Daily Archives: March 19, 2019

Despite Brexit Uncertainty, Business Schools in UK Continue to See Strong International Demand

Majority of Candidates Say Brexit has No Impact on Decision to Study in the United Kingdom

RESTON, Va., March 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In response to the initial Brexit vote in June 2016, the Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™) has been tracking Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) examinee interest in studying in the UK.  This has included periodic surveys of non-U.K. citizens who sent a GMAT score report to a UK business school program, as an indication of where they are interested in studying. In the immediate aftermath of the vote, it was unclear what the impact would be on the international flow of students to UK programs, which are heavily reliant on enrollees from other countries. Brexit, it’s been feared, could restrict or complicate the student visa process and dampen international candidates’ postgraduation job prospects in the UK, both because of possible changes to work visa policies and jobs leaving the UK.

However, the most recent survey findings, from December 2018, show that 54 percent of respondents overall say Brexit has no impact on their decision to study in the UK, up from 46 percent in December 2016. Likely bolstered by a falling pound and reduced interest in other study destinations around the world over the same period, there has been an increase in candidates’ selecting the UK as their first-choice country for their business school experience.

“The level of interest we’re seeing from international candidates in UK b-schools is a major factor in the overall global stability we’re observing in graduate management education,” said Sangeet Chowfla, GMAC president and CEO.  “It’s also a success story in mobility that I hope will continue in the UK as Brexit continues to unfold.  If we are to maintain a healthy climate for aspiring candidates, we need to make it possible for people from different regions and backgrounds to study and work in the location they desire.”

The survey findings show that candidate consideration of the UK as a study destination is driven by the reputation of the UK educational system, a candidates’ desire to develop an international network, and a candidates’ desire to improve their chances of having an international career. Their ultimate selection of a study destination is primarily influenced by a desire to study at a specific program or school in the location.

The survey findings also show, however, that there is some hesitancy among candidates amidst the uncertainty of the looming exit from the E.U. at the end of this month. While overall most respondents to the December 2018 survey say Brexit has no impact on their decision making, about half of non-UK Europeans say they are less likely to decide to study in the UK because of Brexit (51%). Most non-UK candidates overall consider Brexit as a detriment to the availability of student and work visas in the UK, and over time candidates’ perception of the impact of Brexit on the cost of education and living in the UK have become more negative.

Despite this, GMAT score sending behavior shows that UK programs have remained just as popular a choice for business school as before the 2016 Brexit vote. In fact, the share of GMAT score reports sent to UK programs has increased slightly since the Brexit vote and is stable or up across world regions of citizenship. The increase is particularly strong among examinees from Asia-Pacific countries and examinees with a total score of 600 and above. Findings from GMAC’s annual Application Trends Survey also show continued strong international demand for U.K. programs, as 71 percent report year-on-year international application volume growth in 2018.

With the continued uncertainty about how Brexit will proceed, it’s not clear how international student mobility will be affected should the actual departure from the E.U. take place. GMAC plans to continue to conduct survey research on this topic as events unfold. Please visit the Market Intelligence and Research page on gmac.com for continued updates on this and other issues relating to trends in graduate management education.

About GMAC
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is an association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, we are committed to creating solutions for business schools and candidates to better discover, evaluate and connect with each other. We work on behalf of the schools and the graduate management education community, as well as guide candidates on their journey to higher education, to ensure that no talent goes undiscovered.

GMAC provides world-class research, professional development opportunities and assessments for the industry, designed to advance the art and science of admissions. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment, recognized by more than 7,000 programs worldwide. Other GMAC assessments include the NMAT by GMAC™ (NMAT™) exam, for entrance into graduate management programs in India, South Africa, and the Philippines, and the Executive Assessment (EA), specifically designed for Executive programs around the world.

Our flagship portal for graduate management education resources and information, www.mba.com, receives 6 million unique visitors a year and features the School Search matching tool and Graduate Management Admission Search Service™ (GMASS™) database, matching candidates and business schools.

GMAC is a global organization with offices in Hong Kong, China; Gurugram, India; Singapore; London, United Kingdom; and Cambridge, Massachusetts and Reston, Virginia in the United States. To learn more about our work, please visit www.gmac.com.

Media contact:

Geoffrey Basye, Director of Media Relations, GMAC
+1 (703) 668-9799 or gbasye@gmac.com

Despite Brexit Uncertainty, Business Schools in UK Continue to See Strong International Demand

Majority of Candidates Say Brexit has No Impact on Decision to Study in the United Kingdom

RESTON, Va., March 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In response to the initial Brexit vote in June 2016, the Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™) has been tracking Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) examinee interest in studying in the UK.  This has included periodic surveys of non-U.K. citizens who sent a GMAT score report to a UK business school program, as an indication of where they are interested in studying. In the immediate aftermath of the vote, it was unclear what the impact would be on the international flow of students to UK programs, which are heavily reliant on enrollees from other countries. Brexit, it’s been feared, could restrict or complicate the student visa process and dampen international candidates’ postgraduation job prospects in the UK, both because of possible changes to work visa policies and jobs leaving the UK.

However, the most recent survey findings, from December 2018, show that 54 percent of respondents overall say Brexit has no impact on their decision to study in the UK, up from 46 percent in December 2016. Likely bolstered by a falling pound and reduced interest in other study destinations around the world over the same period, there has been an increase in candidates’ selecting the UK as their first-choice country for their business school experience.

“The level of interest we’re seeing from international candidates in UK b-schools is a major factor in the overall global stability we’re observing in graduate management education,” said Sangeet Chowfla, GMAC president and CEO.  “It’s also a success story in mobility that I hope will continue in the UK as Brexit continues to unfold.  If we are to maintain a healthy climate for aspiring candidates, we need to make it possible for people from different regions and backgrounds to study and work in the location they desire.”

The survey findings show that candidate consideration of the UK as a study destination is driven by the reputation of the UK educational system, a candidates’ desire to develop an international network, and a candidates’ desire to improve their chances of having an international career. Their ultimate selection of a study destination is primarily influenced by a desire to study at a specific program or school in the location.

The survey findings also show, however, that there is some hesitancy among candidates amidst the uncertainty of the looming exit from the E.U. at the end of this month. While overall most respondents to the December 2018 survey say Brexit has no impact on their decision making, about half of non-UK Europeans say they are less likely to decide to study in the UK because of Brexit (51%). Most non-UK candidates overall consider Brexit as a detriment to the availability of student and work visas in the UK, and over time candidates’ perception of the impact of Brexit on the cost of education and living in the UK have become more negative.

Despite this, GMAT score sending behavior shows that UK programs have remained just as popular a choice for business school as before the 2016 Brexit vote. In fact, the share of GMAT score reports sent to UK programs has increased slightly since the Brexit vote and is stable or up across world regions of citizenship. The increase is particularly strong among examinees from Asia-Pacific countries and examinees with a total score of 600 and above. Findings from GMAC’s annual Application Trends Survey also show continued strong international demand for U.K. programs, as 71 percent report year-on-year international application volume growth in 2018.

With the continued uncertainty about how Brexit will proceed, it’s not clear how international student mobility will be affected should the actual departure from the E.U. take place. GMAC plans to continue to conduct survey research on this topic as events unfold. Please visit the Market Intelligence and Research page on gmac.com for continued updates on this and other issues relating to trends in graduate management education.

About GMAC
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is an association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, we are committed to creating solutions for business schools and candidates to better discover, evaluate and connect with each other. We work on behalf of the schools and the graduate management education community, as well as guide candidates on their journey to higher education, to ensure that no talent goes undiscovered.

GMAC provides world-class research, professional development opportunities and assessments for the industry, designed to advance the art and science of admissions. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment, recognized by more than 7,000 programs worldwide. Other GMAC assessments include the NMAT by GMAC™ (NMAT™) exam, for entrance into graduate management programs in India, South Africa, and the Philippines, and the Executive Assessment (EA), specifically designed for Executive programs around the world.

Our flagship portal for graduate management education resources and information, www.mba.com, receives 6 million unique visitors a year and features the School Search matching tool and Graduate Management Admission Search Service™ (GMASS™) database, matching candidates and business schools.

GMAC is a global organization with offices in Hong Kong, China; Gurugram, India; Singapore; London, United Kingdom; and Cambridge, Massachusetts and Reston, Virginia in the United States. To learn more about our work, please visit www.gmac.com.

Media contact:

Geoffrey Basye, Director of Media Relations, GMAC
+1 (703) 668-9799 or gbasye@gmac.com

Validated with Microsoft Skype for Business, Patton Delivers Cloud-Powered Integration

SmartNode VoIP gateways and eSBCs, validated by TekVizion, integrate legacy telephony, ALL-IP communicationsor both concurrentlywith Skype for Business

SmartNode VoIP… More than Just Talk!

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Patton—US-based enabling solutions provider for unified communications (UC), UC-as-a-service (UCaaS) and Cloud—now announces all SmartNode VoIP products version 3.X—including Virtual SmartNode (vSN)—are validated for interoperability with Skype for Business (SfB).

SmartNode products are validated by TekVizion, a Microsoft-certified lab, in the SBC and enhanced gateway categories, and are forward compatible with Microsoft Teams. Bobby Patton, CEO

>>Certificate of Validation: Patton SBC/Gateway 3.X

Patton Cloud edge orchestration service makes it extra easy to activate, configure and manage the SmartNode-enabled connection with on-premise or hosted Skype for Business.

In addition to enabling enterprise transition to ALL-IP using SfB, Patton’s VoIP CPE products also support co-existing legacy telephony systems—during migration, or forever.

“Executives know effective communication with customers, partners, and employees is key to sustainable growth,” said Robert R. Patton (Bobby), President and CEO.

“Still, countless organizations operate today using traditional Key System or TDM PBX voice communications. With validated interoperability with Skype for Business, Patton empowers those businesses to connect to the IP world, delivering increased mobility, enhanced teamwork, heightened customer engagement, and higher productivity,” Mr. Patton said.

By installing SmartNode VoIP gateways and enterprise session border controllers (eSBCs), organizations can reap the cost-savings and productivity benefits of SfB UC and UCaaS solutions while preserving investments in working analog or digital PBX and fax equipment, phones, speakers, intercoms, and paging systems—and without sacrificing traditional PSTN connectivity.

Known as the world’s “most interoperable” VoIP CPE, SmartNode offers all the standard telephony interfaces, so companies can seamlessly interconnect their hybrid or ALL- IP networks, existing FXS/FXO POTS services, ISDN BRI/PRI lines, and otherwise incompatible SIP telephony systems to SfB.

Mr. Patton continues: “By providing universal access to the high-powered SfB unified communications and collaboration (UCC) platform, Patton provides increased mobility, enhanced teamwork, heightened customer engagement, and higher productivity for enterprises.”

To facilitate trouble-free installation, Patton has published a free SfB Configuration Guide for SmartNode Products .

In related news, as Microsoft opens its first data centers in Africa, Patton has appointed two new leaders to expand operations in EMEA.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e9e5ba97-b119-447f-8fa8-faf3072dcd5d

Media Contact: Glendon Flowers | +1 301 975 1000 | press@patton.com

Letter from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Airlines, Passengers and the Aviation Community

CHICAGO, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

We know lives depend on the work we do, and our teams embrace that responsibility with a deep sense of commitment every day. Our purpose at Boeing is to bring family, friends and loved ones together with our commercial airplanes—safely. The tragic losses of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 affect us all, uniting people and nations in shared grief for all those in mourning. Our hearts are heavy, and we continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board.

Safety is at the core of who we are at Boeing, and ensuring safe and reliable travel on our airplanes is an enduring value and our absolute commitment to everyone. This overarching focus on safety spans and binds together our entire global aerospace industry and communities. We’re united with our airline customers, international regulators and government authorities in our efforts to support the most recent investigation, understand the facts of what happened and help prevent future tragedies. Based on facts from the Lion Air Flight 610 accident and emerging data as it becomes available from the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident, we’re taking actions to fully ensure the safety of the 737 MAX. We also understand and regret the challenges for our customers and the flying public caused by the fleet’s grounding.

Work is progressing thoroughly and rapidly to learn more about the Ethiopian Airlines accident and understand the information from the airplane’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Our team is on-site with investigators to support the investigation and provide technical expertise. The Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau will determine when and how it’s appropriate to release additional details.

Boeing has been in the business of aviation safety for more than 100 years, and we’ll continue providing the best products, training and support to our global airline customers and pilots. This is an ongoing and relentless commitment to make safe airplanes even safer. Soon we’ll release a software update and related pilot training for the 737 MAX that will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 accident. We’ve been working in full cooperation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board on all issues relating to both the Lion Air and the Ethiopian Airlines accidents since the Lion Air accident occurred in October last year.

Our entire team is devoted to the quality and safety of the aircraft we design, produce and support. I’ve dedicated my entire career to Boeing, working shoulder to shoulder with our amazing people and customers for more than three decades, and I personally share their deep sense of commitment. Recently, I spent time with our team members at our 737 production facility in Renton, Wash., and once again saw firsthand the pride our people feel in their work and the pain we’re all experiencing in light of these tragedies. The importance of our work demands the utmost integrity and excellence—that’s what I see in our team, and we’ll never rest in pursuit of it.

Our mission is to connect people and nations, protect freedom, explore our world and the vastness of space, and inspire the next generation of aerospace dreamers and doers—and we’ll fulfill that mission only by upholding and living our values. That’s what safety means to us. Together, we’ll keep working to earn and keep the trust people have placed in Boeing.

Dennis Muilenburg
Chairman, President and CEO
The Boeing Company

Video – https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/837630/Boeing_CEO_Video.mp4
PDF – https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/837617/Boeing_CEO_Letter.pdf

 

 

2018 saw spike in infant deaths linked to congenital anomalies, Seychelles’ health minister says

An increase in the death rate among infants in Seychelles is highly linked to congenital anomalies, said the health minister on Tuesday.

Responding to a question from National Assembly member Jean Francois Ferrari, Minister Jean-Paul Adam said that among 817 deaths registered at the Seychelles Hospital in 2018, 31 were the deaths of babies.

When looking at the figures for 2018, we can note that this is a substantial increase from cases recorded in 2017 (18 deaths registered). The ministry has asked different health professionals to analyse the different reasons why these deaths happened, said Adam.

Since the start of 2019, only two cases have been recorded. Adam said that 32 percent of deaths among babies is linked to congenital anomalies, a figure which the minister said is high when compared to international norms.

In the case of Seychelles, we can see that there is an increase in the number of deaths from congenital defects are partly linked to problems that arise due to lifestyles choices and non-communicable diseases, said Adam.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), congenital anomalies can be defined as structural or functional anomalies that occur during intrauterine life and can be identified before birth, at birth or later in life. Congenital anomalies can be caused by single gene defects, chromosomal disorders, multifactorial inheritance, environmental teratogens and micronutrient deficiencies.

Adam added that these deaths are also at times linked to substance abuse, interference during pregnancy, prematurity, and genetic factors.

WHO said that the most common, severe congenital anomalies are heart defects, neural tube defects and Down syndrome.

Although congenital anomalies may be the result of one or more genetic, infectious, nutritional or environmental factor, it is often difficult to identify the exact causes. Some congenital anomalies can be prevented. Vaccination, adequate intake of folic acid or iodine through fortification of staple foods or supplementation, and adequate antenatal care are just three examples of prevention methods.

Source: Seychelles News Agency