CGCs: World Skills

Oct 19, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Now that sounds pretty Global—"World Skills." In fact Wordskills International is a global event that dates back to 1950, when it was first held in Madrid, Spain. It is a suitable event to bring together participants from global (and other) cities worldwide; almost 60 WorldSkills Member countries and regions typically enter teams to compete. WorldSkills promotes vocational skills through its membership, which represents two-thirds of the world’s population.

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The event is held every two years, and has been dubbed the "World Skill Olympics," as it displays world-class levels of vocational skills in various fields. It is topical to cover it here as the 2017 edition (the 44th) recently got underway this month in Abu Dhabi.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

Analyzing and Exploring the Global Cities: Unpacking a City Through a Course

Oct 10, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth introduces us to a course she's taking at CAPA and how her class went on a walk through the city of Dublin.

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I walked into my classroom at 10 a.m. this morning; except instead of a traditional room filled with tables and a whiteboard, my class met at a coffee shop in the center of Dublin. This semester I have the pleasure of taking CAPA’s ‘Global Cities’ course which allows the students to gain perspective and experience from the city of Dublin. The desks have been replaced with maps of the city allowing the students to indulge in the culture around them.

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‘Analyzing and Exploring the Global Cities’ is a course offered by CAPA that provides students with the opportunity to learn about the history of their study abroad city and culture.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Academics Abroad, Global Cities

CGCs: The Sharing Economy in Global Cities

Sep 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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A key aspect of Globalization is the ability to find the same products and services that we value at home in cities overseas. It is clear that such Global products and services have grown in presence whether we are thinking of the iconic iPhone or Starbucks Coffee or uber-style taxi booking. Yet they are not totally seamlessly usable in different countries.

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For example the iPhone that I wrote this article on in Shanghai is connected by ChinaUnicom to a China Apple Store where quite a few of the kind of apps I have readily installed in the USA or the UK are simply not available - indeed Apple have been in the news recently for removing a chunk of them at the request of the Chinese authorities.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

CGCs: The Economics of Living in Global Cities

Jul 20, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Global cities are usually not cheap places to live in, but it depends on where you are. Annual surveys of the comparative costs are undertaken by various consultancies to help Human Resources directors determine fair compensation packages for staff serving abroad for a period - to set the appropriate expat salaries. As I will explain further below, these surveys are not a perfect guide for comparing the costs faced by locals and long term expats in different cities but provide a useful first entry comparison and are often similar to costs faced by tourist visitors. 

This year's Economist Intelligence Unit survey of costs of living in global cities provides a wealth of information - The survey compares the prices of 160 goods and services in 133 cities around the world and, to re-emphasize, is primarily used by human resources managers to calculate compensation packages for overseas postings. 

Which global city is the most expensive? It is not in the top three global cities ranked by the A. T. Kearny Global Cities Index - London, New York, Paris - it is Asia's Singapore. This nation state has retained its title as the world’s most expensive city for a fourth consecutive year. The survey found that Singapore was 20% more expensive than  New York and 5% pricier than Hong Kong, which lies in second place.

A sustained recovery in the strength of the Japanese yen has led to rising costs in Osaka and Tokyo. Asia now hosts five out of the six most expensive cities in the world.

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Photo: Hong Kong by Colin Speakman 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

Exploring Space: Names and Monuments

May 26, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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Last month I talked about how we negotiate airports. I tried to describe what we can perceive in the transnational staging posts of airports. I wanted to illustrate what even an elderly, myopic traveller can learn through observation. However minimal my insights, that exercise represented something that is critical in education abroad: seeking to understand unfamiliar environments in ways that teach us what these places have to say to us and how they can impact upon our own sense of being an effective actor, or otherwise, within the spaces we inhabit.

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Photo: public domain

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Posted in: International Education, Global Cities

Global Cities Class Trip to Palacio Borolo

May 18, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah takes a trip to Palacio Borolo, a building designed after Dante's Divine Comedy.

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Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Buenos Aires Program

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Global Cities

CGCs: Commuting in Global Cities

May 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Not all cities in the Global Cities Index (GCI) are mega cities of 10 million plus but quite a few are - I live in one of the largest mega cities, Shanghai, at approaching 25 million and I prepared for it by living in Beijing at a bit over 22 million - I think my second home of London at a mere 8.7 million was a good preparation too. 

When I lived in London it felt like a 10 million population city and it is projected to reach that level in the next decade - yet in some ways it is close to being there already in the working day.

This is because the users of a mega city's services in the day time and early evening are not just those recorded as its residents but the vast numbers who work there in the week but officially live elsewhere - they are the long distance commuters - mainly by trains, intercity buses and cars with metro (subway) lines and local buses, and even shared bikes, joining in once these folks reach the city boundaries. 

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Photo: taxis and buses rule in downtown Shanghai by Colin Speakman 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

Connecting Global Cities: Billionaires and Les Miserables

Apr 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Global cities (and the countries they are located in) appear in various surveys each year. I regularly refer to them here. Last month saw two updates released – the 2017 Hurun Global Rich List (and where the wealthiest people live) and the Bloomberg 2017 “economic misery” list, which it is not good to be at the top of.

Money is not the most important thing to value in life – good health is more important, so there are several surveys of the most liveable cities, which I last covered in September 2016.

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Photo: High End hotel in Beijing's Sanlitun by Colin Speakman 

However, there seems to be a fascination about where rich people live and in fact it appears that many choose to live in global cities where they can enjoy all the things that money can buy. I recall an old movie, “The VIPs” where a millionaire was able to write a friend a blank cheque. Nowadays being a millionaire does not get one far into the Rich List. Anyone living in London or New York with a good-sized home and the mortgage paid off is likely to have net assets worth over a million US Dollars. We have to talk about multi-millionaires at least, and for the top end of the Rich List we need US Dollar billionaires. There are 2,257 billionaires in the world, an increase of 69 in the last year, according to Hurun research.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

Asia's Global Cities

Mar 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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This is the third in a series about how globalization is under threat from the west while Asian countries have become the leading advocates for globalization.

Since globalization is spurred on through the connections between global cities, this trend is seen in the rise of Asian mega cities in the Global Cities Index (GCI). See my column on the background to this index first compiled every two years since 2008 by A.T. Kearny consultants. 

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It is not easy to get into this list which now is published every year and contains 125 recognized global cities. Here are the considerations that arise:

"The A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index (GCI) ranks 125 cities according to 27 metrics across five dimensions, including business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement."

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Posted in: Global Cities

Connecting Global Cities: Is it Asia's Century?

Feb 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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This is a follow-up to last month's column on the challenges facing globalization in 2017. In the month since, we have seen more evidence of a kicking back, but it continues to emanate from western countries.

The new US administration has been in the forefront with plans to revise NAFTA, the formal withdrawal from negotiations to join the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and warnings to multinational companies about investment abroad. The challenges have been evident in Europe, not just the now familiar Brexit, but political change in other countries with the leading candidates for the upcoming elections in France calling for more nationalist policies and even a referendum on EU membership. 

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Photo: Asia Rising - The Shanghai Tower by Colin Speakman

Yet come to Asia and you see a very different picture. That same TPP is still supported by the members that were invited to join from Asia. The ASEAN group of South East countries is deepening trade ties and is linked with China through CAFTA (The China ASEAN Free Trade Agreement). Perhaps even more significantly, the China-led "One Belt-One-Road" initiative, will spur trade and investment from China right through Asia to the borders with Europe - a 21st Century version of the old Silk Road. 

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