Hydrogen and oxygen are the most abundant elements on planet Earth, so the idea of using hydrogen as fuel is an idea that, ‘a priori’, seems very good, but to obtain hydrogen it must be separated from oxygen in water and for this electrolysis is used, that is, electricity. However, despite the overall accelerating pace in recent years, innovation in the energy system is not occurring quickly and widely enough, nor is it adequately aligned, to address pressing issues and exploit new technologies to improve the lives of citizens around the world. The global energy system faces rising and shifting demands: the urgent challenge of tackling climate change and the need to expand energy access, mirrored by tremendous new opportunities created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which affect all sectors of the economy and society.
Planet-BPM talks to Antti Kapanen from HTW’s MBA&E programme. HTW is a public University in Berlin and East Germany, with a student population of almost 14,000, which includes 3,132 international students. The University has two different campus locations: Campus Treskowallee in Berlin-Karlshorst and Campus Wilhelminenhof in Berlin-Oberschöneweide. There are about 70 different programmes of study some of which are: Engineering, Computer Science, Game Design, Fashion Desgin and Business.
How was 2018 for the MBA&E?
We had a great year overall. We sent out a record number of graduates. The programme has been growing over the past years but now we’ve reached what we think is a suitable size for us, with at most 120 students per year. We want to remain selective with the students, and right now we admit about 15-20% of applicants. With this size we can maintain a good standard in teaching and advisory.
In a first look at trade tariffs the U.S. and China have recently slapped on each other, economists at S&P Global Ratings believe the direct effects on the world’s two largest economies are likely to be minimal—if the levies remain in place for the rest of 2019. However, the indirect macroeconomic effects are likely to be many, varied, and capture other trade-dependent economies in their nets like Europe and Canada. Willem Buiter, Economist and advisor of Citibank, speaks already from a “new cold war”, that the Chinese are likely to win.
Survey data from YouGov and TeacherTapp shows that teachers, students and parents want less focus on cramming for exams: 84% of teachers think school is preparing children for exams, but three-quarters of all teachers wish this wasn’t the main focus. 6 in 10 (60%) of all children aged 11-18, and half (50%) of parents of children aged 11-18, want schools to focus on more than passing exams.
With regard to China we have a lot of stereotypes and completely wrong ideas. Most of us have never been there and do not speak their language. However, we judge according the Chinese immigrants coming to Europe forgetting that China is a huge country and like everywhere there are many differences and that the life of an immigrant is not representative for a whole culture. Although Chinese seem easy to adapt to every other culture and can open business in Luxemburg or in the smallest village in Spain and are still successful this does not mean that they have no identity, that they are just think about money or that they are all clever businessmen or women.
Determining a city’s future readiness for tourism growth requires a holistic view that accounts not only for its current physical and natural assets, but also for its social capital and the impact of its policies. The working environment of these future “intelligent” destinations will change drastically in the future, as will the price we have to pay for traveling. Whether a city is looking to grow its Travel & Tourism sector or manage rising visitor numbers, business and city leaders must balance all the dynamics that make up a city’s fabric.