Trey Anastasio Trio Plays First “Dirt” In Chicago

first_imgTrey Anastasio Trio continued their first tour since 1999 with a show at the Windy City’s Chicago Theatre on Friday night. The group offered up a number of TAB classics and a few Phish favorites, including the trio’s first-ever rendition of the Farmhouse track “Dirt”.“Dirt” marks the latest Phish staple to appear during the current Trio tour, which has also featured takes on “Ghost”, “Party Time” and “Julius”. While the tune was first released on Farmhouse in 2000, “Dirt” was actually debuted in 1997 during a one-off “New York!” show that featured Anastasio, Mike Gordon, James Harvey, Pistol Stamen, and Tom Lawson (“Saw It Again” also made its debut at the show). As previously reported, the current Trey Anastasio Trio tour was announced after longtime TAB keyboardist Ray Paczkowski underwent surgery for a brain tumor (a GoFund Me campaign was recently launched to help with his expenses). Rather than hit the road without him, Anastasio decided to reconfigure the TAB tour as revival of the Trey Anastasio Trio instead. The group, which finds Trey joined by bassist Tony Markellis and drummer Russ Lawton, will return to the Chicago Theatre tonight.Trey Anastasio Trio – “Dirt”[Video: Kevin Higley]Setlist: Trey Anastasio Trio | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 4/20/2018Set One: Party Time, Gotta Jibboo, Undermind, Dirt*, Night Speaks to a Woman, Ocelot, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Everything’s RightSet Two: Soul Planet, Aqui Como Alla > Blaze On, Miss You, The Way I Feel, Back on the Train, No Men In No Man’s Land, SandEncore: When the Circus Comes, Tuesday* Trey Anastasio Trio debutlast_img read more

When science meets mindfulness

first_img Meditation’s positive residual effects First of two partsIn 2015, 16.1 million Americans reported experiencing major depression during the previous year, often struggling to function while grappling with crippling darkness and despair.There’s an arsenal of treatments at hand, including talk therapy and antidepressant medications, but what’s depressing in itself is that they don’t work for every patient.“Many people don’t respond to the frontline interventions,” said Benjamin Shapero, an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Depression Clinical and Research Program. “Individual cognitive behavioral therapy is helpful for many people; antidepressant medications help many people. But it’s also the case that many people don’t benefit from them as well. There’s a great need for alternative approaches.”Shapero is working with Gaëlle Desbordes, an instructor in radiology at HMS and a neuroscientist at MGH’s Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, to explore one alternative approach: mindfulness-based meditation.In recent decades, public interest in mindfulness meditation has soared. Paralleling, and perhaps feeding, the growing popular acceptance has been rising scientific attention. The number of randomized controlled trials — the gold standard for clinical study — involving mindfulness has jumped from one in the period from 1995‒1997 to 11 from 2004‒2006, to a whopping 216 from 2013‒2015, according to a recent article summarizing scientific findings on the subject.Studies have shown benefits against an array of conditions both physical and mental, including irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. But some of those findings have been called into question because studies had small sample sizes or problematic experimental designs. Still, there are a handful of key areas — including depression, chronic pain, and anxiety — in which well-designed, well-run studies have shown benefits for patients engaging in a mindfulness meditation program, with effects similar to other existing treatments.“There are a few applications where the evidence is believable. But the effects are by no means earth-shattering,” Desbordes said. “We’re talking about moderate effect size, on par with other treatments, not better. And then there’s a bunch of other things under study with preliminary evidence that is encouraging but by no means conclusive. I think that’s where it’s at. I’m not sure that is exactly how the public understands it at this point.”,Desbordes’ interest in the topic stems from personal experience. She began meditating as a graduate student in computational neuroscience at Boston University, seeking respite from the stress and frustration of academic life. Her experience convinced her that something real was happening to her and prompted her to study the subject more closely, in hopes of shedding enough light to underpin therapy that might help others.“My own interest comes from having practiced those [meditation techniques] and found them beneficial, personally. Then, being a scientist, asking ‘How does this work? What is this doing to me?’ and wanting to understand the mechanisms to see if it can help others,” Desbordes said. “If we want that to become a therapy or something offered in the community, we need to demonstrate [its benefits] scientifically.”Desbordes’ research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which not only takes pictures of the brain, as a regular MRI does, but also records brain activity occurring during the scan. In 2012, she demonstrated that changes in brain activity in subjects who have learned to meditate hold steady even when they’re not meditating. Desbordes took before-and-after scans of subjects who learned to meditate over the course of two months. She scanned them not while they were meditating, but while they were performing everyday tasks. The scans still detected changes in the subjects’ brain activation patterns from the beginning to the end of the study, the first time such a change — in a part of the brain called the amygdala — had been detected.,The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Other MGH researchers also are studying the effects of meditation on the body, including Sara Lazar, who in 2012 used fMRI to show that the brains of subjects thickened after an eight-week meditation course. Work is ongoing at MGH’s Benson-Henry Institute; at HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; at the Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance, where Zev Schuman-Olivier directs the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion; and among a group of nearly a dozen investigators at Harvard and other Northeastern institutions, including Desbordes and Lazar, who are collaborating through the Mindfulness Research Collaborative.Among the challenges researchers face is defining mindfulness itself. The word has come to describe a meditation-based practice whose aim is to increase one’s sense of being in the present, but it has also been used to describe a nonmeditative state in which subjects set aside their mental distractions to pay greater attention to the here and now, as in the work of Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer.Another challenge involves sorting through the many variations of meditative practice.Recent scientific exploration has largely focused on the secular practice of mindful meditation, but meditation is also a component of several ancient religious traditions, with variations. Even within the community practicing secular mindful meditation, there are variations that may be scientifically meaningful, such as how often one meditates and how long the sessions are. Desbordes herself has an interest in a variation called compassion meditation, whose aim is to increase caring for those around us.Amid this variation, an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course developed in the 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center has become something of a clinical and scientific standard. The course involves weekly two- or 2½-hour group training sessions, 45 minutes of daily work on one’s own, and a daylong retreat. The mindfulness-based cognitive therapy used in Desbordes’ current work is a variation on that program and incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, which involves talk therapy effective in treating depression.Ultimately, Desbordes said she’s interested in teasing out just what in mindful meditation can work against depression. If researchers can identify what elements are effective, the therapy may be refined to be more successful. Shapero is also interested in using the study to refine treatment. Since some patients benefit from mindfulness meditation and some do not, he’d like to better understand how to differentiate between the two.“Once we know which ingredients are successful, we can do more of that and less, maybe, of the parts that are less effective,” Desbordes said.Research funding includes the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.For more information about the Mindfulness & Meditation program at Harvard University, visit its website. Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress In her current work, she is exploring meditation’s effects on the brains of clinically depressed patients, a group for whom studies have shown meditation to be effective. Working with patients selected and screened by Shapero, Desbordes is performing functional magnetic resonance imaging scans before and after an eight-week course in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT.During the scans, participants complete two tests, one that encourages them to become more aware of their bodies by focusing on their heartbeats (an exercise related to mindfulness meditation), and the other asking them to reflect on phrases common in the self-chatter of depressed patients, such as “I am such a loser,” or “I can’t go on.” After a series of such comments, the participants are asked to stop ruminating on the phrases and the thoughts they trigger. Researchers will measure how quickly subjects can disengage from negative thoughts, typically a difficult task for the depressed.The process will be repeated for a control group that undergoes muscle relaxation training and depression education instead of MBCT. While it’s possible that patients in the control part of the study also will have reduced depressive symptoms, Desbordes said it should occur via different mechanisms in the brain, a difference that may be revealed by the scans. The work, which received funding from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, has been underway since 2014 and is expected to last into 2019.Desbordes said she wants to test one prevalent hypothesis about how MBCT works in depressed patients: that the training boosts body awareness in the moment, called interoception, which, by focusing their attention on the here and now, arms participants to break the cycle of self-rumination.“We know those brain systems involved with interoception, and we know those involved with rumination and depression. I want to test, after taking MBCT, whether we see changes in these networks, particularly in tasks specifically engaging them,” Desbordes said.Desbordes is part of a community of researchers at Harvard and its affiliated institutions that in recent decades has been teasing out whether and how meditation works.In the 1970s, when transcendental meditation surged in popularity, Herbert Benson, a professor at Harvard Medical School and what was then Beth Israel Hospital, explored what he called “The Relaxation Response,” identifying it as the common, functional attribute of transcendental meditation, yoga, and other forms of meditation, including deep religious prayer. Benson described this response — which recent investigators say is not as common as he originally thought — as the opposite of the body’s adrenalin-charged “fight or flight” response, which was also identified at Harvard, by physiologist Walter Cannon Bradford in 1915. 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Tournament honors Valero, raises money for charity

first_imgNotre Dame and Keenan Hall lost a member of their collective family when junior Sean Valero died last March. But Keenan residents honored his memory by playing in the Sean Valero Memorial Basketball Tournament on April 14. Juniors Ryan Dunbar, Gabe DeVela, Preston Scott and Stephen Schwaner started the tournament last year as a new event that would benefit charitable organizations. The event also took on the role of commemorating Valero’s life. “Last year, my roommates and I decided to organize a charity basketball tournament and started to get a list of charities compiled,” Dunbar said. “During that process, Sean died, and so we made one of the options for the guys to donate to a memorial for Sean.” Dunbar said the overwhelming response from the Keenan community supported contributing the tournament’s earnings to a memorial fund for Valero, whose memory is also commemorated in the hall itself with a large crucifix and plaque on the third floor. This year, the tournament featured sixteen teams of two Keenan residents each, but Dunbar said participation could be expanded for next year’s tournament. “Next year, we are passing the tournament on to some new people, and whoever does will be asked what they are looking to improve about the tournament,” Dunbar said. “Maybe expanding it to nearby dorms, or making a co-ed division with Keenan guys and some other girls’ dorms.” Sophomores Sean Healey and Jeremy Riche won the tournament for the second year in a row. Riche said their team formed out of their existing friendship. “He was my partner last year and in my section and we were good friends at the time,” Riche said. “So we went along with it [this year], we’re friends and I wanted to play with him.” Riche said he and Healey originally entered the tournament just for fun. However, he said the tournament’s charitable nature was a reason to participate as well. The duo plans to enter the tournament again next year to defend their championship once again. “As long as we’re around and as long as the tournament is around, we’ll be entering and looking to win,” he said. This year, Keenan Hall raised $200 for La Casa de Amistad, a South Bend non-profit organization that strives “to provide the Latino [and] Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural and advocacy services in a welcoming bilingual environment,” according to its website.last_img read more

Tony Awards Telecast, Uzo Aduba & More Win Creative Arts Emmys

first_img View Comments Additional Creative Arts Emmy recipients included Tony nominees Joe Morton and Allison Janney for their guest appearances on Scandal and Masters of Sex, respectively, the HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart for Makeup for a Miniseries or Movie and The Sound of Music Live! for Technical Direction, Camerwork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or Special. The 67th annual Tony Awards garnered two Creative Arts Emmy Awards on August 16. The 2013 ceremony received the Emmy for Special Class Program, and Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda took home trophies for their opening number, “Bigger!”, performed by host Neil Patrick Harris and cast members from pretty much every show on Broadway at the time. (Miranda is now an Oscar away from joining the exclusive EGOT club.) Broadway alum and Orange is the New Black favorite Uzo Aduba also won for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Monday, August 25 on NBC. Seth Meyers will host. Nominees include Tony winners Bryan Cranston, Kevin Spacey, Christine Baranski, Mandy Patinkin, Cicely Tyson, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and Joe Mantello. Revisit the epic Emmy-winning tune “Bigger!” from the 2013 Tony Awards below!last_img read more

Piper Perabo Will Headline Lost Girls Off-Broadway

first_imgFormer Covert Affairs star Piper Perabo will lead the New York premiere of John Pollono’s Lost Girls. Directed by Jo Bonney, the previously reported production will play a limited engagement off-Broadway October 21 through November 29. Opening night is set for November 9 at MCC Theater’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.Joining Perabo, who was last seen onstage in the Broadway and MCC Theater productions of Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty, will be Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls), Meghann Fahy (Next to Normal), Tasha Lawrence (Good People, The Whale), and newcomers Lizzy DeClement and Josh Green.When Erica, their seventeen-year-old daughter, goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie (Perabo) and Lou (Moss-Bachrach)—former high school sweethearts, now divorced—are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects to prevent history from repeating itself. Filled with passion, twists and dark humor, the play remains at its core a poignant love story. View Commentslast_img read more

Mall Walking

first_imgIt’s cold outside, and it’s much easier this time of year to sit inside on a frigid, blustery day and read a book under a blanket while sipping a mug of tea. It’s often difficult for us to find the motivation we had on Jan. 1 to exercise and get fit.Many barriers exist when we try to implement a physical activity routine, especially one focused on walking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists sidewalk conditions, crosswalks, lack of daylight in the winter and safety from traffic and crime among these obstacles. But exercise is a necessary part of our daily routine. How can we get the 30 minutes a day, five days a week of physical activity we need without freezing our feet off?Why not try mall walking? While this isn’t a new idea, the mall is an often underutilized public space for those who wish to exercise in comfort and safety. Shopping malls can offer some of the best perks, such as:Temperature-controlled buildingsAccessible bathroomsFree water fountainsFlat and level walking routesWell-lit and safe environments with security presentBenches to restNo memberships required, so family and friends can walk with youAlso, the only thing individuals need to start mall walking is a positive attitude and a good pair of sneakers – so there are no excuses. Research studies suggest that when individuals exercise with a friend who is also motivated, they are more likely to exercise longer, harder and enjoy it more. Whether you are alone or with others, walking has many physical benefits. Walking 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancers, according to the American Heart Association.While you should walk at a pace that is challenging – yet comfortable – for you, a good rule of thumb is to use the talk test. The talk test will determine if you are exercising at a moderate or vigorous level of activity. If you’re walking at a moderate pace, you should be able to talk, but not sing. Vigorous activity occurs when you are not able to say more than a few words without having to stop. If you walk into the vigorous zone, slow down or take a quick break to lower your heart rate to a moderate level.Most malls open their front doors at least an hour early for mall walkers to have free reign. This is probably the easiest time to get your steps in, since you will not have to maneuver around crowds coming in and out of stores. Consider walking the stairs for a workout bonus. Step into the land of department stores with a nice pair of walking shoes and have fun this winter. For more information on increasing your level of physical activity and walking, see the tips from UGA Extension at www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/health-lose-weight-exercise.last_img read more

Colombian President Highlights Mexico’s Fight Against Drugs

first_img Santos also presented Mexican Secretary of Public Safety Genaro García Luna and U.S. Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton with the Medal for Merit in recognition of their cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos highlighted the fight against drugs waged by the administration of his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderón, and insisted that this fight should be a global one. “President Calderón understood that in dealing with drug traffickers and drug cartels, it’s necessary to confront them with courage, with force,” said Santos, who also lamented the “high price” that Mexico has paid in “that courageous and necessary action.” By Dialogo May 23, 2011 “This fight against drug trafficking has to be a global fight. A single country can’t fight against such a plague,” the president added, speaking at a police graduation ceremony in Bogotá. last_img read more

Revenue Diversification: The Antidote to today’s low-yield loan interest rates

first_imgIt’s no secret that auto loan yields are at low levels due to industry-wide low interest rates. According to the NCUA, the national average for a new vehicle loan with a 48-month term was 2.58%, as of December 2015. However, Forbes recently found a financial institution offering vehicle loans for 0.74%. While there has been some news on interest rates rising, the reality is that today’s competitive marketplace is clearly keeping rates in a low holding pattern.The good news is that loan origination volumes are increasing in this low-interest-rate environment. The bad news, of course, is that financial institutions are experiencing low overall revenue yields. In the worst-case scenarios, financial institutions are wondering how they can continue to survive in this market.However, many financial institutions have already discovered the key to keeping their revenue on track. They are diversifying their income stream with fee-based products. In fact, in a marketplace with ongoing large and small financial swings, the best long-term strategy is income diversification.This philosophy relates to the old adage: Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. With the right mix of interest-earning and fee-based products, financial institutions gain the benefits of both worlds. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Apple M1-Based MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini Announced

first_imgThe MacBook Air with Apple M1 SoC will also keep the same prices as before, with a 256GB variant priced at Rs. 92,900 in India and a 512GB model priced at Rs. 1,17,900. The prices in the US are $999 and $1,249 respectively. Intel-powered MacBook Air models are no longer listed. Colour options are Silver, Space Grey, and Gold.The Mac Mini gets a $100 price reduction and corresponding decrease in India as well, with the 256GB version now priced at Rs. 64,900 and 512GB version at Rs. 84,900. Prices in the US are $699 and $899 respectively, and Silver is the only option. A single Intel-powered variant is still listed.Education pricing is also available for all new Macs powered by Apple Silicon. They will be available in the US next week. All new Macs are configured with 8GB of memory by default and an upgrade to 16GB at purchase time will cost Rs. 20,000 extra. The online Apple Store in India is accepting orders already, and lists November 25 as the earliest shipping date.- Advertisement – There are four high-performance CPU cores, which Apple says are the world’s fastest and deliver the world’s best performance per Watt. These cores are said to offer significantly higher performance using a quarter as much power as today’s top laptop CPUs, and delivering 3X the performance of current Intel-powered Macs. The four efficiency cores on their own are said to be as powerful as the current dual-core Intel CPU powering the MacBook Air, but while consuming much less power.In terms of graphics performance, the has eight GPU cores delivering 2.6 Teraflops of throughput. Apple says it is the world’s most powerful integrated GPU. It is said to be twice as powerful as current GPUs, or consumers one-third as much power to deliver the same levels of performance. Software also gets access to more memory than ever before.Other features include machine learning acceleration thanks to the Neural Engine, capable of 11 trillion operations per second, for tasks like image resolution upscaling, video reframing, and voice recognition are drastically improved. The Secure Enclave promises best-in-class security.MacOS 11 Big Sur has been engineered to schedule tasks between the high-performance and efficiency cores. Macs powered by Apple Silicon are said to instantly wake from sleep just like iPhones and iPads. All Apple software has been optimised, and vendors including Adobe are readying updates to their offerings. Logic Pro is said to allow up to 3X more instruments and effect plugins. Final Cut Pro is said to run 6X faster when rendering complex timelines. MacOS 11 will be available for download starting on Thursday, November 12.Universal Apps will combine native binary versions for Apple as well as Intel CPUs and can be download from the Mac App Store or the Web to run on all Macs. Rosetta 2 translation seamlessly runs apps built for Intel CPUs, even without updates. Moreover, iPad and iPhone apps including games will be able to run natively.apple m1 soc appleMacBook Air powered by Apple SiliconAccording to Apple, the MacBook Air is the world’s best-selling 13-inch notebook. Tasks previously impossible on such a thin and light device can now run, thanks to 3.5X faster CPU performance, 5X faster graphics and 9X faster machine learning than the previous generation. The new MacBook Air is said to be faster than 98 percent of PC laptops sold in the past year.The new MacBook Air is now fanless and runs completely silent. It delivers up to 15 hours of wireless Web browsing and 18 hours of video playback, 6 hours longer than before.MacBook Air 13-inch powered by Apple SiliconThe new 13-inch MacBook Pro is said to be 2.8X faster, with up to 5X faster graphics and 11X faster machine learning than the previous generation, making it the world’s fastest compact pro notebook. It uses active cooling to allow for sustained performance in tasks such as video transcoding and compiling code. Battery life is up to 17 hours of wireless Web browsing and 20 hours of video playback, which is 10 hours more than before. This is the longest battery life ever for a Mac. Apple also promises studio-quality mics for video calls or recording audio, plus the improved M1 camera processor for sharper video with less grain and better contrast in low light. It has two Thunderbolt ports compatible with USB 4, and can drive the Apple Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution, all in the same design as before.Mac Mini powered by Apple SiliconThe new Mac Mini is said to be up to 3X faster in terms of CPU performance than the previous version, with a 6X increase in graphics performance and 15X faster machine learning. It is also said to be just a tenth the size of the current top-selling desktop PC, and up to 5X faster. apple m1 graphic appleApple M1 SoC features and performanceAccording to Apple CEO Tim Cook, over 50 percent of buyers are new to the Mac, and 2020 has been the best year ever for the product line. Apple has been making its own SoCs for iPhones and iPads for more than a decade, and the company has spent several years developing the Apple M1 SoC. It is the first of a family of chips, and more powerful variants are expected over the next few years to power the higher-end MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro and Mac Pro models, plus any new ones that Apple might announce.The M1 SoC (not to be confused with Apple’s line of M-series motion co-processors) is designed primarily for small size and power efficiency. With a high level of integration, it replaces multiple discrete chips in previous-gen Macs including the CPU, IO controlelrs, security co-processor, and memory controller. A unified memory architecture allows all blocks to access a single pool of memory to avoid duplication and reduce latency as well as power draw. Apple also says it has leveraged an industry-leading 5nm process to pack16 billion transistors onto each chip.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple has just unveiled new versions of its popular MacBook Pro 13-inch, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers powered by its in-house Apple M1 SoC. Apple announced earlier this year that it would begin transitioning its entire Mac product line to in-house ARM-based processors from the Intel X86 CPUs that it has been using for the past 15 years. The first of this new generation of Apple Silicon processors is called the Apple M1, which features eight cores (four high-power and four power-efficient) as well as a custom integrated GPU, image signal processor, Secure Enclave, and Neural Engine. The Apple M1 is designed with a new unified memory architecture that is said to improve power efficiency, and is manufactured on a 5nm process.New MacBook Pro 13-inch, MacBook Air, Mac Mini Prices in IndiaThe new refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro will be priced starting at Rs. 1,22,900 with 256GB of storage, and Rs. 1,42,900 for 512GB of storage. These are the same prices as the previous MacBook Pro models. The prices in the US are $1,299 and $1,499 respectively. Both feature 8GB of unified memory. Intel-based MacBook Pro 13-inch models are also still listed, with 512GB and 1TB of storage priced at Rs. 1,74,900 and Rs. 1,94,900 respectively. All variants are sold in Silver and Space Grey.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Chinese universities enjoy world ranking success

first_imgThe University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, retained top spot for the fifth consecutive year.In addition to Tsinghua, other Chinese institutions performing well included Peking University (23rd), Fudan University (joint 70th), Zhejiang University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (100th), all of which have improved their positions since last year.This has resulted in a record number of six Chinese mainland universities being in the top 100 for the first time since the rankings began in 2011, doubling China’s representation since last year.Of the seven Chinese universities that achieved a top 200 place in 2020, 85 percent improved their position in the latest table, as the universities of the Chinese mainland continue to challenge the world’s best. Tsinghua University has become the first-ever Asian university to enter the top 20 of the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, after recording joint 20th place in the latest edition, published on Wednesday.It was a good day all round for institutions on the Chinese mainland, with a record number placed in the top 100.In the 2021 rankings, Tsinghua University moved up 3 places from last year’s position, with a record 1,527 institutions qualifying this time round, a 9 percent increase on the 2020 total of 1,397. The movement of universities from the Chinese mainland and the United States ranked between 201 and 300 in the tables over the last five years clearly demonstrates China’s growing strength in the global knowledge economy, as the US appears to be in a steady decline.”We have observed the rise of Asian universities in the world rankings for several years now, but this year marks a major milestone, as Chinese mainland disrupts the traditional domination of Western universities at the top of the table, breaking into the top 20 for the first time, and doubling its representation in the top 100,” said Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer at the Times Higher Education.”This positive movement for Chinese mainland universities looks as though it will continue, particularly as we navigate the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. With a likely decrease in the international flow of students and staff around the world, and possible funding challenges among the West’s established higher education sectors, we could see China, and Asia more widely, capitalize,” he continued.”If homegrown talent from China stays in China instead of making its traditional migration to elite Western institutions, particularly in the US and the UK, we could see the start of a dramatic rebalancing of the global knowledge economy.”In terms of representation, the US has the highest total of qualifying universities in the top 200 with 59, followed by the UK (29) and Germany (21). The Chinese mainland also recorded its highest total of institutions in the top 200, with seven in that group.The Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2021 saw 141 universities qualify for the first time. India has the highest total of debutant universities with 14, closely followed by the US (13), Chinese mainland (10), Russia and Japan (both 9), and Iran (8).center_img Topics :last_img read more