Limkokwing University: eradicating poverty through tertiary education

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Dr. Jayles Yeoh was convinced that without backing education his country wouldn’t get ahead. This idea led him to come up with a plan which he shared with several government leaders.

And his plan went into action. His proposal was so convincing that he was invited to set up campuses based on his program in Africa, Asia and Europe.

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IOEC and Iran’s Black Gold

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Iran’s international relations and trade is heavily centered around two products: oil and gas. Its natural resources have kept the Middle East country in a dispute with its largest buyers, the U.S. and Europe.

The  Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC) is at the middle of this discord. It is the Iranian leader oil and gas contractor. Given that Iran boasts the fourth largest oil reserves in the world, IOEC has a role of global significance.

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The difference between people who enjoy their jobs and those who don’t

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David Zax over at Fast Company wrote a piece this week about “job crafters”. These are people who, despite being stuck in a job that lacks stimulation, find a way to give value to their work and actually enjoy it. The piece follows the findings of Yale professor Amy Wrzesniewski, who interviewed countless cleaners at hospitals throughout the country.

When I think of career options and cleaners, I generally (and possibly very inaccurately) consider them to be people who don’t see many other options in terms of choosing their work. In Wrzesniewski’s interviews, many people reflected this idea. They were there for the benefits and they did not particularly enjoy it.

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What can a construction company like Group Five do for the environment?

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Currently, between 40 and 50 percent of global energy resources are used in the construction, maintenance and operation of buildings.

I propose that we turn off that light that we are not using and read about how the construction industry has organized itself to improve its impact on the ecosystem.

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Microsoft starts Crowdfunding Initiative for Student PCs

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Over the last year or so, crowdfunding has taken off. It started with websites like kickstarter.com – where creative projects are pitched to the public, who in turn is able to help fund part of the venture.

The concept has spread to other arenas, such as micro-financing through kiva.org, or fundraising community projects through the likes of givealittle.co.nz. It can even be used to fund a wedding on crowdtilt.com, or just about anything else, for that matter.

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