China Daily- Zhu Wenqian
“BASF director says the firm is coasting on its long history with China to industrial glory
BASF SE’s association with China goes back all the way to 1885. Over the last 130 years, the Ludwigshafen, Germany-headquartered 150-year-old multinational, which deals mainly in chemicals, plastics, performance products, crop protection products, petrochemicals, nutrition and health products, oil and gas, has made China key to its growth and evolution.
Sanjeev Gandhi, 49, one of BASF’s executive directors, now heads the company’s operations in Greater China and Asia Pacific. A BASF veteran, Gandhi has risen through the ranks over 22 years to reach the Board of Executive Directors.”(more)
China Daily- XINHUA
“BEIJING — China cuts more than 300 billion yuan ($46.15 billion) of taxes in 2015 to boost mass entrepreneurship and innovation, according to official data.
Among this, tax exemptions and breaks on small enterprises reached 100 billion yuan and tax cuts designed to encourage high technology development totaled 140 billion yuan, according to the State Administration of Taxation.”(more)
The Helsinki Times – Jussi Niemeläinen
“IN the future, universities and other higher education institutions must reserve study places for applicants who have not accepted a study place in a degree programme or completed a degree in a Finnish higher education institution.
The obligation is set forth in a proposal presented for parliamentary consideration on 14 November by the Government as part of its structural policy programme.
The objective of the proposal is to increase the share of first-time applicants who receive a study place and, thereby, to expedite the transition of young people from secondary to tertiary education, says Immo Aakkula, a counsellor at the Ministry of Science and Education. Higher education institutions will also be obliged to accept transfer students – that is, students transferring from one institution or degree programme to another – and to grant them credits for their previous studies. Transfer students, in turn, will be obliged to forgo their previous study place upon their transfer to another institution or degree programme.”(more)
OPINION- Alan Duffy
“In science, there is a motto, “publish or perish”, which is a reflection of how we define success – simply the number of papers you publish in high quality journals. If you don’t publish enough, then you will struggle to find research funds.After today, perhaps science has a new one, “innovate or perish”, a motto that could be shared with the nation as a whole.As announced in the Turnbull Government’s innovation statement, the metrics by which researchers will be judged (and ultimately universities funded) are to be broadened to include engagement impact, where research activities will also take into account those efforts to work with industry and ultimately commercialise discoveries.”(more)
ChildUp – Neal Halfon
“Little things — moments of deprivation, lack of attention — that compound over time really count when it comes to child development. And it could be that the causes of rising rates of developmental disabilities and childhood mental health problems are more ordinary, simple and preventable than we think.”(more)