The durum wheat planted in Europe has been reduced due to low price and the increase in almond and olive productions has lead to a decreased production of cereals in the region. “The world population today stands at 7,700 million inhabitants, with an annual growth of 80 million people, with food being the main problem facing the world”, explained the co-founder of Northstar Brokerage, Philip Werle. Improvements in agricultural production processes “have led to significant increases in yields per hectare, although this revolution has left thousands of farmers unable to keep up with the pace,” says Werle.
Karen Moan is not Karen Moan, but she could be. She began to be someone else. She likes role-playing and being crazy. The 47-year-old Spanish woman with the red dress and mother of two children feels like she still wants to discover, to long and explore. In her former life, she was a journalist, happily married to an Irish man, now she is an Event-Manager with less money, but happier: “Just to do and be what you think is your destiny is an enormous satisfaction”.
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.