Daily Archives: September 22, 2015

ACEM Hits New Heights in FT 2015 Masters in Management Ranking

SHANGHAI, Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire — Antai College of Economics & Management (ACEM) reaches new heights in FT 2015 Masters in Management (MiM) Ranking released yesterday, rising to 36th from 44th last year and standing at the world’s top 50 for seven consecutive years.

Antai Hits New Heights in FT 2015 Masters in Management Ranking.

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University of St Gallen in Switzerland, as well as HEC Paris and Essec Business School, both from France, take up the first three respectively. Two other mainland business schools appear in the table, Sun Yat-sen Business School and Tongji University School of Economics and Management, ranked 47th and 52nd.

ACEM’s MiM program has enjoyed steady growth since entering FT rankings seven years ago. The college continues to be a leader in terms of facilitating career progress with 100% graduates securing employment three months after graduation. Most are working in finance and consultancy. And nearly 70% have an annual salary between 200,000 to 400,000 RMB (31,396 to 62,792 USD). It also ranked second in Value for Money for the first time and ranked seventh for job placement.

Some students choose to start their own business, such as Ma Yuan, who runs an eco-farm in her hometown Weihai city in north eastern Shandong Province. “MiM helps establish a complete knowledge system ranging from essential management concepts, information management to data mining. It makes me an all-rounder, confident and effective when communicating with clients and seeking opportunities, while persistent and precise when analyzing statistics behind closed doors.”

In addition, data in Faculty with Doctorates and International Students also demonstrated significant improvement. “Management has long been a star of the school,” said Associate Dean Wan Guohua, “Drawing on the experience of top US management schools: Stanford, Columbia and Georgia Institute of Technology, we offer students an international perspective while educating good talents to meet business needs.”

Thanks to increasing international popularity of MiM, and a burgeoning Chinese economy, ACEM’s Master of International Business (MIB), an English-taught Master program catering especially to overseas students, has seen rapid growth since its launch in 2013. From 35 applicants and 10 students in the first year, to enrolling 72 students from 136 applicants this year, the program, which combines leading management theory and practice with policies, economics, culture, and laws and regulations of present-day China, is set to become a link between China and the world, and a center for up-and-coming youngsters around the globe.

USP Workshop Preps Lab Directors on Emerging Solutions to Control Poor Quality Medicines

Directors of Official Medicines Control Laboratories to Attend Workshop on Enhanced Quality Control Tools and Approaches

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) will convene directors of 17 Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCLs) in Sub-Saharan Africa for a workshop on emerging solutions to detect and control poor quality medicines on September 22-23 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The workshop is designed to provide an annual opportunity for the Africa chapter of USP’s Networks of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (NOMCoL) to develop skills and regional solutions for controlling poor quality medicines. This year’s theme, “Emerging Solutions in Detection Technologies,” will focus on how the network could deploy emerging, portable technologies to scale-up and expand their efforts.

“Controlling the proliferation of poor quality medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa is a major public health challenge,” said Kelly Willis, USP’s Senior Vice President of Global Public Health. “Leveraging NOMCoL-Africa’s network of quality control experts to develop and apply regional approaches and solutions to this problem, including those that make frontline detection technologies more accessible in low and middle income countries, will have a substantial and lasting impact on improving the quality of medicines available to combat high-burden diseases across the region.”

Malaria, for example, is a treatable and preventable problem, yet it continues to disproportionately affect many Sub-Saharan African communities. The looming threat of poor quality antimalarials and the spread of drug-resistant strains of the parasite across the region have created an urgent need for enhanced detection tools and surveillance approaches and increased vigilance to protecting supply chain systems and patients. As much as 30 percent of the region’s supply of antimalarial medicines is poor quality. Many nations, however, lack the financial and human resources needed to detect and remove them aggressively and effectively.

At the workshop, members of the Africa chapter of USP’s Networks of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (NOMCoL) will learn about emerging technologies and solutions for detecting poor quality medicines, how they could be deployed through a cost-effective approach to post-marketing surveillance, and how national quality control laboratories and other parts of the regulatory system could benefit. Participants will also discuss general laboratory best practices, novel approaches to creating sustainable solutions, and ideas for strengthening official medicines control laboratories throughout the region.

NOMCoL-Africa is one of four regional OMCL networks established by USP to provide a forum for sharing best practices on medicines quality issues at national and regional levels. These networks offer unique inter-laboratory testing activities for participating labs to improve laboratory performance, as well as harmonize their methodologies and approaches.

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USP is a global health organization that improves lives through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods. USP’s standards are used worldwide. For more information about USP visit http://www.usp.org.

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Boko Haram Launched a Huge Attack in Nigeria

The attacks took place in the city where Boko Haram was founded. “Boko Haram carried out its deadliest attacks on the key northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power, killing scores in a series of coordinated bomb blasts. Police in the Borno state capital said at least 54 people died in Sunday’s co-ordinated strikes, with 90 injured, but residents caught up in the explosions said as many as 85 lost their lives.The attacks on Sunday night in the Ajilari Cross area and nearby Gomari, near the city’s airport, killed and maimed worshippers at a mosque, bystanders and football fans watching a televised match. The army and rescuers said the explosions were caused by homemade devices but one local and the police said a female suicide bomber also blew herself up.” (Vanguard http://bit.ly/1QuADPg)

Burkina Faso Coup Apparently Over…But the situation is very fluid. The army is apparently descending on Ouagadougou in an attempt to disarm the presidential guard units that pulled off the coup. “In a statement late on Monday, Gen Diendere said he was committed to handing over power to civil authorities based on the proposals of regional mediators. He also said he was prepared to release abducted Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida. The general said he “deplored the loss of life”, apologising to “the nation and the international community”. But he warned that the country could face “chaos, civil war and massive human rights violations”. Gen Diendere’s whereabouts are unknown, and there have been reports that he has taken refuge in the home of a traditional leader.” (BBC http://bbc.in/1QuzSFY)  

TB Drug Price Increase Rescinded…A huge overnight price increase for an important tuberculosis drug has been rescinded after the company that had acquired the drug gave it back to its previous owner under pressure. The drug, cycloserine, is used to treat about 40 patients a year who have tuberculosis that is resistant to most of the usual drugs. The rights to cycloserine had been acquired last month by Rodelis Therapeutics, which promptly raised the price for 30 capsules to $10,800, from $500, giving rise to concern among doctors who treat tuberculosis. But Rodelis has now returned the drug to its previous owner, a nonprofit manufacturing organization affiliated with Purdue University, according to a statement issued on Monday by the organization.” (NYT http://nyti.ms/1QuBbVh )


The Rapid Support Forces, a Sudanese government force formed in mid-2013 and aimed at fighting rebel factions across Sudan, has allegedly not only committed war crimes, but serious crimes against humanity in Darfur, says a Human Rights Watch report. (IPS http://bit.ly/1FXIy1K)

The leaders of Uganda’s main political opposition parties met Monday in talks aimed at fronting a joint candidate to challenge the country’s long-serving leader in elections next year. (AP http://yhoo.it/1OpVZ2t)

South Sudan President Salva Kiir will not be attending a meeting at the United Nations later this month called by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to strengthen the ongoing peace process. (VOA http://bit.ly/1OpRK78)

Conditions in war-torn South Sudan have worsened with thousands fleeing fighting since a ceasefire deal three weeks ago, the United Nations has warned. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1OpW1ro)

The General Secretary of the Kenyan National Parents Association says the organization will file a suit next week to seek a court ruling that would force the government to reimburse parents for the fees they paid. (VOA http://bit.ly/1FXIVJQ)


The Lebanese government is launching a campaign to register 100,000 new students from among the Syrian refugee population in its already overwhelmed public schools. (AP http://yhoo.it/1KuM85D)

Two US citizens, one British national and three Saudis held for months by Yemen’s Houthi group, have been freed and have arrived in Oman, according to British and Omani officials as well as Houthi sources. (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/1MnbVzl)


Police in Nepal shot and injured at least three protesters on Monday a day after the Himalayan nation adopted its first democratic constitution, dashing hopes that the historic event would put a stop to weeks of bloodshed in which some 40 people have died. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1KuM8ma)

Bangladesh’s prime minister has dismissed accusations that democracy and rule of law are being undermined by her increasingly authoritarian behaviour and by extensive human rights abuses by the police and security forces. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1FXIWNK)

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to form a government free from corruption, empower workers and end reliance on foreign aid, as she campaigned on Monday for the southeast Asian country’s first free national vote in 25 years. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1gGAzj4)

The Americas

More than 9,000 people were left homeless after a powerful earthquake hit northern and central Chile last week, officials said Sunday, dramatically increasing previous estimates. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1KuMd9x)

The United States is reportedly considering abstaining from a potential U.N. General Assembly vote calling for an end to its long-standing trade embargo against Cuba. (VOA http://bit.ly/1OpRJA0)

Jamaica’s prime minister has told supporters that her administration passed every test of the International Monetary Fund during the island’s latest loan agreement. (AP http://yhoo.it/1KuM9qe)

…and the rest

Bitterly-divided European leaders will seek to find a credible response to the continent’s worst migration crisis since World War Two at an emergency summit this week. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1NOLXIi)

The number of carbon pricing schemes worldwide has almost doubled since 2012 but most taxes or markets have prices too low to prevent damaging global warming, the World Bank said on Sunday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1YvpFPa)


CNN’s Arwa Damon is Mark’s podcast guest. She’s discusses some of the toughest stories she’s covered from the middle east, her intriguing bi-cultural upbringing, and why she decided to start an NGO. (Global Dispatches Podcast http://bit.ly/1KvDvqu)

Burkina Faso has a draft deal to end the coup—but that doesn’t mean order will be restored (Quartz http://bit.ly/1j31jfz)

A Monument for the Mau Mau at last, but no land (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/1Kv3DCK)

5 Myths European Leaders are Spreading about Refugees in Order to Scare People (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1Jlh32i)

The case for upending humanitarian aid as we know it (and what I learned along the way) (Chris Blattman http://bit.ly/1FY19e5)

Top incomes drive inequality – so why does the inequality target ignore them? (Guardian http://bit.ly/1OpRMMn)

Operating in post-conflict environments: 4 challenges and how to tackle them (Devex http://bit.ly/1Oqa14k)

How low-tech farming innovations can make African farmers climate-resilient (The Conversation http://bit.ly/1OpXnlU)

The case against equality of opportunity (Vox http://bit.ly/1gGpjDe)

How The Mental Health System Struggles To Prevent Mass Shootings (NPR http://n.pr/1JkY5ZJ)

Reimagining scholarships: can big data reduce child absenteeism? (Guardian http://bit.ly/1OpRhlA)

7 ways Conservatives transformed foreign aid (Devex http://bit.ly/1NPa2yS)