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Mixed Bathing World Executive Committee's New Art Project "ALTERNATIVE-STATE" in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan
BEPPU, Japan, March 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mixed Bathing World Executive Committee (*) based in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan, has begun a new art project, "ALTERNATIVE-STATE," envisioning improvement in the city's brand loyalty. The first work by Sarkis is now on view, and the second work by Michael Lin will be completed in March 2023. The plan is to invite artists from among promising young artists to international virtuosos for the purpose of producing eight public works over four years. Through the entire project, the committee aims to make Beppu even more attractive as a place where visitors can enjoy art and sightseeing whenever they visit, changing the stereotype notion that "onsen" (hot spring) is the city's only attraction. (*) The Mixed Bathing World Executive Committee is an organization that has been engaged in regional revitalization through art and culture, with the aim of multicultural coexistence. Project outlineTitle: ALTERNATIVE-STATEVenue: Various locations in Beppu City, Oita PrefectureAdmission: FreeWebsite: https://alternative-state.comHost: Mixed Bathing World Executive Committee Images: https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/release/202302273286?p=images About "ALTERNATIVE-STATE"Interpreting characters used to describe Beppu as "alternate city," ALTERNATIVE-STATE envisions the city as not only a physical place but an idea that includes imaginary spaces and situations. Just as pressing the "alt" key allows users to access alternate functions or characters not typically assigned to the keyboard, the artwork in ALTERNATIVE-STATE transports visitors to a different world and state of being. It is an invitation into a regenerated world -- a new proposal for how to relate to the city. First work by Sarkis:https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202302273286-O3-6g981w73.pdf Second work by Michael Lin to be completed in March 2023The second work "Onsenbouquet" is by Michael Lin, an internationally acclaimed artist based in Taipei and Brussels. He is known for his technique of using patterns and motifs rooted in people's daily lives to create huge paintings in public spaces that make the viewer a part of them. While researching the city of Beppu, he found inspiration in floral patterns of yukata, or summer kimonos, and patterns of tiles used on building exteriors and inside public baths. Those patterns will spread from public to private spaces in various parts of the city, appearing in a variety of media and scales. - Mural projectWith the help of local emerging artists and students, a large mural will be installed on the western wall of Bluebird Hall, which houses the historic movie theater.Opening date (tentative): March 25, 2023 - Poster projectSome designated walls will be covered with 11 different posters like "wild posting" (street poster) campaigns. Also, a private residence, selected through an open call, will be one of the venues. Posters will be widely distributed to local stores and the community.Opening date (tentative): March 16, 2023 Artists' biographies:https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202302273286-O4-ds0eiA07.pdf
Updated UTS Foundation Studies course offers international students more choices and an inspiring new way to learn. SYDNEY, March 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a thorough review, UTS College is delivering a refreshed UTS Foundation Studies program in 2023. UTS Foundation Studies has a strong track record opening doors to a wide range of study options and career choices. Successful students regularly articulate into most first-year undergraduate degrees at UTS or directly into a UTS College diploma. The new program builds on this success. UTS and UTS College campus. Credit: Andy Roberts Updated subjects There are new subjects, with more discipline-specific electives available. This helps students to select subjects that align with their diploma and UTS degree choices. Core subjects such as English and mathematics have also been refreshed to align with diplomas and academic English programs. A new way of learning Throughout UTS Foundation Studies, students will now experience Learning.Connected – an interactive and personalised learning model. Learning.Connected blends live classes, with guided independent activities before, between and after tutorials using video, interactive models, forums and more to make learning fun. The interactive tutorials replace traditional lectures and focus on collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills, preparing students for success at UTS and beyond. Already a success with diploma students Although UTS Foundation students will experience Learning.Connected for the first time, it's already been a resounding success with UTS College diploma students. Brock Wilson Hetherington is now studying Bachelor of Design in Architecture at UTS after completing his Diploma of Design and Architecture at UTS College. He says, "No-one wants to sit through lectures. It's hard to retain any information. The more hands-on approach is just better. I like the idea of an approach that shifts more responsibility onto the learner." A unified, student-centred experience Sally Payne, Dean of Studies, says, "We're excited to introduce Learning.Connected to students commencing UTS Foundation Studies. We've already received enthusiastic feedback from our diploma students. More than a combination of live and independent learning, Learning.Connected also includes academic support, student welfare, social networking, and leadership. It's a unified, student-centred experience. Students can work independently with resources and activities to guide them, then come to class ready to collaborate, test their ideas, solve problems, and receive feedback." Sally Payne, Dean of Studies, UTS College Pathway to Australian university study UTS College delivers UTS Foundation Studies on behalf of UTS. The program is designed for international students looking to take the next step towards Australian university study. Students develop academic English language proficiency, along with broad knowledge and skillsets to become well-rounded, confident graduates, ready for university study. Visit our website to learn more about UTS Foundation Studies and how to start your journey to UTS. About UTS and UTS College The University of Technology Sydney is a dynamic and innovative university, ranked first as Australia's top young university in the 2021 QS Top 50 under 50: reflecting its strength in research, teaching, employability, and internationalisation. Students often begin their UTS experience with UTS College, the pathway to UTS, which offers English language programs, UTS Foundation Studies, diplomas (undergraduate pathways in Business, Communication, Design & Architecture, Engineering, IT, Law and Science) and a Pre-Master's Program.
ESR receives HKSE's approval on proposed spin-off and potential listing of logistics assets through a C-REIT on Shanghai Stock Exchange
HONG KONG, March 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- ESR Group Limited ("ESR" or the "Group"; SEHK Stock Code: 1821), APAC's largest real asset manager powered by the New Economy, has received confirmation from the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited ("HKSE") that the Group may proceed with its proposed transaction on the spin-off of the three high-specification logistics projects located in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, the PRC, currently wholly owned by the Group via Jiangsu Friend Warehouse Co., Ltd. (the "Seed Portfolio"), and their potential listing through a publicly offered infrastructure securities investment fund ("C-REIT") on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Following the recent confirmation from the HKSE, ESR will continue to progress on its approvals from the relevant regulatory authorities, including but not limited to the National Development and Reform Commission (the "NDRC"), the China Securities Regulatory Commission (the "CSRC") and the Shanghai Stock Exchange, in relation to the proposed transaction. As at the date of this announcement, the terms and the timetable of the proposed transaction have not yet been finalised. The Seed Portfolio consists of three logistics projects with best-in-class specifications and design, strategically located in prominent hubs of the country's last mile logistics networks and have a total area of over 427,000 sqm. Jiangsu Friend Phase I is a fully-leased, stabilised asset with a gross floor area ("GFA") of over 135,000 sqm Jiangsu Friend Phase II, has over 85,000 sqm of GFA and Jiangsu Friend Phase III has the largest area out of the three phases with a total GFA of over 206,000 sqm. The three assets have been stabilised since 2018. Stuart Gibson and Jeffrey Shen, Co-founders and Co-CEOs of ESR Group stated: "We are pleased to obtain HKSE's approval for ESR to proceed with this proposed C-REIT transaction. As the leading manager of REITs in APAC, we strongly believe in the continued financialization of real estate in APAC and especially in China. The proposed transaction is also a testament to ESR's focus on accelerating our asset-light strategy. Through injecting our assets in private funds and REITs, we continue to grow our fund management fee revenue while also recycling capital into attractive opportunities across APAC to further build long-term sustainable growth. We are excited that our proposed transaction is in line with the Chinese government's support of the securitization of infrastructure projects and we are confident that the proposed transaction will reinforce our market leadership and open a new and exciting growth engine for the Group in China." Based on UBS's recent analysis, the C-REIT market could reach as much as US$1.2 trillion in market capitalisation by 2030 if China could just securitise 2 per cent of its infrastructure assets (which are valued at US$60 trillion)[i]. Chang Rui Hua, Managing Director and Group Head of Capital Markets and Investor Relations, said: "The burgeoning C-REIT market in China is propelled by many of the secular trends that underpin ESR's growth and it offers investors another option to enhance and diversify their portfolios. ESR has a strong track record of managing many successful REITs across various geographies and asset classes. Our proposed C-REIT will benefit from the accelerated growth of ecommerce and continued resilience of the supply chain which will drive the demand for modern logistics facilities. Furthermore, the Chinese local government's focus on growing leading industries including ecommerce, digital economy, intelligent equipment manufacturing and life sciences, will all require high quality logistics and industrial space." ESR has a total AUM of US$32 billion and approximately 13.9 million sqm of GFA in China as of 30 June 2022. [i] https://neo.ubs.com/shared/d27f7QosB5Ao/ About ESR ESR is APAC's largest real asset manager powered by the New Economy and the third largest listed real estate investment manager globally. With over US$140 billion in total assets under management (AUM), our fully integrated development and investment management platform extends across key APAC markets, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, India, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, representing over 95% of GDP in APAC, and also includes an expanding presence in Europe and the U.S. We provide a diverse range of real asset investment solutions and New Economy real estate development opportunities across our private funds business, which allow capital partners and customers to capitalise on the most significant secular trends in APAC. ESR is the largest sponsor and manager of REITs in APAC with a total AUM of US$45 billion. Our purpose – Space and Investment Solutions for a Sustainable Future – drives us to manage sustainably and impactfully and we consider the environment and the communities in which we operate as key stakeholders of our business. Listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, ESR is a constituent of the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (Large Cap), Hang Seng Composite Index and MSCI Hong Kong Index. More information is available at www.esr.com.
BEIJING, March 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- When meeting the press on Sunday morning, Shan Zenghai, a deputy to the 14th National People's Congress (NPC) and chief engineer of Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group, announced that his company, a construction giant of the country, now has lifted cranes to new heights. Rising above obscurity in the sector of manufacturing, the group now boasts full proprietary intellectual property rights for all key components of its all-terrain cranes, injecting fresh impetus into China's high-quality development, Shan said. Hours later in the afternoon, the NPC deputy from the delegation of east China's Jiangsu Province welcomed an important fellow deputy – President Xi Jinping – to their deliberations at the first session of the 14th NPC after the nation's top legislature started its annual session in Beijing. During the group discussion, Xi underscored the importance of pursuing high-quality development, calling it the "first and foremost" task in China's modernization endeavor. Quality matters China aims to achieve a faster economic growth of around 5 percent with better quality of development in 2023, as the world's second-largest economy gathers pace to build up a recovery momentum and push ahead with its modernization drive. As one of the engines driving China's economic growth, Jiangsu has become a front-runner in the country's modernization efforts. In 2022, Jiangsu's GDP reached 12.28 trillion yuan ($1.77 trillion), a 2.8-percent increase over the previous year, and its economic output accounted for 10.2 percent of the country's total. During Sunday's discussions, Xi affirmed what Jiangsu has achieved over the past five years, and called on it to continue to lead on the path of high-quality development. His election in Jiangsu as a deputy to the 14th NPC has been widely interpreted as the great importance the top leadership has attached to the Chinese path to modernization, and to the establishment of a new development pattern, a priority he had stressed during a 2020 inspection tour. Back then, he urged efforts to apply the new development philosophy and foster a new development pattern to advance high-quality and sustainable economic and social development, not only in the province but also in the rest of the country. Over the past decade, China's economy has grown by leaps and bounds, with a greener and more efficient economy enabled by a shifted focus to high-quality development. For instance, the country's energy consumption per 10,000 yuan of gross domestic product in 2022 decreased by 0.1 percent from 2021, while CO2 emissions per 10,000 yuan of GDP fell 0.8 percent year on year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Self-reliance in science and technology In the pursuit of high-quality development, China is also doubling down on technological innovation as a primary driver of growth. As early as 2014, in another tour of Jiangsu Province, Xi highlighted the role of innovation in economic development, saying that China must rely on innovation to achieve continuous and healthy economic development. The president called for close coupling between science and technology and the economy, as well as deep integration among industry, university and research so as to achieve seamless connection between industries and science and technology. In 2022, China spent a record 3.09 trillion yuan on research and development, a 10.4-percent year-on-year increase that could be credited with the nation's accelerated efforts to enhance its innovation capability for more breakthroughs. The country should continue to make efforts to build industrial science and technology innovation centers with global influence, said Xi during the deliberations. He also emphasized that the ultimate goal of promoting high-quality development is to deliver happiness and well-being to the people. https://news.cgtn.com/news/2023-03-05/Xi-attends-deliberation-of-Jiangsu-delegation-at-legislative-session-1hVrhJvVcDm/index.html
The Cambridge English Qualifications are widely recognised as the gold standard in language testing.
SINGAPORE, March 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Cambridge English Qualifications have been trusted by hundreds of institutions all over the world for many years and are widely regarded as the gold standard when it comes to evaluating language skills. The number of organisations who acknowledge Cambridge English Qualifications surpassed 25,000, further solidifying the company's position as the industry's preeminent provider of English language tests. Learners have the opportunity to demonstrate their language skills and stand out in a competitive job market by obtaining Cambridge English Qualifications, which are widely recognised by universities, corporations, and governments around the world. The certifications are available to learners of any age and from any background since they cover a wide range of skills and abilities, beginning with the most basic and progressing to the most advanced. The reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities of candidates are just some of the aspects of their English proficiency that are evaluated by Cambridge English Qualifications. They offer a dependable and objective measurement of linguistic ability, which enables institutions to make educated decisions regarding admissions, recruiting, and training. The fact that Cambridge English Qualifications have reached the landmark number of 25,000 institutions that recognise them is evidence of the high standards and quality of the exams. The significance of a Cambridge English qualification, as well as the competitive advantage it offers to students, is widely acknowledged by educational establishments. A representative at Cambridge University Press & Assessment made the following statement: "We are overjoyed to have reached this important milestone, which demonstrates the faith and confidence that institutions from all around the world have in the credentials that we offer. The Cambridge English Qualifications give a rigorous and trustworthy measure of a language learner's competency, and we are happy to be able to provide students and candidates with a direct route to accomplishing the language goals they have set for themselves." The Cambridge English Qualifications are becoming increasingly important as the need for people who are proficient in the English language increases all around the world. Learners have the chance to advance their language skills, realise their ambitions, and get access to previously unavailable academic and professional prospects as a result of these opportunities. Cambridge English. Where your world grows. &amp;amp;nbsp; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69WCsc7FbtA Cambridge English tests that are completely in line with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a framework that is widely recognised and is used to describe language ability across Europe and beyond. It makes it easier for students, teachers, and employers to communicate about language skills by providing a common language for describing language proficiency and providing a common language for describing language proficiency. Exams given by Cambridge English provide a clear indication of a candidate's level of language proficiency in accordance with the CEFR's six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. This alignment was necessary in order to facilitate this. This alignment will help students and teachers better understand their strengths and areas in which they can improve, and it will make it simpler for employers to evaluate the linguistic abilities of job applicants What is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)? &amp;amp;nbsp; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liE1Tp3Ta8M According to a representative of Cambridge, "Cambridge English is committed to providing accurate and reliable assessments of English language ability. By conforming our examinations to the CEFR, we are ensuring that our tests are in line with international standards. As a result, our candidates will be able to have full faith in the results that they are given," The alignment of Cambridge English with the CEFR is the result of a comprehensive review of the examinations and assessment criteria used by Cambridge English. To ensure that the exams accurately reflect the levels that are outlined in the CEFR, the process included consultation with language experts, teachers, and other stakeholders. The alignment is part of Cambridge English's ongoing commitment to providing high-quality language assessments tailored to meet the requirements of students, educators, and employers worldwide. Cambridge English is confident that this alignment will help learners achieve their language goals and make it easier for employers to find candidates with the required language skills. Cambridge English is also confident that this alignment will help employers find candidates with the language skills they need. 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Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Technology Association Held Commendation Conference, YouLianCloud achieved the "Outstanding Contribution of Year 2022" award
SHANGHAI, March 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Technology Association (SAITA) announced the list of advanced enterprises to be commended of 2022. The categories of enterprise awards in 2022 offered by SAITA include Science & Technology Innovation Awards, Emerging Innovation Awards as well as Outstanding Contribution Awards. Among them, YouLianCloud Information Service (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. ("YouLianCloud" ) is recognized as the winner of "Outstanding Contribution of Year 2022". As the industry-leading intelligent financial information engine in China, YouLianCloud takes ecological connection as the core, deeply cultivates the financial industry and AIGC. By combining natural language processing, big data and knowledge graph technology, YouLianCloud provides its users with intelligent applications for multiple scenarios such as sales, marketing, investment research and risk control. With decades of deep understanding of the financial field and rich insight of the demanding, the team furthers its research in the field of financial AIGC. Embedded with natural language processing, knowledge graph and generative AI technologies, the platform reaches the produciton of Intelligent Content such as intelligent financial information and intelligent financial videos. Meanwhile, it also solves the difficulties of data capture, materials searching and inefficient creation. At present, YouLianCloud has provided a wide range of digital and intelligent services for hundreds of large financial institutions and listed companies. It has been honored as the "Most Commercial Cooperation Value Winner of 2022 " in the field of Knowledge Graph.