Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cover of March 2011

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Table of Contents of March 2011

1. Cover story

NYU and Shanghai partner to create NYU Shanghai

2. Economy outlook

Retail sales continued to display strength with a double-digit growth in HK

3. Financial strategy

Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci resigns

4. Legal spotlight

Taiwan rated No.1 in Asia for promoting women’s rights

5. Point of interest

Will HK Disney benefit from the quake and tsunami?

6. Portrait

Journalist turned politician

7. Remark from editor

Will we sink with Japan or rise with it?

 

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NYU and Shanghai partner to create NYU Shanghai

Martin Lipton, Chair of NYU’s Board of Trustees; John Sexton, President of NYU; and Yu Lizhong, President of East China Normal University — on behalf of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Pudong Special District and ECNU — today announced that they have reached an agreement to create NYU Shanghai, a comprehensive research university with a liberal arts and science college in China’s financial capital, the first American university with independent legal status approved by the Ministry of Education.

For NYU, the creation of NYU Shanghai is another major step in the evolution of NYU as the first global network university — standing with NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi as a degree-granting portal campus.  The global network provides a new architecture for the University, an organic integrated system permitting faculty and students to move easily from within the system to pursue their scholarly interests.  In this regard, the architecture of the University incarnates in the free flow of its community the free flow of ideas that has long characterized the academic disciplines and the advancement of thought.  In addition to the three portal campuses, the network includes a dozen other global academic sites on six continents, including new sites under development in Washington, DC, and Sydney, Australia.  NYU’s global network was recently recognized with the Sen. Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Continue reading

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Retail sales continued to display strength with a double-digit growth in HK

According to the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) of Hong Kong, the value of total retail sales in February 2011, provisionally estimated at $29.2 billion, increased by 8.6% over a year earlier.  After netting out the effect of price changes over the same period, the volume of total retail sales increased by 5.1% in February 2011 when compared with a year earlier.  The relevant components of the Consumer Price Index are used as deflators.

The revised estimate of the value of total retail sales in January 2011, at $37.6 billion, increased by 28.1% over January 2010, while the volume of total retail sales increased by 23.6%. Continue reading

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Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci resigns

Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci has resigned from the company, with immediate effect on March 31 of 2011. Acer Chairman J.T. Wang takes acting role in the interim. The company has commenced with the planning of organizational and operational adjustments for the sustainable future of Acer.

The resignation was approved at a meeting of Acer’s Board of Directors today, and the company has communicated internally with its worldwide employees. Continue reading

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Taiwan rated No.1 in Asia for promoting women’s rights

Taiwan is ranked No. 1 in Asia and the fourth globally for its efforts to promote the rights of women, according to a local survey based on United Nations methodology, officials said March 7.

“In the realm of promoting women’s rights, Taiwan is next only to the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland, and is ranked fourth globally and first in Asia,” Premier Wu Den-yih said at the opening of the National Women’s Conference in Taipei. He attributed the accomplishment to a collective effort by the entire citizenry. Continue reading

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Will HK Disney benefit from the quake and tsunami?

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is in a year-long celebration, code named “Celebration in the Air”, to mark this memorable 5th year milestone with a new era of magic.

Featuring the debut of Flights of Fantasy Parade with the iconic centerpiece of Tinker Bell’s Pixie Dusted Castle, the Guests will enjoy an all-new entertainment experience beyond their imagination. Tinker Bell will have her first appearance in Hong Kong Disneyland. Along with Sorcerer Mickey, the duo will shower the entire resort with pixie dust that magnifies the magic. From everyone’s beloved Disney friends’ in their all-new themed costumes, resort-wide celebration offerings including food and beverage, merchandise assortments and hotel activities, to the finest details of atmospheric deco. A newly created campaign theme song and cast member name tags will complete the vision. The 5,000 cast members are ready to bring to Guests a celebration year like no other. Continue reading

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