AACSB Recognizes 26 Business Schools Leading Boldly

Ninth annual member spotlight program features business schools innovating to create unique value for learners, businesses, and society

Innovations that Inspire 2024

Innovations that Inspire 2024

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, AACSB International (AACSB)—the world’s largest business education alliance—announces 26 business schools highlighted in its Innovations That Inspire member spotlight program.

This annual program recognizes institutions from around the world that serve as champions of change in business education. In 2024, the highlights feature unique ways that business schools are leveraging innovation to drive new value for the communities they serve.

These schools are leading boldly to enable equitable access, empower problem-solvers, design timely curricula and credentials, deploy adaptive learning methods, create new knowledge, and develop societal impact leaders. Examples include:

  • Carbon Emissions Accounting Guidelines for Maritime Transport Enterprises, Jinan University: Developed by researchers at the School of Management’s affiliated Key Laboratory of Human-Nature Life Community, the guidelines provide maritime transportation enterprises with standardized methods for carbon emissions accounting to help address China’s carbon-neutrality goals.
  • Promoting Societal Impacts through Data Insights and Collaboration, The University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Business: Data-driven approaches, multisector engagement, and hands-on learning drive an innovative, federally funded initiative to develop a comprehensive data center focused on using open intelligence to address the opioid crisis.
  • Sustainability Transition in International Business (ST101), Grenoble Ecole de Management: ST101 is a pioneering, cross-disciplinary course that blends a virtual learning path with a real-life company scenario, pedagogical exercises, and in-class discussions to learn about, co-create, and critically reflect on innovations for sustainable business models.
  • XLab: Designing Digital Innovation Products and Solutions, Case Western University, Weatherhead School of Management: Working with a team that includes multidisciplinary students, faculty, and other university centers, xLab develops ethically responsible technology prototypes, services, and business models in collaboration with company partners.

“In a world facing social, economic, and technological challenges, business schools are innovating to develop powerful solutions. The 2024 Innovations That Inspire selections exemplify the unique ways that business schools create value and impact for their stakeholders,” said Lily Bi, AACSB president and CEO. “Through their bold leadership and innovation, these schools are contributing to a better world, demonstrating the important role they play in our society.”

Now in its ninth year, the Innovations That Inspire initiative has highlighted 240 business school efforts that exemplify forward-looking approaches to education, research, community engagement, entrepreneurship, leadership, and diversity and inclusion.

More insights and examples are available at aacsb.edu/innovations-that-inspire.

About AACSB International

Established in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, learners, and business to create the next generation of great leaders. With a presence in more than 100 countries and territories, AACSB fosters engagement, accelerates innovation, and amplifies impact in business education. Learn how AACSB and business schools from around the world are leading boldly in business education at aacsb.edu.

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McLaren Racing announces Optimum Nutrition as Official Sports Nutrition Partner of McLaren Formula 1 Team

Optimum Nutrition x McLaren Formula 1

McLaren Racing today announced Optimum Nutrition, the world’s number one sports nutrition brand, as Official Sports Nutrition Partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team for the 2024 season and beyond.

LONDON, Feb. 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McLaren Racing today announced Optimum Nutrition, the world’s number one sports nutrition brand, as Official Sports Nutrition Partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team for the 2024 season and beyond.

With a key focus on the McLaren F1 Team drivers and pit crew, the partnership unites two brands with high human performance at their core, constantly striving for better. Optimum Nutrition will support the team’s performance, health and wellbeing with science-led sports nutrition products driven by innovation, ensuring the team can unlock its potential throughout the 2024 season.

Building on the team’s accomplishments in the 2023 season – including breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest ever pit stop, with a 1.80-second stop at the Qatar Grand Prix, Optimum Nutrition will support the McLaren team to help everyone stay at the top of their game.

Optimum Nutrition branding will feature on the pit crew overalls and set-up kit, and the driver overalls of McLaren Formula 1 Drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri.

Matt Dennington, Executive Director, Partnerships & Accelerator, McLaren Racing, said:

“It is great to welcome Optimum Nutrition to the team. We operate in a high performance environment and our people are our most important asset, so it’s fantastic that Optimum Nutrition will support our continuous push for improvement and excellence across everything we do.”

Colin Westcott-Pitt, Global Chief Brand Officer, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, said:

“We’re delighted that Optimum Nutrition, which has been trusted by all types of athletes across many sports for 35 years, has joined McLaren Racing as Official Sports Nutrition Partner. Both McLaren and Optimum Nutrition are dedicated to peak human performance and excellence so we are thrilled to be working together during the forthcoming F1 season.”


For further information, please contact:

  • Fran Campbell, Communications Executive, McLaren Racing

fran.campbell@mclaren.com / +44 (0) 7442 692 253

  • Daniel Funston, Account Director (Sport), The PHA Group / Optimum Nutrition

optimumnutrition@thephagroup.com / +44 (0) 7864 506 541

About McLaren Racing

McLaren Racing was founded by racing driver Bruce McLaren in 1963. The team entered its first Formula 1 race in 1966. McLaren has since won 20 Formula 1 world championships, 183 Formula 1 grands prix, the Indianapolis 500 three times, and the Le Mans 24 Hours at its first attempt.

McLaren Racing competes across five racing series. The team competes in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship with McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Arrow McLaren drivers Pato O’Ward, Alexander Rossi and David Malukas, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with NEOM McLaren Formula E Team drivers Jake Hughes and Sam Bird, and the Extreme E Championship as the NEOM McLaren Extreme E Team. The team also competes in the F1 Sim Racing Championship as McLaren Shadow, having won the 2022 Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships.

McLaren is a champion for sustainability in the sport and a signatory to the UN Sports for Climate Action Commitment. It is committed to achieving net zero by 2040 and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture in the motorsport industry.

McLaren Racing – Official Website

About Optimum Nutrition

Part of Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN), Optimum Nutrition is the world’s #1 sports nutrition brand*, producing a wide variety of high-quality nutritional food supplements and beverages to support an active and healthy lifestyle, including protein powders, energy products and ready-to-eat protein bars. For over 35 years, Optimum Nutrition has set the standard for trusted products and proudly produces Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey™, which is the most trusted and reviewed protein powder in the world. Optimum Nutrition products are sold in 90 plus countries around the world. For more information, visit https://www.optimumnutrition.com/en-us and follow the brand on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

*Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Consumer Health 2024 edition, Sports Nutrition category, % retail value share, 2023 data.

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Qatar Airways and gategroup launch new partnership to Elevate Inflight Dining

gategroup signs agreement with Qatar Air 1

Chief Executive Officer of gategroup Mr. Christoph Schmitz and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer signing the agreement.

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Qatar Airways and gategroup launch new partnership to elevate inflight dining

The airline with gategroup on board will set a new benchmark in inflight dining experience, quality, sustainability and healthy eating

GLATTBRUG, Switzerland. February 12, 2024: Qatar Airways and gategroup today announced a new catering partnership to elevate inflight dining, structured through a Business Management Agreement that will see collaboration on passenger dining experiences, sourcing and procurement, healthy eating, as well as sustainability. Qatar Airways’ commitment to global aviation excellence will be reinforced by gategroup’s expertise in menu design, culinary concepts and operational excellence.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said: “This partnership with gategroup will amplify the Qatar Airways brand by delivering refined culinary experiences for our guests, inflight and on the ground in our world class lounges at Hamad International Airport. gategroup brings an exciting new beginning to an already world class standard of catering by Qatar Airways. Collectively our innovation and operational excellence will set a new standard for Inflight dining.”


gategroup signs agreement with Qatar Air 2

Chief Executive Officer of gategroup Mr. Christoph Schmitz and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer after signing the agreement.

Chief Executive Officer of gategroup Mr Christoph Schmitz said: “We are genuinely honored to walk this path alongside Qatar Airways. It is a journey of discovery, growth, and immense potential, and we firmly believe in the transformative power of collaboration, where two companies come together with shared visions and values to craft something truly outstanding.”

gategroup’s culinary team – that will be based in Doha – will contribute to the development of a dedicated culinary studio for Qatar Airways, that facilitates innovation, co-creation and efficient menu design. The new culinary creations will focus on high quality ingredients, health and nutrition, incorporating local produce with a view to sustainable sourcing, authenticity and supporting local businesses.

gategroup signs agreement with Qatar Air 3

(L-R) Chief Executive Officer of gategroup Mr. Christoph Schmitz, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, and gategroup Chief Commercial Officer and President LATAM & APAC Federico Germani signing the agreement.

The elevation of culinary quality will be underpinned by robust processes around menu development, efficiency in production and systematic monitoring of food quality, taste and appearance. Through this collaboration, we will explore additional revenue streams and optimize operational and commercial efficiencies.

This partnership conveys an exciting blend of culinary creativity and best in-class operations that will mark the next era of Qatar Airways inflight offering. New innovative concepts for the world’s 5-star airline.

About gategroup
gategroup is the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. gategroup provides passengers with superior culinary and retail experiences, leveraging innovation and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, gategroup delivers operational excellence through the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving passengers from over 200 operating units in over 60 countries/territories across all continents. For further information, please visit www.gategroup.com.

About Qatar Airways
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the tenth time at the 2023 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home, Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining at the prestigious awards held during the 2023 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways is an unprecedented seven-time winner of the “World’s Best Airline” voted by Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022).

Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the ‘World’s Best Airport’ in 2021 and 2022 consecutively. This year, Hamad International Airport has been ranked by Skytrax as the second-best airport in the world, and received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for the ninth time in a row, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’.


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SPC press secretary condemns German company “Contabo” closing Ansarullah website under false pretexts

Press Secretary of the President of the Supreme Political Council Sabri al-Darwani has condemned in the strongest terms the German company ‘Contabo’ closing Ansarullah website on the digital space without justification and under false pretexts.

In a statement to Saba, al-Darwani said such measure a violation of the right to freedom of expression and opinion, which is mandated by international law, and clearly reveals the falsity of the West’s claims to respect freedoms.

He pointed out that this wrong and condemnable measure is further confirmation of the West’s ongoing attempts to silence voices and suppress freedoms with the aim of misleading, concealing facts, and serving and sponsoring the false Zionist narrative about the crimes they are committing against the oppressed Palestinian people.

He pointed out that the closure is evidence of the effectiveness of the free Yemeni media and an additional motivation for all free media institutions to redouble their efforts in working to expose the Zionist and Am
erican crimes against the Palestinian people and the peoples of the world.

Al-Darwani called on media institutions in Yemen and in the resistance axis to go to create local websites as a precautionary and alternative step so as to face the digital execution policy and technical restrictions imposed by the West and America under false headlines and justifications

Source: Yemen News Agency

UAE’s ATRC launches global tech R&D platform at WGS 2024, allocates US$200 m fund to accelerate innovation for developing nations

DUBAI: In a landmark announcement on Day 1 of the World Governments Summit (WGS) 2024, Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) unveiled a pioneering initiative to facilitate global access to cutting-edge technology solutions. The newly launched ‘ATRC Global Tech R and D Platform’ serves as a channel for countries worldwide to tap into the UAE’s technological expertise to address their unique challenges.

As the driving force behind Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE’s advanced research and development (R and D) ecosystem, this initiative underscores ATRC’s commitment to fostering inclusive growth and global prosperity. In an era of rapid technological transformation, the platform seeks to bridge technology gaps between the developed and the developing world by offering tailored solutions to today’s most pressing needs.

To initiate applications through the platform, ATRC is allocating US$200 million in funding to accelerate innovation, particularly for emerging and developing nations. By committing t
o absorb resource and research costs, the funding facilitates the development of sophisticated technology solutions, empowering nations to keep pace with their evolving social and economic needs.

The ATRC Global Tech R and D Platform invites applications from governments, organisations, and eligible stakeholders all over the world, prioritizing collaboration, and inclusivity. Through a rigorous evaluation process, initiatives aligned with the platform’s mission will receive support in six priority sectors: Aerospace and Space; Food and Agriculture; Healthcare; Safety and Security; Sustainability, Environment, and Energy; and Transport.

Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary General of ATRC, underscored the profound global impact of the initiative, stating: “Our commitment is to empower every nation with the means to thrive in this technology-driven world. ATRC stands ready to partner with countries worldwide, leveraging our expertise in technology to address their challenges and drive collective progress in the AI-dri
ven era.”

Over the span of almost four years, ATRC has developed a robust R and D ecosystem, with over 850 researchers from more than 70 countries. It has built an entire ecosystem that systematically supports every critical stage of a technology’s development journey. Its entity ASPIRE crowdsources global talent through grand challenges and global competitions and identifies technology gaps with its clients. The Technology Innovation Institute (TII) is focused on applied research with intentional outcomes and houses its leading researchers and scientists, while VentureOne commercializes its solutions, taking R and D products and services from lab to market.

ATRC offers a spectrum of capabilities spanning quantum and AI, autonomous robotics, and cryptography, as well as advanced materials, propulsion, and space – guiding technology needs from ideation to innovation.

From identifying an entity’s tech pain point to developing bespoke R and D solutions, ATRC orchestrates the complete lifecycle of technology a
dvancement for companies and countries that need support. Situated at the global crossroads, it extends its reach to entities worldwide, facilitating innovation on a truly global scale.

Al Bannai is set to address a plenary session at the World Governments Summit, highlighting his views on AI’s evolution and emerging opportunities.

Dr. Ray O. Johnson, CEO of ATRC’s global applied research arm, TII, expressed optimism about the fund’s potential to catalyze innovation, and said: ‘Through this platform, we will help identify untapped innovation around the world, unleashing the power of transformative technologies, and sparking economic growth.’

ATRC is calling on nations to collaborate and contribute to the global technological landscape. For further details on the ATRC Tech R and D Fund, applicants can contact the Council via ASPIRE, at aspireuae.ae.

‘We’re here to identify technology gaps and facilitate sophisticated solutions that countries may need to explore for a resilient future’, said Stephane Timpan

In a similar stance to support the wider adoption of advanced technologies, last year, the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) was among the first to open-source its world ranking large language model, Falcon 40B under the Apache 2.0 license – royalty-free

Source: Emirates News Agency

France showcases its experiences in renewable energy, AI during WGS 2024

PARIS: France is actively participating in the World Governments Summit (WGS) 2024, which kicked off earlier today in Dubai, bringing together officials, decision-makers, thought leaders, and experts in various fields, including trade, industry, investment, and economics.

During the summit’s dynamic discussions, France aims to spotlight its diverse experiences across different sectors, leveraging the event as a global platform for sharing insights. The focus is on unveiling economic policies geared towards fortifying the private sector. This includes highlighting its incentives, regulatory frameworks, and promising opportunities to attract investments and spur entrepreneurial endeavours across different regions of the country.

Key themes highlighted by France encompass ambitious targets, such as doubling renewable energy production by 2035 and achieving carbon neutrality in solar and wind energy by 2050.

The French government is conducting auctions for solar, wind, and hydroelectric projects to increase re
newable electricity production to between 140 and 175 gigawatts by 2035, compared to 63.5 gigawatts last year. Additionally, France seeks to increase the use of biogas, synthetic fuel, and hydrogen.

France also plans to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations and renovate homes to make them more energy-efficient. France produces significant amounts of renewable energy, totalling 50.5 gigawatts, ranking third among EU member states after Germany and Italy.

During the summit’s discussions on artificial intelligence (AI), France is presenting its experiences in this field as a European leader in innovating AI models, with the government supporting both public and private sector entities to foster innovation and regulate the sector.

Additionally, Paris aims to establish a global framework on AI, hoping to achieve this through the Group of Seven (G7) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), whose Secretary-General participates in the World Government Summit in Dub

Source: Emirates News Agency