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From Site Selection magazine, January 2014

Historic Event, Breathtaking Design


he United Arab Emirates in late November was awarded the 2020 World Expo, beating out Yekaterinburg in Russia, Izmir in Turkey and São Paulo in Brazil to become the first Middle Eastern territory to ever host the event.

HOK led the design team that developed the master plan for the Expo around the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” The 1,082-acre (438-hectare) Expo site (featured in this artist’s rendering courtesy of HOK) is equidistant between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, near the new Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port. The Expo will run from October 2020 until April 2021.

De Rotterdam Rises On the River Maas

De Rotterdam rises along the River Maas.

second city center for Rotterdam has been established along the River Maas with the completion of the striking, 1,172,000-sq.-ft. (160,000-sq.-m.) De Rotterdam building. Originally conceived as a “vertical city,” the building is a series of stacked and interconnecting mixed-use towers. De Rotterdam, designed by Rem Koolhaas studio OMA, includes commercial office space, residential apartments, hotel and conference facilities and restaurants and cafes. The lobbies of each tower are located in the building’s shared base.

Global MBA Rankings: The Top 5

The London School of Business, home of one of Europe’s top MBA programs.

he results of the QS Global Business Schools Report 2013/14 are in. Five business schools received the highest score for employer recognition based on a survey of over 4,300 recruiters who actively hire MBAs. The top five schools in the Elite Global category, by region, are Harvard and Stanford (North America), INSEAD and London Business School (Europe) and INSEAD (Asia-Pacific).

Top 10 Countries for Global Competitiveness


n partnership with Singapore’s Human Capital Leadership Institute and Adecco, INSEAD researchers compiled data to create the first ever Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), a ranking of the top 103 countries ranked by their ability to attract and nurture talent. Unsurprisingly, the study acknowledges the correlation between developed countries and talent competitiveness. Based on the rankings, smaller countries appear to have an advantage over larger ones. This appears to be due to the longstanding tradition of investing resources into building excellent education systems.

The top 10 countries are:


Gearing Up For Growth

Timken associate Subinoy Das conducts a visual inspection of a bevel pinion at the new Timken industrial service center in Raipur, India.

hio-based Timken Co. expanded its footprint in India with the opening a new industrial service center in Raipur, in the state of Chhattisgarh. The 30,000-sq.-ft. (2,787-sq.-m.) Raipur center is the company’s first industrial service center in India to offer gear repair, the second offering bearing repair. Timken has production facilities in Chennai and Jamshedpur, and a research and technology center at its Bangalore headquarters.

GM HQ on the Road to Singapore


eneral Motors will move the headquarters of its international operations from Shanghai to Singapore in the second quarter of 2014. The company reorganized in 2013, separating Chinese operations from the rest of its international business. The office in Shanghai will remain open, but moving the headquarters to Singapore offered proximity to several vital markets outside of China. The new HQ will have a staff of approximately 120 and handle sales and marketing, product planning and communications.

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