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January 18, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, organizes online workshop for Universities and Colleges on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

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University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 17, 2022 — University Grants Commission organized an online workshop for Universities and Colleges on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Smt. Neeta Prasad, Joint Secretary (ICC & Vig.) Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Shri Rajendra Ratnoo, Joint Secretary, DPIIT & CGPDTM, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and Prof. Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, addressed the Inaugural Session.

Delivering the welcome address, Prof. Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, highlighted the importance of IPR and its importance in the country’s image and its relevance in building the knowledge pool of the country and its legal aspects. He shed light on the historical part of India’s position as creator and innovator. He expressed hope in the day’s deliberations in creating awareness about IPR.

Delivering the Special Address, Smt. Neeta Prasad, Joint Secretary (ICC & Vig.) Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education stressed the importance of Intellectual Property as the foundation of innovation, research, and creativity. She shared that necessary steps have been taken in India to create a robust innovation and IPR culture in the country, which has significantly improved the relevant innovation and IP numbers, be it the IP filing, IP grant, and IP disposals. However, despite all changes, India is behind many countries in terms of IPR. She stressed that the reason could be a lack of awareness in students for filing patents.

She shared about the Government’s initiative in the areas like the KAPILA program launched for IP literacy and awareness in October 2020, reducing the fee for filing the patent. She suggested that the way forward was proactively protecting knowledge and inventions by respective IPRs in India and other countries.

Shri Rajendra Ratnoo, Joint Secretary, DPIIT & CGPDTM, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, delivered the keynote address. He said there is a need to convert energy into synergy by coming together. He said that there was a need to collaborate instead of working in silos. Mr. Ratnoo further stressed the need for promoting innovation and creation in both art and science. He outlined the importance of partnership between industry, academia, and IPR registration.

The technical session followed the inaugural session, where IP experts gave an overview of the theme.

Dr. Usha Rao, Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs, presented a summary of Intellectual Property Rights. She provided an insight into the need and importance of IPR and the different types of IP and their governing bodies. Dr. Rao also shed light on the various acts and rules of IPR in India. She also discussed the multiple ways of filing the patent processes.

The second expert for the technical round was Shri Sukhdeep Singh, Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs. He addressed the various schemes and privileges for Educational Institutes in IPR. He concluded by stating that the way forward involved the establishment of IP management cells in Universities, having master trainers, and establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The webinar ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Surender Singh, Additional Secretary UGC.

The online workshop discussed pertinent aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). It was an essential step towards making HEIs aware of IPR. Universities and colleges from all over India participated in it.

Source: Ministry of Education


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January 16, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, asks all Universities to join the Academic Bank of Credits and motivate their Students to open Academic Bank Accounts.

University Grants Commission

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 15, 2022 — In a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities and Principals of all Autonomous Colleges, University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked them to make their institutions join the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) at the earliest. UGC has also instructed the universities to make their students aware of this facility and encourage them to open Academic Bank Accounts.

Further, the Commission has informed the universities that it had declared “The University Grants Commission (Establishment and Operation of Academic Bank of Credits in Higher Education) Regulations, 2021” in the Gazette of India. Now, it has revised these regulations and notified the amendment in the Gazette. Consequently, more Higher Education Institutions, who confer degrees, can now participate in the Academic Bank of Credits irrespective of their NAAC or NIRF ranking.

Source: University Grants Commission

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January 14, 2022

University Grants Commission organizes a webinar on "Cyber security empowerment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)."

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 13, 2022— The Government of India has launched a 75-week long campaign, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, to celebrate the country’s achievements. The University Grants Commission (UGC), as part of this campaign, is conducting a series of activities beginning with a sensitization webinar on “Cyber security Empowerment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs),” an effort towards making cyber security more accessible, available, and adaptable for HEIs.

Prof. Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, delivered the welcome address and introduced all panelists. He set the context for the Webinar, stressing the need for cybersecurity awareness with the increased dependence on IT post-pandemic. Prof. Jain emphasized that the pandemic has put Higher Education in cyberspace, making HEIs face cybersecurity issues. He said that there is a need for HEIs to understand how they can address cyber security issues and manage cyber hygiene.

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Rajesh Pant, Chief (retd.), National Cyber Security Coordinator, National Cyber Coordination Centre, PMO delivered the keynote address. He reiterated the threat cybercrime poses to the economy and national security. Lt. Gen. Pant focused on Cybersecurity for personal information and intellectual property in the HEIs. He highlighted the institutions’ structure that makes them susceptible to cybercrimes and the measures to address these issues.

Shri Abhishek Singh, CEO, My Gov, and President & CEO NeGD, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, emphasized the importance of cyber security due to the increased dependency and use of cyberspace. He touched upon the various aspects of cybercrimes and the processes for reporting cybersecurity issues.

Mr. Deepak Virmani, Deputy Secretary, Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Cyber & Information Security, Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, spoke about the Ministry of Home Affairs’ initiatives and its efforts in controlling Cybercrimes. He discussed the seven verticals of the scheme involving training police personnel and government functionaries.

Dr. Charru Malhotra, Coordinator, Centre of e-Governance, Indian Institute of Planning and Administration, New Delhi, brought out the findings on Cybersecurity through analysis of a pre-webinar questionnaire shared with HEIs. She highlighted the current status amongst HEIs about cyber security and their preparedness.

Through his address, Prof. Naveen Chowdhary, National Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar, shared the cybersecurity threat landscape highlighting cases of compromises on Cybersecurity in Educational Institutions’ research facilities. In addition, he provided a detailed outlook and a framework for Cybersecurity.

Dr. Atul Kumar Pandey, Chairperson, Rajiv Gandhi National Cyber Law Centre, NLIU, Bhopal, spoke about the threat landscape in HEIs and the importance of Cybersecurity in HEIs. He shed light on various components like content protection and privacy and capacity building for addressing Cybersecurity.

The address by the panelists was followed by a Question and Answer session from the faculty members from HEIs.

The Webinar discussed cyber security issues of HEIs. It was the first step towards cyber security sensitization and awareness of Higher Education Institutions.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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January 12, 2022

THE (Times Higher Education) acquires Inside Higher Ed, claims unrivaled reach across Higher Education Markets

Times Higher Education

LONDON, Jan. 10, 2022— THE (Times Higher Education), the world’s leading provider of higher education data and insights, says it has completed the acquisition of Inside Higher Ed, the U.S. provider of news, analysis, and solutions for universities and colleges.

The acquisition brings together two of the leading brands in global higher education, with combined audiences exceeding 50 million unique users per year, encompassing university leadership, faculty, professional staff, and students, as well as policymakers and others.

Inside Higher Ed, founded in 2004, reaches an annual audience of 25 million, consisting primarily of higher education professionals in the U.S., with its independent news and analysis, industry insights, jobs board, and other tools and services.

It joins THE’s portfolio of companies at an exciting time. THE has offices in the U.K., U.S., Australia, and Singapore. Inflexion Private Equity had acquired THE in February 2019 following a period of rapid global growth.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, THE continues to provide news, insights, and thought leadership and works with thousands of universities globally, collecting data from more than 3,500 institutions and working with 800 clients across its data, consultancy, and hiring services. It is also known for its events, including the flagship THE World Summit Series, which engaged over 45,000 people globally in 2021.

Inside Higher Ed will continue to operate independently under its existing brand. The two businesses will bring together their expertise, relationships, and insights, and together will have unrivaled reach across the world’s key higher education markets.

This combined scale and their complementary strengths and services will enable THE and Inside Higher Ed to enhance their shared mission to provide news, information, and services that help colleges and universities to analyze and improve their performance whatever their strategic goals.

Scott Jaschik, who founded Inside Higher Ed with fellow co-editor Doug Lederman, said: “We are thrilled to be joining forces with THE, especially during this period of growth. We have often collaborated with THE, and this new chapter in our relationship will allow us to be more effective than ever at informing the world about higher education.”

Paul Howarth, CEO at THE, commented: “The rapid organic growth that THE has seen in recent years has been driven by its evolution into a robust, global data business. With the backing of our investors at Inflexion Private Equity, we are in a position to strengthen our place in the market through strategic acquisitions. We see Inside Higher Ed as an ideal partner as we continue to extend our reach and the services we offer. It is a business that shares THE’s values and mission to support excellence in higher education.

“We look forward to working with Scott, Doug, Inside Higher Ed CEO Dari Gessner, and the wider Inside Higher Ed team so that together we can do even more to support universities and colleges across the U.S. and the rest of the world.”

Source: Inside Higher Ed

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January 11, 2022

NASA's Webb Telescope Reaches Major Milestone as Mirror Unfolds

NASA Webb Telescope

NASA Webb Telescope

Photo: James Webb Space Telescope’s final fold. Image provided by & copyright © NASA.

NASA Webb Telescope

Photo: Webb Model - Pranavi Chatrathi. These are Pranavi Chatrathi’s models. Pranavi says, “I am thrilled to win two prizes for the 2 James Webb Space Telescopes I built for the Texas State Fair. I love telescopes. I am waiting to see the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Image provided by & copyright © NASA.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2022 — NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope team fully deployed its 21-foot, gold-coated primary mirror, completing the final stage of all significant spacecraft deployments to prepare for science operations.

A joint effort with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Canadian Space Agency, the Webb mission will explore every phase of cosmic history - from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe.

“Today, NASA achieved another engineering milestone decades in the making. While the journey is not complete, I join the Webb team in breathing a little easier and imagining the future breakthroughs bound to inspire the world,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “The James Webb Space Telescope is an unprecedented mission that is on the precipice of seeing the light from the first galaxies and discovering the mysteries of our universe. Each feat already achieved and future accomplishment is a testament to the thousands of innovators who poured their life’s passion into this mission.”

NASA had folded the two wings of Webb’s primary mirror to fit it inside the nose cone of an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket before launch. Then, after more than a week of other critical spacecraft deployments, the Webb team began remotely unfolding the hexagonal segments of the primary mirror, the largest ever launched into space.

Mission Operations Center ground control at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore began deploying the second side panel of the mirror at 8:53 a.m. EST. Once it extended and latched into position at 1:17 p.m. EST, the team declared all major deployments completed.

The world’s largest and most complex space science telescope will now begin moving its 18 primary mirror segments to align the telescope optics. First, the ground team will command 126 actuators on the backsides of the segments to flex each mirror - an alignment that will take months to complete. Then the group will calibrate the science instruments before delivering Webb’s first images this summer.

“I am so proud of the team - spanning continents and decades - that delivered this first-of-its-kind achievement,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate in NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Webb’s successful deployment exemplifies the best of what NASA has to offer: the willingness to attempt bold and challenging things in the name of discoveries still unknown.”

Soon, Webb will also undergo a third mid-course correction burn - one of three planned to place the telescope precisely in orbit around the second Lagrange point, commonly known as L2, nearly 1 million miles from Earth. It is Webb’s final orbital position, where its sun shield will protect it from light from the Sun, Earth, and Moon that could interfere with infrared light observations. As a result, Webb can peer back over 13.5 billion years to capture infrared light from celestial objects, with much higher resolution than ever before, and to study our solar system as well as distant worlds.

Source: NASA

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January 9, 2022

PoliMOVE wins the Autonomous Challenge; Makes history as the First Head-to-Head Autonomous Race Car Competition Champion

Autonomous Race Car

Autonomous Race Car

Autonomous Race Car

LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2022 — The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) team PoliMOVE from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and the University of Alabama today won the Autonomous Challenge, making history as the first head-to-head autonomous racecar competition champion. PoliMOVE competed at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a field of 5 teams from 5 countries representing seven universities to win the $150,000 grand prize. TUM Autonomous Motorsport from the Technische Universität München (Germany) took home with $50,000.

The rules of the IAC competition required each team to qualify in a high-speed autonomous racecar time trial competition determining their seed in the head-to-head passing competition. The IAC teams raced the Dallara AV-21, the most advanced autonomous racecar. As a result, PoliMOVE competed against TUM Autonomous Motorsport in the final round of the competition. In addition, PoliMOVE set the fastest speed record on an oval with a top speed of 173 mph.

“Today was the real birth of autonomous racing,” said Prof. Sergio Savaresi, team lead of Politecnico di Milano. “The real high-speed multi-agent racing was pushed to its very limits. The research on autonomous cars will certainly benefit from this historic milestone.”

Organized by Energy Systems Network, the primary goal of the IAC is to solve real-world problems by advancing technology that will speed the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and deployments of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Pushing Limits for the entire independent community and helping to increase safety and performance is of critical importance, not only in motorsports but across all modes of commercial transportation.

“We came to CES this week, the world’s most influential technology innovation event, to showcase to the world how this competition is catapulting autonomous technologies forward,” said Paul Mitchell, president, and CEO, Energy Systems Network. “We’re harnessing the power of prize competitions to attract the best and the brightest minds from around the globe to further the state-of-the-art technology in safety and performance of automated vehicles, and the teams did just that today with another historic competition.”

Karen Chupka, EVP of CES, Consumer Technology Association, officially started the competition with the call, “Ladies and gentlemen, start your software.” Halo, a remote-piloted driverless car service operating on T-Mobile’s 5G network, served as the official pace car, leading each set of IAC teams off of pit lane and completing a warmup lap at speeds of 65-80 mph before the start of each round. Next, Bridgette Foster, from Las Vegas, sang the national anthem.

The call to action for this competition has been remarkable, with 41 university teams initially signing up to compete more than two years ago, representing top engineering and technology programs from 14 U.S. states and 11 countries. However, the IAC first made history on October 23, 2021, when it held the Indy Autonomous Challenge Powered by Cisco, the first high-speed autonomous racecar competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

Nine teams from 8 countries representing 19 universities came to Las Vegas this week to compete in the Autonomous Challenge @ CES.

Source: Indy Autonomous Challenge

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January 5, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, asks all Academic Institutions to accept Digital Format Degrees/Certificates presented through "DigiLocker" as Valid.

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 5, 2022 — University Grants Commission (UGC), India, has issued a communication addressed to Vice Chancellors of all universities and Secretaries of Higher and School Education of all states.

UGC has informed them that the National Academic Depository (NAD) is an online storehouse of academic awards (Degrees, Mark-Sheets, and others) lodged by the Academic Institutions in a digital format. It lets students get authentic documents/certificates in digital form directly from their original issuers anytime, anywhere without any physical interference.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) Government of India has designated the University Grants Commission (UGC) as an authorized body to implement NAD as a permanent scheme without levy of any user charges, in co-operation with the DigiLocker, as a single depository of NAD. As a result, educational Institutions can register themselves and upload academic awards of their institution on NAD through the DigiLocker NAD portal, the UGC letter explains.

The DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, can pull students’ Degrees, Mark-sheets, and other documents into the issued documents section in an electronic form once uploaded through the DigiLocker-NAD platform by the original issuer. UGC further states that these electronic records on the DigiLocker platform are valid documents per the Information Technology Act, 2000 provisions.

Accordingly, UGC has asked all Academic Institutions to accept Degrees, Certificates, Mark-sheets, and other related documents available as “Issued Documents” in DigiLocker Account as “Valid Documents.”

Source: University Grants Commission (UGC)

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January 3, 2022

Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, inaugurates Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology at Chandigarh University.

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

Photos: The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh, addressed the gathering during the inauguration of the Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology at Chandigarh University, in Punjab, on January 03, 2022.

Chandigarh University

Photo: The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh, inaugurating the Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology at Chandigarh University, in Punjab on January 03, 2022.

Chandigarh, India, January 3, 2022 — Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, inaugurated Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology (KCCRSST) at Chandigarh University today. He also launched a Scholarship Scheme worth Rs 10 crore for the wards of Defence Personnel of the three Services.

In his address, Shri Rajnath Singh described the establishment of the Research Centre as an essential step towards strengthening the country’s space sector by stressing that it is only through these efforts that India can become a leader in future technologies. He likened the KCCRSST with ‘Pride of India’ Kalpana Chawla, hoping that this research facility would touch new heights of success, similar to the remarkable achievements of the late India-born astronaut who brought universal recognition to her country of origin.

Underlining the importance of the space sector in today’s times, Rajnath Singh said it is deeply connected with mapping, imaging, and connectivity facilities, speedy transportation, weather forecast, disaster management, and border security.

Rajnath Singh called for developing futuristic technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big-Data, and Block-chain for the Nation’s overall development. He stressed that progress in space technology would develop scientific temper in the country’s youth, and India will move forward in frontier technologies.

The Defence Minister lauded Chandigarh University for setting records of success in research & innovation, placements, and global rankings in the last few years and described the achievements of the University as a symbol of the increasing participation of the private sector in the field of education.

“All these achievements of Chandigarh University are examples of the increasing importance of the private sector in the education sector of our country. I believe that if our country’s education and knowledge-science have to reach the world level, then the public and private sectors of the country will have to work together. In this direction, we are moving forward fast,” he said.

Remembering late India-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Shri Rajnath Singh described her as a symbol of women empowerment, who took a flight beyond imagination. He urged the people to remember her zeal & enthusiasm and motivate their daughters to go ahead & touch unimaginable heights, echoing the Government’s vision of increased participation of women in all sectors.

Established with the objective of training students in space science, satellite development, and meeting future challenges in space research, the state-of-the-art KCCRSST would be the Ground Control Station (GCS) for the Chandigarh University’s Student Satellite CUSAT and a Geo-Spatial Centre for analysis. CUSAT is an in-house advanced nanosatellite designed by Chandigarh University’s students.

“It is extraordinary for a university to have its own space research center and satellite. In the 21st century, the future of India would be secure only when you have a sparkle in your eyes to reach the stars and planets. It is a commendable feat, and I am certain that more Indians like Aryabhatta, Vikram Sarabhai, Satish Dhawan, and Kalpana Chawla will emerge from amongst you,” the Defence Minister told the students present on occasion.

CUSAT will be among the 75 student-built satellites India will launch into space on the eve of its 75th Independence Day in 2022. Chandigarh University has joined the list of 13 institutes like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and IIT Bombay. It has become the first University in North India to design and develop its satellite. About 75 students of the University are working on the Chandigarh University Student Satellite Project under the guidance of eminent Indian scientists, including Padma Shri Prof RM Vasagam, Padma Shri Dr. Mylaswamy Annadurai, Padma Shri YS Rajan, Padma Bhushan Dr. BN Suresh, Padma Shri Dr. BN Dattaguru, V Mahadevan, Dr. L V Muralikrishna Reddy, and Dr. K Gopalakrishnan.

With the launch of CUSAT, Punjab will become the first border state in India to have its own satellite in space. The launch of Chandigarh University’s nanosatellite CUSAT will prove to be an essential step for the country. It will collect border intrusion detection, agriculture, weather forecasting, and natural disaster forecasting data. In addition, the Ground Control Station (GCS) will help develop satellite research facilities and launch satellites in countries that do not have progressed satellite technology. The Ground Control Station (GCS) under the KCCRSST will monitor most Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellites, including CUSAT, and as a SatNOGS project member, observe more than 380 satellites with over 810 transmitters in more than 50 Countries.

Chancellor of Chandigarh University, S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, said that ever since our inception, the University has been striving to provide quality, innovative and experiential learning to its students, and the establishment of this center is one of the steps in this direction.

“We have always been a pioneer in the field of Research and Development, and this center of excellence will further strengthen our position in aerospace technology. Moreover, this state-of-the-art center will not be limited to the students of Chandigarh University. We will soon be announcing short-term courses for Satellite design and development,” he said.

“Through this center, Chandigarh University will help develop satellite research facilities in 57 countries including Brazil, Egypt, Colombia, Turkey, and train foreign students for satellite design and development,” Mr. Sandhu added.

Sources: Ministry of Defence, Government of India; Chandigarh University

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December 22, 2021

India's Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, interacts with Indian students of Harvard Business School & Harvard Kennedy School in New Delhi.

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Photo: The Union Minister for Defence, Mr. Rajnath Singh, interacts with the Indian students of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School in New Delhi on December 22, 2021.

New Delhi, December 22, 2021 — Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacted with Indian students of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University) today. Expressing happiness over meeting with the students, Mr. Rajnath Singh termed them the country’s soft power, currently discovering the best-in-class management and governance practices from the two top-class institutes. He urged them to use their innovative ideas and participate in nation-building.

The Defence Minister exuded confidence that the students will play an essential role in the country’s holistic development by adequately using their ability & network and sharing the latest best practices. Furthermore, he hoped that the students would work as the ambassadors of the Indian value system worldwide, not just in their student phase but also in the future.

During the interaction, the students shared their views on India’s changed perception in the world, especially after the rollout of the largest vaccination drive in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and schemes like ‘Make in India.’ They expressed their willingness to return to India, saying that the atmosphere created due to the policies of the Government in the last few years, such as ease of doing business and providing opportunities to startups, will help them contribute to the holistic development of the Nation.

Source: Ministry of Defence, Government of India


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December 3, 2021

Gita Gopinath to Be IMF's New First Deputy Managing Director

IMF, Gita Gopinath

Photo: The International Monetary Fund’s HQ1 and HQ2 buildings sit amid the season’s first snow. December 16, 2020. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.

IMF, Gita Gopinath

Photo: Chief Economist Gita Gopinath provides the World Economic Outlook during the 2021 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 12, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.

Washington, DC, December 2, 2021: Today, the IMF said that First Deputy Managing Director (FDMD) Geoffrey Okamoto would leave the Fund early next year. Gita Gopinath, currently the IMF’s Chief Economist, is proposed to be the Fund’s new First Deputy Managing Director. Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s Managing Director, announced, “Both Geoffrey and Gita are tremendous colleagues — I am sad to see Geoffrey go. But, at the same time, I am delighted that Gita has decided to stay and accept the new responsibility of being our FDMD.” Ms. Gopinath was to return to her academic position at Harvard University in January 2022.

Ms. Georgieva added: “Especially given that the pandemic has led to an increase in the scale and scope of the macroeconomic challenges facing our member countries. I believe that Gita — universally recognized as one of the world’s leading macroeconomists — has precisely the expertise that we need for the FDMD role at this point. Indeed, her particular skill set—combined with her years of experience at the Fund as Chief Economist—make her uniquely well qualified. She is the right person at the right time.”

Ms. Georgieva noted that Ms. Gopinath’s contribution to the Fund’s work has already been exceptional, especially her “intellectual leadership in helping the global economy and the Fund to navigate the twists and turns of the worst economic crisis of our lives.” She also said that Ms. Gopinath—the first female Chief Economist in IMF history—has garnered respect and admiration across our member countries and the institution, with a proven track record in leading analytically rigorous work on a broad range of issues.”

Ms. Georgieva observed that under Ms. Gopinath’s leadership, the IMF’s Research Department had gone from “strength to strength.” For example, the IMF Research Department now does multilateral surveillance via The World Economic Outlook, a new analytical approach to help countries respond to international capital flows. Ms. Georgieva also praised Ms. Gopinath’s recent work on a Pandemic Plan to end the COVID-19 crisis by setting targets to vaccinate the world at a feasible cost.

On her new appointment, Ms. Gopinath said:

“I am honored and humbled to become the IMF’s next FDMD. Over the past three years, I have had the opportunity to experience first-hand and be a part of the hugely important work done by the IMF at the intersection of rigorous economic analysis and public policy. It is gratifying to see the positive impact of our work on economies and the lives of many people worldwide. As the pandemic continues its grip on us, the work of the Fund has never been more critical. I am very thankful to Kristalina and the Board for this opportunity, and so look forward to collaborating closely with all the incredibly brilliant and committed colleagues at the Fund, working with whom has been an absolute privilege.”

Source: IMF

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December 2, 2021

Indian School of Hospitality and Sommet Education Kick-off Development Plans for India Region

Indian School of Hospitality

Photo: Benoît-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education and Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, Indian School of Hospitality.

GURUGRAM, India and GLION-SUR-MONTREUX, Switzerland, December 01, 2021 — Sommet Education, a world leader in hospitality and culinary education, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), founded by hospitality veteran Dilip Puri.

Sommet Education is the world’s leader in hospitality management education. Its global network of prestigious institutions comprises Swiss-originated hospitality business schools Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches.

The partners aim at offering a global standard of education to a more significant number of hospitality and culinary arts aspirants in the years to come in India and neighboring countries. Through this partnership, worldwide education reference in culinary arts, École Ducasse now has its first campus in India at ISH, and Les Roches, one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools.

At an event in Delhi NCR to celebrate the partnership, Benoît-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education, and Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, Indian School of Hospitality, announced their future development plans for India. The first step of this plan is to expand the current ISH Gurugram campus, which will feature an additional 25,000 sq. ft of classrooms, training kitchens, and student experience areas. This expansion will take up the capacity of the campus to over 500 students per intake, with an overall total of 1,200 students per year. New facilities are under construction and will be operational by early 2022.

While ISH has set benchmarks with its global curriculum, faculty, and state-of-the-art infrastructure, expansion of the campus will lay grounds for more talented students to choose the exciting field of hospitality and culinary arts and become future leaders in the industry.

In terms of expansion outside the Gurugram campus, Sommet Education and ISH are evaluating opportunities for a second campus in Mumbai, Bengaluru, or Hyderabad. They also intend to launch a network of Ecole Ducasse studios in select cities across India. These culinary institutes will cater to the needs of professionals, enthusiasts, and career changers for upskilling and acquiring new skills. The targeted cities include New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.

Together, the partners shared their ambition to become India’s largest hospitality and culinary arts education player in the next three years.

Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) is an institute of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. ISH is part of Sommet Education’s global network of 18 campuses across eight countries.

At its ultra-modern campus in Gurugram (Delhi NCR), ISH offers degree and diploma, and certificate programs in hospitality management and culinary arts at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Source: Sommet Education

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November 22, 2021

ETS Expands Presence in India, Driving Growth for Core Brands TOEFL® and GRE®


PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 22, 2021 — ETS has announced the formation of ETS India, officially establishing an office in the country to grow its global footprint as it seeks to continue serving learners as part of their lifelong educational journeys. Lejo Sam Oommen, formerly of Pearson™, will lead ETS India as Managing Director. In this role, Oommen will develop and implement ETS’s overall growth strategy for its products and services in India.

ETS has long been committed to the Indian education community. Establishing the ETS India office is a natural next step in supporting learners and higher education institutions. The formation of ETS India will continue to strengthen the organization’s relationships with key partners in-country, providing both ETS and Indian businesses increased opportunities for collaboration and investment, including in and with schools, institutions, corporations, education agents, language trainers, and study abroad advisors.

“ETS is strongly aligned with India’s bold and visionary approach to reforming, improving, and broadening access to quality education for all Indians through the framework of the New Education Policy (NEP),” said Mohammad Kousha, Associate Vice President of Global Growth, at ETS. “ETS’s mission-oriented approach of advancing quality and equity in education for all is consistent with this forward-thinking vision. We look forward to expanding learning opportunities in-country to the people of India, and having Lejo on board will help us accomplish this.”

“I am pleased to be joining ETS and leading its India office and the team at a time when the organization is undergoing significant transformation as we look to the future of serving learners worldwide with a particular focus on those in India,” said Oommen. “I intend to build on the already strong foundation that exists here in India, reinforcing the value of ETS’s existing products including the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, GRE® test, and TOEIC® exam, as well as new learning tools and business opportunities.”

At Pearson, Oommen served as General Manager with oversight of the PTE® Academic test and was credited for his contributions to the strong business performance of the organization, delivering significant results in growth, revenue, operational performance, and profitability. Before Pearson, he held roles at Reliance Money, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank. He is an alumnus of Bangalore University.

Despite impacts from COVID-19, ETS continued to focus on delivering research and assessment solutions that serve the needs and interests of Indian students and institutions, so their education needs and requirements remained uninterrupted.

Based in Delhi, India, ETS India is a subsidiary of ETS headquartered in Princeton, N.J., USA. ETS India is bringing the organization’s wide-ranging expertise in education and learning to test takers and learners throughout the region. In addition, the staff of ETS India offers deep knowledge and insight into delivering high-quality learning and assessment solutions and new business opportunities to organizations, institutions, and individuals in the country.

ETS develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

Source: ETS

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November 17, 2021

U.S. Colleges and Universities Remain Top Choice for International Students

Higher education institutions across all U.S. states and territories welcomed more than 914,000 international students for academic study during the 2020/21 academic year.

Institute of International Education

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2021 — The ‘Open Doors’ 2021 Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, underscores the continued commitment of students and scholars, U.S. higher education, governmental partners, and industry stakeholders to international educational exchange amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Open Doors 2021 report, released by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE), has been an essential benchmark for international educational exchange to the U.S. for over 70 years. In the 2020/21 academic year, the Open Doors report included international students enrolled at U.S. higher education institutions in the United States and online from abroad and those on Optional Practical Training (OPT). ‘Open Doors’ is a comprehensive information resource on international students studying at U.S. higher education institutions and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit.

In the 2020/21 academic year, 914,095 international students pursued studies at U.S. colleges and universities, a decrease of 15% from the previous academic year. However, these students represented 5% of all students in U.S. higher education and, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, contributed $39 billion to the U.S. economy in 2020.

• U.S. remained open to international students during the COVID-19 pandemic

More than 710,000 international students enrolled at the undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree levels from more than 200 places of origin. In addition, more than 200,000 international students pursued OPT, a welcome opportunity for students to gain practical work experiences in the U.S. after academic study.

The COVID-19 global pandemic primarily impacted international students studying at a U.S. university for the first time or new international students.

International students already enrolled at U.S. universities or continuing students largely remained committed to their U.S. education experience. “International students are central to the free flow of ideas, innovation, economic prosperity, and peaceful relations between nations,” said Matthew Lussenhop, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. “As reiterated in the recent Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, the United States is strongly committed to international education as we continue to build back better.”

• Chinese, Indian students continue to seek an American education.

Chinese and Indian students continued to pursue their education at U.S. institutions in large numbers. While both groups declined this year (by 14.8% and 13.2%, respectively), they did so by less than the overall rate, illustrating the strength and appeal a U.S. education holds in both countries. All places of origin and regions saw declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa saw relatively more minor declines, with potential ease of access to the U.S. during the pandemic and the ability to begin or continue programs virtually within a similar time zone as many U.S. institutions.

“U.S. colleges and universities remained open and welcoming in the face of COVID-19 challenges and well prepared for what’s ahead,” said IIE Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman. “The Open Doors 2021 report gives us all a benchmark to gauge the progress we are making to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.” The Institute of International Education (IIE), established in 1919, is a global not-for-profit that creates and implements international education programs, conducts research, and provides life-changing opportunities for students and scholars worldwide.

• Studying abroad is as important as ever

The COVID-19 global pandemic affected U.S. study abroad programs across the country and all international destinations, resulting in a 53% decline overall. In the 2019/20 academic year, 162,633 American students studied abroad for academic credit.

European countries remain the most popular destination for American students, welcoming more than half (58%) of U.S. study abroad students. However, some of these countries were also the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. As a result, these programs saw declines of 41% to 53%. Americans studied in more than 180 countries and had a presence on every continent, including Antarctica. In addition to the 162,633 U.S. students who received academic credit for study abroad in 2019/20, 252 institutions reported that an additional 11,256 U.S. students participated in non-credit work, internships, volunteering, and research abroad.

“Our commitment to Americans studying abroad is a commitment to our collective future,” said Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. “As ‘study abroad’ slowly returns, we must recommit ourselves to ensuring that study abroad becomes ever more accessible to, and reflective of, the rich diversity of the United States.” The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs.

• U.S. Institutions Report International Student Surge for Fall 2021

Following a challenging year in international educational exchange, the findings of the 2021 Fall International Student Enrollment Snapshot reflect the resilience of U.S. higher education institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higher education institutions reported a 68% increase in the number of new international students enrolling for the first time at a U.S. institution, a notable surge from the 46% decline reported in Fall 2020.

Source: Institute of International Education

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November 12, 2021

130 Nations endorse India's vision on Internationalization of Higher Education at Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University in New Delhi

Internationalization of Education

Photo: India’s Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, Chandigarh University Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu, Education Ministry Officials, and diplomats from various countries in a group photograph during a Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University in New Delhi on November 12, 2021.

NEW DELHI, November 12, 2021 — As many as 130 nations endorsed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision on internationalization of Education while participating in the Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University under the guidance of the Ministry of Education, and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

While participating in the first of its kind Diplomatic Conclave organized on Friday in New Delhi, 175 ambassadors and senior diplomats deliberated on the global issues, including exploring avenues for internationalization of Higher Education, enhancing the standards of Higher Education in India as well as in participating nations, and the challenges to international collaborations in Higher Education.

Union Minister for Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, and Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, attended the Conclave and higher officials of both the ministries.

The idea of global partnership in the field of Education, which is the theme of the Diplomatic Conclave, has drawn tremendous response internationally, as validated by the presence of Ambassadors and Senior Diplomatic from 130 nations in the Conclave.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his thoughts and said that the Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University is deeply rooted in the tenet of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutambakam’ (the whole world is one family). It has brought together a mini-world on a common platform for fostering global partnerships in the field of Education.

The Prime Minister stressed in his message, “India’s New Education Policy emphasizes on connecting our young generation with a modern and national education system while drawing inspiration from our proud heritage. The objective of the education reforms is to make learning holistic and empower our youth.”

The Prime Minister said that the coming together of Ambassadors and Diplomats of several countries at the Conclave would facilitate a vibrant exchange of thoughts, leading to a roadmap for mutual partnerships between nations in the field of Education. “I am sure that the discussions at the Conclave will lead to the preparation of a strategic blueprint for greater synergy in internationalization of Higher Education,” he said.

Inaugurating the Conclave, Union Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, pitched the Government of India’s plan of making India a Vishwaguru by establishing a Global Partnership amongst the nations in the field of Education, Research, and Innovation.

Addressing the audience, Minister Pradhan spoke about India’s inherent strength as a knowledge center of the world and the role of Education in shaping India’s place in the post-COVID new world order.

The Conclave witnessed continuous and stirring discussion among ambassadors divided into different groups on exploring avenues for internationalization of Higher Education, enhancing higher education standards in India and participating nations, and the challenges to international collaborations in Higher Education.

During the Valedictory Session of the Conclave, Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, noted that the quest for Education has long mobilized students, both Indians going to other countries and the international students studying in India.

“The challenge today is to re-imagine this two-way interaction and make it work better for the world as a whole. It is only when exchanges of ideas, creativity, and knowledge are more diversified that we can strive for multiple art and democratic world,” said the Minister in a special video message for the ambassadors and diplomats.

“I believe that today’s event is one step in that direction, and it will help in promoting and fostering greater international cooperation,” he concluded.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary, the chief guest at the Valedictory session, also interacted with the Ambassadors and the Diplomats.

“I am glad that Chandigarh University and its Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu have taken the initiative to organize this Diplomatic Conclave to strengthen India’s rising position in the world of higher education,” he said.

Gloria Berbena, Minister Council for Public Diplomacy, U.S Embassy in India, said, “India’s New Education Policy is a significant step towards becoming a global knowledge economy. In addition, the New Education Policy provides the opportunity to strengthen the India-US educational links and innovate and improve the skill-based creativity in Higher Education.”

Dr. Stephen Grabherr, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Germany in India, said, “India’s role in the world has become increasingly important in recent years. The world has seen this rise of India, and now it is reaching out to the world with its New Education Policy which will surely transform the idea of Global Education.”

Hailing India’s New Education Policy, Ian Biggs, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, referred to it as an impactful and innovative policy.

Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India, said that the discussions and deliberations at the Conclave gave a remarkable insight into the transformation of Global Higher Education.

Sources: Ministry of Education, Government of India, and Chandigarh University

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November 7, 2021

Journalist and Educator Sarah Bartlett Honored as a 21st Century News Visionary.

Sarah Bartlett, CUNY

Photo: Journalist and Educator Sarah Bartlett of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.

DENVER, Nov. 7, 2021 — Sarah Bartlett, Dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, has been recognized by her peers as a 21st-century news visionary.

Business News Visionary Awards presents the distinction. The project bestows the “visionary” designation on select individuals whose dedication, foresight, and talents have had a transformative impact on journalism.

A commemorative book to be published in 2022 would feature a profile of Sarah Bartlett.

A former member of the editorial teams at Fortune, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and Oxygen Media, Sarah Bartlett has served as dean of the CUNY graduate J-School since January 2014. During her tenure, the school’s enrollment has grown by more than 40%, and more than half of those currently attending are students of color.

“Dean Bartlett has helped build the school of journalism at CUNY into a beacon for the future of the field,” CUNY chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodriguez said in a statement. “Her efforts will register for years to come, reflected in the school’s stellar offerings, the success of its graduates, and the many important stories they’ll tell.”

The Business News Visionary Awards are a continuation of the Business News Luminary Awards, which, in 2000, honored the 100 top business and financial journalists of the 20th century.

Dean Rotbart, chair and editor-in-chief of both programs, noted that among Sarah Bartlett’s many accomplishments, she oversaw the launch of the nation’s first bilingual journalism master’s program — offered in Spanish and English.

“Sarah was instrumental in raising nearly $70 million for new programs at the J-School, including a $20 million gift in 2018 from Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist,” Rotbart writes. “In appreciation for his generosity, the school formally changed its name to the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.”

Each individual honored as a news visionary has unique traits. However, Rotbart states that Bartlett’s skill set, in particular, stands out.

“Sarah knows how to mix concrete and lay bricks, an expertise she acquired in the early 1980s helping her late husband, John Petrarca, transform an incommodious, three-story building into a one-of-a-kind home,” Rotbart says. “Her construction talents are an apt metaphor for the foundation-building and renovations she oversaw at CUNY.”

Sarah Bartlett began her academic career in 2002 as the Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism at Baruch College, then segued over to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism as a charter faculty member when the new journalism school opened its doors in 2006. She became the school’s second-ever dean, succeeding Stephen B. Shepard, with whom she previously worked when both of them were at BusinessWeek.

The Business News Visionary and News Luminary Awards goal extends beyond the celebration of the profiled men and women, explains Terri Thompson, the former director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University.

“It is also to educate the public about the high standards to which these and so many other dedicated journalists have adhered and to offer a proven playbook for other journalists and journalism students to follow,” says Thompson, who introduces each honoree’s oral history.

Source: Business News Visionary Awards

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November 3, 2021

QS reveals Asia's Best Universities

QS Asia University Rankings

QS Asia University Rankings

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LONDON, November 2, 2021 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education think-tank and compilers of the world’s most-consulted university rankings portfolio, today released the fourteenth edition of their annual list of Asia’s best higher education institutions. The National University of Singapore has been the continent’s best university for the fourth consecutive year.

The 2022 QS World University Rankings Asia contains 687 universities, including forty new entries, and is QS’s most extensive independent comparison of the region’s higher education system. The table accounts for eleven key indicators of university performance. They include academic standing, graduate employability, research quality and productivity, internationalization on campus, and the diversity of each institution’s international collaborations.

QS World University Rankings: Asia 2022 - Top 10

• Highlights

Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, said: “This year’s results reiterate the intensely competitive, intensely dynamic nature of Asian higher education. China’s best universities continue to progress, Japanese higher education is stagnating - and Malaysia remains on the rise.”

• How the leading Institutions from India & Pakistan rank in QS Asia University Rankings 2022:

• QS Asia Rank — Institution

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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November 2, 2021

National Press Club awards Isidoro Rodriguez of the City University of New York with the 2021 Shirley & Dennis Feldman Fellowship.

National Press Club, Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2021 — The National Press Club, Washington, DC, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, has chosen Isidoro Rodriguez of Brooklyn, New York, as the recipient of its 2021 Shirley & Dennis Feldman Fellowship.

Rodriguez, who is attending the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, impressed the judges with his published stories about criminal justice and police abuse of people of color, including one titled, “Stop Turning Your Head: Black Cops Speak Out Against ‘Blanket of Racism.’”

Another story, “The Plight of the Police Whistleblower,” was based on deep reporting on police officers who have reported their peers for abuse of power and unequal treatment of black and brown people. Rodriguez wrote about an ever-present threat of retaliation by superiors, the rest of the force, and the system against those policemen who speak out.

“It wasn’t until I decided to go back to school in 2014, at the age of 31,” he said, “that I took my first steps toward what has become the hardest, most stressful, most educational, and most rewarding experience of my life: being a journalist.”

Since his graduation from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York in 2017, he’s written on probation, juvenile detention, and the bail system. “However, the work that has interested me the most, that I often consider my duty to write, has been on police reform,” he said.

Rodriguez grew up in Japan, Mexico, and Brazil.

“I believe that my early exposure to these cultures, and the international education I received while living in them, has benefited me with an open mind,” he wrote in his application. “My experiences and work in criminal justice reporting have taught me the importance of an analytical and questioning journalistic nature.”

Recommendation letters from his professors praised Rodriguez’s willingness to dig into complex subjects, such as the research and writing on policing the mentally ill.

“We applaud Isidoro’s commitment to the important work of reporting on criminal justice and police reform with a focus on some of our communities’ most vulnerable populations,” said Lisa Nicole Matthews, National Press Club president. “Isidoro’s work already has exposed important issues, and we look forward to the impact his journalistic work will have.”

This year’s runner-up is Kathryn Styer-Martinez of Oakland, California. She is attending the Berkeley School of Journalism at the University of California.

Rodriguez is one of four scholarship winners who will be honored at the National Press Club’s Annual Journalism Awards Dinner, to be held virtually from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 8, 2021. The National Press Club’s Journalism Awards celebrate the best in American broadcast and print journalism.

Source: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington, DC


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October 28, 2021

World University Reputation Rankings 2021

World University Reputation Rankings

World University Reputation Rankings

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London, October 28, 2021 — The Times Higher Education today released its World University Reputation Rankings 2021. These rankings emerge from the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics.

Reputation Rankings are different from Academic Rankings.

Harvard University tops the ranking for the 11th consecutive year, and the US remains the most represented country, with 57 institutions (down from 60 last year).

Tsinghua University has risen three places to become the first Chinese institution to join the top 10. In comparison, the University of Oxford climbs two places to make the top three and overtake the University of Cambridge as the UK’s chief representative.

The UK still has the second-highest number of representatives in the ranking - 25, the same as last year.

Mainland China is now third in the country roll call, up from fourth last year, with 17 institutions (up from 13).


Source: Times Higher Education

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October 26, 2021

U.S. News & World Report announces its 2022 Best Global Universities Rankings

The newest edition evaluates schools from more than 90 countries.

U.S. News, University Rankings

U.S. News, University Rankings

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2021 — U.S. News & World Report, one of the global authorities in education rankings, today published the 2022 edition of the Best Global Universities. The new edition evaluates more than 1,700 schools giving overall scores on academic research and reputation.

The U.S. leads the overall ranking, with schools in the top four spots. No. 1 is Harvard University, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of California Berkeley at No. 2, 3, and 4. Rounding out the top five is the University of Oxford in the U.K.

The 2022 edition includes universities from more than 90 countries. The most ranked schools are in the following countries:

U.S.: 271
China: 253
Japan: 93
U.K.: 89
Germany: 70

“These rankings stand out from our other education rankings due to their emphasis on academic research,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “The Best Global Universities feature an overall ranking of more than 1,700 universities, as well as subject rankings of additional 255 universities, for a total of 2,005 schools, providing even more information for prospective students interested in schools where research is a top priority.”

Five new subjects were added to the rankings, bringing the total to 43. The new subjects are physical chemistry, food science and technology, optics, condensed matter physics, and polymer science.

Based on Web of Science™ data and InCites™ metrics provided by Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, the Best Global Universities methodology weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. The overall rankings include bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations, and international collaboration. In addition, each subject ranking has its methodology based on academic research performance in that specific area.

“As students, faculty, and staff continue to navigate the pandemic, comparable school-specific data remains important to individuals exploring their higher education options,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “For eight years and counting, the Best Global Universities rankings have provided easily accessible data that prospective students can use to evaluate those options.”

• 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities

• Overall Best Global Universities - Top 10

• Africa - Top 3

• Asia - Top 3

• Australia/New Zealand - Top 3

• Europe - Top 3

• Latin America - Top 3

U.S. News & World Report is a global leader in quality rankings that enable citizens, consumers, business leaders, and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, and News platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice, and U.S. News Live events. Founded in 1933, U.S. News has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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October 25, 2021

Every College and University Student Around the World Can Now Receive a Free Digital Copy of Bill Gates' Book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Bill Gates Book

SEATTLE, October 25, 2021 — Beginning today, Bill Gates will give every college and university student around the world a free digital copy of his best-selling book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need (Alfred A. Knopf, February 16, 2021).

As climate leaders from the public and private sectors gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for the COP26 climate conference next month, the imperative to take tangible action as a global community has never been stronger.

“Students and young activists have kept climate change at the top of the global agenda, despite the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we owe it to them and to everyone around the world to develop real plans and take real action,” said Bill Gates. “The next generation of scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, and activists will carry this work forward as the world aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.”

Throughout 2021, Gates has spoken with more than 132,000 students in virtual Q&A sessions to hear their thoughts on climate change and the work that lies ahead to transform the entire physical economy and shift away from carbon-emitting energy sources. By making his book available to every college and university student worldwide, Gates hopes to encourage more young people to learn about climate change and consider what role they could play in the years ahead.

The free download is available to any college or university student anywhere in the world. The book gets delivered in a .epub file for opening in a compatible e-reader application. It will be available for download on Bill Gates’ blog, Gates Notes, this week only.

To download the book, visit

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done to stop a climate disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. Drawing on his background in technology innovation, he details what it will take to get new ideas from the lab to the market. Next, he describes the areas in which existing technology is already helping to reduce emissions and outlines where breakthrough innovations are needed to take us the rest of the way. Finally, he lays out concrete, practical plan for achieving the goal of zero emissions. It suggests policies that governments should adopt and what we as individuals can do to keep our government, employers, and ourselves accountable to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Bill Gates is a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. In 1975, he co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen.

Source: Gates Notes

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