Top 10 Largest Companies in the World 2017

  • According to Bloomberg, the Top 10 largest companies by Market Capital in 2017 are dominated by US firms.
  • Tech giants Apple and Alphabet (Google) are way ahead of the pack. 
  • Alibaba and Tencent are the only Asian representatives and have made massive strides in the short life relative to their American counterparts. 


Top 10 Most Popular Football Clubs Online in China 2017

  • Manchester United have replaced Bayern Munich as the most popular team online in China.
  • Here is the Top 10, according to a new report.
  1. Manchester United (ENG)
  2. Bayern Munich (GER)
  3. Arsenal (ENG)
  4. Liverpool (ENG)
  5. Manchester City (ENG)
  6. Real Madrid (SPA)
  7. AC Milan (ITA)
  8. Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
  9. Borussia Dortmund (GER)
  10. Barcelona FC (SPA)
  • The sixth edition of the Red Card, which analyses the influence of 53 European clubs on China’s social media platforms, has Arsenal and Liverpool joint third with Manchester City fifth.
  • The German Bundesliga remains the most influential league online.


Popular Players:

  • Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the most popular player online with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in second.
  • Manchester United’s striker Wayne Rooney also features (4th), along with his team-mate Anthony Martial (5th).
  • Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale is third.
  • Lionel Messi is a notable absentee as the Barcelona forward does not have a social media presence in China.

Source: Mailman – Report (The sixth edition of the Red Card) prepared by Shanghai-based consultancy which looks at commercial success, engagement and social media.

Research Income for Top Two Universities in US, China and UK 2014

Chinese universities are seeing are huge shift in funding from government and private sources, which in turn is allowing their top universities to advance in the global leagues as well in reputation.



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On the other hand, funding to UK universities is now likely to decrease following the Brexit vote. The UK is the largest beneficiary of EU Research funds, a staggering GBP 1.2 bn per year. This could mean a decline in the status and rankings of UK’s top universities in the coming years.