prnewswire | October 28, 2020
Supported by Morgan Stanley and Bloomberg Media, Columbia Business School today announced a pioneering new online course, The Business of Entertainment. The unique collaboration brings together leaders in the fields of entertainment, media, and finance to provide participants with an unparalleled multi-pronged view of the global entertainment industry, a field that generates more than $703 billion annually. The Business of Entertainment will walk participants through the lifecycle of entertainment products, including development, production, distribution and finance, as well as explore the key decisions and business mechanics of the industry including regulation, M&A, strategy and risk management. The online course will feature appearances from accomplished industry leaders currently working to bring to life some of the world's most dynamic entertainment products, content, and experiences across TV, film, music, live production, and sports.
Microsoft | February 14, 2022
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, a research-intensive public university ranked among the world's top universities, has partnered with Microsoft to fuel innovation and transform the future of education with its cloud-enabled Smart Campus. With a digital-first strategy and the adoption of technologies such as Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams Phone, NTU Singapore is set to accelerate innovation and thrive amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
As of January 2022, NTU has successfully converted over 2,600 fixed phone numbers, to the Microsoft Teams Phone system. With the cloud-based phone system, calls become richer and more collaborative, as NTU employees can make and receive calls on their business number from all their internet-enabled devices, while using the same tool they use to chat and host video meetings. In addition to cost savings for the University, employees remain productive, as they can also seamlessly transfer their calls across multiple devices, including laptops, PCs, tablets and mobile phones.
The cloud-based phone system was adopted in 2019, when NTU rolled out Microsoft 365, which includes Microsoft Teams Phone, enabling hybrid learning and remote work. At the height of the pandemic in the first quarter of 2020, the transformation to Microsoft 365 enabled the University to successfully shift within one week from more than 1,000 in-person lessons weekly to online learning for 30,000 students.
Ms Tan Aik Na, Senior Vice President for Administration at NTU Singapore said, "Innovation has always been core to the University's DNA. This digital transformation in partnership with Microsoft marks a significant milestone in our commitment to embrace a culture of innovation, promote maximum efficiency, foster sustainability and improving the lives of our students and employees through empowered learning and living experiences."
Technology plays a key role in powering the 200-hectare campus, which includes a living lab of digital experiments - from running an autonomous electric bus to testing drones for Singapore's airspace. This forms part of the global university's 2025 vision in equipping its Smart Campus with cloud-first technology and agile infrastructure. As the university adapted to respond, recover and reimagine its future during the pandemic, NTU Singapore partnered with Microsoft to create and sustain an environment that fosters flexibility and innovation on and off-campus.
"Fostering a culture of continuous learning in the education sector for our future is key as we keep pace with global changes that shape our education sector in Singapore. Universities like NTU Singapore are stepping in the right direction as they accelerate their digital learning ambitions, embrace change, transform our education system and ensure the readiness of our future workforce," said Lum Seow Khun, Director, Public Sector Group, Microsoft Singapore.
Embracing trusted technology for quality learning and teaching experiences
Before the onset of the pandemic, the institution marked its first step in cloud enablement, having embraced online collaboration and communications by adopting Microsoft 365. This foresight enabled NTU Singapore to swiftly adapt to changes brought on by the pandemic, and allowed the university to pursue uninterrupted learning and teaching experiences through virtual meetings and online lessons on Teams during the nation-wide lockdown in April 2020.
The institution also recognised the importance of seamless collaboration between the faculty and students as they worked from the safety of their homes. Paving the path toward a future of education where agility is the norm, NTU Singapore's deployment of Microsoft 365 strengthens the University's future-readiness while creating student-centric learning environments.
"We previously deployed Microsoft 365 to enable productivity on an intelligent and secure cloud. As it turned out, Microsoft 365 became indispensable during the COVID-19 circuit breaker season and now serves as the foundation for hybrid learning and teaching experiences that benefit both our faculty and our students."
Alvin Ong, Chief Information Officer at NTU Singapore
Connecting the NTU community – anytime and anywhere
Microsoft Teams Phone, Microsoft's cloud-based phone system add-on for Microsoft 365, which links local landlines to Teams accounts, was another factor that enabled NTU Singapore to adapt quickly to remote teaching and learning experiences. Campus staff had the flexibility to take calls on their Teams-integrated mobile phones with the help of Teams Calling, a modern voice platform built on Microsoft Cloud, allowing them to make and receive phone calls from anywhere – including their desk and video phone, mobile phone, computer, or modern Teams displays.
By eliminating the need for existing physical phone infrastructure, NTU Singapore enjoyed cost savings in equipment, maintenance, and international call costs from cross-border research center projects and the provision of online exams and classes for stranded students overseas.
Aligned with NTU Singapore's 2025 vision to harness the power of digital technology to enhance learning, teaching and research, IT managers also leveraged Microsoft Teams and other integrated tools within the platform to create an asset tracking system for IT asset reviews and pre-emptive checks to be conducted more efficiently. The university is now able to allocate resources toward higher-value tasks and innovation, accelerating the institution's broader mission to be future-ready, agile and resilient.
Facilitating change by empowering users
With varying departments and different ways of working, NTU Singapore needed a flexible solution that could meet diverse needs from campus staff to local and foreign students. To address this, the institution opted for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams Phone as it catered to two extreme types of users.
These include tech-savvy professors who can program software and non-technical administrators who need simple tools, such as email and instant messaging. NTU Singapore also employed flight path planning, a friction-reducing strategy to help users embrace technology that could enhance their campus experiences.
Transforming and shaping the future of education in Singapore
Beyond Microsoft Teams Phone and Microsoft 365, the university plans to roll out its new cloud-based student management system built on Microsoft Azure, amongst other ongoing initiatives to leverage technologies like chatbots and AI. "With a partner like Microsoft, we are confident of achieving our ambitious agenda in our NTU Singapore 2025 vision," said Alvin Ong.
With a successful user-empowered change management program and cloud enablement roadmap in place, the digitally connected university is well-equipped to realise its 2025 vision, leading the way in fueling innovation while shaping the future of education.
About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, established jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).
Ranked amongst the world's top universities by QS, NTU has also been named the world's top young university for the past seven years. The University's main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore's healthcare district.
Under the NTU Smart Campus vision, the University harnesses the power of digital technology and tech-enabled solutions to support better learning and living experiences, the discovery of new knowledge, and the sustainability of resources.
iD Tech | February 28, 2022
Today iD Tech, the world leader in youth STEM education, announces that it is now the exclusive K-12 education partner of Harvard Business Publishing Education, the not-for-profit with a mission to improve the practice of management in a changing world. This partnership provides access to a unique collection of over 55,000 business learning materials including case studies, simulations, and articles designed to grow learners’ business knowledge and professional skills. This marks the first strategic partnership spearheaded by Emeritus, the global leader in making high-quality education accessible and affordable to individuals, companies, and governments around the world, which acquired iD Tech in 2021.
The curriculum, which has been developed by iD Tech, enables students to develop business and entrepreneurship fundamentals in courses like, “Build Your Business: Think It, Make It, Sell It” and “Disruption: Breaking the Rules of Business.” iD Tech and Harvard Business Publishing have committed to funding full-scholarships for at least 10% of students participating in the courses, ensuring underrepresented students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have access to the program.
iD Tech serves as a clear pathway to educational and career success, with 97% of iD Tech students going on to attend a 4-year college. Higher levels of education are generally associated with a greater likelihood of employment, and those with higher levels of education are more likely to be employed in higher paying jobs. With 8 in 10 kids wanting to be their own boss one day, students have even more avenues to future success with the engaging learning material from Harvard Business Publishing.
“Between hybrid learning adjustments and curriculum challenges, parents are turning to supplemental learning options to best position their kids for future success,” says Pete Ingram-Cauchi, CEO of iD Tech. “Like wealth, education should improve with each generation. We are positioned to possibly miss that goal largely due to inequitable access to quality instruction. We are honored to partner with Harvard Business Publishing to ensure our future leaders have an environment to learn, explore, and build on their interests.”
The opportunity gap in college admissions, and ultimately career success, is taking a front seat after a tumultuous year in education. The number of total college applications submitted increased by 22% in 2021. However, just 5% of applicants came from the bottom quintile of neighborhoods [Common App Estimate]. Additional learning methods, such as this iD Tech program, serve to close this gap, and create more ways for all students to have an equal opportunity at fulfilling their dreams.
“As we celebrate the centennial of the case method pioneered by Harvard Business School, Harvard Business Publishing is pleased to partner with iD Tech to bring this learning to a pre-college audience. Our impactful case studies, simulations, Harvard Business Review articles and other learning materials will help these students develop important leadership and entrepreneurship skills that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Ellen Desmarais, Senior Vice President of Higher Education for Harvard Business Publishing.
“This strategic partnership is an impactful way for iD Tech’s incredible expertise in youth education and our existing university partnerships to work together. iD Tech’s partnership with Harvard Business Publishing combines the best of each organization to further build on our mission of providing access to high quality educational content for learners of all ages around the world.”
Ashwin Damera, CEO and co-founder of Emeritus
As one of the first purpose-driven companies out of Silicon Valley, iD Tech believes you cannot dream what you cannot experience. Together with Harvard Business Publishing, iD Tech is bringing an evolution to how students gain access to world-class instruction to ignite their passions.
About iD Tech
iD Tech is the world leader in STEM education where kids and teens learn from the best. With live learning and mentorship from experienced instructors, iD Tech converts real-world interests into lasting STEM careers. Curriculum developed in partnership with professors from top universities and tech entrepreneurs covers topics like coding, 3D modeling, artificial intelligence, robotics, game design, and entrepreneurship. Family-founded 23 years ago, iD Tech is one of the first purpose-driven companies to come out of Silicon Valley, granting life-changing educational experiences to underrepresented communities. In 2021, iD Tech was acquired by Emeritus, the global leader in making high-quality education accessible and affordable to adults, companies, and governments, in order to facilitate a lasting learning pipeline to prepare individuals of all ages to succeed in the workforce.
Emeritus is committed to teaching the skills of the future by making high-quality education accessible and affordable to individuals, companies, and governments around the world. It does this by collaborating with more than 50 top-tier universities across the United States, Europe, Latin America, India and China. Emeritus’ short courses, degree programs, boot camps, and senior executive programs help individuals learn new skills and transform their lives, companies and organizations. Its unique model of state-of-the-art technology, curriculum innovation, and hands-on instruction from senior faculty, mentors and coaches educates more than 100,000 students per year across 80 countries. Founded in 2015, Emeritus, part of the Eruditus Group, has more than 1,000 employees globally and offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, Palo Alto, Mexico City, New York, London, and Dubai. The company has raised over $160 million in capital and is backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Sequoia India, Leeds Illuminate, and Prosus Ventures.
About Harvard Business Publishing
Harvard Business Publishing is a not-for-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvard University, reporting into Harvard Business School. Our mission is to improve the practice of management in a changing world. This mission influences how we approach what we do here and what we believe is important. HBP serves as a bridge between academia and enterprises around the globe through its publications and platforms for content delivery. The company is comprised of three divisions: Higher Education, Corporate Learning, and Harvard Business Review.