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Boeing donates $5 million to launch European STEM education effort

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Boeing announced a $5 million investment in Newton Europe to launch Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-focused "Newton Rooms" across nine European countries. Pioneered by non-profit organization FIRST Scandinavia, Newton Rooms are themed, state-of-the-art classrooms focused on experiential learning. Boeing's multi-year investment will establish Newton Rooms in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Poland and Sweden. "Newton's proven teaching methods and immersive, hands-on educational environ... Read More »

Lifelong learning for everyone: What we’ve learned from our European social innovation partners

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Despite technology offering more learning options than ever before, we haven’t yet figured out a way that this can truly benefit everyone. Take, for example, the early enthusiasm for bringing university content online to democratize higher education—and the sobering reality that these online courses are overwhelmingly used by people who already have a higher education. We learned from a recent IPPR report that it is vital for digital skills programs to address a diverse audience and provide skills for the future as well as skills for immediate ... Read More »

BMW Group reduces CO2 emissions in Europe again

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“This development clearly shows that our e-mobility strategy is successful. We are adding more electric drives to our vehicle fleet, while also working on fuel-saving technologies for our conventional drives,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. In 2017, the BMW Group sold more than 100,000 electrified vehicles. Last year, the BMW Group accounted for more newly registered electrified vehicles (all-electric + plug-in hybrid) than any other manufacturer in Europe, with a share of 21 percent. In the electrified ve... Read More »

Looking for Europe’s top entrepreneurs: The 2018 Digital Top 50 Awards

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Now in their second year, the awards are organized, once again, under the patronage of Mr. Carlos Moedas, Member of the European Commission, and supported by strategic partners INSEAD, Ashoka and Tech Open Air. Companies with a digital product or service from the EU and from EFTA countries can apply on the Digital Top 50 website until April 1, 2018. All top 50 companies will receive free tickets and showcase space at Tech Open Berlin on June 20-21 2018, where the final winners in each category will be announced. The winner in the Tech for So... Read More »

An invitation you’ll want to accept: updates to G Suite meeting room hardware

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Over the past few years, our team has worked diligently to evolve Google Hangouts, create cost-effective, reliable meeting hardware and reimagine how teams brainstorm. Today at ISE, we’re announcing updates to make these meeting solutions even better for enterprises, including: Expanding Jamboard and Hangouts Meet hardware to new countries Adding AI-powered autodraw to improve your jams Offering more Hangouts Meet hardware options for larger rooms Here's what's new. Jamboard updates: EU expansion and adding AI-powered AutoDraw ... Read More »

Leading European technical colleges adopt Apple’s Everyone Can Code initiative

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Education institutions in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland and Portugal will offer App Development with Swift to prepare their students for future careers in app development. The full-year course was designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach coding and app design to students of all levels and backgrounds. Harlow College in the UK will offer App Development with Swift to its 3,000 students — including adults seeking to r... Read More »

Lufthansa regains place as Europe’s biggest airline from Ryanair

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The Lufthansa group as a whole carried 130 million passengers last year, it said on Wednesday. The equivalent figure from Ryanair was 129 million, meaning Ryanair slips behind Lufthansa after overtaking it in 2016. Lufthansa has grown rapidly, having taken over Brussels Airlines at the end of 2016 and aiming to grow its budget brand Eurowings to become Europe’s third largest point-to-point carrier. The group, which also includes Swiss and Austrian Airlines, has also benefited from the collapse of German rival Air Berlin in the latter part of 20... Read More »

Cars in Europe: diesel’s not dead yet

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France is the European country with the most diesel cars. And yet, it is one of the few countries where diesel has begun to decline. In 2017, more petrol cars were sold than diesel (48% of sales). It’s a big change for the country and a telling sign for the change of the trend across the continent. Diesel car sales had been rising steadily for 30 years In Europe as a whole, 52% of the cars are still fuelled by petrol. Only six of the thirty countries have more diesel cars than petrol. France (70%) and Luxembourg (65%) top the table an... Read More »

Europe’s largest pension fund to drop tobacco and nuclear weapons investments

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Owen Walker YESTERDAY Europe’s biggest pension fund, ABP of the Netherlands, plans to ax tobacco and nuclear weapons from its investment portfolio. The €405bn scheme joins a growing list of institutional investors in shunning stocks they deem harmful to the environment and to human health. The industry-wide fund, which manages money on behalf of 2.9m members, said on Thursday it will sell €3.3bn of tobacco and nuclear arms industry holdings in the next year. “Investments in tobacco and nuclear weapons have been a dilemma for us for quite some t... Read More »

Here’s how Europe’s storm names are chosen—and you can pick one, too

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Storm Eleanor has wrought havoc in Europe. Its intense flooding, gales and strong winds which swept Ireland, the UK, France and Spain this week has left hundreds of thousands without power, and at least four people dead in separate incidents. Before Eleanor, there was Dylan, Cermen, Herwart, Ophelia, Aileen and many more, but it is only by naming these storms that we can identify them internationally. Who names our storms? Storm names have been named in Europe for centuries. A powerful storm labelled ‘Ulysses’ reportedly swept Ireland in 1903... Read More »

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