Oxford, Cambridge Book Top Two Slots in Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018

File photo: A group of graduates gather outside the Sheldonian Theatre to have their photograph taken after a graduation ceremony at Oxford University. (REUTERS)
The Oxford and Cambridge University of the United Kingdom have picked the Top Slot of #1 and #2 together for first time ever in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018. While the University of Oxford maintained its unabated #1 ranking second year in a row, the University of Cambridge laurelled it way up to grab #2 position from #4 last year.

“We are very proud to claim the top spot in the @timeshighered World University Rankings for the second year running: http://po.st/aBxqGX”

The California Institute of Technology, US dropped from #2 to #3 while the Stanford University maintained its positioned at #3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University and Imperial College London strengthened their positions with #5, #6, #7 and #8 respectively as last year; while University of Chicago pulled down Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in an exchange of positions for #9 and #10.

Speaking about the latest survey, Professor Alan Smithers – Director of Centre for Education and Employment Research, University of Buckingham stated ‘The fears that Brexit would damage our leading universities appear to be just scaremongering.’

The current and first female Vice Chancellor of the Oxford University – Louise Richardson was under fire recently for the ‘university fat cat’ row that has brought the Pay packages of University Chief under public scrutiny. As per the ongoing debate, there are educational heads who draw coffers more than even the Prime Minister of the UK. The VC justified her £350,000 pay package and remarked the politicians propagating against VCs as ‘mendacious’ and ‘tawdry’ and their comments damaging to the education sector of the United Kingdom.

However, Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018 bring a proud moment for the country where Educational scenario is facing a lot of political pressure and with both the Universities holding the Number One and Number Two slot first time in the 13-year history of Times Higher Education World University Rankings brings a sigh of relief to some.

Talking about India, the Top-ranked Indian Institute of Science (IISc) dropped from 201-250 club to 251-300 club while IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur fell from 401- 500 band to 501-600 band. IIT Bombay maintained its position in 351-400 slot and IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee stayed fixed in 501-600 window.

Commenting on India rankings, Editorial Director of the Times Higher Education (THE) Global Rankings Phil Baty stated “It is disappointing that India has declined in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings amid increasing global competition,” “As leading universities in other Asian territories such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore are consistently rising up the rankings, in part thanks to high and sustained levels of funding, India’s flagship Indian Institute of Science moves further away from the elite top 200.”

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High-Octane Filmmaking – with Top Gear director Avi Cohen – ON THE GO – Episode 65

In this episode of cinema5D ON THE GO, we meet high-octane automotive director Avi Cohen, and discuss his work on the famous car show Top Gear.

Avi Cohen

With a portfolio of work focusing mostly on automobiles, we knew that fast cars were nothing new to Avi Cohen — we were sure he was going to feel right at home in our ON THE GO Mustang.

Avi’s is the kind of life story many out there would envy. With a late start in filmmaking in his mid-20’s in San Francisco while taking a few film classes in community college, he experienced an instant connection and understanding of the visual language.

After moving to Los Angeles, Avi Cohen picked up a Sony EX1 to shoot content that he found interesting in order to put together a reel. Not having the usual network of actors, directors and other contacts that film school offers, Avi’s subjects consisted mostly of skaters, dirt bike riders and snails.

However, it was during this experimental stage that he honed his skills in shooting cars, and developed his own vision which eventually landed him a role as a director on Top Gear. Check out the trailer for the upcoming season below!

Avi Cohen also tells us about the work dynamics of shooting Top Gear, his interaction with the writers, and how it all comes together.

Stay tuned for the second half of our chat with director Avi Cohen! In the meantime, head over to Avi’s website to see more of his work.

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LeBlanc: Top Gear to ‘expand the comedy’

Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc joined Top Gear in 2016

Matt LeBlanc has given viewers a taster of what they can expect from the next series of Top Gear.

The 25th season of the show – due to air in spring 2018 – will see LeBlanc return to host alongside Rory Reid and Chris Harris.

“I think we’ve tried to broaden the demographic of the show,” the presenter said.

“Try to make it not lose the petrolhead nature of it but maybe open it up to people who aren’t so petrolheady.

Rory Reid, Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris
Image captionLeBlanc co-presents with Rory Reid (left) and Chris Harris

“Expand the comedy, try to have bigger, broader films, but it will be more of the same in the sense it starts with the car.”

LeBlanc will return to the UK in the coming weeks to shoot footage for the show – so far he’s been filming in Norway, France, Italy and California.

“It will be closer to what it was last year versus the season before,” he added.

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The most recent series was more popular with critics than the one before it – which saw Chris Evans on hosting duties.

Evans hadn’t been popular with viewers and he left the show after fronting one series.

But LeBlanc declined to discuss viewing figures, which have generally been lower since the departure of previous hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans
Image captionMatt LeBlanc was popular with viewers. Chris Evans… not so much

The trio moved to Amazon Prime to start the Grand Tour after Clarkson punched a producer. He later apologised after settling a £100,000 racial discrimination and injury claim.

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland has previously said Top Gear’s last season drew a “much healthier” audience and it should not be compared to the Clarkson era, which was a “completely different” show.

The BBC has also said that younger audiences rated the most recent series “far higher” than they did previous ones.

LeBlanc was speaking from Los Angeles as he promoted the last series of Episodes, the comedy he stars in alongside Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig.

The 50-year-old said it will be hard to leave behind the show, which has been a “inspiring, magic, special journey”.

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Top 10 Medical Colleges In India

Some of the best medical colleges in the world are in India that aspiring candidates can get into through competitive exams like NEET and AIIMS. Various courses, both at post graduate and undergraduate levels are provided in these colleges in the field of medical science. Aspiring students have the opportunity to go for degrees like MD, MBBS, MS, BDS, and MDS.

Some of the top medical colleges in the country were founded during the 1950s and 1960s. The colleges were established through the effort of the state and central government. But during 1980s many private colleges have been founded throughout India. The quality and the standard of these colleges are taken care by the Medical Council of India. Currently, there are 273 medical colleges in India with around 31298 students recognized by the MCI.

Here we are providing with the list of top 10 medical colleges in India.

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi

All India Institute of Medical Sciences also known as AIIMS was founded in the year 1956 and is one of the main centers for medical education in the country. The Institute tops in every field of health care. It also has comprehensive facilities such as patient care, teaching, and research.

  • Christian Medical College, Vellore

Christian Medical College also known as CMC is a hundred years old Christian educational institute established by Ida S. Scudder. CMC is one of the best medical colleges in the word which ranks second in India.

  • Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi

Maulana Azad Medical College is a government medical college under the University of Delhi. It is named after the great freedom fighter from India, MaulanaAbulKalam Azad. The institute has the top quality medical education standard, along with the best facilities.

  • Armed Forces Medical College, Pune

Armed Forces Medical College or AMFC was founded in the year 1948. The Institute is a combination of different Defence medical organizations in the country. Now, it is a part of Maharashtra University of Health and Sciences and is recognized by the MCI for conducting undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.

  • Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

Kasturba Medical College is one of the first medical colleges in the private sector. It was founded in the year 1953 and ranks among the top five medical colleges in the country. Students from all around the world studies in this institute and from around 44 countries students have successfully graduated from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.

  • Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi

The college was founded in the year 1914 by Lady Hardinge. It is one of the top medical colleges in the country and is affiliated to the University of Delhi.

  • Grant Medical College, Mumbai

Grant Medical College is one of the most prestigious colleges in the country. It is a State Government Medical College in Maharashtra and ranks among the top ten medical colleges in India.

  • University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, New Delhi

University College of Medical Sciences was established in the year 1971. It is a part of the University of Delhi with various medical and paramedical courses.

  • King George’s Medical University, Lucknow

This medical college in India was established in the year 1911 and is one of the best medical institutes in the country. The college came under ChhatrapatiShahujiMaharaj Medical University in 2012.

  • Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai

One of the main aims of this medical institute is to develop the medical education standard in the country to advanced countries like UK, USA, and Australia. The college ranks among the top ten medical colleges in the country with good facilities.

Students who are interested in biology and wants to get admitted in good medical college should read about each institute carefully and analyze them carefully before taking admission in the college. All the above-mentioned colleges have different cutoff ranks, so students should find all the information about the colleges.

About the author:

With a degree in Engineering, ShankhaSamanta is a content writer by profession. He is a vehement reader apart from writing and blogging along with part-time teaching. He is presently exploring all about the digital education with Byju’s-the Learning App.

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