Daily Archives: March 11, 2020

The Graduate Management Admission Council Welcomes One of Portugal’s Leading Business and Economic Institutes

Newest Member Reflects the Importance of Globalization and Diversification in Graduate Management Education

RESTON, Va., March 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™), a global association of leading graduate business schools, today announced the addition of one of Portugal’s top business schools into its membership. The addition of Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE), brings GMAC’s total membership to 229 institutions.

GMAC member schools go through an invitation-only process governed by the organization’s board of directors. Nominees then participate in a comprehensive application process that addresses the sustained commitments to supporting GMAC’s mission: providing the tools and information necessary for schools and talent to discover and evaluate each other.

“Nova SBE is committed to the constant improvement of competent and responsible management education,” said Professor Rita Campos Cunha, Deputy Dean, Pre-Experience Studies. “As a school, we are designed as an open platform, always seeking dialogue and an exchange of ideas and best practices with our colleagues. We believe that GMAC is an excellent convener of business schools from around the world to which we can contribute through our own experiences and know-how, while also benefiting from the shared experience of other member schools.”

“As business education evolves with the ever-changing pace of the global marketplace, institutions such as Nova School of Business & Economics understand the importance of innovation in how and what they are teaching tomorrow’s changemakers,” said Sangeet Chowfla, president and CEO of GMAC.

Nova SBE considers itself a community of world citizens. Sharing GMAC’s vision of diversity, the institution strives to stay at the forefront of innovation while preparing executives and entrepreneurs of tomorrow to contribute to a more open, sustainable, and inclusive world. Financial Times has ranked the school 22nd for its International Master’s in Management worldwide; 21st for its International Master’s in Finance worldwide; and among the top 30 Business Schools in Europe. Recently relocated to a new campus in Lisbon’s Carcavelos neighborhood, Nova SBE is eager to offer students a modern, interactive, and collaborative learning experience.

To be considered for membership in GMAC, schools complete an application process and must maintain a selective admissions process; offer a master’s program in business administration, management subjects or equivalent; and actively support GMAC’s mission and use the GMAT exam or other GMAC assessments as part of their admissions and enrollment processes. They also participate in GMAC governance, including voting on board elections and other matters that may come before the Council.

About GMAC
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, we are committed to creating solutions for business schools and candidates to better discover, evaluate and connect with each other. We work on behalf of the schools and the graduate management education community, and guide candidates on their journey to higher education, to ensure that no talent goes undiscovered.

GMAC provides world-class research, professional development opportunities and assessments for the graduate management education industry, designed to advance the art and science of admissions. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment, recognized by more than 7,000 programs worldwide. Other GMAC assessments include the NMAT by GMAC™ (NMAT™) exam, for entrance into graduate management programs in India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and South Africa, and the Executive Assessment (EA), which supports the admissions needs of more than 160 programs around the world.

Our flagship portal for graduate management education resources and information, www.mba.com, receives over 7 million visits a year and features the Program Finder matching tool and GMASS™ search service, a data-driven technology that helps connect candidates and business schools.  These platforms are part of GMAC Connect, a suite of services that help schools attract students through recruiting solutions that marry our market intelligence, data, reach and candidate touchpoints.

Subsidiaries of GMAC include UK-based online publishing company BusinessBecause, a content-rich destination that helps students identify the right-fit business schools during the critical consideration and selection phases of their journey, and The MBA Tour, which supports business schools’ global recruiting efforts by organizing business education-focused events around the world.

GMAC is a global organization with offices in China, India, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States. To learn more about our work, please visit www.gmac.com.

About Nova SBE
Nova SBE is a leading school in the areas of Economics, Finance, and Management through its undergraduate, master’s, Ph.D., MBA, and Executive Education programs. It is on the list of the 30 best schools in Europe with about 3000 students from more than 70 different countries, with its programs recognized by the Financial Times. The school is a member of the CEMS since December 2007, and a member of the restricted group of international Triple Crown schools, being the only Portuguese school classified by Eduniversal as “Universal Business School” with five Eduniversal Palms. It was the first Portuguese business school to acquire international accreditations and worldwide recognition in higher education. The international vision of Nova SBE is also reflected in the adoption of English as the main teaching language. The current Dean is Prof. Dr. Daniel Traça (Ph.D., Columbia University), also a former student of the school (BSc Economics ’85).

Media contact:
Geoffrey Basye, Director of Media Relations, GMAC
+1 (703) 668-9799 or gbasye@gmac.com

Absen Expands Fixed Indoor LED Display Portfolio with KL Series

SHENZHEN, China, March 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Absen (SZSE: 300389), the global leader in LED display solutions, recently announced the launch of KL series, a fixed indoor product with a perfect balance of excellent visual performance, ease of operation and price. KL is available in five pixel pitches ranging from 1.6mm to 3.9mm, well suited for retail, hotels, corporate, transport and more indoor applications.

Absen KL Series

“The KL series is a great LED option for wholesalers, distributors and project contractors who buy LED modules and the other components to assemble LED displays for diverse projects”, said Vandy Fan, the channel strategy manager at Absen. “Using ready-to-use LED displays, instead of assembling components on site, not only helps save time and labour cost, but also secures the project quality. KL will give module them new and exciting ways to better meet system integration and the other permanent installation needs of their customers”.

Outstanding visual performance:  With a reputation of providing high quality products, Absen chooses safe and reliable raw materials for its products. KL boasts a high level of brightness, grayscale, contrast ratio and refresh rate. Products from Absen have been calibrated after going through a series of critical product tests, making sure high visual uniformity over time and the ability to maintain products’ entire lifespan at component level. And with fine die-casting aluminium panels, which further ensures the flatness of screens, KL is able to deliver higher visual impact.

Innovative design:  KL is an all-in-one product featuring sleek and user-friendly designs, allowing for multiple installation methods including wall-mounting, hanging and floor installation, in use of the creative back channels or connecting pads. The product comes in standard size of 640mmx480mm, with an extra option of 320mmx160mm in cases that for customers need design flexibility.

Ease of operation and maintenance: To assemble an LED display with a lot of components takes loads of work and requires highly skilled engineers. Absen’s KL is a front & rear installation and maintenance product with a depth of only 70mm and weighing at 7.8kg/panel. With power supply units, cables, receiving cards and the other key components inside, KL offers better installation and maintenance solutions for end users.

“KL series will be a unique supplementary product to Absen’s existing commercial product portfolio”, said Vandy. “It is only available in Latin America, the Middle East and APAC”.

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US Officials Concerned About Rising Violence in Africa’s Sahel

The security situation in the Sahel region of Africa is rapidly deteriorating, U.S. officials warned this week.

Terror attacks claimed by Islamist militants against civilians and military targets have particularly risen in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

The Sahel is a semiarid region that encompasses an area south of the Sahara Desert, spanning 10 countries from Senegal in the west to Eritrea in the east. In 2019, violence in the area left more than 2,000 civilians dead.

Since the beginning of 2020, in Burkina Faso alone, violence has displaced 4,000 people a day, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said.

“It would be a mistake to attribute all of this violence to extremism or inter-religious conflict,” Mark Green, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said during a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday. “But it would be just as wrong not to recognize that conditions like unresponsive governance, lack of economic opportunity and increasingly limited natural resources, if left unaddressed, will make the region even more vulnerable to extremists, their ideology and method of recruitment.”

Green said dangerous groups, including criminal gangs, arms dealers and extremist groups that seek to expand their power, bring their own violent tendencies to the region, making the situation “even more combustible.”

“There are at least five major violent extremist groups active in the Sahel, and dozens of smaller, loosely affiliated ones,” the U.S. official said.

The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, an IS affiliate, is active in the region. Other extremist groups, including Ansar al-Islam in Burkina Faso, the Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) in Mali, and other al-Qaida and IS-linked groups also have carried out terrorist attacks in the region in recent years.

US remains engaged

David Hale, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, told the Senate panel that the Trump administration recognizes that instability in Africa, particularly in the Sahel, threatens U.S. national security interests.

“American engagement is crucial,” said Hale, who recently returned from the region. “During my trip, I made clear that we are not abandoning the region. To the contrary, we are bolstering our diplomatic engagement.”

The United States has between 6,000 and 7,000 troops in Africa, mainly in West Africa, and is considering a reduction. The possible reduction is reportedly part of a worldwide review by the Department of Defense, which is looking for ways to tighten its focus on China and Russia. These plans have alarmed African governments that rely on U.S. support for combating extremism.

“I assured African leaders that as the Department of Defense conducts its combat and command reviews, we will not undertake any hasty or destabilizing adjustments to our military posture,” Hale added.

Last week, the U.S. State Department appointed J. Peter Pham as the first U.S. special envoy for the Sahel region.

Pham will “maximize U.S. diplomatic efforts in support of security and stability in the Sahel,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a tweet.

Countering violent extremism

U.S. officials said that in addition to providing humanitarian assistance, the U.S. also has been involved in countering violent extremism in the Sahel.

“We work with governments to enhance their countering violent extremism response strategies, as well as responsiveness to basic citizen needs,” Green noted.

Last year, USAID launched a development partnership in the Sahel, an expansion of the agency’s programming approach for the region.

The partnership “will focus first on Burkina Faso and Niger, but we’re expanding elsewhere. It aims to address the intertwining nature of recurrent social, political and environmental crises,” Green said.

Source: Voice of America

Ugandan Poet Taking on Politics With Prose

KAMPALA – Ugandan poet Stella Nyanzi was released in February after spending more than a year in prison for a post she made on Facebook that insulted President Yoweri Museveni. Defiant, Nyanzi used her time behind bars to write a book and is inspiring others to use poetry to express their political opinions. But Uganda’s public prosecutor plans to appeal her acquittal.

Before her release in February, Stella Nyanzi was serving 18 months in prison for cyber-harassing Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

She was convicted last year for a 2018 Facebook post that used graphic language to say she wished Museveni had died as a fetus for what she says he has done to Uganda and its people.

Nyanzi says being in jail gave her time to write a fresh book of poems, aptly titled “No Roses from My Mouth.”

“I sit on the meager prison beddings spread on the floor, lean against the wall, pull out my pen and notebook and write whatever I please. Arrggh, what freedom to write,” she said. “Although my writings are often confiscated by prison staff during spot ward searches and routine body searches, I insist on writing as a form of resistance.”

After her conviction, some Ugandan writers were weary of offending the government with lewd comments.

Nyanzi supporters responded to the chilling effect on free speech by applauding her use of prose to take on politics.

Danson Kahyana, a senior lecturer in the Department of Literature at Makerere University, says he wrote a book that he decided not to publish because he does not have the courage Nyanzi has.

“She’s our hero. I think we shall celebrate her. One day, there will come a time when we shall say Stella, you are the reason we are better governed because your fighting has given us all these beautiful fruits,” he said.

Ugandan authorities repeatedly have detained Nyanzi for criticizing Museveni, who has been president for 34 years.

Although a high court acquitted the poet of cyber-harassment, Uganda’s public prosecutor insists Nyanzi online post was illegal.

Jacquelyn Okui, spokeswoman for the directorate of Uganda’s Public Prosecutor, said: “As a result, we have appealed to the court of appeal against the acquittals, and we intend to pursue a record of proceedings on the judgment and come up with grounds of appeal, which we shall argue to prove our case.”

Hopeful poets like Daphine Arinda are learning what it means to speak their minds in Museveni’s Uganda.

“So, I am terrified, I can’t lie, but I also have the confidence and also the inner will to know that if I’m strong about something, then I can pursue it to its end,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nyanzi herself has become the subject of poetry.

“A reject of the day’s civilization, they want to sieve her, throw out the chaff that her golden crown, wild hairs, tangled in cotton fabric debris, armpits musky after days’ work,” said Arinda. “Nails darkened from a walk amongst trees, that’s her, that’s her, ask no more who she is, who, who, who she is.”

For now, Nyanzi lives at her residence in the Wakiso district, awaiting her next court hearing, which is not yet scheduled but is sure to come.

Source: Voice of America

Malawi Government Faces Pressure to Release Arrested Activists

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – Pressure is mounting on Malawi’s government to release three activists detained this week for planning to hold protests aimed at shutting down presidential residences.

Two members of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) — vice chairperson Gift Trapence and member Macdonald Sembereka — were arrested Sunday after saying they would organize demonstrations. HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo surrendered to police Tuesday.

Their aim was to pressure President Peter Mutharika to sign electoral reform bills paving the way for fresh elections after Malawi’s constitutional court nullified last May’s polls. The court cited massive irregularities in the vote, which saw Mutharika reelected.

The electoral bills propose a date for fresh elections and procedures to follow in case of runoffs.

Police say Mtambo, Trapence and Sembereka will face charges of inciting people to close state residences, under Section 124 of the Penal Code.

Rights group criticizes arrests

But Amnesty International says the arrests are a government attempt to crack down on dissenting views.

The international human rights body has asked Malawi authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release the detained activists.”

“The activists simply stated their intention, which is allowed under freedom of expression,” said Vongai Chikwanda, Amnesty International’s campaigner for Southern Africa. “The crime has not been committed. So are you arresting people before the crime has been committed? However, the police should have simply said, ‘According to our laws, this is what the penal code says in relation to what has been proposed.’ It does not warrant an arrest.”

The arrests were made just hours after Mutharika denounced the planned protest at a Blantyre political rally and ordered security to stop the group.

Chikwanda said in a Whatsapp interview that such statements put the lives of activists at risk.

“We all know that Timothy [Mtambo] narrowly escaped petrol bomb attacks the last time at his home, his car was torched the last time. So these are the kind of actions that we end up seeing by those who are overzealous and you put activists’ lives at risk by such threats,” Chikwanda said.

Government defends actions

Mark Botoman, the Malawi government’s spokesperson, said those condemning the government are ignorant on the country’s laws.

“I think you understand that Amnesty International does not live in Malawi,” he said. “They may have connections in Malawi, they may be fed with information from here, but I think the context of the matter is these people have been arrested because they are suspected to have committed a crime. And in our country, whether you are a human rights defender or anyone else, including myself as a minister, if I break the law, the long arm of law can catch up with me.”

On Wednesday, a court in Lilongwe denied bail to the three activists.

Meanwhile, the opposition Malawi Congress Party called for a nationwide demonstration Thursday, pushing for the release of the activists and for Mutharika to sign the electoral reforms bills.

Source: Voice of America