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2021 Global Talent Competitiveness Index: Fostering green and digital jobs and skills crucial for talent competitiveness in times of COVID-19
Switzerland, Singapore and the United States top the rankings; European countries dominate the Top 20 (France joining that group); China enters Top 40. Green and digital jobs and skills essential for digital transformation and environment-related transitions towards a sustainable economy Governments to play a pivotal role in shaping labour markets and talent competition The most talent-competitive countries are pulling away from the rest; gap is widening San Francisco tops the cities rankings; megalopolises back on the talent scene FONTAINEBLEAU, France and SINGAPORE and SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2021 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) report shows Switzerland, Singapore and the United States continue their strong lead in talent competitiveness. Published by INSEAD and the Portulans Institute, this year's rankings see European countries dominating the top positions with 17 of them in the top 25. One notable mention is France (19th), which enters the Top 20 this year with its highest position ever. Outstanding non-European countries that make it into the top 25 are Australia (11th), Canada (13th), New Zealand (15th), Japan (20th), Israel (21st), and the United Arab Emirates (25th). 'Latin America and the Caribbean' region is for the first time represented in the top quartile by Chile (33rd), and China (37th) breaks into the top 40, its highest position ever. The report finds that: The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken organisations in ways that may become permanent features of tomorrow's workplace. The accelerated adoption of collaborative tools have redefined the way in which individuals and teams could bring value to private businesses and public entities. Companies has redefined how they work. In that process, many opportunities have been offered to countries and cities to experiment with novel ways of attracting talent (e.g. digital nomads). COVID-19 generated a series of shockwaves across the global talent landscape, which will have long term effects on labour markets. The international mobility of talents has been redefined by the pandemic. For employees, new parameters emerged about when, where and for whom to work: as online tools opened new doors to better work-life balance and to 'working from anywhere', new inequalities surfaced between those who could contribute online, and those who had to be physically present at the workplace. Governments are back on centre stage, and recovery packages will have a significant importance in shaping labour markets and talent competition in the coming years. Governments are called to re-take centre stage, both by injecting financial resources to prevent a massive collapse of businesses and employment, and by designing specific legal and regulatory measures to protect their populations' health and social cohesion. Fortunately, most public entities around the world reacted with rapidity and force. This allowed many companies to stay afloat financially, and to stay the course towards their strategic objectives, including in the talent area. The relatively rapid fashion in which major economies resumed growth is now even creating some employment scarcity in key sectors and activities. In the emerging post-COVID economy, international inequalities have started to widen again. Economies that cannot accelerate their digital transformation may quickly be left behind. The rapid increase of 'digital divides' however, is only one part of growing inequalities at the international level. Another finding of concern is the increasing divergence between rich and poor economies. The World Bank indicates that poverty has increased worldwide during the pandemic and that an additional 125 million people live with less than US$1.90 per day. UN data suggests that globally, jobs held by women are generally more threatened by COVID-related adjustments (including lay-offs) than the ones held by men. If these developments are not contained and swiftly reversed, they could further widen gaps in economic well-being as well as in equality, diversity and inclusion efforts that has made progression in recent years. In the post-COVID 'new normal', inequalities may grow among workers, depending on their sector of activity and their level of qualification. In the 'new normal', inequalities may also grow among workers due to a likely 'K-shaped recovery', where workers employable in 'recovery sectors' such as technology, retail of software services would find more employment opportunities than those locked in other (often distressed) activities such as travel or entertainment. Innovation and agility can play a critical role in 'redressing the lower branch of the K'. Immense challenges loom ahead: preventing a growth of inequalities (and a resumption of poverty), offering enough opportunities for a massive upskilling and re-skilling of the work force, and maintaining social cohesion will not be among the easiest task of the coming years, and possibly decades. There is, however, encouraging news on the global talent competitiveness scene, as a number of middle-income economies show significant progress and dynamism. China and Russia join the GTCI league of 'talent champions' (they were both among GTCI's 'talent movers' last year). For the first time, a country from the Latin America and the Caribbean región (Chile) appears in the top quartile of the rankings. In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates remains the strongest talent champion, and offers innovative ways to attract and retain talents. The eighth edition of the report titled, 'Talent Competitiveness in Times of COVID', explores lessons learned during the pandemic, and offers insights into how governments, organisations, businesses and individuals can move forward. Managing talent is now a mainstream concern and talent performance seen as a critical factor to growth and prosperity. Felipe Monteiro, Academic Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) and INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy, states: "It is now time to 'think post-pandemic'. Jobs linked to digital transformation and the greening of most sectors (finance, energy to transport, manufacturing and agriculture) will be in high demand across geographies." He adds, "Top-ranked Switzerland and Singapore are speeding up transitions to a sustainable, future-proof economy. Switzerland is strengthening its position as a leader in sustainable finance and Singapore is forging ahead with its ambitious "Green Plan 2030" and making headways in digital trade and green economy cooperation with China. These forward-looking nations are taking steps to build robust economies and societies." Long term trends and analysis In its third year of providing longitudinal analysis, GTCI data suggests that the gap between the most talent-competitive countries and the rest is widening. The policy implication is clear: stakeholders should take steps to ensure that the underlying dimensions of talent competitiveness are strengthened, especially for countries and those segments of the population already under pressure. Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2021 – Top 20 Ranking As in previous years, higher rankings are associated with higher income levels. Policies and practices that bring about talent competitiveness in more developed countries are less susceptible to political and socioeconomic fluctuations and these countries have the stability to invest in lifelong learning, reinforcing skills, and attracting and retaining global talent. Rank Country Rank Country 1 Switzerland 11 Australia 2 Singapore 12 United Kingdom 3 United States of America 13 Canada 4 Denmark 14 Germany 5 Sweden 15 New Zealand 6 Netherlands 16 Ireland 7 Finland 17 Belgium 8 Luxembourg 18 Austria 9 Norway 19 France 10 Iceland 20 Japan Global City Talent Competitiveness Index (GCTCI) 2021 – Top 10 Ranking Megalopolises are back on the talent scene as large cities (due mainly to their higher level of resources) adapted better to COVID-related challenges, which partly explain why they generally rank better in GCTCI than last year. Top cities this year continue to be dominated by the US and Europe with San Francisco taking the top spot. Two other US cities, Boston and Seattle, make it into the top 10; while the remaining 7 are located in Europe (Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Dublin, London, and Helsinki). Singapore is the only Asian city listed in the top 10. Rank City Rank City 1 San Francisco (United States) 6 Dublin (Ireland) 2 Geneva (Switzerland) 7 Singapore (Singapore) 3 Boston (United States) 8 Seattle (United States) 4 Zurich (Switzerland) 9 London (United Kingdom) 5 Luxembourg (Luxembourg) 10 Helsinki (Finland) Bruno Lanvin, Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD and co-editor of the report, comments: "Altogether, cities around the world proved agile and imaginative in mobilising available talents to identify and implement solutions to unprecedented and complex situations." He adds that, "Cities with distinctive features for future readiness tend to dominate the rankings. Capabilities in AI or advanced technologies (including fintech, healthtech and medtech) clearly favour the talent performance of cities such as San Francisco, Boston, and Singapore, and to a lesser but still significant extent that of Luxembourg, Geneva, Dublin, and Zurich." For more information:Download the full report Follow us on Twitter #GTCI for updatesRegister and join the live launch event here at 13:00 CET, 19 October 2021. About Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) The GTCI report is published annually by INSEAD, the Business School for the World, in partnership with Portulans Institute. The report is a comprehensive annual benchmarking report that measures how countries and cities grow, attract and retain talent. It provides a unique resource for decision makers to understand the global talent competitiveness picture and develop strategies for to boost their competitiveness. The 2021 report covers 134 countries and 155 cities from 75 economies around the world across all groups of income and levels of development. About Portulans Institute Founded in 2019, the Portulans Institute (PI) is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute based in Washington DC. Portulans (or portolans) are ancient nautical maps, first made in the 13th century in the Mediterranean basin and later expanded to include other regions. The word portolan comes from the Italian portulano, meaning "related to ports or harbors", and which since at least the 17th century designates "a collection of sailing directions". In these maps, only a few harbors were visible, and much of the coastlines were hypothetical. This is how we see our mission: in an uncertain world, much is yet to be explored, and many opportunities have yet to be identified. Like the navigators of the 16th century, modern leaders have to make decisions on the basis of imperfect information and incomplete maps. The Portulans Institute aims at providing them with the best available data and analyses, and the directions that they need. This is why our logo combines a compass, and pi, which is not only a powerful number found in geometry, algebra, physics and arts, but also an infinite series of digits, with no pre-written rule telling us what the next one might be. More information about PI can be found at https://portulansinstitute.org/ About INSEAD, The Business School for the World As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. Our research, teaching and partnerships reflect this global perspective and cultural diversity. With locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and now North America (San Francisco), INSEAD's business education and research spans four regions. Our 168 renowned Faculty members from 41 countries inspire more than 1,100 degree participants annually in our Master in Management, MBA, Global Executive MBA, Specialised Master's degrees (Executive Master in Finance and Executive Master in Change) and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 12,400 executives participate in INSEAD Executive Education programmes each year. INSEAD continues to conduct cutting-edge research and innovate across all our programmes. We provide business leaders with the knowledge and awareness to operate anywhere. Our core values drive academic excellence and serve the global community as The Business School for the World. More information about INSEAD can be found at www.insead.edu.
Chinese Business School CKGSB Holds Graduation for 1600 Students in a Three-city Ceremony across China
BEIJING, Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) simultaneously held the first graduation ceremony in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, both online and offline, since the COVID-19 pandemic started, with a record-breaking number of graduates in attendance. 1568 MBA, EMBA and Business Scholars Program graduates from 2020 and 2021 attended. Due to the disruptions caused by lockdown measures, the 2020 graduation ceremony was cancelled. Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization at CKGSB, Xiang Bing and 26 professors attended this momentous event. Dean Xiang sent his wishes to graduates through video saying, "Congratulations to all graduates! I deeply believe that you, our business elites in China, should and could integrate the knowledge, values and vision you acquired here in your path ahead to create economic and social advancement for the greater good." As a research-driven business school, CKGSB values students' ability to run in-depth and applicable research. At the ceremony, CKGSB Professor of Operations Management Li Lede (Lode) announced the 2020 & 2021 outstanding dissertation award winners. Professor of Finance Huang Chunyan (Jennifer), Associate Dean and Dean's Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance Li Haitao, Associate Dean and Dean's Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance Ouyang Hui, Associate Dean and Professor of Human Resource Management and Economics Wang Yijiang and Professor of Marketing Zhu Rui (Juliet) granted awards to winners and certificates to Dean's List graduates. Graduate representatives from the school's Business Scholars Program, Executive MBA program and MBA program expressed their gratitude to the school and shared their stories with their fellow classmates during their speech. Shen Guojun, Founder and Chairman of Yintai Group, Ni Da, General Manager of the CH New Energy, and Zhao Zizhou, Founder of AIATOR all gave speeches and shared their experiences of how CKGSB has helped them develop their careers and companies. Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) is the first choice for management education among China's established business leaders and entrepreneurs shaping the future. CKGSB is also the preferred institution for academics returning to China from globally-leading business schools. Since its establishment in November 2002 as China's first privately-funded and research-driven business school, it has cultivated transformative business leaders with a global vision, social responsibility, innovative mindset and ability to lead with empathy and compassion.
Verdant Earth Technologies Limited Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering
SYDNEY, Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Verdant Earth Technologies Limited ("Verdant" or "the Company") today announced that it has publicly filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to a proposed initial public offering of its ordinary shares. Verdant has applied to list its shares on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker symbol "VDNT". The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. The proposed offering is subject to market conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the proposed offering may be completed, or as to the actual size or terms of the proposed offering. Roth Capital Partners is acting as sole manager of this offering. The proposed offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus relating to the proposed offering may be obtained from: Roth Capital Partners, 888 San Clemente, Newport Beach, CA 92660, Attn: Equity Capital Markets, telephone: 800-678-9147, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or by accessing the SEC's website, www.sec.gov. A registration statement on Form F-1 relating to the proposed offering of ordinary shares of the Company has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. The Company's ordinary shares may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the ordinary shares, nor shall there be any sale of such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Any offers, solicitations or offers to buy, or any sales of securities will be made in accordance with the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. About Verdant Earth Technologies Limited Verdant Earth Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: VDTN) is a development stage green energy company with the goal to develop a network of renewable energy and green hydrogen projects in Australia. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements with respect to the Company's potential initial public offering and Nasdaq listing, that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control. When used in this press release, the words ''could,'' ''believe,'' ''anticipate,'' ''intend,'' ''estimate,'' ''expect,'' ''may,'' ''continue,'' ''predict,'' ''potential,'' ''project'' and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. The Company cautions readers that forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, the Company's ability to secure, or renew, appropriate governmental and regulatory licenses and approvals for the Company's existing project and its proposed projects and planned activities; the expected cost and expected timing of completion of the Company's existing project and proposed projects and the anticipated capacity and results of such projects; the Company's goals and strategies; potential projects, including the location, nature, fuel source and expected capacity of such projects; the Company's capital commitments and/or intentions with respect to its business, including the sufficiency of its liquidity and capital resources; the nature and extent of future competition in the energy industry in the markets in which the Company plans to operate; expected supply and demand trends in the Australian power market; the Company's ability to finance existing, and to source and finance new and greenfield projects and acquisitions; the price of, and the Company's ability to successfully integrate, any acquired projects or businesses; the expected cash flows from the Company's power plant, once operational, and future green hydrogen production businesses; the Company's planned capital expenditures; the Company's ability to successfully pursue renewable energy-based projects and acquisition opportunities; the Company's ability to obtain appropriate connection agreements; the Company's ability to enter into supply and generation agreements on competitive terms; the Company's ability to secure fuels, including biomass, commercial waste timber and other fuels; the performance and reliability of the Company's power plant, once operational, and the Company's ability to manage its operation and maintenance costs; the expected cost and timing of the Company's projects; expected growth in demand for electricity and hydrogen in the markets that the Company plans to serve; the legal and regulatory framework of the energy industry at the national, regional or municipal level in Australia; increased development costs, and the impact such increased costs could have on the development of additional power generation assets and the value of the Company's assets, particularly with respect to electric and hydrogen power plants; expected trends in energy consumption, particularly in Australia, Japan and South Korea; and the Company's intended use of proceeds from the initial public offering of its ordinary shares. The forward-looking statements made in this press release relate only to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made in this press release. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
SJTU Antai EMBA Ranked 10th Worldwide in FT EMBA Ranking 2021
SHANGHAI, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 18, 2021, the Financial Times released the ranking of the world's top 100 EMBA programs in 2021, in which the Antai College of Economics and Management of Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranked 10th in the world. Antai EMBA performed brilliantly in the most concerned career progress index, ranking third for average alumnus salary in the world, among top 5 for consecutive 3 years and climbing up steadily, and the salary increase has ranked 1st in the world for two consecutive years. SJTU Antai EMBA Ranked 10th Worldwide in FT EMBA Ranking 2021 With strong faculty and advantageous disciplines, SJTU Antai provides targeted training programs for students in different development periods, to meet the comprehensive development of each unique individual with three-dimensional curriculum platform, all-round practice platform, multi-level training platform and lifelong learning platform. In this EMBA ranking, the career progress index ranking at the forefront of the world once again proved the achievements of Antai in the cultivation of innovative talents. In the global MBA rankings released by QS in 2021, SJTU Antai MBA program ranked 31st in the world and 1st in China for entrepreneurship MBA. Since October 2020, eight EMBA alumni enterprises have been successfully listed, including Shengjian Environment, Zhang Xiao Quan, Hengshuai, Mustang Battery and so on. In 2018, Antai, which has passed its centenary, found the Industry Research Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, promoting a virtuous circle among practice, theory and teaching and providing "Antai Proposal" for global management practice. So far, 33 industry research teams have been established in key areas focusing on the national economy and people's livelihood, gradually forming mature industry research paths and producing diversified research results. In addition, it has integrated industry practice deeply and created an Industry Community Class by cross-college, cross-project, cross-disciplinary and cross-industry-university-research means. As one of the earliest EMBA programs in China, the SJTU Antai EMBA program will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2022. Antai EMBA keeps on upgrading the curriculum system. The new version 6.0 of curriculum system will help industry leaders empower business practice with 4 learning modules, 5 curriculum directions, 8 global classrooms and 30+ industry ecosystems. By integrating regional development practices and dynamic cities deeply, it focuses on the topics such as policy frontier in Beijing, financial technology in Shanghai, venture capital investment ecosystem in Shenzhen, free trade zone empowerment in Haikou and pivot for "Belt and Road" initiative in Sichuan and Chongqing, and created a series of "learning and traveling the world" brand events. Rooted in China, it builds an open cooperation platform and opens national classes. Facing the students from the countries along the "Belt and Road" and the excellent students from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, it set up the Scholarship, to cultivate more excellent senior management talents for those countries and regions.
The Prestigious AISL Harrow Scholarships 2022/24 is Accepting Applications from 15 October, 2021
Unique 100% Two-year A-level Scholarships, Offering a Gateway to the World's Best UniversitiesImagine a once in a lifetime opportunity.A prestigious British education, by teachers who have nurtured graduates admitted to Oxford, Cambridge, and Ivy League universities.To enjoy world-class educational resources and lifelong friendships.All of this is now possible and available with school and boarding fees fully funded.Apply for an AISL Harrow 2022/24 Scholarships to make your dream a reality. HONG KONG, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia International School Limited (AISL), with over 25 years of educational excellence in Asia, announced the official launch of its AISL Harrow Scholarships Programme Y2022/24, marking the second year of the most prestigious – and most generous – scholarship award available across the AISL Harrow family. Moving into the second year, the AISL Harrow Scholarships provide exceptionally gifted students who are not currently enrolled in an AISL Harrow School, no matter where in the world they currently live, the opportunity to study at one of the AISL Harrow Schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, or Bangkok. Each school provides two scholarships: ten in total across the AISL Harrow family. Selected students are given full access to a Harrow A-Level education. A GATEWAY TO THE WORLD'S BEST UNIVERSITIES With the same high standards as that of Harrow School in the UK, AISL Harrow Schools ensure students excel academically and personally through a highly qualified teaching team, a broad selection of co-curricular activities and an extensive academic enrichment super curriculum programme. In 2021, 77% of AISL Harrow graduates achieved A*-A at A-Level, graduating to some of the world's best universities. All AISL Harrow Schools offer a dedicated University Admissions Centre with specialist tutors to support each student's application process. REGISTER NOW For more details and to register interest, applicants can visit: https://www.harrowschools.com/aisl-harrow-scholarships/. Applications opens now till 4:00pm on 10 December, 2021 (GMT+8). About Asia International School Limited (AISL) GROUP Asia International School Limited ("AISL") is a leading provider of world-class K-12 education in Asia. Through our wholly owned subsidiary Harrow International Management Services Limited and affiliates, AISL sub-licenses the Harrow brand and provides professional educational services to our Harrow branded schools, including AISL Harrow International Schools, AISL Harrow Innovation Leadership Academies and AISL Harrow Little Lions Early Years Centres.
The 5th International Low Carbon (Zhenjiang) Conference is held in Zhenjiang with the answer of carbon peak and neutrality
ZHENJIANG, China, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 16, 5th International Low Carbon (Zhenjiang) Conference and 2021 Carbon Peak and Neutrality Jinshan Summit, with the theme of "Green and Low Carbon Development: Industry, Energy, Technology" was held in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, according to the organization committee of International Low Carbon Conference. Carbon peak and Neutrality is a profound economic and social change. The Chinese government announced in September 2020: strive to achieve carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. In the Chinese government's "Dual Carbon" practice, Zhenjiang has always assumed the role of a pioneer. Ma Minglong, Secretary of Zhenjiang Municipal Committee of the CPC said, "In the past nine years of the low-carbon pilot, we have spared no effort to spread low-carbon concepts, showcase low-carbon technologies, promote low-carbon cooperation, and use the 'Zhenjiang Practice' of green and low-carbon development, enriching the "China Plan" for climate and environmental governance. As of 2021, the city's energy consumption per unit of GDP has dropped by 37.7%, and its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP has dropped by 46.3%." In the past nine years, Zhenjiang has promoted economic transformation and industrial development through the exploration and practice of low-carbon construction and green development. Since Zhenjiang vigorously carried out chemical remediation in 2013, its chemical industry has dropped by more than 80% and gradually moved towards green high-end; various local laws and regulations such as the "Regulations on the Protection of the Yangtze River Coastline Resources in Zhenjiang " have been formulated; State Grid accelerates the construction of Zhenjiang's new power system by creating clean and interconnected smart grid and clean consumption model; many well-known domestic financial institutions have made suggestions for Zhenjiang green economy development. The green power of transformation and innovation of "Low-Carbon Zhenjiang" make Zhenjiang burst into high-quality development vitality. At the meeting, Chu Yonghong, Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province introduced, "The 14th Five-Year Plan is a critical period for carbon peak. Zhenjiang must effectively play its pioneer role in the carbon battle." Aiming at the goal, Zhenjiang will develop the "Nine Ones" construction from four aspects: low-carbon carrier construction, technology research, market operation, and capacity improvement, to implement the "Zhenjiang Answers" of carbon peak and neutrality.
Wuxi invites global talents to share "the most beautiful talent habitat"
WUXI, China, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- "Discover China Wuxi for wider dream!" From October 18 to 20, the 2021 Taihu Talent Summit will be held in Wuxi. More than a hundred global talents including Zhang Wenhong, Liu Xuezhi, Hu Run, etc., gathered in Wuxi. More than 6,000 talent projects and more than 900 "Hardcore Technology" achievements are exhibited here, according to Wuxi Municipal People's Government. Wuxi once again sends the strong voice of the age for talents. Bai Changling, Director of the Wuxi Municipal Organization Department, said that the Taihu Talent Summit has been held for four consecutive years. As an important window for Wuxi, it is also a service platform that promotes international talents to join hands with Wuxi, serve high-level talents in employment and entrepreneurship, and negotiate the implementation of the results of industry-university-research cooperation. Wuxi, located in the center of the Suzhou-Wuxi-Changzhou Metropolitan area, is the birthplace of Chinese Wu Culture, modern national industry and commerce, and modern township enterprises. It is also known as "Pearl of Taihu Lake". In 2020, the total economic volume of Wuxi has reached 1.237 billion yuan. With 0.05% of the country's land and 0.47% of the population, it created 1.2% of China's GDP. In recent years, Wuxi has always placed talent-led development in an important strategic position, vigorously implemented the "Taihu Talent Plan", and made every effort to build a first-class domestic and internationally competitive talent development highland, through policy introduction, career gathering, service retention, etc. A series of hardcore actions have made every effort to create the "most beautiful talent habitat" from near and far. This year Wuxi has introduced 77,000 outstanding university graduates and has a total of more than 1.91 million talents. Among them, there are 148,000 high-level talents and 17,100 overseas talents. Wuxi has been awarded as "China's Best City for Introducing Talents" for two consecutive years.
CEIBS #2 for second straight year in FT's EMBA ranking
SHANGHAI, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CEIBS' status as a world-class business school was underlined this week as its Global EMBA programme placed second in the Financial Times' 2021 EMBA ranking once again. This is the second consecutive year CEIBS has been ranked #2 and the fourth consecutive year it has appeared in the top five. The latest release also makes CEIBS' Global EMBA the top-ranked single-school programme in Asia. The school's full-time MBA programme was ranked #7 in the world and #1 in Asia by the business media outlet this February. "Over the past 27 years, CEIBS has adhered to a spirit of 'Conscientiousness, Innovation and Excellence' to emerge as a leading business school in Asia and the world. This latest ranking cements the school's place in the top tier of global management education and will serve as an important milestone in our development over the next five years," CEIBS President Wang Hong says. "Despite the global pandemic, China's economy has continued to grow, demonstrating its unique resilience and potential. In step with the country's development, CEIBS will continue to be a bridge connecting China with Europe and the world, and a platform for training top international business leaders." The FT's ranking is widely considered to be the most comprehensive and influential of its kind in the world, and is based on surveys of schools and their alumni looking at factors such as career progress, faculty and diversity, research and corporate social responsibility (CSR). "Today's announcement is testament not only to the strength of our faculty and the Global EMBA programme, but also the on-going support we have received from our students and alumni community. Our achievements as a business school are something that we can all share and celebrate," CEIBS President (European) Dipak Jain says. "The success and generosity of our students and alumni continue to be a point of pride for the school. As we look ahead to the future, we will do everything to fully empower our alumni and work together to take CEIBS to even greater heights." The Global EMBA's strengths are reflected in many of the ranking's individual metrics. In terms of average salary today, the programme again ranked second worldwide, demonstrating the return-on-investment CEIBS graduates enjoy. The programme's work experience rank jumped four places, reflecting the depth of industry experience and senior management acumen Global EMBA students bring to the classroom. Meanwhile, our world-class faculty helped CEIBS climb eight spots up the FT research rank, a sign of their growing influence. "As the world increasingly looks to the Chinese market for fresh innovations and business practices, CEIBS faculty are playing a leading role in cutting-edge knowledge creation and dissemination by way of signature research areas, and over 100 China-focused business cases published each year," CEIBS Vice President and Dean Ding Yuan says. "We also offer our students the opportunity to understand China's evolving place in global business on a deeper level, directly informed by what is going on here and now. As China continues to shape international business trends, our role will further grow in importance." The Global EMBA programme boasts a highly international student body, as well as a 40% female ratio (the highest amongst all FT top 30-ranked programmes). It also brings together executives from a broad range of functions, industries and organisations to create an environment suited to those looking to expand their horizons. With a strong focus on developing leadership skills, the programme challenges participants with a range of immersive, experiential exercises, to enable personal and professional transformation. "The uncertainty and volatility of the global economy today requires executives in every industry to be adaptable and open-minded. At the same time, the world needs empathetic, responsible business leaders who have a desire to create a lasting positive impact, not only on their own organisations, but also on broader society," CEIBS Associate Dean and Global EMBA Director Bala Ramasamy says. "The Global EMBA programme develops global leaders who consistently think beyond the short-term needs of their organisations and instinctively reach for viable, sustainable long-term solutions and strategies." The Global EMBA programme achieved an overall satisfaction rating of 9.3 (out of 10) in this year's FT ranking, a firm indication of CEIBS' commitment to delivering the most engaging, relevant, valuable and enjoyable experience possible to every student. The school will welcome a new Global EMBA cohort on November 6, 2021. With nearly 100 participants enrolled, it will be one of the most diverse, academically proficient and professionally experienced groups in the programme's history. About CEIBS China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) was co-founded by the Chinese government and European Union (EU) in 1994, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the EFMD serving as its executive partners. It has campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Accra in Ghana, and Zurich in Switzerland. As China's only business school to originate from government-level collaboration, CEIBS is committed to educating responsible leaders versed in 'China Depth, Global Breadth' in line with its motto of 'Conscientiousness, Innovation and Excellence.' It offers MBA, Finance MBA, EMBA, Global EMBA, Hospitality EMBA, DBA (Switzerland) and Executive Education programmes. More than 80 full-time faculty members from nearly a dozen countries and regions worldwide bring a wealth of experience from teaching, research and business practice. To date, CEIBS has more than 26,000 alumni from over 90 countries around the world, and has provided a broad range of management programmes for more than 200,000 executives. Learn more here. Related Links :http://www.ceibs.edu
Sunlands Technology Group to Hold Annual General Meeting on December 2, 2021
BEIJING, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE: STG) ("Sunlands" or the "Company"), a leader in China's online post-secondary and professional education, today announced it has decided to change the date of the annual general meeting of shareholders (the "AGM") previously scheduled on December 10, 2021 to December 2, 2021 due to administrative reasons. The AGM will be held at 7th Floor Building 6, Chaolai Science Park, No. 36 Chuangyuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, the People's Republic of China on December 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Beijing time). No proposal will be submitted to shareholders for approval and no resolutions will be considered, voted upon, passed or adopted at the AGM. Instead, the AGM will serve as an open forum for shareholders and holders of the Company's American depositary shares ("ADSs") to discuss Company affairs with management. The Board of Directors of the Company has fixed the close of business on November 2, 2021 (Eastern Standard Time) as the record date (the "Record Date") for determining the shareholders entitled to receive notice of, and to attend, the AGM or any adjournment or postponement thereof. Holders of record of the Company's Class A, Class B or Class C ordinary shares, par value US$0.000625 per share, at the close of business on the Record Date are entitled to attend the AGM and any adjournment or postponement thereof in person. Holders of the Company's ADSs are welcome to attend the AGM in person. Shareholders and ADS holders may obtain a copy of the Company's 2020 annual report on Form 20-F, free of charge, from our website at http://www.sunlands.com/investorroom or by sending an email to email@example.com. About Sunlands Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE: STG) ("Sunlands" or the "Company"), formerly known as Sunlands Online Education Group, is the leader in China's online post-secondary and professional education. With a one to many, live streaming platform, Sunlands offers various degree and diploma-oriented post-secondary courses as well as online professional courses and educational content, to help students prepare for professional certification exams and attain professional skills. Students can access its services either through PC or mobile applications. The Company's online platform cultivates a personalized, interactive learning environment by featuring a virtual learning community and a vast library of educational content offerings that adapt to the learning habits of its students. Sunlands offers a unique approach to education research and development that organizes subject content into Learning Outcome Trees, the Company's proprietary knowledge management system. Sunlands has a deep understanding of the educational needs of its prospective students and offers solutions that help them achieve their goals. For more information, please visit http://www.sunlands.com/investorroom. For investor and media enquiries, please contact: Sunlands Technology GroupInvestor Relations Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Piacente Group, Inc.Brandi PiacenteTel: +1-212-481-2050Email: email@example.com Ross WarnerTel: +86-10-6508-0677Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Related Links :http://www.sunlands.com
Shandong University Hosts World University Presidents' Forum
JINAN, China, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Shandong University hosted the World University Presidents' Forum on Oct 14, gathering together global university leaders to conduct academic exchanges and further higher education in the post-epidemic era. The university is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. The theme of the forum was "Higher Education for a Shared Future: Addressing Global Challenges". A total of 17 presidents from well-known global universities such as Yale University, Australian National University, and the University of Sheffield attended the World University Presidents' Forum via online and offline channels, discussing the challenges and development trend of global higher education. Fan Liming, President of Shandong University, put forward that international cooperation is an important way for universities to cultivate talents, promote scientific research and innovation, as well as promote mutual learning and cultural exchanges. She also said that the university is willing to work together with global universities to promote international cooperation in higher education and make contributions to the development of human civilization. Pericles Lewis, Vice President for Global Strategy and Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives of Yale University, shared his opinion on university's responsibility in cultural exchanges and the common development of mankind. Professor Rocky S Tuan, President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong expressed his opinion on international cooperation in the post-epidemic era. Lee Kuan-young, Executive Vice-president of Korea University, put forward his perspective on innovation and development through effective internationalization. Other University Presidents from People' Friendship University of Russia, University of Melbourne, University of Rochester, Sungkyunkwan University, Kyushu University, University of Macau, Soochow University, Jilin University, Lanzhou University, Sichuan University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, and Dalian University of Technology also gave keynote speeches on topics focusing on "the Role of the University in Cultural Exchange and Shared Development of Humanity" "the University as a Driver of Regional Innovation and Development" and "International Collaboration in the Post -Pandemic Era". The participants reached a common agreement that openness and cooperation are the keys to addressing global challenges. The round-table discussion session was chaired by Professor Wu Changqi, Dean of the Shandong University School of Management. It focused on topics covering international cooperation of high-level universities and ways to construct "double first-class" universities. A series of international academic forums focusing on liberal arts, sciences, medicine and engineering were also held during the 120th anniversary of Shandong University. A total of more than 50 world university presidents participated in the forums via both online and offline channels, discussing the future of higher learning. The Shandong University Global Partners' Week was held simultaneously. Representatives from more than 40 overseas universities participated in online and offline activities to conduct academic exchanges.
Asia School of Business: Are you ready for the Climate Change(D) Economy?
The effects of climate change are already being felt, from lethal heat waves to severe flooding, and Asia has been and will continue to be significantly impacted. With $4.7 trillion of GDP at risk, how can the business community reverse this trend and preserve the longevity of its businesses and human capital? LESA 2021 seeks to address this and more.KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With the most to lose from climate change (up to $4.7 trillion in GDP according to recent McKinsey analysis), Asia is on the frontline of the climate crisis. The science is clear, and the financial sector has on its radar the increased risks of severe flooding, typhoons, and drought. Worldwide, Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing has experienced a wave of growth on the back of the pandemic and a fresh focus on sustainability, and ESG assets are set to account for over a third of assets under management by 2025 (Bloomberg). Change starts with you, today. Register now at www.asb.edu.my/lesa In Southeast Asia, sustainability-first business models, climate risk assessments, and ESG investing are still nascent, yet the impacts of climate change are already being felt. Are Asia's businesses equipped to face these challenges? How do we start to mitigate the impact? Is it too late? Prof. John Sterman, Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and keynote speaker at this year's upcoming Leadership for Enterprise Sustainability Asia (LESA 2021) conference is adamant that there is hope. Sterman will anchor this event, hosted by Asia School of Business located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which centers around the urgency for Southeast Asia and emerging world businesses to take critical steps to mitigate climate risk and chart a new way forward. Representatives from organizations such as MIT Sloan, McKinsey & Company, Esquel Group, BlackRock, United Overseas Bank (UOB) and many more will also be speaking during LESA 2021. As business leaders in the region prepare for "the next normal" and as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore recently announced their pledges to move towards becoming carbon neutral in the next few decades, LESA 2021 invites all business leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and individuals to join in the conversation – on both the challenges and the science-backed, economically viable solutions and technologies to adapt and face this climate-changed economy in an Asian context. "Instead of leaving things on a 'wait and see' basis, where individuals are depending on businesses, smaller companies are depending on large conglomerates to take the lead, and governments point to other governments to implement policies, LESA 2021 aims to spread the message that every single person and entity has a role and responsibility to play in steering us in the right direction before the consequences become irreversible," said Prof. Charles H. Fine, (Ph.D. Stanford) CEO, President, and Dean at Asia School of Business. Breaking Change Down into Small, Actionable Steps Having spent decades studying people's reactions and efforts to mitigate climate change, Sterman asserts that people do care about the environment. "The primary issue is that people are overwhelmed by the complexity and long-time delays, especially when we are so used to instant feedback." When we are faced with consequences that seem catastrophic, overwhelming, and hopeless, he says, "Most tend to convince themselves that 'the problem is not that bad', 'the market will solve it', or 'the government will address it'." To challenge these notions and call people to take individual and collective action, Sterman developed the En-ROADS and C-ROADS simulations, which uses the analogy of a bathtub ("The amount of CO2 in the air is just like the amount of water in a bathtub; if you continue to fill it faster than it drains out, by law of basic physics, it will rise until it overflows") – and made the simulations available to the public at large. Just like preparing a pilot for a potential crash, simulations help teach and train pilots so that they can make necessary adjustments to prevent the crash. "The conclusion of the simulations is always the same - we all play a part, and no part is too small. Participants always emerge empowered," concludes Sterman, who has also run multiple such simulations for top government, corporate, and NGO levels in over 80 countries around the world, and for students including at Asia School of Business. This simple, but powerful idea – that the cumulative effect of small actions can move mountains – is exactly the key message that the Asia School of Business is attempting to spread through this year's LESA 2021 conference. Action and Change Stems from Mindset "Asia has a great opportunity – to chart a new course forward in managing social, economic, and climate risks. But charting new territory will take fresh ideas, approaches, courage, agility, and a strategic mindset," said Prof. Fine. LESA, currently in its 9th year, will be held virtually this year from 15-18 November 2021. The conference consists of more than 16 hours of content spread over 4 days and features business leaders, industry experts, academics, and sustainability practitioners from all around the world who will focus on insights and learnings on how to embark upon sustainability for Asia. The conference will also see the culmination of the Iclif Leadership Energy Awards (ILEA), which is sponsored by Maybank and pays tribute to the individuals who are using their "Leadership Energy in Action" to make a positive, sustainable impact in their organizations or communities. The conference is also supported by Associate Sponsor Sarawak Energy. With sustainability as a key pillar for ASB and the urgent need for mass awareness amongst business leaders, LESA 2021 extends complimentary Discovery Passes to all interested individuals. The Discovery Pass provides access to a limited number of pre-selected sessions to make the insights shared at LESA accessible to a greater number. For the full LESA experience, an All-Access Pass which includes access (live and on-demand) to all keynotes, masterclasses, and panel sessions is now available for purchase at https://asb.edu.my/lesa. Related Links :https://asb.edu.my/
The Prestigious AISL Harrow Scholarships 2022/24 is Accepting Applications from 15 October, 2021
Unique 100% Two-year A-level Scholarships, Offering a Gateway to the World's Best UniversitiesImagine a once in a lifetime opportunity. A prestigious British education, by teachers who have nurtured graduates admitted to Oxford, Cambridge, and Ivy League universities. To enjoy world-class educational resources and lifelong friendships. All of this is now possible and available with school and boarding fees fully funded. Apply for an AISL Harrow 2022/24 Scholarships to make your dream a reality. HONG KONG, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia International School Limited (AISL), with over 25 years of educational excellence in Asia, announced the official launch of its AISL Harrow Scholarships Programme Y2022/24, marking the second year of the most prestigious – and most generous – scholarship award available across the AISL Harrow family. First launched in early 2021, the Scholarships received an overwhelming global response, with hundreds of exceptionally talented students from over 40 countries applying. Five successful candidates were selected, joining AISL Harrow Beijing, AISL Harrow Shanghai, and AISL Harrow Hong Kong in September 2021. Moving into the second year, the Scholarships provide exceptionally gifted students who are not currently enrolled in an AISL Harrow School, no matter where in the world they currently live, the opportunity to study at AISL Harrow Beijing, AISL Harrow Shanghai, AISL Harrow Shenzhen, AISL Harrow Hong Kong, or AISL Harrow Bangkok. Each school provides two scholarships: ten in total across the AISL Harrow family. Selected students are given full access to a Harrow (pre-university) A-Level education, and to the values-based 'educational excellence for life and leadership' which AISL Harrow Schools provide. A GATEWAY TO THE WORLD'S BEST UNIVERSITIES Recipients of an AISL Harrow Scholarship enjoy world-class educational resources and access to a global alumni network. With the same high standards as that of Harrow School in the UK, AISL Harrow Schools ensure students excel academically and personally through a highly qualified teaching team, a broad selection of co-curricular activities, an extensive academic enrichment super curriculum programme, and through enhanced pastoral care and close personal tutoring. In 2021, 77% of AISL Harrow International graduates achieved A*-A at A-Level, graduating to some of the world's best universities. While many schools adopt a 'one size fits all' approach to university guidance, all AISL Harrow Schools offer a dedicated University Admissions and Careers Guidance Centre. Specialist tutors support each student's application process, giving individualised assistance and expert counsel. SELECTION AND ELIGIBILITY The second annual AISL Harrow Scholarships Programme will open for applications on 15 October, 2021. For more details and to register interest, applicants can visit: https://www.harrowschools.com/aisl-harrow-scholarships/. Applications will close at 4:00pm on 10 December, 2021 (GMT+8). Applicants will be required to take A-Level assessment tests between 8 January and 27 January 2022 and will be interviewed online between 29 January and 24 February 2022. The final application results will be officially announced on 29 March 2022. To be eligible for an AISL Harrow Scholarship, an applicant must: Have completed GCSE/IGCSE study (or equivalent) before 1 August 2022 and must be predicted outstanding grades. Born between 1 September, 2005 and 31 August, 2006. Be applying for Year 12 study commencing August 2022, with graduation from the school in June 2024. Enrol as a full boarding student for the two-year duration of the scholarships period. Where boarding is not available, alternative arrangements can be discussed with the participating AISL Harrow School. Be academically outstanding, supported by appropriate English language ability. Eligible to receive a study visa in the country of the participating AISL Harrow School. Not currently be enrolled in a AISL Harrow International school. SELECTION CRITERIA Academic performance at the top of the upper quartile of the Participating AISL Harrow School applied to, measured by: entrance tests, subject specific tests, prior academic records, references, and interviews with senior staff. Sufficient English language ability to fully access the course content of their chosen A-Level subjects on the first day at the Participating AISL Harrow School. Evident ability in, and a strong commitment to, sport, creative and performing arts, service, or other areas of co-curricular school life. Evidence of examples of previous leadership roles, positions of responsibility or commitment to service activities. AISL sincerely invites students who wish to apply to visit https://www.harrowschools.com/aisl-harrow-scholarships/ and to register their interest. In the meantime, please subscribe to Harrow's Official WeChat Account (WeChat ID: HarrowInternational) to learn more about the AISL Harrow Scholarships Programme and to discover the opportunities a Harrow-branded education provides. About Asia International School Limited (AISL) GROUP Asia International School Limited ("AISL") is a leading provider of world-class K-12 education in Asia. Through our wholly owned subsidiary Harrow International Management Services Limited and affiliates, AISL sub-licenses the Harrow brand and provides professional educational services to our Harrow branded schools, including AISL Harrow International Schools, AISL Harrow Innovation Leadership Academies and AISL Harrow Little Lions Early Years Centres.
Tsinghua SIGS developed satellite-based carbon emission inversion techniques to investigate the driving forces of global wildfire emission trends
SHENZHEN, China, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Zheng Bo's team at the Institute of Environment and Ecology, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School (SIGS), has developed a novel atmospheric inversion system to infer global wildfire carbon emissions from satellite retrievals of carbon monoxide, investigated the spatial and temporal trends and driving forces of global wildfire CO2 emissions from 2000-2019. Their study suggests that the absence of a rapid, contemporary decline in global wildfire emissions with burned area is the increasing forest wildfire emissions. This study can guide the future development of a global carbon budget monitoring and inversion framework based on satellite remote sensing. Dr. Zheng's research article, " Increasing forest fire emissions despite the decline in global burned area," has been published in Science Advances on 24th Sep (https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abh2646). Satellites have detected a global decline in fire burned areas over grasslands, coincident with a small increase over forests over the past decades. Bo Zheng and his colleagues developed an atmospheric inversion system to show that global fire emissions have been stable or slightly decreasing despite the substantial decline in global burned area since 2000, caused by emission increase from forest fires offsetting the decreasing emissions from grass and shrubland fires. Forest fires are larger CO2 sources per unit area burned than grassland fires, with a slow or incomplete follow-up recovery — sometimes no recovery due to degradation and deforestation. With fires expanding over forest areas, the slow recovery of CO2 uptake over burned forest lands weakens land sink capacity, implying that pressures from global fires on climate have not been relieved despite the decline in global burned area. About: Tsinghua SIGS is a graduate education and research institution jointly established by the prestigious Tsinghua University and the Shenzhen Government. The Institute of Environment and Ecology (IEE) is a vital part of Tsinghua's environmental science discipline. Oriented to the core needs of high-quality development and based on the forefront of international disciplines, the institute is committed to studying the theory of ecological and environmental protection, investigating key technologies, cultivating high-level personnel with global competence, and providing science and technology talent support for ecological civilization and community building with a shared future for mankind. Considering IEE? Admission 2022 is now open. https://www.sigs.tsinghua.edu.cn/en/2021/1014/c1402a30068/page.htm Contact:Institute of Environment and Ecology email@example.com
Shandong Forum (2021) Focus on Shared Future of East Asia
JINAN, China, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The third Shandong Forum–hosted by Shandong University and the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies – was held on Oct 9-10 in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province. This year's forum was themed on "A shared future: East Asia facing profound changes unseen in a century." Park In-kook, dean of the Chey Institute – based in South Korea – participated in the forum and gave a speech via a video conference call. Wang Luming, head of the Standing Committee of the CPC Qingdao Municipal Committee and Fan Liming, president of Shandong University, attended and gave speeches at the opening ceremony. Chey Institute Dean Park In-kook congratulated Shandong University on its 120th anniversary during his speech at the opening ceremony. He talked about the research orientation of his institute since its establishment in 2018. He said the Shandong Forum had become a representative knowledge platform for exploring common development and cooperation in East Asia. Both the Chey Institute and the forum had great enthusiasm for helping out the development of Asia, he continued adding that he looked forward to the experts and scholars at the forum sharing their wisdom and providing creative solutions for the development of East Asia. SDU President Fan raised three goals at the opening ceremony that she said would help ensure that the forum was a success. She said that the first goal was to boost cohesion, to help East Asian countries create momentum in a crisis. The second goal was to explore ways to achieve mutual development, while the third goal was to expand cooperation space. Meanwhile, Wang Luming said the Qingdao campus of Shandong University has reportedly proved to be an innovation and talent hub of the city. He urged the forum to help bring forth new opportunities for Qingdao's development. Wang added the municipal government would provide stronger support for the university. During the Shandong Forum 2021, a university presidents' forum was held on Oct 9 to discuss exchanges and cooperation among universities in East Asia. Nine universities from South Korea, Japan, Russia, Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions attended. Sub-forums and round-table forums were also held on Oct 9-10 to promote high-quality, high-level and high-standard academic and cultural exchanges in East Asia. The Shandong Forum, first launched in 2015, is a leading international event jointly hosted by the SDU and the Chey Institute – under the guidance and with the support of the Shandong provincial government – and it has been held on two occasions to date. The first and second sessions were held in the Shandong cities of Jinan and Weihai in 2016 and 2018, respectively. This year's forum was also regarded as an important part of the 120th anniversary of the Shandong University.
World's Largest College Student Innovation, Entrepreneurship Competition Concludes with Big Success
NANCHANG, China, Oct. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The 7th China International College Students' "Internet+" Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, the largest of its kind worldwide, concluded with big success on October 15 at Nanchang University in east China's Jiangxi Province, according to the competition organizer Chinese Ministry of Education. The 7th China International College Students’ “Internet+” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition concluded with big success on October 15 at Nanchang University Six projects stood out as final winners in this year's competition, including one champion, one runner-up and four second runners-up. "Zhong Ke Lite Core -- Industrial Application of Silicon-based Phosphor Light-emitting Chips", a project developed by the team of Nanchang University, was crowned the champion. The current technology industry applications have covered outdoor lighting, home lighting, education lighting, special lighting, agricultural lighting and also other fields. The runner-up project was brought by Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA). The BUAA team developed "Zhongfa Tianxin-Unmanned Guardian of Ten-Thousand-Feet High in the Sky" project, with the aim to build a complete fleet of large-scale unmanned aerial vehicles for various future applications. Four projects came in second runners-up and they were "Flexiv Technology: Definer of the New Generation of Adaptive Robots", developed by Stanford University, Zhejiang University's "Goprint – Pioneering Multifunctional Smart Printer" project, Oxford University's "Green Ammonia Energy Storage System" project, and Columbia University's "The C+ Breathing" project. With "Brave, Creative as I Can Be" as the theme, the 7th China International College Students' "Internet+" Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition attracted more than 9.56 million students of 4,347 colleges and universities from 121 countries and regions. The competition finals kicked off on October 13th, and 1,085 out of 2.28 million projects entered the finals. In addition to the existing higher education track, vocational-education track, and emerging track, an industry and business proposition track made its debut in this year's competition. Since it was inaugurated in 2015, the China International College Students' "Internet+" Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition has been held annually for seven consecutive years, with the participation of 6.03 million teams and 25.33 million college students. It has become the world' 's largest innovation and entrepreneurship competition for college students. Contact person: Sasa Guan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 1-330-780-6068
First of its kind NEOM and OceanX Red Sea expedition reveals deep sea mysteries and an ecological treasure trove
Thirty world-renowned experts undertook a six-week expedition, carrying out pioneering marine biological and oceanographic surveys in a part of the world that is still largely unexplored The findings from the expedition are being used to drive the design and implementation of marine protected areas in order to meet the commitments made to devote 95% of NEOM to the preservation of nature, both land and sea The expedition revealed new species RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NEOM Co. today announced extensive findings from a joint mission with non-profit ocean exploration organization, OceanX, following the most adventurous assessment of the northern Red Sea to date. The six-week expedition took place aboard the OceanXplorer, the most advanced exploration, research and media vessel ever built. The expedition generated scientific research into marine ecosystems, megafauna, brine pools and coral reef conservation and regeneration. NEOM OceanX Commenting on the scientific discoveries, Nadhmi Al-Nasr, CEO of NEOM, said: "NEOM goes beyond just being a global destination for investment, technology, tourism, or industrial and commercial sectors, by partnering with scientists, and international scientific and academic institutions for research and exploration. Today, we announce that the joint mission efforts have made significant achievements in the identification of previously unknown natural areas, as well as unprecedented global scientific discoveries." Al-Nasr added, "NEOM was an ideal location for the expedition, as it meets all the key objectives of Vision 2030, such as sustainability and the balance between urban development and environmental preservation. As NEOM plays a crucial role in realizing the Vision 2030, it was necessary to present humanity with a new global destination that encompasses all the elements for a futuristic cognitive society that advance people and places, while preserving the environment." Findings, captured over 960 hours of underwater research and mapping over 1,500km2 of the seabed in high resolution 3D, have established a baseline measure of biodiversity and habitat vitality that will allow NEOM to pursue its goal of both conserving and improving the health of surrounding ecosystems. The 30-person crew of world-renowned scientists, oceanographers and researchers included four NEOM experts, five from the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA), five King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) experts, 11 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) researchers and five National Geographic explorers. Key findings include: Discovery of an ocean pinnacle 635 m high (as tall as any of the world's biggest skyscrapers except the Burj Khalifa) Two sightings of a large squid, caught on camera and not previously observed in the region Discovery of the world's most northern deep sea brine pool (dense bodies of water that have a salinity that is three to eight times greater than the surrounding ocean) Recording coral reefs that are resilient to climate change Identification of 341 fish species in the waters of NEOM, 68 that are native to the region and 18 that are globally threatened Eight new species were recorded and over 600 km2 of biodiversity hotspots for fishes and corals discovered Confirmed presence of 12 species of megafauna in NEOM waters including whale sharks, dugong, turtles and dolphins Detailed surveys of three unexplored islands Previously unrecorded tectonic plate shifts Discovery of three ancient maritime and shipwreck sites Dr Paul Marshall, Head of Nature Reserve at NEOM, commented: "The global ocean system is in crisis, but the damage is reversible. This partnership with OceanX reinforces NEOM's commitment to science, conservation and safeguarding the planet. We believe that not only conserving, but improving, the health of our marine ecosystems, particularly our coral reefs, are key to our future and our success. This world-first expedition sets the stage for NEOM's ambitious conservation program, which aspires to accelerate the transition to societies that live in harmony with nature. "The findings of this expedition go far beyond the region and will support global efforts to protect and conserve marine ecosystems around the world, shedding light on the biological characteristics and oceanographic conditions necessary for survival in light of changes due to the global climate change crisis," explained Dr Marshall. Dr Vincent Pieribone, Chief Scientist and Vice Chairman at OceanX, said: "OceanX is committed to exploring places few others have been before and sharing our discoveries with the world. This joint mission has not only had a meaningful impact on the conservation of ecosystems in the northern Red Sea but it has also produced a number of scientific discoveries of regional and global significance." OceanX combines science, technology and media to explore and raise awareness for the oceans and create a community engaged with protecting them. Using advanced underwater filmmaking tools, each moment of discovery was documented and updates from the expedition were shared with local schools, as well as OceanX's global audience. The integration of scientific exploration and visual storytelling builds knowledge of the oceans and complements NEOM's ambitions to inspire life-long learning. A nine-part series covering the expedition will be launched on NEOM's YouTube channel and OceanX's social media channels. This material is distributed by Teneo Strategy LLC on behalf of NEOM Company. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC. About NEOM NEOM is an accelerator of human progress and a vision of what a New Future might look like. It is a region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea being built from the ground up as a living laboratory – a place where entrepreneurship will chart the course for this New Future. It will be a destination and a home for people who dream big and want to be part of building a new model for exceptional livability, creating thriving businesses, and reinventing environmental conservation. NEOM will be the home and workplace to more than a million residents from around the world. It will include towns and cities, ports and enterprise zones, research centers, sports and entertainment venues, and tourist destinations. As a hub for innovation, entrepreneurs, business leaders and companies will come to research, incubate and commercialize new technologies and enterprises in ground-breaking ways. Residents of NEOM will embody an international ethos and embrace a culture of exploration, risk-taking and diversity - all supported by a progressive law compatible with international norms and conducive to economic growth. About OceanX: OceanX is a mission to support scientists to explore the ocean and to bring it back to the world through captivating media. Uniting leading media, science, and philanthropy partners, OceanX utilizes next-gen technology, fearless science, compelling storytelling, and immersive experiences to educate, inspire, and connect the world with the ocean and build a global community deeply engaged with understanding, enjoying, and protecting our oceans. OceanX is an initiative of Dalio Philanthropies, which furthers the diverse philanthropic interests of Dalio family members. For more information, visit www.oceanx.org and follow OceanX on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. 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Enabling Greater Opportunities Through English Proficiency - IDP Singapore Partners with Ascend to Launch Curated IELTS Preparation Course Offerings
IDP Singapore, one of only two co-owners and the leading official facilitator of the IELTS / UKVI Test for English Proficiency in Singapore has partnered with Ascend Education Center to launch three new IELTS preparation courses. To ensure accessibility, the courses are designed to be flexible and tailored to the varying needs and busy schedules of working professionals and students who need to take the IELTS test. SINGAPORE, Oct. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- IDP Singapore, the global leader in international education services, has partnered with Ascend - The English Professionals in Singapore to launch three new English prep-course programs, tailored to help test-takers of different needs to better prepare for their International English Language Testing System (IELTS) English Proficiency test. IELTS is the world's leading test for English language proficiency, globally recognised by more than 11,000 employers, universities, schools, and immigration bodies. Designed to assess the language ability of those who need to work or study in English, IELTS is also the most widely recognised certification in Singapore for those who do not meet English language proficiency requirements. With English being spoken by almost half of the population at home in Singapore, and the most common language used in the workplace, proficiency in this language is pivotal to wider career opportunities in the island state for non-English speakers. To ensure accessibility of the new courses, IDP Singapore conducted a survey with prospective IELTS candidates, where more than half preferred to complete their IELTS training within a month, and at least 30% would rather tailor their courses by individual skills/test components. With this in mind, IDP Singapore and Ascend - The English Professionals have designed their new IELTS course offerings to specifically cater to the needs and busy schedules of working professionals and students. IELTS Direct Course For candidates with strong English skills who wants to be better prepared with a complete overview of the test to ensure they know what to expect on the actual test day. Students are offered the flexibility to complete the course in either 2 full days or within a month (on a weekly basis). IELTS Skills Course For candidates with experience in taking the IELTS test but will need to improve in specific skills. The skills course is customisable so students can choose and tailor it to target the areas they are weak in. IELTS Preparation Course For first-time candidates who will need a full preparation program to get them ready. The preparation course provides a full suite of professional support materials and resources, including weekend lessons to better cater to the busy schedules of working professionals and students. "IDP Singapore is committed to our mission to enable greater opportunity for all, regardless of their initial language proficiency. With that in mind, we are proud to be co-partnered with Ascend in launching three new IELTS professional course offerings, tailored to the specific needs of test-takers in Singapore." Said Mr Raymond Yew, Country Manager of IDP Singapore. To find out more about IDP Singapore's IELTS professional course offerings, please visit IDP Singapore's website here. About IDP Singapore Founded in 1987, IDP Singapore forms a regional arm of IDP, the global leader in international education services. Offering a huge network of opportunity with offices in over 30 countries, IDP Singapore remains committed to connecting the right students with the right courses in the right universities. IDP Singapore is also one of only two co-owners and the leading official facilitator of the IELTS / UKVI Test for English Proficiency in Singapore. With their new IELTS professional course offerings, IDP Singapore offers unparalleled flexibility for test-takers via flexible and tailored course programs. For more information, visit https://www.idp.com/singapore/ Related Links :https://www.idp.com/