Stanford University Current Affairs - 2019

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Stanford University named World’s Most Innovative University: Reuters

Stanford University was named as World’s Most Innovative University by Reuters news agency rankings. No Indian was able to make it to the list. The Reuters’ top 100 World’s Most Innovative University ranking recognises universities from across the world for their work in inventing new technologies, advance science and power new markets and industries. It was first published in 2015, since then there has been no mention of any Indian university in the list.

Key Facts

In this top 100 list, 48 universities are from North America find mention on the list, 23 Asian universities, 27 from Europe and 2 from the Middle East. The list has no mention of universities from South America, Africa and Oceania countries that include Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

US dominated the list with 46 universities among the top 100. This year Chinese varsities have increased their presence in this with total five universities. The key factor was this year’s ranking was Geopolitical trends. Stanford University from US has topped this list for four consecutive years. The second and third spots have been held by US’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University respectively.

Top 10 Innovative Universities

  • Stanford University, US
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US
  • Harvard University, US
  • University of Pennsylvania, US
  • University of Washington, US
  • University of Texas System, US
  • KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, US
  • Vanderbilt University, US

Month: Categories: International


Stanford University to assist UP in combating chronic diseases

United States’ prestigious Stanford University has agreed to assist Uttar Pradesh Government to combat chronic disease like Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). It was announced by Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh who had headed high-powered delegation of top state officials to United States. The delegation also met with the officials from US State Department, Department of Commerce and US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Japanese encephalitis (JE)

JE is a mosquito-borne flavivirus. It belongs to the same genus as dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses. The first case of JE was documented in 1871 in Japan. JE primarily affects children. Most adults in endemic countries have natural immunity after childhood infection, but individuals of any age may be affected.

It is transmitted by rice field breeding mosquitoes (primarily Culex tritaeniorhynchus group). The mosquitoes transmit JE by feeding on domestic pigs and wild birds infected with the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV). It is not transmitted from person-to-person. Signs and symptoms of JE infections are mild (fever and headache) or without apparent symptoms, but it may result in severe clinical illness.

Severe infection is marked by quick onset, headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, stupor, occasional convulsions (especially in infants) etc. There is no specific treatment therapy and intensive supportive therapy is indicated for treatment.

Month: Categories: National