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The World’s Largest University Ranking

U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking, has published a major new release of data from 1,500 universities, creating the world’s largest university ranking, and shining a spotlight on high-performing universities that would otherwise go unnoticed. This year the ranking identifies ‘hidden gem’ universities that are bold new competitors on the world stage in a host of different areas.


Joseph W. Polisi: "The Arts Are Key to Innovation"

In the past years there has been budget cuts in Arts and Humanities programs in many countries around the world. This is happening in a time when employers had express they want people who can think creatively, who can work in teams, and who can improvise. At a SXSWedu panel, Joseph W. Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, expressed that the study of music and other arts prepares students for the workplace thanks to the skills set that graduates from this programs have.


University of North Carolina Launches Initiative that Connects the Sciences with the Arts and Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched a new initiative called "Creating Scientists: Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making" to give undergraduate students more hands-on research and collaborative learning through real-world problems. Courses will integrate sciences with arts and humanities in order to tackle today's challenges. The program promotes a mindset focused on experiential learning, which is reinforced through three pillars: Connecting, Doing, and Making.


The Best Universities in Japan: Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2017

Times Higher Education published the results of the latest edition of their Japan University Rankings, based on the teaching and learning environments that institutions offer students. The ranking is led by the National Seven Universities – a group of institutions founded by the Empire of Japan between 1886 and 1939. The University of Tokyo took the number one spot while Tohoku University and Kyoto University placed in second and third place respectively.


Coursera Expands its Online Master’s Degrees

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and HEC Paris launched two online master’s degree programs in the fields of accounting and entrepreneurship. The online learning company Coursera revealed the two new additions to their degrees catalogue in a blog post announcement. Nikhil Sinha, chief business officer at Coursera, said that lifelong learning is critical in today's world: "Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative. Rigorous, flexible, and affordable online master’s programs are an essential part of this new education paradigm."


Tech Companies Are Hiring "Non-Traditional" Candidates

For years, Silicon Valley has been fed mostly from the elite universities. As a result, the tech mecca has a diversity problem. To tackle this issue, tech companies are now trying to extend their recruiting efforts to people who don’t have four-year degrees. Cale Guthrie Weissman from Fast Company has gathered a few initiatives that major tech companies are implementing to address their diversity problem.


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Launches Higher Ed Podcast

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is launching "To A Degree", a new podcast created that aims to "highlight the people, institutions, and organizations that are working to provide all students with a high-quality and affordable postsecondary experience, especially those at the greatest risk of being left out." and to explore "promising solutions and innovative policies to improve outcomes for every student." The first episode, "Innovation, Equity, and Excellence" explores innovative initiatives that promote equity and excellence. 


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