London’s tech sector can’t keep leaving our young people behind

first_imgMonday 15 April 2019 8:27 am It’s high time that London’s tech sector started to elevate the capital’s young people, rather than leaving them behind. Neethu Mathew Opinion whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp However, herein lies the problem – and it’s an embarrassing one. The opportunity created by London’s digital scene has not been well distributed, especially with those who live right next to it.The proportion of London’s population living in poverty is highest in the east London boroughs of Tower Hamlets (39 per cent), Newham (37 per cent), and Hackney (36 per cent).One in five Tower Hamlets residents earn below the London Living Wage, and residents earn less than those who work in the borough – a stark reflection of the disparity between the jobs done by residents and commuters.This chasm needs to close, especially when you consider how work is due to fundamentally change over the next decade. A report published by Dell technologies and the Institute for the Future predicts that 85 per cent of jobs in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet.A different array of skills will be required by this new economy. A report published by Nesta indicates that critical thinking and interpersonal skills will be vital in the future workplace, but are currently sidelined by the curriculum. London’s tech sector can’t keep leaving our young people behind Tags: Trading Archive I mention Flipside as I’m proud to be involved with it. But there are other noteworthy projects that help London’s young people better interact the tech ecosystem: One Tech, YSYS, and POCIT, to name but three.These initiatives have been established by those who have reacted fast, but we need more of them. In addition to quite literally spreading the wealth, the technology sector will benefit from increased diversity.In the digital sector, currently 88.8 per cent of employees are white, whereas 72 per cent of London’s primary school children are from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background. Women are also seriously underrepresented.If London’s digital sector can diversify and become more representative of its neighbourhood, it will perform even better. Just look at research from McKinsey, which suggests that diverse teams regularly outperform their homogenous alternatives.I am delighted that London’s digital and technology sector has begun to work with the capital’s young people. Not only is it the right thing to do, but better training local talent will help ensure the continued growth of the capital’s tech sector as the next generation enters the workforce. With this in mind, education itself may need to broaden and evolve to best prepare the next generation.The current system cannot last: digital and technology-enabled businesses are growing at a rapid rate, while both schools and further educational establishments are struggling to prepare their students for the evolving workplace.However, it is perhaps unfair to expect education to keep up with the rapidly changing workforce without assistance from commercial organisations. The private sector and education need to work hand in hand to better shape education, for the good of the next generation, and for the good of London’s prosperity.One example of this collaboration is Flipside. It is an industry-led 12-week training and development programme aimed at training local talent in digital skills and connecting them to companies in the industry, so they can participate in the tech sector.This current programme is focused on east London, and all of the young people that participate are from boroughs in this area. Every participant is – of course – paid, and 80 per cent of last year’s cohort have now started working in the sector. The UK’s tech sector is growing three times faster than the rest of the economy.Currently, London is broadly considered to be the world’s third largest startup ecosystem, with the mythical centre of the capital’s tech community being Old Street and Shoreditch, in east London. Sharelast_img read more

Satellite internet promises fast, cheaper service to rural Alaska, but technology remains untested

first_imgBusiness | Science & Tech | WesternSatellite internet promises fast, cheaper service to rural Alaska, but technology remains untestedMarch 5, 2021 by Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel Share:OneWeb LEO satellite. (Courtesy Shawn Williams/Pacific Dataport)Satellite-based internet providers claim they will bring fast, affordable broadband to rural Alaska, where internet can cost hundreds of dollars per month.Starlink, a project by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, promises fast, unlimited internet for $99 per month plus a one-time equipment purchase of $549. According to its website, while Starlink is in beta testing, users can expect data speeds of 50 to 150 Mbps, and speeds are expected to improve even more. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment for this story.Residents of Western Alaska villages pay several hundreds of dollars a month for data speeds that max out at 10 Mbps. That’s five to 15 times slower than what Starlink advertises, and it caps out at a limit.Starlink could change all this because it can reach remote areas without fiber-optic cables or microwave towers. It uses low-orbiting satellites — known as LEO satellites — that fly within several hundred miles of the planet. That means there’s only a very small delay for internet data to travel from those satellites down to Earth.John Wallace, a technology consultant for small businesses and tribes in Western Alaska, is a staunch advocate of Starlink.“I’m thinking that this will be very similar to the change that brought cell phones. When cell phones came to rural Alaska, it changed dramatically the landscape. It was night and day,” Wallace said.It is unclear exactly when Starlink might change the connectivity landscape in Alaska. SpaceX has already launched over a thousand LEO satellites, and some communities in the Lower 48 have started to test the system. However, the company has only launched a handful of satellites into polar orbit, which would be the ones that could provide internet access to Alaska.The company faces regulatory hurdles before it would be able to serve Alaskans. Last November, SpaceX asked the Federal Communications Commission to allow it to deploy 348 polar orbit satellites. In January, the FCC granted permission for the company to launch just 10 of the 348 polar orbit satellites it requested. Wallace has written a letter to the FCC, asking it to speed up the authorization of the remaining satellites.Despite the open questions, Bethel resident Hugh Dyment has already pre-ordered Starlink for $99. He said he received a confirmation email, but no equipment and no date for when he could expect service. The deposit is refundable, and he considers it a good investment, given that he currently pays $500 to $600 a month in internet bills.“I noticed our data usage was going up, and it’s costing me a fortune. And so that means I’m always having to police the kids,” Dyment said.SpaceX is far from the only company that is trying to offer fast, affordable internet through low-flying satellites. Amazon is a big competitor, but it hasn’t launched any LEO satellites yet. And there’s another company that may actually be the first to serve Alaska.OneWeb has already launched 110 polar-orbiting LEO satellites, and spokesperson Lesil McGuire wrote in an email that 144 more would have to be launched to cover Alaska completely. She said that beta testing will begin this spring and Alaskans will be able to purchase internet powered by OneWeb satellites this October. She said that OneWeb can offer data speeds up to 400 Mbps with 32-millisecond latency. That’s even faster than what Starlink is advertising in its beta testing mode.But one of the question marks with OneWeb is with its pricing. Whereas Starlink will be sold directly to consumers at $99 a month plus equipment costs, OneWeb’s service will be sold through a middleman. Shawn Williams is the government affairs director at Pacific Dataport, a subsidiary of Microcom, which is distributing OneWeb’s service in Alaska. He couldn’t give exact prices, but he said that rural Alaskans have reason to be optimistic.“What I will say is that the wholesale pricing is extremely competitive compared to what’s being offered right now,” Williams said.Watching these potential competitors closely is GCI, which, along with its subsidiary, United Utilities Inc., provides internet service for most of Western Alaska. Spokesperson Heather Handyside acknowledged that Starlink’s promised speed, price and lack of data caps would be an attractive option for customers.“We definitely understand how if Starlink’s offer turns out to be viable, and to work in Arctic conditions, and is reliable, that might be a really great option for some of the folks in rural Alaska,” Handyside said.Still, providing internet access via LEO satellites on a global scale is new and unproven. Starlink’s website says that heavy rain, wind and snowfall could affect internet connections. And there are enormous costs associated with launching hundreds to thousands of LEO satellites, which need to be replaced every five years, according to McKinsey & Company. OneWeb recently emerged from bankruptcy after raising $1 billion in November 2020.Handyside said that even if LEO satellites are successful, GCI would not become obsolete in rural Alaska. She said that GCI’s internet service, which is delivered by microwave towers in Western Alaska, could be more reliable than LEO satellites.“I think there will always be a time when schools, hospitals, key agencies and communities will want the reliability of microwave and fiber service,” Handyside said.Handyside said that now is an exciting time, as many different ways emerge to deliver internet connectivity to Alaskans.Share this story:last_img read more

Premium / On the wires: Grandma, this is how you suck eggs

first_img Reset Password* Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Forgotten your password? Please click here New Premium subscriber REGISTER << Go back LOGIN By Alessandro Pasetti 19/03/2021 Please Login Email* Premium subscriber LOGIN Reset Your Password Email* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Quick and dirty: if you ever had a chance to be squeezed between the world of trade and finance, whichever sector you covered, you are well aware they are totally different and separate fields in so many ways.The guys who know their market, usually the smart executives, often lack the financial savvy of the analysts, while the sell-side research often struggles to understand the inner mechanics that characterise trade. This generally holds true regardless of the sector in question.So when UBS released ...last_img read more

Electric Picnic and I: Sylvester is ‘Phelan’ excited for this year’s festival

first_img Council Previous articleSix potential candidates for the vacant Laois Ladies manager’s jobNext articleHere is all of Friday’s stage times at the Electric Picnic Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! My favourite part of the Picnic is the undeniable happy vibe about the place over the three days.4. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen/experienced at the Picnic, and in your shop?There are many unusual things about Electric Picnic, I guess that’s what makes it special. At our location, at the artists’ entrance, we meet lots of celebrities, who generally appear very unlike themselves after hours of partying and even sometimes after being drenched in the rain.5. Describe your typical Electric Picnic weekend?We have established relationships over the years with transport companies who need lunches and food at short notice, servicing drivers and staff, so typically we are responding to customers who we are very glad to see again.6. What one thing would you change about the Picnic if you could?What would I change? I should admit to actively campaigning to get punters onto the street. From the business perspective, shops need customers. Electric Picnic is wonderful but the business is transacted mainly within the concert grounds. I will continue to push for more pedestrian traffic and more exits for customers.7. What are you most looking forward to this year?I’m most looking forward to meeting perennial friends, some of them celebs, always good to catch up.8. What’s the best act you’ve ever seen at the Picnic?The best act I’ve seen has to be ‘Madness’ – showing my age now!9. Who’s the most famous person you’ve come across at the Picnic and the most famous to visit your shop?We’ve too many celebrities to mention. Typically most of RTÉ turns up in the shop. Jerry Fish says he loves our food. Our friend Gavin Duffy, of Dragons Den, often appears. One or two ‘A’ listers who visit from Ballyfin Demesne like to remain anonymous.10. What flies off the shelves in the shop over the course of the weekend?Biggest sellers in the shop are water, coffee, tobacco and sandwiches.11. As a local businessman, what does an event of this scale mean to the town of Stradbally?Electric Picnic means a lot to the town of Stradbally. But, one must remember that, undoubtably Stradbally means a lot to Electric Picnic too. I’m delighted for the success of the event, and particularly for my neighbours, The Cosby Family.However, local businesses must fund exorbitant commercial rates and prohibitive employers costs. I believe local businesses must be acknowledged and accommodated. Businesses are the life-blood of the town.12. If there was one bit of advice you would give to any rookie Picnic goer, what would it be?Bring plenty of money!SEE ALSO – Electric Picnic and I: Meet the two men who were first through the gates in 2004 Facebook By Sean Hennessy – 31st August 2018 TAGSElectric and IElectric Picnic 2018Stradbally RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Pinterest Facebook Electric Picnic and I: Sylvester is ‘Phelan’ excited for this year’s festival WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Sylvester Phelan Sylvester Phelan is a well known shop owner and business man around the area of Stradbally.But for those who are once a year pilgrims to the Electric Picnic, his shop, the Grand Stand, will be the first port of call for a good hangover cure.From tea and coffee, to water and power packs, Sylvester has got you covered when it comes to Electric Picnic essentials, and he has let us have a peek into what the festival means to him. Home Lifestyle Electric Picnic Electric Picnic and I: Sylvester is ‘Phelan’ excited for this year’s festival LifestyleElectric Picnic Twitter 1. What is your involvement/relationship with the Electric Picnic?I have no direct involvement with Electric Picnic, but I operate a convenience store adjacent to the VIP entrance at Main Street Stradbally.2. What’s your earliest Electric Picnic memory?My earliest memory of Electric Picnic is of the first concert, when concert goers were allowed onto the street. I remember the street thronged with people at four in the morning.3. What’s your favorite part about the Picnic? Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

U.S. Visit Signals Start of Bilateral Contact

first_imgNews One of North Korea’s primary experts on U.S. affairs, and its no. 2 nuclear negotiator, has reportedly been granted a visa to visit the U.S. later this month.Ri Gun, the director general of American affairs in North Korea’s foreign ministry, has been granted a visa officially in order to attend the “Northeast Asia Co-operation Dialogue” in San Diego on October 26th. However, the fact that he has been further afforded the right to visit New York is raising expectations that his schedule will include meetings with high level officials in the State Department.Indeed, Reuters released the news that Ri is planning to meet with the U.S.’ own no.2 nuclear negotiator, Sung Kim. If true, some analysts believe it would mean that both the U.S. and North Korea have decided to test the sincerity of the other with regards to denuclearization.However, one of the top North Korean diplomats at the UN in New York, Kim Myong Gil would only confirm that Ri was heading for the seminar in San Diego.In any case, analysts note the positive symbolism of allowing Ri Gun a visa at this time, regardless of destination. “Yes, Ri Gun is not high enough to make decisions for settlements,” Rand Corporation analyst Hahm Chai Bong told The National, “But he has actually received a visa in an official capacity. The symbolism is quite clear here. That, itself, I think is a very significant development. It’s a clear indication that both sides are now seriously willing to move towards bilateral discussions.”Evans Revere of the Korea Society agrees. Quoted by Reuters, “By allowing this visit to take place, Washington is telling Pyongyang that they are interested in keeping the dynamic going, the trend toward dialogue that we have seen in recent weeks.”However, South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung Hwan has told reporters that he remains unconvinced by North Korea’s intentions.“There is no evidence on which we can rely to believe that North Korean conciliatory gestures result from a fundamental change in its attitude towards the nuclear issue,” Yu said at a seminar at the Press Center in Seoul on Monday morning.Meanwhile, the U.S. coordinator in charge of implementing UN and U.S. Treasury sanctions against North Korea, Ambassador Philip Goldberg arrived in Beijing yesterday for four days of talks with Chinese officials on implementation. The State Department did not comment on whether he planned to raise the issue of recent Chinese aid to North Korea, which is suspected of violating the sanctions regime. Ambassador Goldberg is being accompanied by officials from the U.S. Treasury, National Security Council and the Department of Defense. Facebook Twitter U.S. Visit Signals Start of Bilateral Contact By Chris Green – 2009.10.19 4:21pm SHARE News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News AvatarChris Green There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Cannabis sector conflicts prompt CSA action

first_imgcannabis plant 123RF Don’t believe the hype: BCSC proposes new rules for stock promoters James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Companies, executives and directors in the fledgling cannabis sector need to step up their disclosure, regulators say.In a notice published on Tuesday, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) outlined a variety of disclosure failings that they’ve seen in the cannabis sector. These include hidden conflicts of interest and a lack of director independence that may be harming investors — particularly when it comes to firms’ merger and acquisition plans. CSA sets rules on non-GAAP financial reporting Keywords Cannabis,  Disclosure,  Corporate governanceCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators “As the market has expanded, many cannabis issuers and their directors and executive officers have participated in the financing of other cannabis issuers, resulting in higher than usual crossover of financial interests. These interests may include overlapping debt and equity, or other business relationships,” the CSA stated in its notice.The regulators said that these arrangements can create significant conflicts.“The cross-ownership of financial interests results in conflicts of interest that may lead investors to re-examine other variables such as purchase price, transaction timing or contingent payments,” the CSA said. “Non-disclosure of the cross-ownership of financial interests may also cause investors to question whether the M&A transaction occurred on its own merits.”The regulators also noted that they’ve seen deficient corporate governance disclosures and a lack of board independence.“We have observed instances where cannabis issuers have identified board members as being independent, without giving adequate consideration to potential conflicts of interest or other factors that may compromise their independence,” the CSA said.The CSA issued new guidance on Tuesday that aims to enhance the disclosure provided by cannabis issuers.“Investors need to understand the conflicts of interest that could arise when issuers have crossover of financial interests, because those conflicts could have implications for the possible M&A transaction,” said Louis Morisset, chair of the CSA and president and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers, in a statement.“Strengthening governance disclosure is important to providing investors with information to make an informed decision,” he added.The CSA also noted that while the new guidance focuses on cannabis companies, it is “equally relevant to other issuers, including those operating in emerging growth industries.” Regulators propose slimming corporate disclosure Related newslast_img read more

Stock markets fall on fear of Iranian retaliation and weak U.S. manufacturing data

first_img S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector North American stock markets fell Friday as fears of revenge by Iran for the U.S. killing of a top general camouflaged the latest sign of weakness in the U.S. economy — decade-low manufacturing data.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 33.83 points at 17,066.12. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Marketwatch Canadian Press Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 233.92 points at 28,634.88. The S&P 500 index was down 23.00 points at 3,234.85, while the Nasdaq composite was down 71.42 points at 9,020.77.The Canadian dollar traded for US76.99¢ compared with an average of US76.97¢ Thursday.The February crude contract was up US$1.87 at US$63.05 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 0.8 of a cent at US$2.13 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$24.30 at US$1,552.40 an ounce and the March copper contract was down US3.8¢ at US$2.79 a pound. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter close up image of stock market data on a computer solarseven/123RFlast_img read more

Alligator Pond Regatta Revived

first_imgRelatedAlligator Pond Regatta Revived FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The annual Alligator Pond regatta, with boat races as the main attraction, was revived on January 1, 2010.This event, which began in Manchester some 20 years ago as a New Year’s Day spectacle, had been reduced to a fragmented activity, with no boat races.Programmes Co-ordinator at the Manchester Parish Development Committee, Ms. Angela Lawrence, told JIS News that the move to revive the regatta was part of the local sustainable development profile for the parish and formed one of many development plans for the Alligator Pond area.“Years ago we completed our local sustainable development profile and what we have here is just a prelude to some of the things the community wants to do,” she said.She pointed out that members of the Alligator Pond community wished to embrace community tourism, as well as the development of the nearby cays and river as tourist attractions.“The community wants to have some community tourism that we are also working on with them. We are working with other agents as well, as we are trying to develop the cays as a tourist attraction as well as the river,” Ms. Lawrence noted.She explained that although the boat races had stopped, many persons still visited the community on New Year’s Day, but there was no structured event or activity.“This year the Citizens Association, the Little Hands Committee and Little Ochie decided that instead of everybody doing their own separate thing, they would come together and form a committee called the Friends of Alligator Pond. The Manchester Parish Development Committee was invited to facilitate this process and to work with the groups and to help them develop this as an annual event, so we helped them to organise the activities and bring back the boat races,” she said.She said that plans are also in place to set up a kiddie’s village as well as the hosting of a stage show for next year’s event.Ms. Lawrence pointed out that proceeds from the entrance fee that was charged would go towards development projects that are being planned for the community, including a reading centre and a computer laboratory at the primary school. “We also want to put in a flush toilet system at the school,” she said.Chairperson for the Friends of Alligator Pond and owner of Little Ochie Seafood Restaurant, Evrol Christian, said that the whole concept of the regatta is to “bring back the true old time feeling of Alligator Pond.”He added that with the support of the fishermen from Alligator Pond and the drive of the business people, the regatta would be an annual event again.“I am happy that the fishermen decided to use their expensive engines for the entertainment. I pledge that with the help of the fishermen and the business people in Alligator Pond, this event will go on”, he said.Returning resident and patron at the event, Ms. Joyce Brown, said that the event is a wonderful occasion that augurs well for the community of Alligator Pond.“I think this is a good thing for the community and I hope this will continue every year,” she said. Advertisements Alligator Pond Regatta Revived CultureJanuary 5, 2010center_img RelatedAlligator Pond Regatta Revived RelatedAlligator Pond Regatta Revivedlast_img read more

State Treasurer acknowledges agriculture essential to leading post-COVID recovery

first_imgState Treasurer acknowledges agriculture essential to leading post-COVID recovery Agriculture’s role in leading Queensland’s post-COVID economic recovery was recognised as the State Government delivered its 2020 budget to Parliament.While it was a budget with no surprises, it did deliver on the promises the Government made during the recent election campaign.AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said agriculture was well placed to support the economic recovery task and AgForce would engage positively with the Government on how to best support activity and employment in agriculture.“We were pleased to see the Treasurer recognise the essential role agriculture plays in protecting our economy and the role of the regions in Queensland’s current and future prosperity,” Mr Guerin said.“The importance of agriculture to every single person in this State and right around the country has been brought home since COVID reached our shores.“Queensland agriculture continued producing the world-class food and fibre we rely on when there were fears from some in the community we might actually run out.“AgForce sees, and the State Government acknowledges, the vital role agriculture has to play in taking our State forward in challenging times and we are enthusiastic about the potential to work constructively with the Government to allow our industries to do just that.”Mr Guerin said the industry welcomed the Government’s commitments for agriculture and rural Queensland, including $81.61 million to be allocated over three years from 2021/22 to reduce irrigation scheme water charges for the State’s farmers, including sugarcane, and further dam and regional town water security investment.However, Mr Guerin said that while the Government had reaffirmed its commitment to drought reform after this current drought, it was light on detail around what that reform looked like, while at the same time allocating less funding to the current situation many producers find themselves in.“Two thirds of Queensland is still drought declared and La Nina is yet to deliver any rain,” Mr Guerin said.“Yet the assumption within the budget seems to be that the rains will come and solve the expenditure problem for the Government without them having to provide any further funding.“AgForce will therefore be doing everything it can to work closely with Government to guarantee continuing steps and investment within drought reform, particularly for the 2021/22 budget, to ensure ongoing assistance applies across affected sectors, is effective, and increases resilience.”Mr Guerin said AgForce will also be seeking a clearer funding pathway for the previously announced and strongly supported “Inland Bruce Highway” which, if fully funded, will make freight movements safer and much more efficient.“Additional funding commitments to biosecurity will also assist agriculture to maintain trade relationships, diversify current agribusinesses, and support export market access. All vital components if agriculture is to play its full role in our State’s economic recovery,” Mr Guerin said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AgForce, Bruce, campaign, community, drought, Economy, election, election campaign, employment, Government, industry, Investment, parliament, QLD, Queensland, resilience, securitylast_img read more

Victoria University climbs to 10th in world

first_imgVictoria University climbs to 10th in world Victoria University (VU) climbed strongly up the global ladder to equal 10th, from equal 33rd last year, in the category of Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.The result was achieved from among more than 650 universities worldwide in promoting peace and justice, and supporting strong institutions.Universities in this category were judged on:participation as advisers for governments and in stakeholder consultation bodies;providing outreach services, upskilling and general education;facilitating stakeholder discussions to meet the challenges of society;international relations research; andacademic freedom policies.The rankings are the only global performance ratings that assess a university’s contribution to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using indicators across research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University Professor Adam Shoemaker said today’s results highlight the outstanding, opportunities that the university offers to students from any background to achieve a world-class education through its flexible pathways and innovative curriculum.“We recognise diversity as a signal strength. The VU Block Model provides unparalleled support so students not only learn, but thrive — and become strong and meaningful contributors to their communities and to the world of work,” he said.Victoria University’s success also demonstrates its whole-of-institution commitment to place-based Planetary Health; a critical element of the university’s developing strategy.“Never has it been more important to collaborate and use our institutional capability to find ways to improve people’s quality of life while also protecting the environment we live in,” Professor Shoemaker said.Some of the outstanding projects included in VU’s Times Higher Education submission were:An annual sentencing theory and practice masterclass for policymakers, defence lawyers, prosecutors, police, corrections officers and courts and tribunals staff through the Sir Zelman Cowan Institute, as part of outreach and upskilling for stakeholders.Modelling the spread and intensity of bushfire – VU researchers led a collaborative research team, providing strong evidence-based policy advice to assist the planning and response by the Commonwealth Government.Victoria University also ranked 77th from nearly 1000 globally-rated institutions for Quality Education, and 101-200 out of 1115 universities for its overall impact in contributing to the UN’s SDGs. This result is particularly impressive given that there are close to 350 additional globally-ranked institutions this year. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, bushfire, commonwealth, Cowan, education, environment, Government, health, Professor, research, students, sustainable, UN, United Nations, university, Victoria, Victoria Universitylast_img read more