Switzerland, Singapore and Finland Take Top Three Spots in the First Global Knowledge Index


Switzerland, Singapore and Finland Take Top Three Spots in the First Global Knowledge Index

PR Newswire

DUBAI, UAE, December 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Results announced at the Knowledge Summit 2017 in Dubai. 
  • Index covers 131 countries in its first edition. 

The Knowledge Project has launched the first Global Knowledge Index, an unprecedented instrument, at the fourth Knowledge Summit, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre on November 21-22, 2017.

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The Index identifies knowledge as an integral part of human life, affecting its social, economic and cultural aspects, as well as an engine for comprehensive and sustainable human development.

The Index’s first edition saw Switzerland take first place with 71.8 points out of 100, closely followed by Singapore (69.5), Finland (68.5), Sweden (68.3), Netherlands (68), the United States (67.2), Luxembourg (66.2), the United Kingdom (65.6), Denmark (65.2) and Norway (64.3).

The Global Knowledge Index is based on a combination of six sectoral indices: pre-university education; technical vocational education and training; higher education; information and communications technology; research, development and innovation; and, finally, economy, in addition to a general sub-index on the general enabling environment. The index is calculated through 133 variables covering various vital sectors in the country, such as enrolment, graduation and drop-out rates in schools; literacy; unemployment; life expectancy at birth; e-government; political stability; regulatory and legal frameworks; patents; private-sector indicators; quality and availability of human resources (students, teachers, professionals and researchers), among other criteria.

Also among the Index’s notable results were the Philippines and Azerbaijan ranking fourth and 11th, respectively, in technical vocational education and training, while the UAE ranked second in economy.

Dr. Hany Torky, Chief Technical Advisor of the Arab Knowledge Project, described the Global Knowledge Index as “a major step” in the comprehensive and sustainable knowledge-based development drive in the UAE. In its first edition, the index includes 131 countries, selected based on the availability of reliable and credible data. The Project aims for the index to become a practical tool that supports decision-makers and stakeholders around the world.

The Knowledge Index was released by the Knowledge Project; it is the result of a collaboration between the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), under the supervision of an advisory committee of international experts, including Ahmed El Sherbini of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU); Anuja Utz of the World Bank; Hugo Hollanders an Economist and Senior Researcher at UNU-MERIT (Maastricht University); Jan Sturesson, Founder of RESTING – Advice from the Future; Laurent Probst, Director, Research and Development Unit, PwC; Leif Edvinsson, Professor of Cognitive Capital, Emeritus, Lund University, Sweden; Milorad Kovacevic, Chief Statistician at UNDP’s HDRO; Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC; Jean-Louis Laville of the Higher Institute of Applied and Economic Sciences; Ali Hadi of the American University in Cairo and Sid Ahmed Soussi of the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Note to editors: 

To view the full results of the index and to learn more about the Knowledge Project, please visit the following link: http://www.knowledge4all.com

SOURCE Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF)

Technica expands its offering of Athermal Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG), now available in standard and mini size formats, with single-ended and double-ended device packaging


FBGs are reliable all-fiber optical components have been used for making accurate and reliable temperature and strain measurements for over two decades. However, when used as optical wavelength references or markers, FBGs need to be packaged into devices that ensure the absence of any strains on the FBG while also passively compensating for temperature fluctuations in the surrounding environment. Technica’s family of T95 Athermal FBGs has now been expanded to include smaller, compact size, mini packaged devices packaged in both single-ended and double-ended configurations. Optical wavelength referencing circuits are widely used in industry and in research and development laboratories. Often used together with other optical components, Athermal FBGs are an enabling technology for sub-picometer level absolute measurement systems.

The T95 is a Wavelength Reference consisting of a Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) encapsulated in a package that contains advanced materials effective at providing passive temperature compensation by matching the coefficient of temperature expansion (CTE) of the FBG’s single mode (SM) fiber. Typically, when changes of temperature occur and the fiber FBG expands, the center wavelength of the FBG shifts as well. In the case of the T95 Athermal Packaged FBG, the compensation material bonded to and surrounding the FBG fiber shrinks proportionally to the expansion of the FBG fiber to yield a passively temperature compensated FBG device. Our precision athermal packaging yields excellent wavelength stability over the customers’ temperature range of interest, typically -10 to +60 Degrees Celsius. Available in a wide range of optical specifications and exhibiting stable operation for highly accurate long-term use. Proprietary and licensed technologies are used to ensure that each sensor has a stable optical core and a matching material composition and outer diameter for device protection that is well fit for the environment in which the device will be used. Inquire with Technica about custom packaging options for integration into customer designs. 

“This new family of Mini Athermal FBGs has proven to perform well as part of new generation wavelength referencing systems embedded in our customers’ test and measurement instruments for use in Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, Nuclear, and Civil Engineering applications. A good alternative to FBGs that need to be placed on a block and be heated or cooled to maintain wavelength stability, the expanding T95 family of passively compensated optical wavelength reference devices is the basis for a growing number of test and measurement instruments configurations to address emerging industry needs” stated Alice Yang, Director of Marketing at Technica. 

The T95 Athermal FBG has been in production for several years and continues to receive excellent customer feedback. Currently installed in various applications with practically no returns since its initial release. Now, the newly expanded family of Athermal FBGs is poised to find applications in an expanding range of designs.

Click here for the new T95 Athermal FBG datasheet to review detailed specifications and options.

Technica is a leading developer, manufacturer, and provider of premium quality Fiber Bragg Grating sensors and FBG array sensors in acrylate, polyimide, gold, steel, GFRP, and PEEK coatings. The company also proudly licenses and produces individual OEM custom packaged filters and sensors. Technica is headquartered in Atlanta, USA, with Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Centers in Singapore and Beijing, China.

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Monster Energy’s Cassie Sharpe Wins Ski Superpipe Finals at the Dew Tour Breckenridge

Breckenridge, Colorado (PRWEB) December 16, 2017

Monster Energy would like to congratulate Cassie Sharpe for earning the win in Superpipe Finals at the Dew Tour on Friday, December 15th in Breckenridge, Colorado. This marks Sharpe’s first Dew Tour win and first major win of the season.

The action got underway bright and early under gorgeous blue skies in the pristine 22′ superpipe. Following Men’s Superpipe Finals, the field of eight women took to the pipe with all the skiers laying it all on the line. As the third qualifying event on the road to the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, every trick needed to be landed perfectly in order to be in podium contention.

After qualifying first on Thursday, Sharpe, 25, was on the top of her game. She put down a big first run score of 88. While this score kept her in podium contention, she took the lead with her second run, which earned a massive 93.66. This was enough to keep her in first throughout the rest of the three-run contest.

Her amplitude, coupled with technical trickery, wowed the judges and catapulted her into the top spot. Her run was one of cleanest and most stylish of the event and showcased the pinnacle of women’s superpipe skiing.

Following the event, the British Columbian native was thrilled with her performance and said, “This is definitely a pretty big boost, it feels so good to go in there and land the hard run I’ve been working on for a long, long time.”

She noted that qualifiers were a hard part of the overall contest and credits her first place finish there as a huge boost to her overall confidence for today’s finals. “Qualifying was definitely tough,” she admitted. “I so was happy to qualify first, that once I got to finals, I felt like I could actually breath again.”

This is a big win for Sharpe who is now one contest closer tor securing a spot on the Canadian Olympic Team.

Sharpe’s Monster Energy teammate Devin Logan also skied solidly in the contest, and earned 4th place for her efforts.

This concludes the ski Superpipe Finals at the Dew Tour, but the action continues with the Team Challenge on Sunday.

Download photos here.

For more on Sharpe and the rest of the Monster Energy ski team visit http://www.monsterenergy.com. Follow Monster Energy on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


About Monster Energy

Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer and distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. See more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at http://www.monsterenergy.com.

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