.

How efficacious is the vaccine?

The AZD1222 vaccine against COVID-19 has an efficacy of 63.09% against symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Longer dose intervals within the 8 to 12 weeks range are associated with greater vaccine efficacy.

Does it work against new variants?

SAGE has reviewed all available data on the vaccine’s performance in the settings of variants of concern. SAGE currently recommends the use of the AZD1222 vaccine according to the WHO Prioritization Roadmap, even if virus variants are present in a country. Countries should assess the risks and benefits, taking into consideration their epidemiological situation.

Does it prevent infection and transmission?

No substantive data are available related to the impact of AZD1222 on transmission and viral shedding.

• In the meantime, we must maintain and strengthen public health measures that work: masking, physical distancing, handwashing, respiratory and cough hygiene, avoiding crowds, and ensuring adequate ventilation, the WHO concluded.

Source: University of Oxford / WHO

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February 13, 2021

NASA Invites Public to Share Thrill of Mars Perseverance Rover Landing


Nasa Mars

Nasa Mars


Nasa Mars

Photo: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 41, Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky).


Nasa Mars

Photo: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover onboard is seen on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky).


Nasa Mars

Photo: This illustration depicts NASA’s Perseverance rover operating on the surface of Mars. Perseverance will land at the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater a little after 3:40 pm EST (12:40 pm PST) on Feb. 18, 2021.



WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2021 — NASA is inviting the public to participate in virtual activities and events as the agency’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover nears entry, descent, and landing on the Red Planet, with touchdown scheduled for approximately 3:55 pm EST Thursday, Feb. 18.

Live coverage and landing commentary from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California will begin at 2:15 pm on the NASA TV Public Channel and the agency’s website and the NASA App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Twitch, Daily Motion, and THETA.TV.

Among the many firsts with this mission is the agency’s first-ever Spanish-language show for a planetary landing. On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 pm, NASA will air “Juntos perseveramos,” a show that will give viewers an overview of the mission to Mars and highlight the role Hispanic NASA professionals have had in its success.

The rover will plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere at more than 12,000 mph (about 20,000 kph). A parachute and powered descent will slow the rover down to about two mph (3 kph). During what is known as the sky crane maneuver, the descent stage will lower the rover on three cables to land softly on six wheels at Jezero Crater.

Perseverance also is carrying a technology experiment - the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter - that will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.

“If there’s one thing we know, it’s that landing on Mars is never easy,” said NASA Associate Administrator for Communications Marc Etkind. “But as NASA’s fifth Mars rover, Perseverance has an extraordinary engineering pedigree and mission team. We are excited to invite the entire world to share this exciting event with us!”

NASA offers many ways for the public to participate and stay up to date on landing information, mission highlights, and interaction opportunities.

• Watch and Participate Virtually

Connect with like-minded space enthusiasts, receive a NASA Social badge, ask questions, and participate in other virtual activities by signing up for the Perseverance Rover Virtual NASA Social event.

NASA will also provide a virtual guest experience for public members during landing, with notifications about mission updates, curated mission resources, and a virtual passport stamp available after landing.

Stay connected and let people know you’re following the mission on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Join the conversation, ask questions, and get answers online by using #CountdownToMars.

• Follow and tag these accounts:

At 7 pm EST Tuesday, Feb. 16, a NASA Social live show previewing landing day will stream live via the JPL YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

You also can follow every step of entry, descent, and landing with this visualization and get a preview of all the excitement with a new video.

• Opportunities for Students, Teachers, Educators

Design, build and land your spacecraft - just like NASA scientists and engineers do. Join NASA’s Mission to Mars Student Challenge, where classrooms, informal education groups, families, and individuals will be able to participate in landing week question-and-answer sessions with mission experts.

A Mars 2020 STEM toolkit also is available, with stories on the students who named Perseverance and Ingenuity, opportunities to code your own Mars exploration games, and more.

Join scientists from NASA at a briefing of the National Academies Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 11:30 am EST. Participants include:

You also can try out a virtual photo booth that allows you to pose next to the Perseverance rover, listen to the differences between sounds on Mars and Earth, and check out other interactive experiences on the mission’s website.

• Send Your Name to Mars, Again!

Perseverance is carrying three dime-sized chips with 11 million names submitted by people all over the world. Anyone who missed the chance to send their name on Perseverance can sign up to send their name on a future Mars mission.

• Lighting Towns Red Around the World

To celebrate Perseverance’s Red Planet landing, the Empire State Building in New York will light its tower red on Tuesday, Feb. 16, starting at sunset until 2 am the following morning. Besides, the Los Angeles International Airport gateway pylons will glow red from sundown on Wednesday, Feb. 17, through sunrise Friday, Feb. 19. Other sites in the United States recognizing the upcoming landing include select buildings along the Chicago skyline, such as the Adler Planetarium. NASA invites cities around the country and world to participate in “lighting the town red.”

Source: NASA

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February 8, 2021

AcademicInfluence.com Announces the Top Public Colleges & Universities in the U.S. for 2021


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FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 8, 2021 — What type of school do three out of four prospective undergraduate students ultimately choose? The answer is the public college or university—a perennially popular pick.

To address the needs of the more than three million incoming college students each fall, AcademicInfluence.com releases its ranking of the leading American public higher education institutions: 50 Best Public Colleges and Universities of 2021.

“Public universities and colleges remain popular because of their high value, balancing academic scholarship with reasonable costs,” said Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of AcademicInfluence.com and professor of physics at Wake Forest University.

This value can be considerable. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room, and board for full-time, in-state students) at four-year public universities is slightly over $20,000. In contrast, the price to attend a private university averages nearly $43,000 per year.

” However, lower costs and greater accessibility do not mean all public institutions are interchangeable,” adds Macosko. “The schools featured in our ranking stand out, most notably for the global influence of their faculty and alumni and for their excellence in general academics.”

Criteria for the schools in this ranking include:

  1. Full accreditation.
  2. Direct funding from the state.
  3. A minimum student body of 1,000 students.

• The Best Public Colleges and Universities of 2021 — Top 50

  1. University of California, Berkeley
  2. University of Michigan
  3. University of Virginia
  4. University of California, Los Angeles
  5. United States Military Academy
  6. United States Naval Academy
  7. University of California, San Diego
  8. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  9. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  10. William & Mary
  11. University of Washington
  12. City College of New York (City University of New York)
  13. Brooklyn College (City University of New York)
  14. The University of Texas at Austin
  15. University of California, Santa Barbara
  16. University of Iowa
  17. University of Pittsburgh
  18. University of California, Santa Cruz
  19. University of Minnesota
  20. University of Maryland
  21. Stony Brook University
  22. University of Utah
  23. Purchase College, State University of New York
  24. Purdue University
  25. Georgia Institute of Technology
  26. The United States Air Force Academy
  27. University of California, Davis
  28. University of Arizona
  29. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  30. University of Oregon
  31. Virginia Military Institute
  32. Evergreen State College
  33. University of Buffalo
  34. George Mason University
  35. University of California, Irvine
  36. Hunter College (City University of New York)
  37. University of Colorado Denver
  38. University of Massachusetts Boston
  39. University of Florida
  40. University of Missouri
  41. University of New Mexico
  42. University of Montana
  43. Michigan State University
  44. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  45. University of California, Riverside
  46. Wayne State University
  47. North Carolina State University
  48. Binghamton University
  49. Queens College (City University of New York)
  50. The University of Illinois at Chicago

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a 4-year degree at a public university is often lower than the price at a private college, especially for students attending a public school in their state.

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models — one is a private company with private funding. The state owns the other and receives state and federal funding to operate it. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of private vs. public college, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Source: AcademicInfluence.com

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February 1, 2021

MIT Technology Review Insights Ranking highlights the Countries making the fastest progress to a low-carbon future.


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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 31, 2021 — The Green Future Index, a new study by MIT Technology Review Insights, in association with Citrix, Morgan Stanley, and Salesforce, ranks 76 countries and territories. The nations get ranked on the progress and commitment they are making toward a green future. The index indicates what they are doing to reduce carbon emissions, develop clean energy, innovate in green sectors, and the degree to which governments are implementing effective climate policies.

The MIT Technology Review index shows which countries are progressing fastest in global efforts to decarbonize and limit global heating in line with the Paris Agreement’s goals.

The key findings are as follows:

“Covid-19 has created a huge momentum for developing green industries and financing infrastructure that will be clean, technologically advanced, and climate-resilient,” says Nico Crepaldi, head of custom content, MIT Technology Review. “In the future, we’re likely to see ‘green’ being synonymous with economic competitiveness.”

• The Green Future Index Country Rankings

  1. Iceland
  2. Denmark
  3. Norway
  4. France
  5. Ireland
  6. Finland
  7. Costa Rica
  8. New Zealand
  9. Belgium
  10. Netherlands
  11. Germany
  12. Sweden
  13. Luxembourg
  14. Canada
  15. Austria
  16. Singapore
  17. United Kingdom
  18. Spain
  19. Switzerland
  20. Uruguay
  21. India
  22. Italy
  23. Kenya
  24. Chile
  25. Colombia
  26. Morocco
  27. Ethiopia
  28. Czech Republic
  29. Thailand
  30. Portugal
  31. South Korea
  32. Brazil
  33. Kazakhstan
  34. Poland
  35. Australia
  36. Mexico
  37. Greece
  38. Israel
  39. Hungary
  40. United States
  41. Cameroon
  42. United Arab Emirates
  43. Philippines
  44. Bulgaria
  45. China
  46. Taiwan
  47. South Africa
  48. Romania
  49. Vietnam
  50. Slovakia
  51. Zambia
  52. Angola
  53. Nigeria
  54. Uganda
  55. Dominican Republic
  56. Malaysia
  57. Indonesia
  58. Egypt
  59. Argentina
  60. Japan
  61. Saudi Arabia
  62. Ecuador
  63. Ukraine
  64. Hong Kong
  65. Kuwait
  66. Peru
  67. Pakistan
  68. Turkey
  69. Bangladesh
  70. Guatemala
  71. Ghana
  72. Algeria
  73. Russia
  74. Iran
  75. Paraguay
  76. Qatar

Source: MIT Technology Review Insights

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January 30, 2021

Chandigarh University becomes the first Indian University to have signed MoUs with 306 Foreign Varsities.

More than 1200 students have benefited from the International Academic Partnership program of Chandigarh University during the last five years.


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Chandigarh, India, Jan. 30, 2021 — Chandigarh University has become the first Indian University to have signed Memorandum-of-Understanding (MoUs) with 306 leading Foreign Universities under its International Academic Alliance (IAA) flagship program, the institution announced today. The institution said it is surging ahead with its commitment to impart quality higher education of international standards.

Chandigarh University is a newly established private educational institution located in the Punjab State. It has its campus near Chandigarh, from which it gets its name. And Chandigarh is a city in India, about 250 kilometers north of Delhi and roughly 200 kilometers southeast of Amritsar.

The students & faculty of Chandigarh University now benefit from Global Exposure, Student Exchange, Faculty Exchange, Semester Exchange, and Joint Research Initiatives. They can become members of international student & faculty research groups and present papers at international conferences.

More than 1200 CU students from Engineering, Law, Hotel Management, Journalism, Management, Agriculture, Forensic Sciences, Applied Health Sciences, and Tourism have benefited under the International Academic Partnership program.

While giving details of the IAA flagship program, Chandigarh University’s Pro-Chancellor said, ” Top-ranked universities including QS World ranked universities from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, European Union, and SAARC have joined hands with Chandigarh University. The international partnerships are a win-win situation both for the academic institutions and students as they share educational, cultural and research resources.” “Students from 40 countries are currently undergoing their higher education in more than 135 Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate programs at Chandigarh University,” he added.

Besides academic learning, the benefit of the International Academic Alliance program, the students also stand a chance to grab global placement opportunities. “World’s top entertainment and hospitality company, Walt Disney has selected 155 students from Hotel Management, Tourism, Finance & Management programs over the last five years,” said the Pro-Chancellor. Foreign universities have also offered scholarships worth Rs. 15 Crores to CU students, which has provided financial assistance to the students who dream of studying abroad.

Satnam Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “Students from India have always dreamed of studying abroad or adding some international exposure to their higher education. The International Academic Alliance program of Chandigarh University has helped the students fulfill their dreams. We have recently seen that many Indian students couldn’t travel abroad due to pandemic. It is during such hard times that the global partnership programs of Chandigarh University come in handy for the student community.” Chandigarh University also offers 2+2, 2+1, 1+2 international articulation programs in collaboration with the universities from the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. Under these programs, the students can start their academic degrees at CU campus and then shift to foreign varsities to complete their degrees using the Credit Transfer Benefit Scheme. “This arrangement helps save money for the students who wish to travel abroad for higher studies during the middle of the academic tenure. The student is allowed to pay the fee as per the Indian arrangement.”

Source: Chandigarh University

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January 29, 2021

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings announces Most International Universities in the World Today.


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London, January 28, 2021 — Times Higher Education (THE) World’s Most International Universities 2021, published today, reveals which universities have the essential global links, based on their share of international students, staff, and publications, as well as their international reputations. According to THE, its analysis provides more detail on this last metric, showing which national systems have the most substantial global reputations and how this has changed over the past two years. According to THE, prestige is a measure that has become increasingly important for universities.

Prospective students looking to study in the most international environments should apply to universities in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, or the UK.

Universities, by their nature, are global institutions. Typically, they are home to communities of students and scholars from all over the world, and they tackle some of the globe’s most pressing problems through research.

This table, compiled using the international student score, global staff score, international co-authorship score, and international reputation metrics shows that the above four countries are home to some of the world’s most international universities.

These institutions all have a high proportion of international students and staff, collaborate on research with scholars from across the world, and have a strong global reputation to match.

Research suggests that students’ diverse communities improve the teaching and learning experience, while students’ opportunities to spend time abroad better prepare them to become global citizens.

• Top five most international universities in the world

1. The University of Hong Kong

2. ETH Zurich

3. The Chinese University of Hong Kong

4. University of Oxford

5. Imperial College London

• Most international universities in the world 2021

  1. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  2. ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  4. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  5. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  6. National University of Singapore, Singapore
  7. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  8. Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  9. Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore
  10. UCL, United Kingdom
  11. University of Vienna, Austria
  12. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  13. King’s College London, United Kingdom
  14. University of Auckland, New Zealand
  15. Australian National University, Australia
  16. London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
  17. University of British Columbia, Canada
  18. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  19. University of Zurich, Switzerland
  20. University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  21. UNSW Sydney, Australia
  22. McGill University, Canada
  23. University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  24. University of Melbourne, Australia
  25. Durham University, United Kingdom
  26. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  27. The University of Queensland, Australia
  28. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  29. University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  30. University of Toronto, Canada
  31. Monash University, Australia
  32. University of Sydney, Australia
  33. École Polytechnique, France
  34. University of Groningen, Netherlands
  35. Aalto University, Finland
  36. Leiden University, Netherlands
  37. California Institute of Technology, United States
  38. McMaster University, Canada
  39. University of Cape Town, South Africa
  40. Lund Universit, Sweden
  41. University of Oslo, Norway
  42. Stanford University, United States
  43. Harvard University, United States
  44. Princeton University, United States
  45. Aarhus University, Denmark
  46. Utrecht University, Netherlands
  47. Carnegie Mellon University, United States
  48. Columbia University, United States
  49. KU Leuven, Belgium
  50. Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
  51. Uppsala University, Sweden
  52. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  53. Stockholm University, Sweden
  54. University of Malaya, Malaysia
  55. Paris Sciences et Lettres, Paris, France
  56. Free University of Berlin, Germany
  57. University of California, Berkeley, United States
  58. Johns Hopkins University, United States
  59. Cornell University, United States
  60. The University of Chicago, United States
  61. Technical University of Munich, Germany
  62. Purdue University West Lafayette, United States
  63. Rice University, United States
  64. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  65. Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  66. Yale University, United States
  67. University of California, Irvine, United States
  68. New York University, United States
  69. University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
  70. Sorbonne University, France
  71. Heidelberg University, Germany
  72. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  73. Boston University, United States
  74. University of California, Davis United States
  75. University of California, Los Angeles, United States
  76. LMU Munich, Germany
  77. Ghent University, Belgium
  78. University of Tübingen, Germany
  79. Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
  80. University of Paris, France
  81. University of Pennsylvania, United States
  82. The University of California, San Diego, United States
  83. University of Helsinki, Finland
  84. Duke University, United States
  85. University of Southern California, United States
  86. University of Massachusetts, United States
  87. University of Bonn, Germany
  88. Michigan State University, United States
  89. Brown University, United States
  90. RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  91. University of Barcelona, Spain
  92. Northwestern University, United States
  93. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  94. Arizona State University (Tempe), United States
  95. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
  96. North Carolina State University, United States
  97. Tel Aviv University, Israel
  98. Ohio State University (Main campus), United States
  99. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea
  100. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, United States
  101. Emory University, United States
  102. University of Washington, United States
  103. University of Bologna, Italy
  104. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
  105. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, United States
  106. Texas A&M University, United States
  107. Washington University in St Louis, United States
  108. Tomsk State University, Russian Federation
  109. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, United States
  110. University of Notre Dame, United States
  111. Peking University, China
  112. Indiana University, United States
  113. Zhejiang University, China
  114. University of Colorado Boulder, United States
  115. Yonsei University (Seoul campus), South Korea
  116. Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  117. National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Russian Federation
  118. University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  119. Penn State (Main campus), United States
  120. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Russian Federation
  121. Tongji University, China
  122. University of Warsaw, Poland
  123. East China Normal University, China
  124. University of Virginia (Main campus), United States
  125. Korea University, South Korea
  126. University of Maryland, College Park, United States
  127. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, United States
  128. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  129. University of Georgia, United States
  130. Nanjing University, China
  131. The University of Tokyo, Japan
  132. University of Arizona, United States
  133. Tsinghua University, China
  134. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  135. University of Minnesota, United States
  136. University of Florida, United States
  137. The University of Texas at Austin, United States
  138. Waseda University, Japan
  139. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
  140. Tohoku University, Japan
  141. Vanderbilt University, United States
  142. Kyoto University, Japan
  143. Fudan University, China
  144. National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
  145. Beijing Normal University, China
  146. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  147. Dartmouth College, United States
  148. Seoul National University, South Korea
  149. University of Tsukuba, Japan
  150. Hokkaido University, Japan
  151. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
  152. HSE University, Russian Federation
  153. Osaka University, Japan
  154. Kyushu University, Japan
  155. University of São Paulo, Brazil
  156. Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
  157. Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Federation
  158. Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  159. Novosibirsk State University, Russian Federation
  160. National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  161. Nagoya University, Japan
  162. National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  163. Wuhan University, China
  164. Sun Yat-sen University, China
  165. National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan
  166. Tianjin University, China
  167. Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea
  168. University of Campinas, Brazil
  169. Keio University, Japan
  170. University of Science and Technology of China, China
  171. Indian Institute of Science, India

The data in Times Higher Education’s ranking of The World’s Most International Universities 2021 is mainly from the “international outlook” pillar of THE World University Rankings 2021. It considers a university’s proportions of international students, international staff, and journal publications with at least one international co-author. Each of these elements is given equal weighting in calculating the score for this pillar.

• International Reputation

The table adds a fourth component, which makes up 25 percent of the total score: a university’s international reputation. It is a measure of the proportion of votes from outside the home country that the institution achieved in THE’s annual invitation-only Academic Reputation Survey, which asks leading scholars to name the world’s best universities for teaching and research in their field.

Only institutions that received at least 100 votes in the survey were eligible for inclusion.

Metrics and weightings:

Source: Times Higher Education

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January 26, 2021

U.S. News & World Report Announces 2021 Best Online Programs Rankings

The latest edition includes new rankings of business and psychology bachelor’s programs.


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Photo: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, West Campus. Image Credit: Dan Keck.


WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2021 — U.S. News & World Report, a leading global authority in education rankings, today published the 2021 Best U.S. Online Programs rankings. The rankings evaluate more than 1,600 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the USA. They assist learners looking to complete or further their education. These programs offer an alternative option for prospective students looking to fulfill their academic goals while pandemic restrictions remain in much of the country.

The Best Online Programs rankings only include programs administered online. In other words, they do not evaluate schools or programs that are temporarily virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University moves back up to No. 1 this year among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. For MBAs, Carnegie Mellon University ties with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for the top spot. Columbia University has the top-ranked computer information technology master’s program. Tied for No. 1 among Best Online Master’s in Nursing programs are Rush University and the University of South Carolina. Top education and engineering master’s programs are at the University of Florida and Columbia University, respectively.

For the first time, U.S. News published specialty rankings of bachelor’s programs in business and psychology. These complement the master’s level specialty rankings across 18 subject areas such as finance MBA and nursing administration/leadership.

“As in-person gatherings remain limited, we might see more interest in online degrees than in pre-pandemic years,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “But online degrees aren’t only practical in the short term - distance education can also be conducive to a schedule that includes full-time work or other commitments.”

U.S. News said it remains the only publication to comprehensively evaluate online degrees at the program level rather than the school level. The rankings assess student services and technology, faculty credentials, and student engagement, using data collected directly from each institution. The report considered only degree-granting programs offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions. The programs that score the highest are those applying educational best practices specific for distance learners.

• 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs

• Bachelor’s Programs (Top Ten)

  1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Worldwide, Daytona Beach, FL
  2. The University of Illinois — Chicago, Chicago, IL
  3. The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  4. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  5. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  6. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  7. The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  8. CUNY (The City University of New York) School of Professional Studies, New York, NY
  9. SUNY (The State University of New York) — Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  10. Colorado State University-Global Campus, Aurora, CO. (#10 tie)
  11. The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. (#10 tie)
  12. Pennsylvania State University — World Campus, University Park, PA. (#10 tie)
  13. The University of Georgia, Athens, GA. (#10 tie)

• Master’s Programs

• MBA (Top Ten)

  1. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), Pittsburgh, PA.
  2. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), Chapel Hill, NC.
  3. Indiana University, Bloomington (Kelley), Bloomington, IN
  4. University of Southern California (Marshall), Los Angeles, CA
  5. University of Florida (Hough), Gainesville, FL
  6. Arizona State University (Carey), Tempe, AZ
  7. Pennsylvania State University — World Campus, University Park, PA
  8. University of Texas, Dallas, Richardson, TX
  9. Rice University (Jones), Houston, TX
  10. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA (#10 tie)
  11. University of Arizona (Eller), Tucson, AZ (#10 tie)
  12. The University of Maryland, College Park (Smith), College Park, MD (#10 tie)
  13. The University of Mississippi, University, MS (#10 tie)
  14. University of Washington (Foster), Seattle, WA (#10 tie)
  15. University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, Eau Claire, WI (#10 tie)

• Business, non-MBA

  1. University of Southern California (Marshall)
  2. Indiana University—Bloomington (Kelley)
  3. Arizona State University (Carey)

• Computer Information Technology

  1. Columbia University (NY)
  2. Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) (M.D.) (tie)
  3. University of Southern California (tie)

• Criminal Justice/Criminology

  1. University of California-Irvine
  2. Boston University (tie)
  3. Sam Houston State University (TX) (tie)

• Education

  1. University of Florida
  2. Clemson University (Moore) (SC)
  3. University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign

• Engineering

  1. Columbia University (Fu Foundation) (NY)
  2. University of California—Los Angeles (Samueli)
  3. Purdue University—West Lafayette (IN)

• Nursing

  1. Rush University (IL) (tie)
  2. University of South Carolina (tie)
  3. Duke University (N.C.) (tie)
  4. Ohio State University (tie)

On Friday, Jan. 29, U.S. News will host a free webinar on the potential benefits of enrolling in an online bachelor’s program, as well as what differentiates these programs from temporary virtual learning.

U.S. News & World Report is a global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, and News, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, and analysis to serve people making complex decisions. Founded in 1933, U.S. News has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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January 16, 2021

India starts Vaccination with Priority to Healthcare & Frontline Workers

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• January 16, 2021.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India launched the pan India rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination drive via video conferencing. It is the world’s most extensive vaccination program covering the entire length and breadth of the country.


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Photo: Health care workers celebrate the 1st phase of the pan India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, on January 16, 2021.


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• January 09, 2021.

• Oxford Vaccine: India starts Vaccination on January 16, 2021, with Priority to Healthcare & Frontline Workers followed by those above 50 Years and Under-50 with Co-morbidities.


Oxford Vaccine



New Delhi, January 09, 2021 — Prime Minister Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the status of COVID-19 in the country and the preparedness of the State/UTs for COVID vaccination today.

The Prime Minister took a detailed and comprehensive review of COVID management’s status, covering various issues.

The Prime Minister reviewed the center’s preparedness status in close collaboration with the State and UT Governments for the vaccine’s roll-out soon.

According to the India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the vaccination exercise comprises the principles of people’s participation (Jan Bhagidari); utilizing the experience of elections (booth strategy) and Universal Immunization Program (UIP); no compromise of existing healthcare services, especially national programs and primary health care; no compromise on scientific and regulatory norms, other SOPs; and an orderly and smooth implementation driven by technology.

The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine will prioritize healthcare and frontline workers. They are estimated to be around three crores, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities, numbering about 27 crores.

The Prime Minister got apprised about the Co-WIN Vaccine Delivery Management System. The unique digital platform will provide real-time information on vaccine stocks, their storage temperature, and individualized tracking of the COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries. This platform will assist the program managers across all levels through automated session allocation for pre-registered beneficiaries, their verification, and generating a digital certificate upon completing the vaccine schedule.

The vaccinators and vaccine administrators comprise a crucial pillar of the vaccination exercise. Two thousand three hundred sixty participants were trained during the national level Training of Trainers, including state immunization officers, cold chain officers, IEC officials, and development partners. More than 61,000 program managers, 2 lakh vaccinators, and 3.7 lakh other vaccination team members have trained so far as part of training at States, Districts, and Block levels, the Health Ministry elaborated.

After the detailed review, the Government of India decided that because of the forthcoming festivals, including Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, and Magh Bihu, the COVID19 vaccination will start on January 16, 2021.


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• January 03, 2021.

• People of India receive their New Year Gift; Prime Minister Modi congratulates the Nation as Drugs Controller General of India approves the Oxford Vaccine for emergency use; The University of Oxford welcomes Regulatory Authorisations.

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Photo: St. Mary’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford. Image Credit: Billy Wilson.


Oxford / New Delhi, January 03, 2021 — The Drugs Controller General of India today approved the Oxford Vaccine for emergency use. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the nation and called it a decisive turning point to strengthen a spirited fight against Corona. The approval accelerates the road to a healthier and COVID-free country, he added.

India’s Home Minister Amit Shah hailed the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine granted by the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) today. He said the permission to ‘Made in India’ vaccines would prove to be a game-changer. It is a momentous achievement for India, he remarked.

The Serum Institute of India, Pune, is the manufacturing partner of the vaccine candidate named Covishield, developed jointly by the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute and AstraZeneca.

The Serum Institute of India had selected 17 sites in India to conduct the trial. A total of 1,600 candidates took part in the study.

• The University of Oxford welcomes Regulatory Authorisations:

Meanwhile, the University of Oxford has welcomed the news that the UK Government has accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorize the emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine in the UK.

Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and Chief Investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Trial, said:

‘The regulator’s assessment that this is a safe and effective vaccine is a landmark moment, and an endorsement of the huge effort from a devoted international team of researchers and our dedicated trial participants.’

‘Though this is just the beginning, we will start to get ahead of the pandemic, protect health and economies when the vulnerable are vaccinated everywhere, as many as possible, as soon as possible.’

Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said:

‘This is a day for the team developing the vaccine to celebrate, after a year of tough work under difficult circumstances. The first authorization or use of the vaccine outside of clinical trials has been granted. We still have more to do and will continue to provide more data to multiple regulatory authorities until we can see the vaccine being used to save lives around the world.’

The Oxford vaccine is stable, easily manufactured, transported, and stored at domestic fridge temperature (2-8 degrees C). It can be easily administered in existing healthcare settings, allowing its rapid deployment.

Oxford University’s collaboration with AstraZeneca has been crucial to the successful development of the vaccine and vital for its global manufacturing and distribution across the world. AstraZeneca already has international agreements to supply three billion doses of the vaccine, with access through more than 30 supply agreements and partner networks.

A key element of Oxford’s partnership with AstraZeneca is the joint commitment to provide the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis for the duration of the pandemic across the world and in perpetuity to low- and middle-income countries.

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Oxford, said:

‘This is a great day for British science and a great day for universities everywhere. Above all, it is a great day for the many people whose lives will be saved by this vaccine. We are greatly indebted to those who have designed, developed, manufactured, and evaluated it.

Sources: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi. The University of Oxford.

|GlobalGiants.Com|

— The editor holds an Oxford Alumni Card and is a member of the ‘Oxford and Cambridge Society of India.’


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