After having conducted expansive research by contacting 1600 institutes and over 9000 recruiters around the world, Youth Inc has ranked the top 100 universities in the world to pursue an undergraduate programme
Welcome to the Youth Incorporated, Education Times and Rediff.com Global University Rankings 2015. Continuing with our yearly rankings for the best global universities, we have conducted widespread research work spanning several months to sort through extensive raw data and bring out a finished analysis that is practical and can be helpful in the selection process for students looking to enrol in the top programmes the world over. We got in touch with 1600 institutes to gauge their responses to dispassionate questions that would assist us in evaluating the quality of the educational experience provided by them. We also considered the responses from the current students attending the universities along with official responses from their respective administrative bodies. We also thought that in order to make our rankings most relevant and credible it was important that we accumulated responses from alumni of the institutes. In addition, we procured information from 9000 recruiters that have previously recruited graduates from the institutes considered in the surveys.
For 20 years, there were only five university labs in the world working on it. Today those five labs are very famous [Ed note: the five are University of Toronto, Université de Montréal, New York University, Stanford University and University of Oxford]. Everybody who comes out of them gets picked up by Google, or Facebook or a top university.
What are the differences between the ways that humans and machines learn? Are there specific weaknesses of the deep-learning approach that you are aware of?
You teach at Singularity University and you specifically teach about deep learning as an “exponentially advancing technology”. What resources need to be unlimited for the exponential growth of deep learning?
That’s a really good question. I actually think deep learning could be the first truly exponential technology.
...There is now, in fact, a deep-learning network for building deep-learning networks! And, indeed, the networks that they come up with are, in fact, much better than those that humans have created.
I understand you’ve been teaching yourself Chinese through a very data-intensive learning algorithm. I’m wondering how this personal learning experience, in your own brain, has informed your ideas about deep learning in silico.
... I wanted to learn more about human learning, so that I could use that knowledge to increase my machine-learning ability...
ICTA research leader in artificial intelligence, Professor Toby Walsh, says Watson is well suited to solving problems that involve sifting through large volumes of unstructured data.
As the volume of data available to humans increases, he says tools like Watson will be essential for helping make sense of it all. An early application of Watson is in helping clinicians make better decisions.
“The number of scientific papers being written is beyond the remit of any one person to read any more, and often it is unstructured text,” Walsh says.
One of the first Australian organisations to sign up to Watson is Victoria’s Deakin University. Chief digital officer, William Confalonieri, says the university is using Watson initially to create an intelligent digital guide for students. Deakin has received the highest ranking of any Victorian university for learning satisfaction for the past four years, and Confalonieri says the use of Watson is intended to cement this...
Well, I’m happy to say that one of the biggest weapons you have in this war for talent is your learning organization. The research data we’ve compiled on characteristics for some of the most highly engaged organizations shows one of the most important factors in a highly engaged company is the strength of its learning programs.
Yes, despite all the talk about work-life balance, flexibility, free lunch and open offices, a strong learning culture and set of learning offerings is still one of the top drivers of a highly desirable workplace.
A recent survey of executives found that leadership development was their number-one concern.(76) Another study that included interviews with more than 800 executives found that only 22 percent view their talent pipeline as promising.(77) To deal with this type of concern, 3M has implemented a wide-ranging human capital planning process to plan for succession management in light of its aging workforce.After creating an integrated technology platform for workforce planning, the company increased internal mobility for employees and boosted productivity by 4 percent.(78)
76 The state of human capital 2012: False summit, McKinsey & Company and The Conference Board, October 1, 2012. 77 Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, “Is your company ready for the looming talent drought?” Harvard Business Review, July 2014. 78 World Economic Forum, Repository of talent mobility good practices
Includes Online talent platforms could boost labor markets
MGI’s Susan Lund on capturing the full potential of online talent platforms
As online talent platforms grow in scale, they will become faster and more effective clearing houses that can inject new momentum and transparency into job markets while drawing in new participants. Our supply-side analysis shows that online talent platforms could add $2.7 trillion, or 2.0 percent, to global GDP by 2025, while increasing employment by 72 million full-time-equivalent positions.
Online talent platforms increase the transparency of the demand for skills, enabling young people to make better educational choices. As a result, more effective spending on tertiary education could reduce some of the $89 billion misallocation we find in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. sustainabledevelopment.un.org - xyz
I greatly admire Sachs for putting his ideas and reputation on the line. After all, he could have a good life doing nothing more than teaching two classes a semester and pumping out armchair advice in academic journals. But that’s not his style. He rolls up his sleeves. He puts his theories into action. He drives himself as hard as anyone I know.
In September 2015, Europe's largest international higher education conference is heading to Glasgow, Scotland. Next to an innovative and cutting-edge conference programme, you can expect more than a 'wee dash' of the famous Glaswegian culture, hospitality, and even some EAIE tartan thrown into the mix!
Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, barrister, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords Among her many accomplishments, Glasgow native Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC is well-known for her work promoting education matters, with her report for the Further Education Funding Council having been widely recognised as a driving force behind changes in education policy. Helena will speak at the Opening Plenary in the morning on Wednesday 16 September.
Whenever league tables are announced, cue the current OECD table, outrageous claims are made linking education to economic health and growth. Yet the evidence that education, in particular Higher Education, is the key driver of economic growth is dubious...)
As one of the original founders of the e-learning company Epic Group plc and an investor and board member of the e-learning platforms LearningPool and Cogbooks, Donald is an e-learning guru. His expertise is in high demand as a consultant and public speaker in a number of fields. Donald will speak at this year's brand new Wake-up Plenary in the morning on Thursday 17 September.
Terry Waite, humanitarian and best-selling author Terry became well-known for his role as a negotiator in the release of hostages in Iran and Libya in the 1980s, and was himself taken hostage. Since his release, he has changed his career path to fully dedicate himself to humanitarian issues, and has been in constant demand as a speaker, writer and broadcaster all over the world. Terry will speak at the Closing Plenary in the afternoon on Friday 18 September.
Accreditation and rankings are the two most used criteria to select business schools by international applicants who decide to study overseas, says Onzono.
Santiago Iniguez de Onzono, as chairman of the board of directors of GFME (Global Foundation for Management Education); member of the board of directors of AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), and the awarding body of EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) is best qualified to speak on the importance of international accreditations for B-schools. Also president of IE University and the dean of IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, Iniguez has authored The Learning Curve: How Business Schools Are Reinventing Education, which deals with the future challenges of management education.
Can you tell us about the stringent quality checks put in place by AACSB and EQUIS for granting accreditations to B-schools?
Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain. She explains:
Almost 900 alumn have signed a petition and pledged to withhold donations to the University.
Sixty eight Oxford University alumni have symbolically returned their degree certificates in in response to the University’s decision to continue to invest in fossil fuels.
On 23rd May, alumni queued up outside of the University offices in Wellington square dressed in gowns and mortars in order to “return” their certificates. Those who have pledged include Oxfordshire Green Party Councillors David Thomas, Sam Hollick and Ruthi Brandt, founder of “Solarcentury,” Jeremy Legget and journalist George Monbiot.
This move came in response to the University’s decision on the 22nd May to not place direct investment into tar sands or coal, but not to go as far as full divestment from all fossil fuels.
That is why AAI is collaborating with local institutional partners across Africa to launch the Future Leaders Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund will provide academically motivated and under-resourced students with scholarships to study in high-performing African universities and technical colleges to earn bachelors degrees, as well as vocational and technical training certifications. The Fund will also ensure that African universities benefit by receiving increased resources to retain and educate students.
We’re also inviting educators and innovators from Africa and worldwide to join with us this September 2 in Lagos, Nigeria for the 2nd Annual State of Education in Africa conference, to highlight bold approaches to improving the quality of education at all levels.
Amini Kajunju is the President and CEO of The Africa-America Institute, a a premier U.S.-based international organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity of Africans and promoting the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, program implementation and management.
Regardless of how you go about incorporating exercise into your routine, reframing it as part of your job makes it a lot easier to make time for it. Remember, you’re not abandoning work. On the contrary: You’re ensuring that the hours you put in have value.
Over the past two decades, there have been many attempts to reform the electric utility market. The costly and complex operations of transporting energy have made utilities natural monopolies, while regulatory barriers and the high fixed costs of building and maintaining regional electrical grid infrastructure have also kept much competition at bay. But recent technological advances and new business models are now allowing nimble players to compete and provide consumers with cost-saving alternatives. With the rise of distributed forms of energy, such as rooftop solar power, and batteries, it’s become much more feasible to match individual demand for electricity with on-site production.
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