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.”


These Reviews Of Ivanka Trump’s New Book Are SAVAGE


The most un-woke book was destroyed by reviews.

In case you didn’t know, First Daughter Ivanka Trump published a book last week entitled Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success.

As shocking as it was for Ivanka to use that title, the text is even worse. With an impeccable three-star rating on Amazon, and a very generous one-star on Barnes & Noble, readers were not thrilled over the contents of Ms. Trump’s latest work.

The reviews were also a thing of beauty.

The New Yorker’s review was titled: “Ivanka Trump Wrote a Painfully Oblivious Book for Basically No One.”

The author, Jia Tolentino, writes, “’Women Who Work’ is mostly composed of artless jargon (‘All women benefit immeasurably by architecting their lives’) and inspirational quotes you might find by Googling ‘inspirational quotes.’”

The Washington Post’s was called: “Ivanka Trump’s Life of Privilege Undermines the Credibility of Her New Book’s Message.”

James Hohmann of the Post writes, “I don’t think it is going too far out on a limb to speculate that most would-be entrepreneurs reading Ivanka’s book probably couldn’t schedule sit-downs with Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein to pick their brains about starting a fashion label.”

Slate’s review: “Ivanka Trump’s New Book Exploits and Cheapens Feminism”

“This is not a book about policy or about navigating the minefield of male-dominated corporate culture. Much of it is a celebration of the unlimited possibilities open to working women when they have full-time household help.”

And The New York Times’ review: “Having Trouble Having It All? Ivanka Alone Can Fix It.” Savage.

“And because Ivanka alone can fix our problems, she opens her book with a pasture full of straw men, including the argument that our culture isn’t having nuanced conversations about working mothers.”

The real gem is Refinery29’s awkward half-flip-flop.

On May 2, 2017, the day Ivanka’s now infamous book was published; R29 posted an excerpt of the “business guide.”

It’s not the excerpt that was weird for R29 to post, it was the article published in response to the excerpt.

The piece entitled: “Ivanka Trump’s Feminism Is Not Intersectional –– But She Still Shouldn’t Be Silenced,” seemed like it was supposed to be another scathing review on the very un-woke book. But it missed –– by like a million miles.

It opens by defending Ivanka with an article she penned in 2015. Then the author, Neha Gandhi, continues saying “But 2015 was a different time. The future felt truly and easily female.”

We’re with you so far R29.

But then the piece takes a turn and becomes a nothing-sandwich. Gandhi simply restates the issues of today, but then basically says Ivanka is welcome back to Refinery29 any time.


Book Review: 365 Personal Brand Marketing Thumb-Rules

365 Marketing Thumb Rules on Personal Branding by Vik RajanIn Vikram Rajan’s 365 Personal Brand Marketing Thumb-Rules: Daily Reminders for Rainmakers: Lawyers, Accountants, Financial Planners, Real Estate and Health & Wellness Professionals”, you get to actually be the author of your own business’ destiny.

In my copy, there is a handwritten note from Vikram that says “This book is not meant to be ‘read’ as much as it is to be used. It’s an interactive compilation to serve as a daily journal or group discussion starter.”

There are explanations, anecdotes and recommendations at www.marketingthumbrules.com. You just enter the key words you find in the book into the search box at the site, and see what Vik has been blogging about on those topics.

Because you have to “do” the book, I randomly chose several topics and approached the whole thing just the way he recommended and the results were truly insightful. If you’re afraid that this will take too much time out of your day, don’t be. The process is easy enough and activates those little ideas hiding in the nether recesses of your mind. The benefit to you is that you will give those fleeting ideas a place to live and grow, just by writing them down.

Here are a few examples of some of my favorite thumb rules:

#1 — The only thing worse than your business being dependent on you, is your business being dependent on somebody else.
#9 — Build in incentives to encourage word-of-mouth marketing
#26 — Perception is reality.
#42 — People trust, enjoy and prefer what is familiar.

I have to admit that I have many more favorites than that, and you will too. What I loved about this process was that it forced me to dig deeper beyond the thumb-rule. The questions I asked myself (and you might want to try this as well) were: In what ways does this apply to me? In what ways can I create a process or system that … [insert a restatement of a thumb-rule here].

The other benefit I noticed is that real action items will come from this process. You will be inspired to act on the actions, document your experience and make changes that you can report on later. Vik has even given you a rating scale at the end of each thumb-rule where you can rate how well you implemented each rule. When you’ve gone through all 365, you can tally up your results. The thumb-rules are in the following categories; Practice Management, Market Positioning, Personal Branding, Professional Prospecting, Ethical Selling, Client Appreciation. After you’ve totaled your scores on each thumb rule category, you can go online and see how you compare to other professionals.

The only critique I have of this book is that it isn’t just for the professionals he targets. If you have the responsibility for getting and keeping customers, this book is for you.

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Ivana TaylorAbout the Author: Ivana Taylor has spent over 20 years helping industrial organizations and small business owners get and keep their ideal customers. Her company is Third Force and she writes a blog called Strategy Stew. She is co-author of the book “Excel for Marketing Managers.”


You Can Now Book Uber Cabs Without Downloading the App

You Can Now Book Uber Cabs Without Downloading the App


  • You can now book Uber cabs by directly heading to website
  • You can log in through your phone number on website
  • Feature available only in select Indian cities as of now

Booking a cab through an app can turn out to be a tricky thing if you don’t have the app already in your smartphone. In urgent situations this can be a disastrous and time consuming task, requiring you to visit the relevant app store, download and install the app, and then proceed to register or log in. Understanding this particular problem, cab aggregating firm Uber has now allowed users in India to book cabs without having to install its application in certain Indian cities like Nagpur, Kochi, Guwahati, and Jodhpur.

Now users in these particular cities can avail Uber rides by directly heading to company’s mobilewebsite. If you are in any of the aforementioned cities, you can just head to the website, log in through your phone number and the site will connect you to the nearest driver available in order to help you coordinate the pickup.

The customers in these cities also have the option to pay for their rides in cash if they do not wish to pay via mobile wallets or net banking.

The company has not specified if it will roll out this feature to rest of the Indian cities or not, but if the move turns out to be a successful one, it might make its way to the rest of the cities soon enough. It’s obvious the move is aimed at emerging markets, where both budget phones with low inbuilt storage and data connectivity issues can necessitate such solutions.

Last week, the Delhi High Court directed app-based taxi aggregators, including Uber, to not charge more than government-fixed rates from its passengers from August 22.

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