Wednesday, September 30, 2015

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Ibadan makes THE's Top 800 Universities Ranking - As World University Rankings 2015-2016: results announced



First (and only ranked) In Nigeria




First in Africa




First in the World




First in Europe



First in Asia






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World University Rankings 2015-2016: top 10

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World University Rankings 2015-2016: results announced

US continues to lose its grip as institutions in Europe up their game

September 30 2015
World University Rankings
Source: Peter Grundy

The world dominance of universities in the US has further waned in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, despite the fact that the country boasts almost a fifth of institutions in the table.

A total of 147 US universities feature in the top 800 – the largest THE rankings to date – including the California Institute of Technology, which claims pole position for the fifth consecutive year.

However, there are signs of decline for the traditional Western powerhouse lower down in the table. The US now has 63 universities in the top 200, down from 74 last year, and 77 the year before. Six of these make the top 10, compared with seven last year; after Caltech, these are: Stanford (third), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (fifth),Harvard (sixth - its first time outside the top four in the rankings' 12-year history), Princeton (seventh) and theUniversity of Chicago (10th). The UK's universities of Oxford (second), Cambridge (fourth) and Imperial College London (eighth), and Switzerland's ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ninth) fill the rest of the top 10.

Phil Baty, THE rankings editor, said that the US' movement is to some degree owing to significant improvements to the rankings' data sources this year, with "improved coverage of research not published in English and a better geographical spread of responses to our academic reputation survey".

However, he added that it also demonstrates that the US' leading status as the world's top magnet for academic and student talent "cannot be taken for granted", citing figures that show that 47 states in the US have implemented higher education funding cuts since the global recession in 2008.


World University Rankings 2015-2016: top 10

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Simon Marginson, professor of international higher education at the UCL Institute of Education, said that US research is "not declining in the absolute sense", but rather "other countries are improving and crowding into the top 200 space".

One of these competitor nations is the UK, which has improved its standing this year. A total of 78 UK institutions feature in the top 800, with 34 of these sitting in the first quarter, up from 29 last year.

Other countries in Europe have also performed well. Germany has 20 universities in the top 200, a rise of eight since last year, while the Netherlands has 12 in the first quarter, up from 11. Meanwhile, Switzerland's ETH Zurich is the first non-Anglo-American institution to make the top 10 for a decade.

Overall, Europe has 345 universities in the world top 800, meaning its institutions comprise more than two-fifths of the table.

Professor Marginson said that the results reveal that "15 years of consolidation of higher education, in the Nordic countries, the Low Countries and German-speaking world, is now bearing fruit".

In particular, he cited national programmes to foster research concentrations, the European Research Area grant programmes, the Bologna-instigated reforms, and "carefully managed immigration policies that decouple high-talent recruitment from other forms of migration" as strategies that have improved their university systems.


Top universities by region

Top universities by region

"Europe appears to be becoming more competitive at postdoctoral stage – the point where the US has long been overwhelmingly dominant in global flows of talent," he added.

However, he warned that the UK's position in the rankings may decline "over a decade or so" if it continues to be "semi-paralysed by immigration policies", while an exit from the European Union would have "sharper, earlier effects".

"Research depends on the free movement of both ideas and people, and countries that adopt a more closed stance pay the price in the end. This is a prime cause of the substantial long-term declines in the global position of research in both Japan and Russia," he said.

Overall, institutions from 70 countries, 29 more than last year, feature in this year's rankings, with several countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Kenya being represented for the first time.

The THE World University Rankings use 13 performance indicators to examine universities' strengths. View the full methodology, along with the World University Rankings 2015-2016 top 800.

ellie.bothwell@tesglobal.com


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Asia gains new number one

The National University of Singapore is the number one institution in Asia – the first time the city-state has claimed the continent's top spot in the rankings' 12-year history.

NUS is in 26th position overall in the rankings, with the next highest Asian institutions – China's Peking Universityand Japan's University of Tokyo – taking 42nd and 43rd place respectively.

Overall, this year's rankings results provide a mixed picture for Asia; while China's performance remains steady, with the country claiming 37 institutions in the top 800, including two in the elite top 50, Japan and South Korea have both fallen down the list. Japan has just two institutions in the world top 200, compared with five last year, while South Korea has just one in the top 100, down from three.

But despite its diminishing performance, Japan still has strength in depth: it is third place in the world in terms of the number of institutions represented, with 41 appearing in the top 800.

"Tough times for Japan and disappointment for South Korea mean that leading Asian nations' grip on the higher ranks of the THE World University Rankings is loose," said Phil Baty, THE rankings editor.

"Many institutions, particularly in East Asia, have been focusing heavily on attaining world-class status, backed with funding and powerful political will. But this ranking demonstrates how difficult a task this is, as universities right across the world continue to improve."


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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Gamaliel Onosode is dead'

What a great loss at a very critical time in the nation's history. Pa Onos as called by his peers was a phenomenon in his own iconic class. He was a perfectionist, humorous, compassionate, patriotic and highly committed to public service. He will surely be missed by all,but we take solace in the fact that he led a good life and left indelible legacies. May the good Lord console his families and grant them the fortitude to bear the great loss.

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On Sep 29, 2015, at 1:52 PM, "'dayo emmanuel' via USA Africa Dialogue Series" <usaafricadialogue@googlegroups.com> wrote:

Dr. Gamaliel Onosode is dead


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USA Africa Dialogue Series - News Release: Afreximbank Allocates $10 Million To Support Trade Growth In Rwanda

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) have signed a facility agreement for a $10 million Afreximbank line of credit to support BRD's efforts to finance trade diversification and promote value-added exports in Rwanda's productive sectors...........

 
 
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USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Quote of the Day

We're back to The Road Not Taken.

Just now with regard to the latest Hajj tragedy, the Saudi authorities are invoking the two meanings of Qadr.

Meaning 1: qadha: to decide, to judge…

Meaning 2: Qadr: What the Almighty decrees ….

At the risk of sounding supercilious, I'm not speaking or presuming to speak in the name of the omniscient Lord:

The potential is in the seed to become a tree…

"Most everybody's got seed to sow.

It ain't always easy for a weed to grow, oh no.

 So he don't hoe the row for no one, for sure he's always missing,

 and something ain't never quite right.

 Ah, but who would want to listen to you

 kissing his existence good night"? (Walking Man)

JT, elsewhere:

"Let the doctor and the lawyer do as much as they can.

 Let the springtime begin, let the boy become a man."

Not surprisingly, "It is never too late to be what you might have been " is so aptly attributed to Mary Ann Evans who proves her point, with her choice of  George  Eliot, a manly pseudonym : it was never too late : she became a great English Novelist , although  under the blanket she might have been  or not been  as in this nursery rhyme, a

"Georgie Porgie, Puddin' and Pie,

Kissed the girls and made them cry,

When the boys came out to play

Georgie Porgie ran away "

We read her Silas Marner in the third class of secondary school - we spent one and a half years in form 3 - as the school year was being changed from January-December to August - June,  lots of redaing time and were quite moved in those tender years. Have since become a little more hard-hearted, hard boiled.

"It is never too late to be what you might have been ":  dead or posthumously as is sometimes the case.

Haven't got to reading Gbinti Cheikh Abdul's 101 books yet, nor do I know if I'm sufficiently edicated to read and understand them.

Apart from the Iliad, Conrad, Dostoevsky, Naipaul, Singer, etc., have been looking at these two different types of story tellers:

The dynamic of the verbal extravaganza in Chigozie Obioma: The Fishermen

EC Osondu fast sequences in: This House is Not For Sale

"Advertising signs they con

 You into thinking you're the one

 That can do what's never been done

 That can win what's never been won"

As the early Boko Haram people who burned  down the library at Alexandria  are reported to have said,

"If those books are in agreement with the Quran, we have no need of them; and if these are opposed to the Quran, destroy them"

As for me, I'm still ambitious - my super ASUS is resting just now whilst I'm now reading (for once and for all) Romano Guardini's "The Lord"

"Friction, caused-

 Foolishly madam- by sitting down, has turned

 My bottom " into a place that is being tortured by the sciatica nerve.

Still In pain.

Pray for us

Cornelius

We Sweden

 



On Wednesday, 30 September 2015 11:07:04 UTC+2, Eugene wrote:

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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Dr. Ben Carson on the race issue in the US

Yes America may control the most powerful military, just like the lion is the king of the forest.  But what kills the lion; little, little things (germs & poisons) that destroy it from inside and which it picks from its food or injury.  America should watch those policies and happenings (right to abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriages, bestiality, money, racism etc.) now being protected with Government authority and the concept of the so called Political Correctness (PC).  Do not destroy America.  It can still be saved to continue to serve as the bastion of democracy. As a free citizen of the world we are interested. 
Ifedioramma Eugene-Mary Nwana



On Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 10:55, 'Chambi Chachage' via USA Africa Dialogue Series <usaafricadialogue@googlegroups.com> wrote:


KZS, I thought you'll at least engage with the brother's response, his black experience mirrors those of many blacks:

I have stated in the past that Obamacare is the worst thing to occur in our country since slavery. Why did I make such a strong statement? Obviously, I recognize the horrors of slavery. My roots have been traced back to Africa, and I am aware of some horrendous deeds inflicted on my ancestors in this country.
The purpose of the statement was not to minimize the most evil institution in American history, but rather to draw attention to a profound shift of power from the people to the government.
I think this shift is beginning to wrench the nation from one centered on the rights of individual citizens to one that accepts the right of the government to control even the most essential parts of our lives. This strikes a serious blow to the concept of freedom that gave birth to this nation.



From: kenneth harrow <harrow@msu.edu>
To: usaafricadialogue@googlegroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 8:59 PM
Subject: Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Dr. Ben Carson on the race issue in the US

well, i guess not everything on the internet is to be trusted!
it's enough to have heard his other pronouncements, anyway.
politicians' talk is worth nothing, as far as i am concerned. this particular campaign is uglier than usual, mostly thanks to trump and to the extreme right-wingers who have gained so much play in recent years.
k



On 9/29/15 11:24 PM, kwame zulu shabazz wrote:
Hi Ken,

I am aware of the Kos quote. However, Daily Kos sources an alleged interview that Carson did with Mark Levin. I was unable to confirm any interview with Levin that includes the quote in question.

kzs


On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM, kenneth harrow <harrow@msu.edu> wrote:
i googled it, and guess what?
In October, Dr. Ben Carson told conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin that: "Before Obama, people barely noticed skin color; that goes back 150 years. Blacks were happy and grateful for what we were given."
Vigorously opposed to Obamacare, calling it "the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery?" Check. Think America is "very much like Nazi Germany?" Check. Think Michael Brown may have caused his own murder? Check. If you need an opinion or a controversial remark from an African American conservative, Dr. Ben Carson has a quiver full. If you haven't yet heard of Dr. Ben Carson, that's probably because you're not watching the Fox News Channel often enough.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/08/1350278/-Dr-Ben-Carson-African-American-Conservative-Hits-All-the-Tea-Party-s-Wacky-High-Notes


On 9/29/15 7:54 PM, kwame zulu shabazz wrote:
"Before Obama, people barely noticed skin color; that goes back 150 years. Blacks were happy and grateful for what we were given."

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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - 2015 MacArthur "Genius" Award Winner Ta-Nehisi Coates on Democracy Now!

superb

toyin

On 29 September 2015 at 20:28, Cornelius Hamelberg <corneliushamelberg@gmail.com> wrote:

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