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Last updated 13 July, 2023

Between 2012- 2017, the iconic Rizal Monument in the city of Manila sparked discussions about the importance of preserving and respecting one’s heritage. The building of a high-rise condominium directly behind the monument caused an outrage among many citizens who saw it not only as an eyesore, but an act of disgrace towards a beloved national figure.

In 2018, Starbucks was the undisputed leader among China’s coffeehouse chains, with more than 70 percent in market share and 3,600 cafés. The brand’s success was rooted in its core proposition of providing consumers a ‘third place’ (also called di san kong jian in Mandarin)—an escape from both home and the workplace—to relax and indulge themselves. Starbucks had entered China in 1999, and the country (and Asia Pacific overall) was the company’s fastest growing market.

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The NRF Investigatorship grant will support SMU Professor Archan Misra’s vision of a smart city where humans and devices work collaboratively on projects.

SMU Professor Archan Misra has received a National Research Foundation (NRF) Investigatorship grant to develop new capabilities in ultra-low power sensing and embedded machine intelligence, which can catalyse innovative applications in smart cities, factories and buildings.

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