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Peking University pockets nearly half of all awards in global math competition
BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Students and alumni from Peking University (PKU) scored big wins in the 2022 Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition, clinching 35 of the 77 total awards, according to the list of winners released on September 26. West Gate of Peking University They stood out from over 50,000 contestants from dozens of countries and took home 3 (of four) gold, 2 (of six) silver and 5 (of ten) bronze awards plus 25 (of 57) honorable mentions, making Peking University the most decorated university in this year's competition. Amongst the 4 winners of the Gold Award were Chen Zekun, a PhD candidate from Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research (BICMR), PKU, Lu Weixiao and Rao Zhenghao—both are PKU alumni. Upon the announcement of the awards, the three shared the strong and special bonds they have formed with mathematics. For Chen Zekun, whose academic interest is number theory, doing research is like groping in a gigantic maze with just one exit, and the "maze runners" are, for most of the time in a day, "heading towards a dead-end, or wandering between one dead-end to another." Yet still, Chen is doing every research with an undamped ardor. "Because during the process, you can come across many 'Aha!' moments, which are a lot of fun," he added. Lu Weixiao, a PKU alumnus who is pursuing his PhD degree at MIT, expressed his indelible and unabated admiration for his alma mater and for mathematics. "It is no exaggeration to say that Peking University is a paradise for math students," he said, recalling the conducive environment at PKU. Drawing from his research experience, Rao Zhenghao illustrated how he enjoyed the process of solving math problems—despite that the problem-solving can lead to no solution sometimes. "I've found solving geometry problems quite interesting and relatively concrete," he said, "I also revel in the experience of drawing, and sometimes a piece of a clear and intuitive graph can enlighten my thinking. This is one of the reasons why I've chosen geometric topology as my research direction." In the turn of the century, a cadre of talents appeared at Peking University who made breakthroughs in the field of mathematics that commanded global attention, and they were famed as the "Golden Generation." Twenty years later, the "Golden Generation" has added new lusters as a batch of rising young stars have emerged. In his congratulations to the awardees of the competition, the Director of BICMR and Professor Tian Gang put it that each generation of mathematicians have their missions and the young blood at PKU have borne on their shoulders fresh expectations from the society. "They are at the golden age of their lifetime." Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition is open to math enthusiasts all over the world. The competition has been held annually since 2018, attracting a total of some 200 thousand contestants from over 70 countries and regions.
Honda Prize 2022 Awardee: Dr. Hidetoshi Katori, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo
-For Inventing Optical Lattice Clock That Only Loses One Second in 30 Billion Years- TOKYO, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Honda Foundation, the public-interest incorporated foundation established by Soichiro Honda and his younger brother Benjiro and currently led by President Hiroto Ishida, is pleased to announce that the Honda Prize 2022 willbe awarded to Dr. Hidetoshi Katori, Professor, the Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (Chief Scientist and Team Leader, RIKEN), for inventing an optical lattice clock that is 1,000 times more precise than conventional atomic clocks. The Honda Prize, established in 1980 and awarded annually, is an international award recognizing the work of individuals or groups generating new knowledge that will drive the next generation from the standpoint of ecotechnology (*1). Dr. Katori invented in 2001 a novel optical atomic clock that uses a large number of atoms trapped in an optical lattice to provide an ultra-high-precision time and frequency standard. In contrast to the cesium atomic clock (*2) that keeps the International Atomic Time with an accuracy of about 15 digits (*3), the optical atomic clock is expected to allow 18-digit precision by employing optical transitions that have tens of thousands of times higher frequency than microwave frequency. At this precision, it takes 30 billion years to lose one second. This precision enables relativistic geodesy to measure a height difference of one centimeter on Earth based on the relativistic effect that causes time to flow slowly for a strong gravitational field. The origin of ecotechnology is in Soichiro Honda's words: "Make people happy with technology." The improvement in accuracy of one second is expected to have an immeasurable impact on mankind. The Prize will be awarded to Dr. Katori for this groundbreaking invention, which is worthy of the highest recognition. Research on the optical lattice clock by Dr. Katori:https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202209267170-O3-LaTJcIDW.pdf Dr. Hidetoshi Katori:https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202209267170-O2-AkeCb8r1.pdf Notes: (*1)Ecotechnology: A neologism combining imaging of the natural world (ecology), including civilization as a whole, and technology. Advocated by the Honda Foundation in 1979, it seeks new technological concepts required by human society to further the coexistence of people and technology. (*2)Cesium atomic clock: An atomic clock that uses the cesium 133 atom. Atomic clocks rely on the property of atoms to emit and absorb electromagnetic waves with a certain frequency. The duration of electromagnetic waves oscillating 9,192,631,770 times, which is generated by cesium transition, defines one second and has been used to keep the International Atomic Time since the 13th General Conference of Weights and Measures in 1967. The accuracy of the cesium clock corresponds to a loss of one second in 60 million years. (*3)International Atomic Time accuracy of about 15 digits: Accurate enough to measure with a fractional accuracy with one part in 10 to the 15th power. Official website: https://www.hondafoundation.jp/en
ACEM relocated EMBA program as 'New Business New Technology'
SHANGHAI, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- With China's economic development, the EMBA Center of Antai College of Economics & Management (ACEM), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has evolved from a follower and a nonentity to a pioneer from 2002 to 2022, providing a constant and vibrant impetus to China's economic development and industrial upgrading. "The 20th anniversary and 'Antai Vision' Annual Summit" hosted by ACEM, SJTU, was held in Shanghai on September 23, 2022. ACEM relocated EMBA program as 'New Business·New Technology' at the summit. New business grows in professional practice, innovative management theory and empowered technology development, and New Technology drives technology innovation, industry upgrading and business transformation. ACEM, SJTU plans to find new business through the "one body, two wings and three pivots" paradigm within the transformation from cross-innovation to two-way empowerment. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of EMBA program of ACEM, SJTU, the alumni initiated the "20 Years - Antai EMBA Excellence Fund" and denoted "Engineering Hall Special Fund" to the construction of Engineering Hall. ACEM held a ceremony to award leaders, professors, alumni and partners for their great contributions to renewed Engineering Hall.
8 out of 10 interviews damage your recruitment brand!
SHL Labs finds that how we interview talent is the topmost reason for the IT Services industry to have hurt its ability to hire and retain talent! NEW DELHI, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- SHL, the global leader in talent acquisition and talent management technology help conduct over 300k online interviews every year for its customers in India. SHL Labs analyzed a random sample of these interviews involving 100+ job profiles conducted across different companies on how interviewing practice is performed across the Indian IT software and services industry. SHL Labs' findings break down interview experience into multiple objective and measurable metrics. These metrics are measured using SHL's AI-powered interview intelligence platform. 80% of interviewers make at least one critical mistake involving interview etiquette or missing out on the candidate-centric practices that can impact the candidate's experience. There are more interviewers who miss interview etiquettes as compared to candidate-centric practices; 70% of interviewers miss interview etiquettes while 37% of the interviewers do not follow appropriate candidate-centric practices. Breaking further on Interview Etiquettes, the findings from SHL Lab's research reveal that 41% of interviewers do not introduce themselves while starting a conversation while 26% do not switch on their camera. In terms of candidate-centric practices, the interviewers tend to show a lack of respect for candidate's time with as many as 13% joining the call more than 5 minutes late and only 28% of interviewers allowing candidates to ask questions. Himanshu Aggarwal – Chief Digital Officer said, "These statistics reveal a serious shortfall in interview practices. Now more than ever, talent leaders need to take proactive measures to ensure that interview best practices are implemented effectively so that companies can hire high-quality talent while providing a positive and memorable candidate experience." Arthur Rassias – Chief Revenue Officer, SHL said that, "Our research has enabled us to provide actionable feedback to our customers allowing them to take a more standardized approach to the interview process. SHL's interview intelligence platform provides the data that talent leaders need to quickly identify and action key gaps that exist in their existing practices." Find out more about the latest innovations from SHL Labs and subscribe to the quarterly newsletter: https://www.shl.com/about/company/shl-labs/ About SHL SHL, the global leader in HR technology and psychometric science, transforms businesses by leveraging the power of people, science, and technology. Our unrivalled workforce data and highly validated talent solutions provide organizations with the workforce and scale to optimally leverage their people's potential that maximize business outcomes. We equip recruiters and leaders with people insights at an organization, team, and individual level, accelerating growth, decision making, talent mobility, and inspiring an inclusive culture. To build a future where businesses thrive because their people thrive. With 45 years of talent expertise, we are the trusted technology partner to more than 10,000 companies worldwide, across more than 150 countries, including 50% of the Fortune Global 500 and 80% of the FTSE 100. For more information, visit shl.com ContactLaura DrakePR@shl.com
Zendure Launches First-Ever Semi-Solid State Home Battery System, Addressing Global Issues of Energy Security and Climate Change
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Zendure, one of the fastest growing start-ups in the energy tech sector, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund SuperBase V, the first home energy system with semi-solid state batteries. Semi-solid-state batteries boast a 42% higher energy density and greater safety than lithium-ion phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries, providing homes and businesses with more energy storage and a safer user experience. Zendure's innovative battery management software also helps extend the lifespan of the internal cells. SuperBase V is customizable with a capacity of 6.4kWh to 64kWh. With its 120V/240V dual-voltage output and support for solar panels and EV charging, Zendure's system sets a new standard for whole-home energy management. A SuperBase V main unit, paired with the company's Satellite Expansion Batteries, can bring in 6.6kWh in just one hour by combining solar and AC power. Bryan Liu, CEO and founder of Zendure, spent the first eight years of his life in a small village in rural China where there was no electricity at all. At night, he would study by the light of a kerosene lamp. When power came to his community, it was safer at night – and easier to read and learn. "I know first-hand the incredible impact electricity and power can have for families and communities," said Liu. "As power grids strain to meet demand, individuals are looking to manage their own energy usage and ensure they have access to power when they need it the most. SuperBase V offers them the opportunity to bring safe, reliable energy into their homes and store it for on-demand use. From securing backup power during a natural disaster to storing energy from renewable sources and charging electric vehicles – there is growing demand for safe solutions that bring power independence within reach of the individual consumer." Recently, the U.S. Government passed a transformative bill that takes action on global warming and provides "the most spending to fight climate change by any one nation ever in a single push," according to the Associated Press. While policies like this one aim to address climate change on a national and global level, SuperBase V offers individual consumers the opportunity to store and use power in a way that contributes fewer harmful emissions to the atmosphere when compared to gas-powered generators. And with industry-leading specs and intuitive features like voice control and powered wheels, Zendure's new energy storage system aims to champion renewable energy solutions for a growing number of people interested in responsible power storage and energy independence. For the Kickstarter campaign, SuperBase V will sell at super early bird prices of $2,499 (LFP version) and $3,799 (semi-solid state version), and this campaign will run until November 18, 2022. SuperBase V will then be available for purchase on Zendure's website on November 19, 2022. About Zendure Zendure is one of the fastest growing Clean Energy Tech start-ups based in the technology hubs of Silicon Valley in California and the Greater Bay Area in China. Zendure's goal is to make energy accessible anywhere, anytime, and to democratize the latest energy technology to power on-grid and off-grid lifestyles alike in a clean and affordable way. To learn more visit Zendure.com and follow Zendure on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Tarena to Ring Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell on September 29, 2022
BEIJING, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Tarena International, Inc. (Nasdaq: TEDU) ("Tarena" or the "Company"), a leading provider of adult professional education and childhood and adolescent quality education services in China, announced that Ms. Ying Sun, the Company's CEO, will ring the opening bell of the Nasdaq Stock Market alongside the Company's team in a virtual bell ringing ceremony today, September 29, 2022, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Tarena. The live ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m. ET and can be viewed online at: https://www.nasdaq.com/marketsite/bell-ringing-ceremony Over the last 20 years, Tarena has grown into China's No.1 provider of adult IT professional education and childhood and adolescent IT-focused quality education services, with 325 learning centers in 57 cities in China, 8,500 employees and over 200,000 students currently enrolled. Notably, 1.2 million IT engineering graduates from the Company's adult IT program have served over 250,000 enterprises and achieved an employment rate of over 90%. Meanwhile, through its courses designed to enhance students' scientific literacy, innovation capabilities and sense of global citizenship, the Company has empowered hundreds of thousands of children to become a vital force driving the future of global technological innovation. "On the momentous occasion of Tarena's 20th anniversary, ringing the Nasdaq opening bell symbolizes our sustained dedication to advancing our course offerings, cultivating premium services and upgrading our operations. Together with Nasdaq, we will continue to create value for our customers, shareholders, society and the world at large," commented Ms. Sun. About Tarena International, Inc. Tarena is a leading provider of adult professional education and childhood and adolescent quality education services in China. Through its innovative education platform combining live distance instruction, classroom-based tutoring and online learning modules, Tarena offers adult professional education courses in IT and non-IT subjects. Its adult professional education courses provide students with practical skills to prepare them for jobs in industries with significant growth potential and strong hiring demand. Tarena also offers childhood and adolescent quality education programs, including computer coding and robotics programming courses, etc., targeting students aged between three and eighteen. Aiming to encourage "code to learn," Tarena embraces the latest trends in quality education and technology to develop children's logical thinking and learning abilities while allowing them to discover their interests and potential. Investor Relations Contact: Tarena International, Inc.Investor RelationsE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Piacente Group, Inc. In ChinaYang SongTel: +86-10-6508-0677E-mail: email@example.com In the U.S.Brandi PiacenteTel: +1-212-481-2050E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
LONGi founder Li Zhenguo urges focus on technological innovation to support the sustainable development of PV industry at the 8th World Conference on
XI'AN, China, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Li Zhenguo, founder and president of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (LONGi), virtually attended the 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion that kicked off in Milan, Italy, on September 26. Speaking at the conference that will continue until September 30, he called for focusing on technological innovation to support the sustainable development of the PV industry. "At the crossroads of the global energy transition, every decision we make now has a bearing on the future of a livable planet," Li Zhenguo said. Li Zhenguo, founder and president of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (LONGi), virtually attended the 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion that kicked off in Milan, Italy, on September 26. Significant breakthroughs have been made in the technological sector and photovoltaic power generation over the past decade, and photovoltaic power has become the most cost-effective source of electricity for most countries in the world. Coupled with a global consensus on carbon neutrality, the world is accelerating the deployment and use of renewable energy. "As the fastest growing renewable energy source in the world, photovoltaic will continue to increase its share in the energy mix and play a key role in the process of energy transition, helping to achieve the global carbon neutrality goal," Li Zhenguo said. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres once said that "with climate action going backwards, renewable energy efforts must now triple". Driven by climate action and energy transformation, by 2030, the world's newly increased photovoltaic installed capacity needs to reach 1500GW-2000GW to effectively support the global energy transition. "Such periodic product renewal will also bring huge stock replacement, and will form a 'Terawatt Class' sustainable market," Li Zhenguo added. At present, 177 countries in the world have announced or are considering joining the teams of net zero emission commitments, demonstrating their determination to develop the renewable energy industry. The energy transformation during the next 30 to 40 years is already a certainly. "In the face of the arrival of the 'Terawatt Era', the photovoltaic industry should return to the main track of conversion efficiency improvement, strengthen the R&D investment of new cell materials and technologies, lay the foundation for scientific and technological innovation, commit to reducing costs and increasing benefits, improve the competitiveness of the photovoltaic industry, and promote the large-scale application of clean energy," Li Zhenguo said. From a technical perspective, with the application of advanced photovoltaic technology and the advances in new photovoltaic technology, the efficiency of commercial c-Si solar cell will continue to improve. "Over the next decade, the c-Si solar cell will remain the mainstream technical route for the photovoltaic industry, but to achieve a cell conversion efficiency higher than 28%, it is still necessary to deeply understand the factors that affect the photovoltaic conversion efficiency of cells and explore ways to effectively control these factors," Li Zhenguo said. With the continuous increase of the proportion of photovoltaic energy in the entire grid system, the intermittent and discontinuous characteristics of photovoltaic power in a certain region will bring increasing challenges to the energy system. To overcome this issue, multi-energy complementary systems with photovoltaic and other renewable energies (hydropower, wind power etc.) are being adopted. "With the continuous cost reduction of photovoltaic energy, the PV-EC route is expected to become the cheapest method for green hydrogen production," Li Zhenguo added, noting that the huge demand for green hydrogen in the future will create significant development opportunities for the photovoltaic industry and further reduce the cost of photovoltaic energy. In the long run, the "photovoltaic+" system, in which green hydrogen is deeply involved, will be the key to deep decarbonization and sustainable development of the entire society. Li Zhenguo said he firmly believes that "green electricity + green hydrogen" is a powerful weapon against climate change. An international forum for photovoltaic researchers and industry experts, the World Photovoltaic Energy Conversion Conference is held every four years. It not only provides an international platform for the industry to exchange ideas, but also gives practical guidance and suggestions for the transformation and upgrade of energy and industrial structure.
Sungrow Surpasses 14GW Shipments in Indian Solar Market
GREATER NOIDA, India, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sungrow, the global leading inverter and energy storage system supplier for renewables, announced that it has surpassed 14GW inverter shipments in the Indian market. It takes Sungrow less than one year to complete this achievement as the 10GW record was only made in November 2021. Fast-increasing shipment indicates Sungrow's steady expansion and the market-dominating position in India. Currently, the REI 2022 is taking place in India; Sungrow's announcement of the 14GW+ shipment record will inject more confidence into this country's RE industry. The development of India's renewable energy industry is stunning. The policy supports, combined with the vibrate private investing market as well as technological progress make India remain the leader within the global renewable industry. As of May 2022, the total renewable energy capacity in India stood at 159.95 GW, reporting an increase of about 109.4% compared to 2014, the year when Sungrow entered this market. Over the past eight years, Sungrow has shipped over 14GW of inverters cumulatively to India, which were applied in many benchmark projects including the 400MW PV plant in the Bhadla Solar Park, Rajasthan, the 250MW Ayana Plant in Andhra Pradesh, India's largest floating PV plant of 70MW in Kayamkulam etc. Their deliveries satisfy the huge demand for clean electricity driven by rapid growth in the economy and population size and increase the national adoption of green energy. In addition, Sungrow also broke several records in terms of shipments over the past few years. It was ranked as the Top 1 inverter supplier in 2021 by JMK Research and Mercom, with over 30% market share. In the first two quarters of 2022, Sungrow continued to be the Top 1 inverter supplier, according to the calculations of Bridge to India and JMK Research respectively. Sungrow's grand shipment record and large market share truly demonstrate that it seized the opportunity created by the boomed market, and followed the market trend to provide the most-wanted solutions. Besides, all these milestones are also constructed on Sungrow's keen, localized teamwork, comprehensive services and proactive expansion strategies, in which building a 10GW-capacity local factory is one of the greatest. This factory was founded in 2017 and was just expanded to 10GW capacity in March 2022. It is the only company in India which can manufacture all types of inverter equipment and it also creates enormous opportunities for investment attraction and employment. Such strategic significance means Sungrow can reach its global customers with higher efficiency and less lead time, and be able to set more benchmarks for the industry. This step gets the appreciation and recognition of Mr Bhagwanth Khuba, the Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India. The renewable energy industry is gaining momentum for even more rapid development as the government ambitiously targets to realize 175GW renewable energy installations by 2022 and set an even higher goal of 500 GW by 2030. Sungrow is poised to provide state-of-the-art solutions such as the well-received 1+X modular inverter, SG320HX for large-scale projects, SG125CX-P2 and SG33CX-P2 for the emerging C&I segment, and the innovative liquid-cooled ESS ST2752UX (PowerTitan) to serve the upcoming demand for energy storage. The comprehensive product portfolio has just been exhibited during the REI 2022, gaining massive attention from the industry. In the future, Sungrow looks forward to creating more records, setting the benchmark in the RE industry and helping quicken this country's pace of energy transition for its Net-Zero Goal by 2070. About Sungrow Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. ("Sungrow") is the world's most bankable inverter brand with over 269 GW installed worldwide as of June 2022. Founded in 1997 by Professor Cao Renxian, Sungrow is a leader in the research and development of solar inverters with the largest dedicated R&D team in the industry and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter solutions and energy storage systems for utility-scale, commercial & industrial, and residential applications, as well as internationally recognized floating PV plant solutions, NEV driving solutions, EV charging solutions and renewable hydrogen production systems. With a strong 25-year track record in the PV space, Sungrow products power over 150 countries worldwide. Learn more about Sungrow by visiting www.sungrowpower.com.
Renewable Energy India Expo 2022: Sungrow is Quickening India's Pace to Adopt More Renewable Energy with Its Industry-Leading Solutions
GREATER NOIDA, India, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- 28th to 30th September, Sungrow, the global leading inverter and energy storage system supplier for renewables, made high-profile participation in Renewable Energy India Expo 2022 by showcasing its industry-leading solar plus storage solutions, with excellent large-scale inverter solution: the 1+X modular inverter as the core, and launching the new commercial inverter: SG125CX-P2. Besides, Sungrow also announced its 14GW+ shipment record during this expo, which help India achieve one big step toward its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2070. Renewable Energy India Expo 2022 is recognized as Asia's leading one focusing on renewable energy and it is a centre of global entrepreneurship, technological breakthroughs and unparalleled collaborations in the renewable energy field. REI's authority and significance make it an ideal platform to showcase its industry-leading solutions and announce its recent excellent performance in this market. Currently, India's utility-scale segment contributes to the major growth of the RE industry, which drives Sungrow to present its core utility-scale inverter solution: the 1+X modular inverter, which can be the perfect solution for Mega power plants. This innovative and trend-setting modular inverter revolutionizes the traditional central inverters with extraordinary flexibility of plant configuration and O&M. It combines the advantages of string inverters to improve the overall yield and better protect the plant's safety. The 1+X modular inverter, as a result, brings lower LCOE and higher returns for plant owners. This excellent solution has received several big orders from key accounts in India recently. In addition, another industry-leading product tailored for large-scale projects: the ultra-powerful string inverter SG320HX is also showcased, offering this market another competitive and viable option. Apart from the progress achieved in India's utility-scale market, Sungrow launches its SG125CX-P2 for the quickly developing commercial and industrial segment. The SG125CX-P2 is an updated version of traditional commercial inverters. It increases power generation with max. input current of 15A per string and advanced Power Max of 12 MPPTs. In addition, Sungrow forecasts India will have surging demand for energy storage systems; hence, its flagship ESS product: ST2752UX (PowerTitan) is exhibited during the show. This powerful product has just been applied in India's Largest BESS plant in Phyang, Leh, UT of Ladakh, another milestone co-built by Sungrow and Tata Power in May 2022. "We are very honoured to showcase our industry-leading solutions and make constructive exchanges with significant partners, customers and other major local players during REI 2022, which place a very positive foundation for our future cooperation. Sungrow has been well-known in India for its quality products and keen services. We also own our local factory which quickens the delivery time. These advantages make Sungrow a competitive and prestigious brand for the Indian market. In the future, we look forward to creating more milestones with potential partners and honour our commitment to the AatmaNirbharBharat Pinboard," said Sunil Badesra, Country Head of Sungrow India. About Sungrow Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. ("Sungrow") is the world's most bankable inverter brand with over 269 GW installed worldwide as of June 2022. Founded in 1997 by Professor Cao Renxian, Sungrow is a leader in the research and development of solar inverters with the largest dedicated R&D team in the industry and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter solutions and energy storage systems for utility-scale, commercial & industrial, and residential applications, as well as internationally recognized floating PV plant solutions, NEV driving solutions, EV charging solutions and renewable hydrogen production systems. With a strong 25-year track record in the PV space, Sungrow products power over 150 countries worldwide. Learn more about Sungrow by visiting www.sungrowpower.com.
2022 Yidan Prize - world's highest accolade in education - awarded to Dr Linda Darling-Hammond and Professor Yongxin Zhu
HONG KONG, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Yidan Prize Foundation has awarded Dr Linda Darling-Hammond and Professor Yongxin Zhu the 2022 Yidan Prize, the world's highest education accolade. The award recognizes their innovative work in empowering educators, and promoting inclusive and equitable access to education, ensuring every learner can reach their full potential. Dr Linda Darling-Hammond (left), 2022 Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate, and Professor Yongxin Zhu (right), 2022 Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate Founded in 2016, the Yidan Prize Foundation has a mission to create a better world through education. Following a rigorous independent judging process, Dr Linda Darling-Hammond and Professor Yongxin Zhu receive the 2022 Yidan Prize for Education Research and the 2022 Yidan Prize for Education Development, respectively. "We offer our warmest congratulations to our 2022 Yidan Prize laureates, Dr Linda Darling-Hammond and Professor Yongxin Zhu. They both play an important role in empowering our teachers and youth with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. Their work clearly shows the transformative impact that teachers can have on learners. And when students have great teachers, they have great opportunities," said Mr Edward Ma, Secretary-General of the Yidan Prize Foundation. Recognizing excellence to spark real, scalable change in education Dr Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University, and President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute, is awarded the 2022 Yidan Prize for Education Research for her work in shaping education policy and practice around the most equitable and effective ways to teach and learn. Her research reveals the diverse ways children learn and how best to teach them—and feeds those insights into robust educator development programs and transformed schools that holistically support teachers to change children's lives. "With an unwavering drive to see every learner reach their full potential, regardless of social background, gender and geography, Linda has spent her life building research tools that support policy and practice to create better and fairer educational opportunities. Her influence on public policy has helped policy architects shape positive changes for children on a large scale," said Mr Andreas Schleicher, head of the Yidan Prize for Education Research judging panel, and director for the OECD's Directorate of Education and Skills. With the Yidan Prize funds, Linda will scale up her critical work at Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab): a network focused on supporting student-centered, equity-focused teacher preparation programs, which are grounded in the science of learning and development and prepare teachers to help all students learn in empowering ways. She will expand the reach of EdPrepLab, adding new programs, investing in new research about effective programs, and creating a space where educators, researchers and policymakers can easily share and learn from each other. Professor Yongxin Zhu, Founder of New Education Initiative (NEI) and Professor, school of Education, Soochow University, is awarded the 2022 Yidan Prize for Education Development for his work in improving teaching quality and transforming learning outcomes in China. His NEI programs support the well-being and development of teachers, reaching over 8,300 schools, over 500,000 teachers and 8 million students across China—more than half of which are in rural and remote areas. By bringing a learner's whole community together, NEI transforms home environments into positive learning spaces and fosters a collaborative approach to learning. Teachers, students and families work together towards clear learning goals, deepening education outcomes beyond a focus on teaching-to-test and exams. "Professor Zhu is successfully addressing some of the most intractable challenges in education: improving equity and inclusiveness. His work encourages an appreciation of the value of learning for personal growth by improving reading, writing and communication. He has succeeded in gradually changing how teachers approach professional development and how students learn in classrooms and at home. Perhaps most importantly, he reminds us of the importance of joy and well-being for every learner," said Dorothy K. Gordon, head of Yidan Prize for Education Development judging panel, and Board Member of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. Professor Yongxin Zhu plans to use the Yidan Prize funds to expand NEI's reach in remote, rural areas in China and develop a cloud-based learning hub, improving education quality and providing inclusive and equitable access to education for all learners. "The Yidan Prize champions the most innovative ideas in education and helps scale them so as many people as possible can benefit. Our laureates are therefore crucial to our aim of transforming education worldwide—and through that, unlocking a brighter future for all learners," said Dr Koichiro Matsuura, Chairman of the Yidan Prize Judging Committee and the former Director-General of UNESCO. Yidan Prize Foundation is championing changemakers in education The Yidan Prize honors individuals or teams that have significantly contributed to the theory and practice of education. Each laureate will be awarded HK$30 million (approximately US$3.9 million,shared equally for teams), half of which will serve as a project fund to help them scale their education projects and support more learners globally. The 2021 Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate, Professor Eric A. Hanushek, is using the Prize funds to set up the Yidan African Fellows Program, a network of local policy fellows with an aim to improve education decision-making across sub-Saharan Africa. In India, 2021 Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate Dr Rukmini Banerji is working with Pratham to develop, test and refine early years programs and expand collaboration with local governments. These programs are expected to benefit 35,000 children across 650 communities. 2023 Yidan Prize nominations open in October The Yidan Prize continues to welcome nominations to honor changemakers in education, who are positively impacting learners across the globe with transformative, scalable, and sustainable learning solutions. ABOUT THE YIDAN PRIZE FOUNDATION The Yidan Prize Foundation is a global philanthropic foundation, with a mission of creating a better world through education. Through its prize and network of innovators, the Yidan Prize Foundation supports ideas and practices in education—specifically, ones with the power to positively change lives and society. The Yidan Prize is an inclusive education accolade that recognizes individuals or teams who have contributed significantly to the theory and practice of education. https://yidanprize.org The two prizes are designed for impact: laureates receive a gold medal and HK$30 million (shared equally for teams), half of which is a project fund of HK$15 million to help them scale up their work.
LCOE-centered, 600W+ module drives global PV market with four key competencies
CHANGZHOU, China, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Trina Solar has put forward the LCOE-oriented principle, that reducing LCOE in PV power stations with high power, high efficiency, high reliability and high energy yield. This is based on real-world experience including market trends to power industry growth to build a zero-carbon world. High-power modules have become a fixture of the global market High-power PV products are sweeping the world, as evidenced in events such as Intersolar Europe in Germany in May and Intersolar South America in Brazil at the end of August. About 30 module manufacturers exhibited more than 40 600W+ products using technologies such as PERC, HJT, and TOPCon. Trina Solar has shipped more than 30GW of 210 modules worldwide, with the industry as a whole shipping more than 50GW by June. InfoLink, a world-leading renewables consultancy, has forecast that this year the production capacity of 210mm cells will reach 309GW and of modules 344GW. Core competencies of 600W+ modules, the 4 keys unlocking low LCOE Cutting LCOE has always been a key driver in the rise of PV installed capacity and remains the supreme goal of technological innovation in the PV industry. Reducing initial investment in PV power stations and increasing total power generation during their life cycle are crucial in bringing down LCOE. High-power and high-efficiency products can significantly increase string power, reduce BOS costs and reduce initial project investment. Solar modules with high energy yield and high reliability directly increase the total energy yield of a power station during it life time. Trina Solar has found that high power, high efficiency, high energy yield and high reliability, as well as continuously cutting LCOE are key elements of superior PV modules. Guided by LCOE, the global application of 600W+ is ever more mature Trina Solar's Vertex 600W+ module is a product that fully meets the four core requirements just mentioned and has also been proved in various PV power plants and by third parties. Combining those characteristics with cutting LCOE gives us what we call the LCOE-oriented principle. Compared with regular modules on the market, the 600W+ modules increase total power by 125W-130W, a module efficiency increase of 0.3%-0.5%, and an energy yield gain of 1.51%-2.1% per watt. The 600W+ module also passes the static mechanical load test and five other rigorous tests, and is an excellent performer in extreme weather. Leading third parties, including Black & Veatch, DNV, Enertis and Fraunhofer ISE, have conducted extensive value analysis on 600W+ high-power modules worldwide, covering 15 major application settings. The results show that the 600W+ modules can reduce LCOE by up to 4.1% against that of 540W reference modules. The 600W+ modules are widely used the world over, supporting a number of GW-level utility power stations, with a presence throughout Latin America, Europe, and elsewhere in settings including deserts and fisheries, in commercial and industrial markets, helping many industries to attain low carbon goals.
67 Thai Companies Honored as Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2022
BANGKOK, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- 67 companies in Thailand received the coveted HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2022 awards. Congratulations to the Winners of 2022 Thailand HR Asia Best Companies to Work in Asia With the theme, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the awards this year focused on the efforts of companies in promoting diversity and inculcating inclusion in the workplace, while retaining HR Asia's stringent evaluation criteria. In all, 17,400 employees from 219 Thai companies took part in HR Asia's proprietary Total Engagement Assessment Model - ranking their own employers on metrics ranging from workplace happiness and team cohesion to employee advocacy and continued job motivation. The top 67 companies who made the cut off point this year are then named HR Asia Best Companies to work for in Asia 2022 for the Thai market. "HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia is the only award that is judged solely by the nominees' employees - making this the most transparent award of its kind. Equally important, with 15 markets, and over 400,000 surveys done each year - the program is also the most extensive awards for employee engagement and workplace excellence across the region", says William Ng, group publisher of Business Media International, the owner of HR Asia. The top three workplace initiatives most valued by Thai employees are that the organization has flexible working arrangements, employees are also willing to help those who requires assistance, and employees are willing to put in the extra effort to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization. However, the survey has also turned up concerns from employees, chief of which is lack of communication when establishing or enforcing corporate structure changes. The WeCare awards are also given out to Advanced Info Service PLC., B.Grimm Power Public Company Limited, Boon Rawd Group, Phyathai & Paolo Hospital Group, and Suntory Beverage and Food Thailand. 2022 Thailand HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia credits HR Note Thailand as the award's supporting partners. "The pandemic has placed extraordinary demands on business leaders and beyond. For some companies, a near term survival plan may seem to be the only agenda for recovery but by investing in employee engagement, employees will feel supported in their jobs and in return will contribute to the overall business operations and post recovery growth," Ng added. The HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Awards recognises companies that have shown world-class employee engagement and workplace excellence, while displaying demonstrable empathy and care for their employees. The award covers fifteen markets across the region including mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam making this the largest recognition programme and survey in the region for employee engagement. LIST OF WINNERS OF HR ASIA BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN ASIA 2022 (THAILAND EDITION) IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER: Advanced Info Service PLC. Allergan, an AbbVie company - Thailand Allianz Ayudhya AXA Insurance Public Co., Ltd. B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd. B.Grimm Power Public Company Limited Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited BCG Benchachinda Group Boon Rawd Group Cargill Meats (Thailand) Limited cargo-partner Logistics Ltd. CBRE Thailand Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL. Chia Tai Co., Ltd. Chubb Samaggi Insurance PCL. Concentrix Services (THAILAND) Co., LTD CP ALL Public Company Limited DTGO Corporation Limited ECCO (Thailand) Co., Ltd Ecolab Ltd. Elabram Thailand ExxonMobil Limited FedEx Express Thailand FWD Life Insurance Public Company Limited Griffith Foods Co., Ltd Hewlett Packard Enterprise I.P. ONE Co., Ltd. Kasikorn Business Technology Group KASIKORNBANK PCL Kerry Ingredients (Thailand) Ltd. Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance PCL. Lazada Limited Learn Corporation Lotus's Major Cineplex Group Marsh PB Co., Ltd Mazars (Thailand) Ltd. Mediterranean Shipping (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Michelin Siam Co., Ltd. Muang Thai Life Assurance Public Company Limited Nalco Industrial Services (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Neo Corporate Co., Ltd. Ngern Tid Lor Public Company Limited Novartis (Thailand) Limited Olam (Thailand) Ltd Osotspa Public Company Limited Philip Morris Trading (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Phyathai & Paolo Hospital Group PPG Coatings (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Provincial Electricity Authority PTG Energy Public Company Limited SAP Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing (Thailand) Ltd. SAS Software (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Siam Commercial Bank SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co., Ltd. Siam Makro Public Company Limited Siam Piwat Company Limited Suntory Beverage and Food Thailand Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Co., Ltd. TDCX Thailand Thai Beverage Public Company Limited Thai Wah Public Company Limited TikTok Thailand Unilever Thai Trading Limited United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Company Limited Watsons Thailand Yves Rocher (Thailand) Ltd. About Business Media International Business Media International is a subsidiary of Audience Analytics Limited (1AZ.SG), a regional leader in promoting growth for companies in Asia through data-driven brands and initiatives. We own renowned media brands such as SME Magazine, HR Asia, Capital Asia, Energy Asia, Logistics Asia, TruthTV, and CXP Asia as well as business impact assessment brands such as SME100, HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia, Golden Bull Awards and CXP Asia Best Customer Experience Awards. We organise various exhibitions and have the proprietary software-as-a-service — Total Engagement Assessment Model – in our portfolio. Editorial Contact: Adrian ChengMarketing ManagerBusiness Media Internationaladrian@businessmedia.asia http://www.hr.asia/awards
IT sector faces continued pressures in attracting talent
Competition to attract and retain talent in the IT sector prevalent prior to the pandemic, combined with salary increases in the sector across Canada expected to average 4.2% to 5.8% for 2023, technology companies need to understand what attracts candidates and employees. With International Week of Happiness at Work behind us, we now need to reflect on what actually drives employee happiness. Compensation experts at Normandin Beaudry stated in their recent press release that: “…addressing labor shortage should include measures that do not exclusively involve an increase in fixed costs, such as pay raises. Rather, a compensation strategy that offers a combination of monetary and non-monetary components can go a long way in helping organizations stand out from the pack.” Big Bang, an international B Corp certified consulting firm that helps organizations optimize and streamline processes, has been focused on this philosophy since its inception in 2014. The company is committed to striking the perfect work-life balance and created the ‘SoWell’ Committee to ensure happiness objectives are met. Additionally, it complements traditional compensation strategies with lunch and learns, mentorship programs, yoga and fitness programs, state-of-the-art facilities, work pods, family kitchens, and paid training and management programs.
Bentley’s Dru Crawley Receives IBPSA-USA Award and Is Elected President of IBPSA
Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced that Dru Crawley, Bentley fellow and director of building performance research, received the IBPSA-USA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Building Simulation. It will be presented at the IBPSA-USA SimBuild conference. IBPSA-USA is the United States regional affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). It advances and promotes the science of building simulation to improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing buildings in the United States. IBPSA was founded to advance and promote the science of building performance simulation to improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing buildings worldwide. IBPSA has more than 5,000 members worldwide in 34 affiliates representing 42 countries. Additionally, Crawley was elected president of IBPSA on Sept. 10, 2022. He is the previous president of IBPSA-USA and has been part of the organization since 1987. Crawley has published more than 125 papers and articles, testified before the U.S. Congress about zero-energy and green buildings, lectured at more than 30 universities, and made more than 500 presentations on building energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy throughout the world. “Presented every two years, this award recognizes an individual who has a distinguished record in the field of building performance simulation for 15 or more years,” said Carrie Brown, president of IBPSA-USA. “With an exemplary record of software development, high caliber research, and educational efforts, Dr. Crawley has been an extremely influential champion of BPS. The breadth and depth of Dru’s expertise has made him an industry leader throughout his career, and our field is categorically better due to his contributions.” You can read more about the IBPSA awards at https://www.ibpsa.us/awards/
MAXHUB announces the E2 Series Interactive Flat Panel for better education outcomes
SYDNEY, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- MAXHUB, a company known for leadership and innovation in the EdTech space, has recently announced the release of its latest Interactive Flat Panel with the groundbreaking E2 Series. As virtual and digitised classrooms across the globe begin to expand, students and teachers are consistently seeking learning solutions that are efficient, effective and valuable. Integration with learning tools and programs is paramount to success, as is health, safety, and ease of use. Full force engagement and immersion The E2 Series is equipped with a 4K, high-contrast screen, meaning that images, text and handwriting are rendered with incredible sharpness and professional-grade colour accuracy. Ease of writing is also a key feature, with Zero Bonding technology, a double nib design, and up to 40 touch points*. Speed and connectivity will also come without issue, with the E2 having less than 40ms writing latency. Smart, secure and reliable With a range of ever-evolving devices, connectivity types and hardware, educators need to be certain that their screens and displays have the adaptability to be able to work in any environment – a significant part of the BYOD concept. The all-in-one Type-C technology can enable educators to achieve easy transmission of video, audio, touch, network, and battery charge by connecting to an interactive flat panel with a single Type-C wire. E2 also provides reverse touch control, ensuring educators can stay comfortable beside their big panel to do their teaching while also easily controlling the operation of their personal devices. It enhances the connection between the personal screen with the larger monitor in a classroom. Positioning the interactive panel as a hub further empowers teachers to better manage the communication and interaction with learners while still being able to stick to their most natural personal working habits. Health and safety first With the rise in new screen technology in learning environments, there also come concerns around health and wellbeing. While screen learning has proven an extremely useful and successful tool, it should not come at the cost of health. MAXHUB tackles these issues head-on with a total upgrade of hardware and software focused around health and wellbeing. A number of eye protection features have been added to help cater to the health of students, including TÜV Certified Low Blue Light, TÜV Certified Flicker Free, a special Eye-care mode and an Ambient light sensor. The team at MAXHUB have also given the opportunity to equip the E2 Series with a special antibacterial screen**, and the product is SGS Certified for ultimate peace of mind. The screen is also specially coated and manufactured with 3mm tempered glass to protect users from accidental injury. A fully rounded experience While the E2 hardware stands out as a leading example of effective learning technology, as with other MAXHUB products, it can also be enhanced by the company's Bytello software. With a range of suites suitable for all types of learning environments that integrate seamlessly with the E2 and other products, educators can provide the ultimate learning experience. Bytello Class, OS, DMS and Share are all options that provide rich engagement options and learning outcomes with a mix of screen sharing, templates and cloud technologies. DMS is especially handy for IT teams in educational institutes, as it provides seamless monitoring and reporting features. The E2 Series Interactive Flat Panel is available now through MAXHUB's website, along with the full range of smart products. * up to 40 points of touch depending on your chosen operating system. ** Antibacterial screen is an optional upgrade choice.
Prodigy Finance Releases 2022 Impact Report
Improved career opportunities, significant salary increases, and a heightened sense of overall optimism highlight the transformational value of life-changing education LONDON, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Prodigy Finance, the pioneer in cross-border student lending, today announces the release of its 2022 Global Impact Report. The newest report highlights how the company continues to create positive impact across the globe by removing financial barriers for high potential students to access the world's best education. Leveraging research-based evidence, Prodigy's newest survey, the Impact Outcomes Survey, was designed to understand the impact of a master's degree on Prodigy-funded graduates, both professionally and personally. The 2022 report follows Prodigy Finance's 2021 issuance of a $288m Social ABS Bond – our first - to support students to access affordable education. The Social ABS Bond has resulted in 4271 postgraduate students from low and middle income countries fulfilling their educational dreams. As communities around the world continue to endure unprecedented challenges, Prodigy Finance is dedicated to supporting the growing demand of international students looking to pursue their educational dreams of studying abroad. "Our impact report is our commitment to codify our spirit and founding ethos into transparent and measurable outcomes that demonstrate our impact on society. It's easy to say that you have a soul and aspire to do good for people and the planet. It's harder, as you scale, to ensure that you stay true to it." said Cameron Stevens, CEO, Prodigy Finance. By measuring the outcomes our loans have on our borrowers and their communities, we see that access to finance provides an education that results in better jobs and career opportunities, greater success at work as well as better attitudes and personal attributes. Some highlights from the 2022 Impact Report include FINANCIAL IMPACT ON EMERGING MARKET STUDENTS Students from emerging market (EM) countries are significantly more underserved than those from developed markets (DM). Over two-thirds of EM students come from families earning less than $40,000, in contrast to 20% of DM students. The salary increases for EM students supported by Prodigy Finance are significant and, in many cases, life-changing. Among our EM graduates, 77% believe their salary has at least doubled, and 46% felt their salary has at least quadrupled due to their master's degree. So, while EM students come from more underserved backgrounds than students from DM, they report higher salary rises post master's graduation. FEMALE GRADUATES REPORT POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOLLOWING THEIR MASTER'S DEGREE Since its inception, Prodigy has provided financing to over 8,600 women, and the proportion of women relative to men has gradually increased over time. In 2021, women represented one-third of all borrowers. These women report the highest agreement (95%) to believing their master's degree has helped them access better career opportunities. Additionally, 93% of Prodigy-funded female graduates attained higher salaries after graduation, with 72% and 40% believing their salary has at least doubled or quadrupled, respectively, as a result of their master's degree. INCREASING THE PROPORTION OF ENGINEERS FUNDED Over the past few years, the number of engineering students funded has risen significantly. Prodigy is supplying this rapid demand of students who desire to study postgraduate engineering. Given that 90% of students report having limited-to-no-other funding options, many of these students would have struggled to source financing without Prodigy. Engineering students come from significantly more underserved backgrounds than business students; more than half of these students come from families earning less than $15,000 a year. In addition, 95% of engineering students reported earning below $25,000 a year at the time of their Prodigy loan application. Engineering students also report significant positive financial impacts from obtaining their master's degree; 54% report at least quadrupling their salary, and 81% report at least doubling their salary, as a result of their Prodigy-funded master's degree. It is highly encouraging that this fast-growing segment of Prodigy-funded students is experiencing meaningful impact. IMPACT ON HOME & HOST COMMUNITIES Prodigy Finance has identified that the positive outcomes experienced don't stop with the borrowers themselves, but are far-reaching to their communities back home through remittances and skill transfer. Almost 80% of our emerging markets students send remittances home to their families or intend to within 5 years. Furthermore, where graduates stay in their country of study, they contribute to increased productivity and economic growth. Additionally, universities across host countries agree that these new international students enrich campus culture and intellectual life, help domestic students develop skills, and help supplement tuition revenue for universities. For more insights, download the full 2022 Global Impact Report at prodigyfinance.com/social-impact/invest. For more information, please contact: Prodigy Finance, email@example.com, +44(0)20 3900 3535 About Prodigy Finance: Prodigy Finance is revolutionising the way students and investors see international student loans. Fueled by a community of funders, our student borrower base is given the chance to attend the world's top universities. Over the last decade, our investors have received both a financial and social return, while thousands of students have gained access to higher education through our loans. Since its founding, Prodigy Finance has helped over 28,000 international master's students from 150 countries access over $1.5B in funding across postgraduate courses at 800+ international schools - and is committed to expanding its impact ever further in the future.
Beyond Expo | Father of "China's Caltech" on future models for Chinese higher education
BEIJING, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- China is still lagging behind competitors in building up cutting-edge research capacity in higher education institutions, according to Shi Yigong, a renowned scientist and the president of a private Chinese university often dubbed "the Caltech of China.". More effort is needed to turn the country's college education system into a truly global hub of leading talent, Shi added as part of a speech at the BEYOND Expo 2022. On Wednesday, the BEYOND Expo 2022 opened online at BEYOND Metaverse. The tech event will have more than 40 talks and panel discussions where leaders and experts across sectors dive deep into the topics of consumer tech, health tech, global investments, sustainability, and Web3. Shi Yigong, president of Westlake University and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is on talk at BEYOND Expo 2022 Please find below the transcript of the opening day speech from Shi Yigong, president of Westlake University and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The following transcript has been edited for clarity: Hello, everyone. I'm Shi Yigong. It's such a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to share my views on the future development of China's technology at the International Technology Innovation Expo. Today, I'd like to share my views on the theme of "Exploring China's Future Innovation-driven Development Model." Since we are talking about technology innovation it's related to our education, technology, and talent. These three elements – technology, education, and talent – ultimately constitute the main axis of innovation-driven development. First of all, let's talk about education, especially higher education. It's safe to say that China is the world's leading country in terms of scale and is on its way to becoming a world power in higher education. By the end of 2020, China had more than 40 million students enrolled in all 2,000 institutions of higher learning. The quantity is surely the largest in the world, and the quality is also steadily improving. For example, by 2021, both in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings, Chinese universities had been advancing up the list in the world, with six to seven Chinese universities making the top 100. But there are some problems with higher education in our country. We have a high educational attainment rate, but we lack cutting-edge researchers. We generally pursue a general and comprehensive education but have no significant advantages or distinctive features. We emphasize knowledge and practicality, but there's still a gap between us and other countries regarding innovation. We've developed far more general talents than the most outstanding and innovative ones. There have been numerous academic achievements but relatively few breakthroughs. Second, let's briefly talk about the current situation of China's technology. Over the past 20 years, thanks to the long-term steady investment in technology, China is now among the top three countries in the world regarding technology indicators. Whether it's the number of articles, times cited, or the number of patents applied for, approved, granted, etc., all our technology indicators have steadily entered the top three in the world. Third, let's briefly talk about China's talent. In 1978, the 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the CPC ushered in the Reform and Opening-up era of China and opened the door for Chinese students to study abroad. On December 26 of the same year, 52 scholars from mainland China departed for the United States. It was the first group of students to study abroad after the reform and opening-up started, with an average age of over 42. By the end of 2019, more than 6 million Chinese students had traveled abroad to study in other countries in the world, and more than 4 million of them had returned home after their studies, bringing great impact and changes to all aspects of Chinese society. It's safe to say that China has the largest talent team in the world. Of course, although we have a wealth of talent, when it comes to being No. 1 in the world, there's still a problem with our talent team. That is, the cream of the crop; the top talent is relatively scarce. To sum up, in terms of higher education, technology, and technological talent, China is one of the top countries in the world and is on its way to becoming a world power. However, there's an innovation index that reflects the innovation ability of a country, and so far, China is still ranked outside the top 10 in the global technology innovation index. In other words, although China has become a big power in technology, higher education, and talent cultivation, and is on the way to becoming a world power, we haven't become a big power or a world power worthy of the name in terms of innovation ability. We still have a long way to go. Therefore, judging from such an analysis, China's future development can only rely on high-end leadership and innovation-driven development strategy. And the core of this strategy is the top talent. The top talent we're talking about isn't only the core talent in basic research, applied research, core technology, and cutting-edge research, but also the top talent in all fields, in all aspects, from the law, to finance, to social governance, to national management. I think the top talent will be the most crucial factor in a country's high-end leadership and innovation-driven development strategy. I'd like to give you an example, which is Westlake University. The founding of Westlake University was designed with the high-end leadership and innovation-driven development strategy as the premise and goal. As early as 11 years ago, a group of returned scholars in the Western Returned Scholars Association were discussing the future of technology and education in China. They reached a consensus to establish a new type of university which would be small but exquisite and research-oriented, gathering first-class teachers, creating a first-class curriculum, educating first-class talent, and producing first-class results. They would adopt a new model to create a new type of world-class university. Such a university has been successfully established in Hangzhou, and is called Westlake University. It was officially approved by the Ministry of Education in February 2018 and was officially established in Hangzhou in October of the same year. Westlake University is a new type of university. What's new about it is that it received great support from the country and was established by social forces. Westlake University was founded to help technology grow, implement innovation-driven development, develop talent, and make some exploratory reforms in science education. Such a positioning of the university was strongly supported by the country in all aspects, as well as by all walks of life, including individuals, enterprises, and local governments. After four years of hard work, Westlake University now has 201 PhD supervisors. Most of them are world-leading scientists in their respective fields of research. The purpose of having a top-notch faculty is to develop top-notch students. With the active support of the Ministry of Education, Westlake University has been actively reforming and innovating in all aspects of admissions and ability training. After years of hard work, there are now more than 1,200 PhD students at Westlake University. With the support of their PhD supervisors, these students are conducting innovative scientific research on major research topics and core technologies, striving for breakthroughs. Today, as a brand-new concept, the new research university has been gradually incorporated into the top-level design of the country and is increasingly accepted and recognized by the whole of society. In the future, there's no doubt that Westlake University will become a first-class university that reflects Chinese wisdom and is held in high esteem worldwide. This university will have the most outstanding scientists in the world, be able to develop the best young talent to undertake the most advanced basic and applied research, explore the mechanism and system of scientific research and education that fits China's national conditions, and provide a model that can be used for the sustainable development of high tech in China, and make a contribution to the human civilization that makes the Chinese nation proud. I think maybe 10 to 15 years later, Westlake University will fully represent the wisdom and competence of Chinese people and rank among the best universities in the world. Thank you.