The Hospitality Challenge in collaboration with Sommet Education is a global call aiming to receive projects that can help hospitality sector reboot. This competition is designed to identify ideas and individuals capable of accelerating recovery while promoting inclusivity and sustainability in the sector to invent the hospitality of tomorrow. The 30 finalists will be eligible for full scholarships in 15 different programmes in Hospitality, Culinary and Pastry Arts Management, (Bachelors, Masters, MBAs) offered in the world-class academic institutions of Sommet Education: Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland and London, Les Roches Crans-Montana in Switzerland, Les Roches Marbella in Spain and École Ducasse in France. Among the 30 winners, the top three most innovative entrepreneurial projects will be granted funding to support their initial development by Eurazeo, leading global investment group from which Sommet Education is a portfolio Company.
We get more and more suspicous about everything and everyone. But we have to admit there is nothing bad about a guy like George Soros that announced that he will create a new university network to better prepare students for current and future global challenges with an investment of one billion dollars. The network, which will operate throughout the world, is named the Open Society University Network (OSUN).
But of course we wonder what ideology and moral mindset he wants to teach there. It will still be “old school” or will it teach a new Economic system. For the moment we know that it will offer simultaneously taught network courses and joint degree programs and regularly bring students and faculty from different countries together with in-person and online discussions.
The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. EIT Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth.
EIT was created in 2008 to power Europe’s ability to innovate. The EIT’s eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities work to:
- accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy (EIT Climate-KIC)drive Europe’s digital transformation (EIT Digital)
- lead the global revolution in food innovation and production (EIT Food)
- give EU citizens greater opportunities to enjoy a healthy life (EIT Health)
- achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe (EIT InnoEnergy)
- strengthen and increase the competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry (EIT Manufacturing)
- develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe (EIT RawMaterials)
- solve mobility challenges of our cities (EIT Urban Mobility)
The crisis of academic freedom in Europe emerged as the main theme at the recent Bologna Process Beyond 2020: Fundamental values of the EHEA conference in Bologna. More than 200 university rectors and 800 other stakeholders participated. The aim of the conference was partly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bologna Declaration and partly to feed into the next European Higher Education Area or EHEA ministerial conference on the future of the Bologna Process that will take place in Rome next year.
To satisfy the ever-increasing demand for mobile broadband communications, the IMT-Advanced (IMT-A) standards have been ratified by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in November 2010 and the fourth generation (4G) wireless communication systems are currently being deployed worldwide. The standardization for LTE Rel-12, also known as LTE-B, is also ongoing and expected to be finalized in 2014. The problem is that 5G will create millions of jobs but destroy millions more. We need a plan.
There is not a lot of time left to adapt to the enormous changes that we have to face in the next years. The most significant driving force of change is the climate threat, but also a world where we will work less with our body and more with our brain. Where robots will serve in a bar, clean hotels and help people in elderly homes. Christopher Pommerening who used to travel, study and work around the globe wants to give us the tools to be able to move in this world, especially our kids need a lot of assistance the next years. They will be the changemakers and suffer the most climate change.