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ESI International Aligns Project Management Course Curriculum with Industry Standards and Best Practices

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New curriculum offers more global content for easy adoption across regions, and provides relevance and flexibility to suit business needs in a globalised world

SINGAPORE, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ESI International, the world’s leading project management training company, today announced the alignment of its project management course curriculum with international industry standards and best practices, with aims to providing project managers and organisations with the relevance and flexibility they will need to succeed in a globalised economy.

ESI International undertook a comprehensive review of its curriculum and has made changes to its courses and aligned them with a broader set of standards and global best practices, instead of a single body of knowledge. These include standards and best practices from the Project Management Institute (PMI), Association for Project Management (APM), International Project Management Association (IPMA) and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Backed by ESI’s 30 years of research and documentation of well-defined project management methodologies, the new approach will enable its project management courses to be more inclusive and appeal to a broader global audience.

The new set of courses will provide customers with more globally relevant content and flexibility for customisation to specific project management methodologies, strategic initiatives and business goals. Through a more global and robust course content set, ESI will be able to respond better to customers’ changing business needs and diverse global operations by offering credible project management standards that are applicable across different regions.

Furthermore, by aligning the course content with global practices and not tying to any one specific standard, ESI’s courses will become less prescriptive and more facilitative. This advantage will enable training instructors to better tailor course deliverables to specific needs of the audience, facilitate discussions on the various credentials available to students, and encourage peer-to-peer learning.

“Our new approach to the course updates is the result of a thorough analysis of qualitative feedback, quantitative data and industry research,” said Raed S. Haddad, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, ESI International. “We are excited about the positive impact this approach will have on our trusted partners and customers. Through launching the new set of course curriculum, we are taking a step further in our commitment to support customers in solving issues and maximising the opportunity for return on investment.”

About ESI International
ESI, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE:INF), helps people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative learning. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programmes through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Va., USA. To date, ESI’s programmes have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide.

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Source: ESI International

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July 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

New Online Design Centre from RS Components Supports Collaboration in Open Source Design

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Open Source Design Centre provides reliable information and connection point for engineers designing with open source hardware

SINGAPORE, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced the launch of its ‘Open Source Design Centre’, a comprehensive free guide to open source electronics design hosted on, the company’s online resource for electronics design engineers.

The Open Source Design Centre brings together all of the elements involved in open source design in a single, easy-to-access reference point. It provides reliable information on matters ranging from open source licensing guidelines to advice on hardware and software management. Its aim is to educate engineers in open source design, and to aid and encourage their active participation in open source design projects.

RS Components has developed the Open Source Design Centre in cooperation with Andrew Back, a leading industry expert in open source hardware and founding member of the Open Source Hardware User Group(OSHUG), the UK’s leading open source hardware group established in 2010.

“While open source hardware has until recently been at the low end of the electronics design spectrum, it is steadily increasing in interest as the opportunities for industry, education and experimentation become apparent,” commented Back. “By working with RS Components, we are tapping into a vast global base of engineers on, many of whom will be the key players in taking forward open source hardware into mainstream electronics design.”

“The growing popularity of open source hardware design has become self-evident over the past twelve months with the release of new versions of low-cost development boards such as Arduino and BeagleBone, and the launch of Raspberry Pi has created extraordinary demand around the world,” said David Tarrant, Head of Community Development at RS Components. “RS Components is a trusted source of information on new designs and new technologies for engineers. Our new Open Source Design Centre brings together essential information our users can rely on to support them throughout the research, development and design cycle.”

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.

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Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin

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Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
T: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations
Crystal Goh
Senior Client Executive
T: +65-6347-2314

Source: RS Components

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July 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

UBM Asia and Indonesia Furniture Association Launch Indonesia International Furniture Exposition 2014

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Asia’s leading trade exhibition organiser further expands B2B furniture business opportunities in the Southeast Asian region with local association
JAKARTA, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — UBM Asia Ltd. in conjunction with the Indonesia Furniture Association (AMKRI) set to launch the Indonesian International Furniture Exposition (IFEX) to be held from 11-14 March 2014 at the Jakarta International Expo (JI Expo) and 12-15 March 2014 at Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC). The announcement was made at a press conference held on 5 July at the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia with representatives Christopher Eve, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia Ltd.; Mr. Soenoto, Chairman of AMKRI; Mr Benny Wahyudi, Director General of Agro Industry – Ministry of Industry; and Mr. Gusmardi Bustami, Director General for National Export Development – Ministry of Trade presiding.

From left: Mr Soenoto, Chairman of AMKRI; Mr Gusmardi Bustami, Director General of National Export Development, Ministry of Trade; Mr. Benny Wahyudi, Director General of Agro Industry, Ministry of Industry and Mr Christopher Eve, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia Ltd.

Mr Christopher Eve, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia and Mr Soenoto, Chairman of AMKRI announced the launch of IFEX

According to Mr. Soenoto, the exhibition is expected to host 500 furniture manufacturers and 5,000 furniture buyers worldwide. Supported by the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia, IFEX will showcase furniture made of various materials with a focus on hardwoods as well as furniture produced from rattan, bamboo, and even mango tree timber. The Indonesia furniture export industry is worth US$1.7 billion following behind China’s US$45 billion and Vietnam’s US$4 billion market. Mr. Bustami also expressed at the press conference that Indonesia’s furniture export is expected to nearly triple to US$5 billion within five years.
“Indonesia has a vast furniture industry and it is ready to further expand its already substantial export potential,” said Christopher Eve, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia. “Indonesia’s strengths lay in its manufacturers’ high level of craftsmanship, manufacturing capacity and traditional as well as modern designs. In addition, Indonesia has ample supplies of raw materials, from sustainably sourced woods to rattan, bamboo and fabrics. We are proud to partner with the AMKRI, Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Industry to create higher business platforms, opportunities and visibility to the Indonesian furniture industry.”
Vis-a-vis the ASEAN Economic Community set for 2015 (AEC 2015), the launch of IFEX alongside recent exhibition launches in burgeoning economies as such as Myanmar demonstrates UBM Asia’s strategy to further invest in the ASEAN region. Currently, UBM has the most extensive trade exhibition network in Southeast Asia with over 50 events spanning eight ASEAN cities.
UBM Asia is Asia’s leading trade exhibition organiser and the largest commercial organiser in Mainland China, Malaysia, and India. A long time organiser of B2B furniture exhibitions, UBM Asia organises some of Asia’s and the world’s largest and prestigious professional furniture fairs including Furniture China, the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF), and the Index Fairs in India. Last month, UBM Asia and RESTEC announced the launch of FIDexpo, an international B2B furniture fair, to take place from 12-15 May 2014 at the All Russian Exhibition Centre (VVC) Pavilion 75, in Moscow, Russia.
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Notes to Editors
1. About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 29 offices and over 1,200 staff.
With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.
UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.
2. About UBM plc (
UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content. Our 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
For more information, go to; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news.
For press enquiries, please contact:
Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications, UBM Asia
Tel: +852-2516-1691
Fax: +852-3749-7342
Vicky Cheung, Senior Corporate Marketing & Communications Executive, UBM Asia
Tel: +852-2516-1679
Fax: +852-3749-7342
Source: UBM Asia

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July 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

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GenScript’s Rush Gene Services Help Novavax Expedite 28-day Development of H7N9 Vaccine

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — GenScript, the world’s largest provider of synthetic genes, has aided a leading biopharmaceutical company, Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX), in developing an avian influenza A/H7N9 vaccine candidate, by synthesizing three constructs containing genes that encode for key vaccine proteins in just 6 business days. On May 10, 2013, Novavax announced that its vaccine candidate was developed and entered into pre-clinical trials in only 28 days, less than 6 weeks after initial reports of H7N9 infections on April 1.

The manufacture of the constructs used in Novavax’s H7N9 vaccine candidate was powered by GenScript’s Rush Gene Service, which synthesizes gene sequences in as few as 4 days. GenScript also offers free gene sequence optimization, which is advantageous for the production of vaccines and protein-based biologics. Normally, it takes researchers using traditional laboratory methods two weeks or more to assemble constructs like those used to produce an H7N9 vaccine. However, as demonstrated by the rapid development of Novavax’ vaccine candidate, the combination of gene optimization, rush gene synthesis and custom cloning, facilitated by GenScript’s one-stop service platform, can drastically reduce assembly time, accelerating research and development.

“Our mission is to save lives by helping scientists accelerate their research. In this case, our Rush Gene Services are the perfect example of our commitment to our mission,” said GenScript CEO Frank Zhang, Ph.D. “The progress made by scientists at Novavax on its H7N9 vaccine candidate in such a short time is the reason why we are dedicated to providing high-quality services on a daily basis.”

About GenScript

Founded in 2002, GenScript is a leading biology CRO specializing in customized biology research services including gene and peptide synthesis, protein expression, antibody generation and drug discovery/development. GenScript is headquartered in Piscataway, NJ, has subsidiaries in Europe, Japan, and China, and has over 1,300 employees, who are dedicated to providing biology research services to 86 countries worldwide. Learn more at

About Novavax

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company creating vaccines to address a broad range of infectious diseases worldwide. Using innovative recombinant nanoparticle technology, and efficient manufacturing approaches, Novavax produces vaccine candidates to combat diseases, with the goal of allowing countries to better prepare for and respond to rapidly spreading infections. Learn more

Source: GenScript USA Inc.

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July 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm