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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

Photo: University of Hong Kong. University Hall, or UHall, is now part of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Initially, when completed in 1864, it was the castle residence of Douglas Lapraik, a Scottish businessman in Hong Kong. Image Credit: Can Pac Swire.

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

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (front, center) with a group of students after delivering the Cyril Foster Lecture, “Human Protection and the 21st Century United Nations”, at Oxford University, United Kingdom. Oxford, United Kingdom. February 2, 2011. UN Photo/Mark Garten. [File Photo]

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

Photo: Columbia University Library. Image Credit: Alex Proimos.

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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October 22, 2021

Academy Reveals 2021 Student Academy Award Winners and Medal Placement.

Virtual Program Hosted by Amandla Stenberg, with Pete Docter, Asghar Farhadi, Marielle Heller and Nanfu Wang to Present

Student Academy Awards

Photo: Some of the 2021 Student Academy Award Winners. Images provided by the Academy.

LOS ANGELES, CA. October 22, 2021 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 17 students as winners of the 48th Student Academy Awards competition. Oscar-winning filmmaker and 1992 Student Academy Award winner Pete Docter, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, and filmmakers Marielle Heller and Nanfu Wang presented the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal awards in the seven award categories in a virtual program highlighting the winners and their films on Thursday, October 21. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received 1,404 submissions from 210 domestic and 126 international colleges and universities. The 2021 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

• The 2021 Student Academy Award medalists are:

• Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools)

• Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

• Animation (International Film Schools)

• Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

• Documentary (International Film Schools)

• Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

• Narrative (International Film Schools)

• First-time honors go to the University of Iowa and Cleveland Institute of Art.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for the 2021 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, or Documentary Short Subject category. Past winners have gone on to receive 65 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 14 awards.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities to showcase their work.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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October 16, 2021

Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development awards scholarships to eight Indian students

University of Oxford

Photo: An Announcement from the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) at Somerville College, University of Oxford.

Oxford, UK. October 16, 2021 — The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) at Somerville College, University of Oxford, has awarded scholarships to eight Indian students. They will take their places at the University of Oxford in October 2021. The students will pursue research on India’s sustainable development topics ranging from solar cells and renewable energy to the role of diverse communities in shaping urban landscapes in South Asia.

Including the existing scholars, the OICSD cohort for the academic year 2021-22 has grown to 21 students - which is the largest cohort of scholars the Centre has supported since its inception in 2013.

Candidates are selected based on their academic merit and the alignment of their work with the Centre’s impact themes such as climate change, energy, cities, healthcare technology, biodiversity, and conservation, among others.

The Centre has funded the postgraduate studies of a total of 43 Indian students to date. Most of these have returned to India upon their graduation to work in law, governance, conservation, and social development, thereby carrying forward the Centre’s ambition of developing ‘brain gain’ for India.

This year, the Centre has awarded the prestigious Indira Gandhi scholarships to Snigdha Lal and Karthik Ganesh to pursue their DPhil research in Condensed Matter Physics and Inorganic Chemistry.

Snigdha Lal would research the fundamental properties of various solar cells. “I want to use my research to create the greatest impact in the field of clean energy, especially for countries such as India,” said Snigdha, who previously did her undergraduate studies in IIT-Bombay and master’s in chemical engineering at TU Delft, Netherlands.

The Indira Gandhi scholarships were instituted at the OICSD through a joint endowment by the Government of India and the University of Oxford to research the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development in India.

The Centre has also awarded the Gopal Subramanium scholarship to Swapnil Tripathi for pursuing a DPhil in Law.

This year, the OICSD has awarded Indira Gandhi-Radhakrishnan scholarships to Mrinalini Mitra and Sumedha Chakravarthy to pursue a one-year master’s degree in Modern South Asian Studies.

Each year, the Centre awards partial scholarships for postgraduate studies in law through generous donations from Mr. Sarosh Zaiwalla, Senior Partner and Founder of Zaiwalla & Co, and Mr. Hemant Sahai, Founding Partner of HSA Advocates. The supporters of the Cornelia Sorabji Scholarship are distinguished friends from the Indian legal and business community. They include Dr. Pheroza Godrej, Senior Counsel Darius J Khambata, and Senior Advocate Harin Raval.

This year, the Ratanshaw Bomanji Zaiwalla scholarship was awarded to Sarvatrajit Singh Jajmann for an MSc in Law and Finance. In addition, the HSA Advocates scholarship and the Cornelia Sorabji scholarship were awarded to Avani Agarwal and Shubrojyoti Mookherjee, respectively, for the BCL degree.

The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) is a unique Oxford-India partnership created to advance research on the complex challenges and opportunities posed by sustainable development in India.

The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development will help shape the next century of India’s growth by educating, connecting, and supporting its future leaders in sustainable development and by forging lasting partnerships between Indian institutions and the University of Oxford.

Source: Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College, University of Oxford.


— The editor is an Oxford Alumni Card Holder and an Oxford & Cambridge Society of India Member.

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October 13, 2021

NASA Sets Landing Coverage for Russian Cosmonaut, Actress, Producer



Photo: The Soyuz MS-19 crew ship carrying three Russian crew members approaches the International Space Station for a docking to the Rassvet module. Aboard the spacecraft were Soyuz Commander and veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild, and producer Klim Shipenko. October 5, 2021. Image Credit: NASA.


Photo: Soyuz MS-19 crew members (from left) Yulia Peresild, Anton Shkaplerov, and Klim Shipenko pose for a portrait at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. Shkaplerov is a Roscosmos cosmonaut and the Soyuz Commander visiting the International Space Station for the fourth time. Peresild and Shipenko are spaceflight participants and first-time space flyers representing Russia. August 26, 2021. Image Credit: NASA.


Photo: Spaceflight participant and Soyuz MS-19 Board Engineer Yulia Peresild poses for a portrait at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. August 26, 2021. Image Credit: NASA.

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2021 — NASA will provide complete coverage as three space travelers living aboard the International Space Station, including a Russian actress and her producer-director, return to Earth just after midnight on Sunday, October 17.

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos will be at the controls of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, flanked by Russian actress Yulia Peresild and Russian producer-director Klim Shipenko, for the spacecraft’s undocking from the station’s Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module Saturday, October 16. The trio will make a parachute-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan a little more than three hours later, at 12:36 a.m. EDT (10:36 a.m. Kazakhstan time) Sunday, October 17.

Coverage of the crew’s farewells and hatch closure, undocking, and landing will air live on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and the NASA app.

After landing, the crew will return by Russian helicopters to the recovery staging city in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, before boarding a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft to return to their training base in Star City, Russia.

Peresild and Shipenko arrived at the station on October 5 aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov for 12 days filming their movie, “Challenge,” under a commercial agreement between Roscosmos and Moscow-based media entities. They served as spaceflight participants during their stay on the orbital complex.

Novitskiy returns to Earth after 191 days in space on his third mission that spanned 3,056 orbits of Earth and 80.9 million miles.

When the Soyuz undocks, Expedition 66 will formally begin aboard the station. Commander Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Mark Vande Hei, JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov will remain aboard the orbiting outpost.

Source: NASA

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October 12, 2021

IMF announces its World Economic Outlook October 2021 Forecast

International Monetary Fund

Photo: International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook. Chief Economist Gita Gopinath, Division Chief in the IMF Research Department, prepares to provide the World Economic Outlook during the 2021 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 12, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/Joshua Roberts.

Washington, DC. October 12, 2021 —The IMF is lowering its global growth projection for 2021 slightly to 5.9 percent while keeping it unchanged for 2022 at 4.9 percent. However, this modest headline revision masks significant downgrades for some countries, the Fund reports in its World Economic Outlook released Tuesday (October 12) in Washington, DC.

“The global recovery continues, but momentum has weakened, hobbled by the pandemic. As a result, we have a slight downward revision for global growth for this year to 5.9 percent for next year. Our projection remains unchanged at 4.9 percent. However, the divergences in growth prospects across countries persist and remain a major concern,” said Gita Gopinath, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund.

Gopinath added that risks to economic prospects have increased, and policy trade-offs have become more complex in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, monetary policy will need to walk a fine line between tackling inflation and financial risks and supporting economic recovery.

“One of the major risks remains that there could be new variants of the virus that could further slow back the recovery. In addition, we’re seeing major supply disruptions worldwide that are also feeding inflationary pressures, which are quite high. Further, financial risk-taking also is increasing, which poses an additional risk to the outlook,” explained Gopinath.

The dangerous divergence in economic prospects across countries remains a significant concern. These divergences are a consequence of the ‘great vaccine divide’ and large disparities in policy support.

“The foremost priority is to vaccinate the world. Much greater multilateral action is needed to vaccinate at least 40 percent of the population in every country by the end of this year. And 70 percent by the middle of next year. We also need much greater action to address climate change. Individual countries will need to tailor their fiscal and monetary policy to the country’s specific conditions, to the health conditions in their country, to their economic conditions, while also maintaining the credibility of their fiscal and monetary frameworks,” said Gopinath.

Source: IMF

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October 11, 2021

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announces the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2021

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

Photo: David Card, Jousha Angrist and Guido Imbens. The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021. Image provided by & Credit: © Nobel Prize Outreach 2021 Ill. Niklas Elmehed.

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

Stockholm, October 11, 2021 — The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021.

With one half to —

David Card
The University of California, Berkeley, USA

“For his empirical contributions to labor economics.”

And the other half jointly to —

Joshua D. Angrist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Guido W. Imbens
Stanford University, USA

“For their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.”

• Natural experiments help answer important questions for society.

This year’s Laureates - David Card, Joshua Angrist, and Guido Imbens - have provided new insights into the labor market. They have shown what conclusions about cause and effect one can draw from natural experiments. Their approach has spread to other fields and revolutionized empirical research.

Many of the big questions in the social sciences deal with cause and effect. How does immigration affect pay and employment levels? How does a more comprehensive education affect someone’s future income? These questions are difficult to answer because we have nothing to use as a comparison. We do not know what would have happened if there had been less immigration or if that person had not continued studying.

However, this year’s Laureates have shown that it is possible to answer these questions using natural experiments. The key is to handle situations in which chance events or policy changes result in groups of people being treated differently in a way that resembles clinical trials in medicine.

Using natural experiments, David Card has analyzed the labor market effects of minimum wages, immigration, and education. His studies from the early 1990s challenged conventional wisdom, leading to new analyses and additional insights. The results showed, among other things, that increasing the minimum wage does not necessarily lead to fewer jobs. In addition, we now know that the incomes of people born in a country can benefit from new immigration, while people who immigrated at an earlier time risk being negatively affected. Finally, we have also realized that resources in schools are far more critical for students’ future labor market success than was previously thought.

Data from a natural experiment is difficult to interpret, however. For example, extending compulsory education by a year for one group of students (but not another) will not affect everyone in that group in the same way. Moreover, some students would have kept studying anyway and, for them, the value of education is often not representative of the entire group. So, is it even possible to draw any conclusions about the effect of an extra year in school? In the mid-1990s, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens solved this methodological problem, demonstrating precise conclusions about cause and effect from natural experiments.

“Card’s studies of core questions for society and Angrist and Imbens’ methodological contributions have shown that natural experiments are a rich source of knowledge. Moreover, their research has substantially improved our ability to answer critical causal questions, which has been of great benefit to society,” Peter Fredriksson, chair of the Economic Sciences Prize Committee, stated.

Source: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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October 8, 2021

Punjab Central University Vice-Chancellor chairs the Technical Session at India Ministry of Education Webinar on Good Governance.

India Education Webinar

Photo: The Union Minister for Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, and the Minister of State for Education, Ms. Annpurna Devi, released the ‘One-year New Education Policy (NEP) - 2020 Achievement’ booklet in New Delhi on August 24, 2021. [File Photo]

New Delhi, October 7, 2021 — The Ministry of Education of India and the University Grants Commission (UGC) organized a webinar on Collective Partnership today. The webinar was a part of a series of webinars scheduled by the Government of India on Good Governance from September 17, 2021, to October 7, 2021. Union Minister of Education and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan; Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal; Secretary, Higher Education, Sanjay Murthy; Chairman, UGC, Prof D.P Singh, and senior officials of the Ministry and UGC attended the webinar.

Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan highlighted the importance of good governance. He said that during the covid pandemic, India was one of the leading countries to offer a helping hand to the world. He added that the next 25 years would be crucial for future generations to lead the country towards a more glorious future.

The Minister emphasized the importance of people’s participation in making a self-reliant India. “People’s Participation” is a crucial pillar of Modi Government’s governance model,” he added.

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, said that the world is looking at India as a trusted partner for a skilled workforce with enormous education possibilities attracting foreign institutions and students to come to India as their preferred study destination.

Mr. Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Higher Education, highlighted the importance of the National Education Policy 2020 and its alignment to delivering good governance while focusing on the collaborative partnership of government departments, NGOs, civil societies, private players, and most importantly, the ordinary person.

In his Opening Remarks, Prof. D.P. Singh, Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), talked about improving the quality of India’s education system.

The webinar on Collective Partnership helped bring together people from academic institutions, Ministries, and educationists to share a platform for furthering discussion on Good Governance.

Prof. R.P. Tiwari, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, chaired the Technical Session. Prof. R.P. Tiwari is well known for his various other roles. For example, he is the Chairman of the Government Committee for recommending “Governance Reforms” in Chandigarh’s local, Panjab University.

The webinar deliberated on issues of Good Governance with a focus on the role of collective effort and partnership for achieving the same. The discussions focused on strategies that would enable and promote cooperative collaboration to realize the goals of the National Education Policy, 2020. An important takeaway of the webinar was the significance of collaborative partnership to empower people, improve the education system, boost economic growth, and ultimately leave no one behind. Discussions and ideas shared from the webinar will help fulfill the goals of delivering good governance in education.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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October 6, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets the CEO of QS Quacquarelli Symonds.


QS, Narendra Modi

Photo: New Delhi, India, October 5, 2021. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO and Managing Director of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. They discussed higher education.

“Had a productive meeting with Nunzio Quacquarelli, the CEO and Managing Director of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. We talked at length about aspects relating to the education sector,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is a leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to global higher education.

The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, is a popular source of comparative data about the performance of universities.

Source: Narendra Modi/Twitter

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September 29, 2021

New York City Mayor, de Blasio, announces Columbia University will operate and oversee Pandemic Response Institute.

Pandemic Response Institute (PRI) allocated $20 Million in City Funding, tasked with Preparing Communities Ahead of the Next Pandemic.

Columbia University

City University of New York

NEW YORK, September 29, 2021 — Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced Pandemic Response Institute (PRI). Columbia University would launch and operate it. The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) will be a crucial partner.

A broad consortium of non-profit public health entities, community-based organizations, industries, and businesses will work with the Institute to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.

The PRI (Pandemic Response Institute) will get up to $20 million in City capital funding for eligible costs. It would prepare New York City for future health emergencies and epidemics more effectively and equitably. In addition, it would position the city as a global leader to serve as a model for public health response.

“The Pandemic Response Institute, operated by Columbia University with key partner CUNY SPH, will play a critical role in preparing for future pandemics and promoting equity in public health,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Born out of New York’s quick action during the early days of the pandemic, this institute will put our hardest learned lessons to work so that when the next public health crisis emerges, New York City will not only be prepared; we will be ready to lead these global fights.”

“The Pandemic Response Institute will serve as our City’s anchor as we invest and ensure we have the tools we need to confront — and prevent — future public health emergencies,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. “We are grateful to our partners at Columbia and CUNY SPH for putting forth an ambitious and comprehensive vision for such an urgent need for New York City.”

“The experience of confronting COVID-19 and recent natural disasters has proven that we must work together to prepare and respond to public health emergencies,” said First Deputy Health Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer Dr. Torian Easterling. “These investments will prepare us to fight future health crises and ensure a just recovery and the opportunity to establish New York City as the public health capital of the world.”

“One of the lessons we’ve learned over the last 18 months during the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of a robust public health emergency response system,” said Emergency Management Commissioner John Scrivani. “The partnership with Columbia University and the other institutions will make the Pandemic Response Institute a hub of innovation, information, and planning to prepare us for the next health crisis better. A dedicated institute to analyze and plan for future crises, along with resources and collaboration with City agencies, will help minimize the impact of future disasters and strengthen our public health responses.”

“Our commitment to building a recovery for all of us includes ensuring a robust public health response to any future emergency,” said the City’s Senior Advisor for Recovery, Lorraine Grillo. “We look forward to working with Columbia and CUNY to bolster our city’s infrastructure, so we are better prepared to swiftly and equitably address any threat to the well-being of our communities.”

“Columbia University with key partner CUNY SPH demonstrated to us a high level of expertise that was unmatched,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Rachel Loeb. “NYCEDC has every confidence these esteemed institutions and their partners will put New York City and all New Yorkers first. Keeping people safe and our economy open means we need an unprecedented public health response that is forward-looking and dedicated to addressing health disparities. NYCEDC is proud to help establish a Pandemic Response Institute that will be innovative and critical to our public health infrastructure.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to the critical need for strong and vibrant multi-sector partnerships to protect New Yorkers from emergent health threats effectively,” said Wafaa El-Sadr. El-Sadr is Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and Director of ICAP and Columbia World Projects. He is leading the PRI. “The Pandemic Response Institute will create an unprecedented nexus for engagement, expertise, and resources from across our city,” he added.

“We are enormously excited to partner with Columbia University in this vital effort,” said Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean of CUNY SPH. “Our school’s primary commitment to health equity and social justice, coupled with existing strengths in health communication, systems modeling, and community outreach, will help to shape and support this initiative to advance a new vision for the health of all New Yorkers.”

NYCEDC (New York City Economic Development Corporation), DOHMH (The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), and New York City Emergency Management reviewed and selected Columbia to launch this Institute with a critical partnership with CUNY SPH and other collaborators, following a Request for Proposals (RFP) in April. Through its Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University put forth an ambitious and compelling vision for the PRI.

The PRI will specifically focus on:

Dr. Claire Pomeroy, President and CEO of the Lasker Foundation, remarked, “Thanks to the Pandemic Response Institute, we are better positioned to build a healthier, more resilient, and more just New York City — and serve as a model for the world.”

Source: The City of New York, Office of the Mayor

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World Leaders, CEOs, & Global Celebrities Gather at Harvard University for the HPAIR Summit



CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 28, 2021 — The Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) that operates the largest student-run conference in the USA and Asia has concluded its flagship HPAIR 2021 Conference. It was the most extensive gathering in its 30-year history. The summit’s theme was Reinventing with Resilience, where attendees shared visions on improving the state of the world following COVID-19 by engaging in disruptive innovation across social, political, academic, and business dimensions.

Government ministers, Fortune 500 business CEOs, and decorated celebrities listed below gathered at Harvard University.

• Notable keynote speakers for the event included:

“Our core focus has always been to gather people who are pioneers in their respective fields and engage them in Socratic dialogue with one another on issues of global importance. And then to capture those ideas generated and share them worldwide,” remarked Zeel Patel, Co-President of HPAIR. “It creates a mesocosm of information transfer that only happens when two leaders interact, such as the CEO of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Co-Founder of Wikipedia.”

Lesly Goh, former CTO of The World Bank Group and member of HPAIR’s Board of Advisors, applauded the global team on their achievements: “it was quite a pleasure to support Zeel, Eric, and their team of 75 Harvard students as they orchestrated the conference from their Dubai, Boston, and Taipei offices. While the virtual format brought on tremendous challenges, it also provided incredible opportunities to maximize HPAIR’s impact and accelerate our mission of democratizing insights to our delegates, connecting young future leaders with leaders globally.”

The Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is a 30-year-old non-profit organization founded to create a forum of exchange for young professionals and current world leaders to discuss and learn about the most important technological, political, and economic issues facing the globe. The mission is to connect today’s top leaders with the future leaders of tomorrow in a dynamic forum of engagement.

Since 1991, HPAIR has organized 50 conferences in 19 different host countries, touching the lives of more than 40,000 students and young professionals. In addition, HPAIR hosts two student-led conferences a year, one on Harvard’s campus and one in Asia-Pacific.

Source: Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR)

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September 28, 2021

Bloomberg Businessweek's 2021-2022 Best B-Schools MBA Ranking



Photo: The Rutgers MBA Program received high scores for the compensation of its graduates, the strength of its networking, and its diversity, according to the latest Bloomberg Businessweek ranking. Image provided by Rutgers Business School.

New York, September 26, 2021 — Bloomberg Businessweek’s has published its Best B-Schools MBA Ranking 2021-2022. Bloomberg ranked 119 business schools worldwide.

According to Bloomberg, all schools were required to submit employment data for the Class of 2020, following standards set by MBA CSEA, a trade group founded in 1994 to establish and collect consistent, comparable, peer-reviewed data.

Bloomberg Businessweek said its Best B-Schools ranking starts with a basic premise: The best judges of MBA programs are graduating students, recent alumni, and companies that recruit MBAs. And we want the best answers: Are schools offering what millennial students need, especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic? Are recent graduates able to leverage what they’ve learned and tapped into their schools’ networks? What do businesses value most in recruits?

“We learned that the major stakeholders — students, alumni, and recruiters — could have differing and overlapping needs and interests. So we rank schools based on four indexes that capture key elements of business school education: Compensation, Learning, Networking, and Entrepreneurship,” Bloomberg explained.

“For the 2021-22 ranking, we added a fifth index for U.S. schools: Diversity. For the first time, schools are providing data on race, ethnicity, and gender in their classes in a standardized way we can measure,” Bloomberg added.

“Our methodology involves two steps. Step 1 generates weightings for each index. We let the stakeholders decide rather than assign the indexes relative weightings ourselves. In our surveys, we asked students, alumni, and recruiters what was most important to them. We provide a dozen options, such as ‘increase my earnings potential,’ ‘build my professional network,’ and ‘learn how to start or develop a business.’ The U.S. surveys also offered diversity options such as ‘learn in a diverse, equitable and inclusive B-school environment’ and ‘learn how to work successfully in an increasingly diverse workforce.’ Their answers determine the weightings of each of our indexes.”

“Step 2 asks a range of survey questions on the business school experience, each mapped to a specific index. We also collect MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA) employment and compensation data from schools. We also collect data on their class members’ race, ethnicity, and gender. Finally, from survey scores and the data, we calculate the overall ranking,” Bloomberg Businessweek elaborated.

• Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best B-Schools 2021-2022 — Overall

• U.S. B-Schools Ranking — Overall

• European B-Schools Ranking — Overall

• Asia-Pacific B-Schools Ranking — Overall

• Canadian B-Schools Ranking — Overall

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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September 27, 2021

US Embassy North India Director Michael Rosenthal inaugurates US Study Center at Chandigarh University.

US Study center will serve as a coordination office for admissions to US Universities, visa preparation, and NCLX training center.

Indian students are welcome to study in the US; With a sharp mind and brilliant skills, Indians contribute to the development of society and our country says, US Embassy Director NIO Michael Rosenthal.

Chandigarh University

Photo: US Embassy North India Director Michael Rosenthal inaugurated US Study Center at Chandigarh University.

CHANDIGARH, India, Sept. 27, 2021 — American people are learning from Indians by allying with India in various fields, and the people of both countries benefit from multiple alliances. Michael Rosenthal, Director, North India Office (NIO), US Embassy, said. He was speaking during the inaugural ceremony of the US Studies Center at Chandigarh University. Chandigarh University has set up a US Study Center on the campus to create opportunities for students to study in leading academic institutions of America. The study center will prove to be an essential factor in providing long-term and short-term programs to university students, joint research programs, preparation for visa interviews, USA in-house degree programs, and promoting cultural and social exchange between the two countries.

The US has always welcomed students from all over the world, including India. Indian students bring so many skills, ideas, and enthusiasm which helps the people and society of the US, Michael Rosenthal said. He further added, “The collaboration between the US and Indian educational institutions has been growing over the last few years. Students and faculty from both countries are learning from each other through Joint Research and Exchange Program. It reflects the strong academic ties between the US and India.” The relations between India and the USA are not merely ties between two governments, but this relationship is people-driven and people-centric, added Michael Rosenthal.

While speaking on the Indo-US relationship, Michael Rosenthal said, “The US is one of the top trading partners in terms of goods and services for India. The bilateral trade between India and the US has scaled to new heights and touched $ 150 billion in recent time. The United States and India have shared interests in promoting global security, stability, and economic prosperity through trade, investment, and connectivity”. The strong people-to-people ties, educational institutions tie-ups, and scientists of both the nations doing research together is a tremendous source of strength for the Indo-US partnership, added Mr. Rosenthal.

“US Study Center established at the campus of Chandigarh University is a symbol of further improving the relationship between the US and India. This center will facilitate more educational exchanges, more scientific research, and more study opportunities between the students of both the countries,” said Michael Rosenthal. While talking about the New Education Policy of India, Michael Rosenthal said, “India’s New Education Policy opens up new opportunities for collaboration with the foreign countries. India has great minds, faculty, institutions, and research facility. Therefore, many US universities, educational institutes, and individuals are interested in collaborating with Indian universities for various research programs.”

With this newly inaugurated US Study Center, students will enroll in universities in the US with exclusive scholarship facilities. The US Study Center, set up in the university campus, includes the coordination offices of the University of North Alabama and Arkansas State University. The newly inaugurated center will provide an in-house MBA program under the 1+1 plan. Students will study at Chandigarh University Campus for one year and complete the remaining study with scholarship facilities at the University of North Alabama. In addition, the center will offer training and preparation courses for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure of nurses in the US, Canada, and Australia. Furthermore, the campus-based center will organize joint conferences, seminars, workshops, and joint research activities in collaboration with partner universities in the US to provide students with world-class knowledge on research and innovation.

Chandigarh University Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu said, “To provide world-class employment and quality education to the students, the university has established academic alliances with more than 308 best universities in 68 countries including Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.” Chandigarh University has tied up with 25 universities in the US so far, and more than 192 its students are already pursuing their studies in the US under various programs.”

Chandigarh University is an autonomous educational institution located near Chandigarh in Punjab, India. It is the youngest University in India and the only private University in Punjab to be honored with an A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

Source: Chandigarh University

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