The Globe as you know it is changing.
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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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International School Ho Chi Minh City’s new campus is a triumph of modern design and architecture

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | Vietnam

SPONSORED: Opening its doors in the first semester of the 2017/2018 academic year, International School of Ho Chi Minh City’s new secondary campus will reaffirm the school’s historical commitment to innovation, community and the wellbeing of its students

ISHCMC’s 2016 Grade 12 graduation ceremony. Photo supplied

For more than 25 years, International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) has empowered its graduates to develop the skills they need not just to excel in their future careers, but to become the thinkers and leaders. Now, as its new secondary campus in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City prepares to open its doors in the first semester of the 2017/2018 academic year, ISHCMC will continue to engage the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs through a modern institution founded on the principles of innovation and collaboration.

As Ho Chi Minh City’s first and most established international school, and its first International Baccalaureate World School, ISHCMC draws upon a rich history of equipping its students with the skills they need not only to flourish at university and beyond, but to leave school as well-rounded members of a community that is ready to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Last year, the ISHCMC graduating class of 2016 broke ISHCMC records with their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme results.

Through Vietnam’s first innovation centre, ISHCMC’s students will be able to work directly with the nation’s business community to bridge the gap between classroom and boardroom. By bringing real-world business leaders and CEOs right to its students, ISHCMC will ensure that its graduates leave school with a lifelong relationship with some of the corporate sector’s leading minds and a deeper understanding of their decision-making processes.

ISHCMC’s community café, community garden and adjoining food technology areas encourages its students to embrace their entrepreneurial potential by gaining first-hand experience in creating their own unique recipes and working with a team to manage a small business from garden to table. Students are also encouraged to play a proactive role in their own health with a range of healthy eating choices ranging from a fruit bar to a Friday barbecue. By offering students a range of healthy options from a salad bar to sushi rolls, ISHCMC empowers its students to make good decisions on their wellbeing from an early age.   

The happiness and health of ISHCMC’s students is paramount. To that end, ISHCMC’s new campus will feature a built-in purified air filtration system in all learning areas to ensure that students can learn in a healthy environment. It is this genuine care for every student’s wellbeing and education that is embodied in the school’s daily mindfulness sessions. Proven both to have a positive impact on IQ levels and help young minds develop clear and structured ways to approach day-to-day challenges, these daily ten-minute sessions allow students to grow into happy, independent-minded adults.

Building on ISHCMC’s sterling track record on sporting achievement, the new campus will give students the chance to test their mettle in arenas including a fully-equipped gymnasium, 25m swimming pool, two full-sized basketball courts and a rooftop astro turf pitch.

With a diverse community student body from more than 50 different nationalities, ISHCMC works hard to instill a deep respect for and willingness to learn from other cultures while maintaining a strong community spirit. Parents are encouraged to join in their children’s learning through taking part in regular reading sessions with the students. Rooted in Ho Chi Minh City’s strong ex-pat community, ISHCMC’s welcoming environment gives parents and students alike the privilege to meet and learn from people from all over the world. With extensive background checks and international standard safeguarding policies, ISHCMC also ensures the safety and security of its students.

ISHCMC understands that learning does not just take place in the classroom. With expansive corridors measuring a spacious 40m by 8m, the new campus will feature collaborative learning areas with integrated technology where students can physically map out their projects and work together to share their ideas with their classmates and teachers. Students come together as one to develop innovative ways to solve problems. In this way, the process of learning flows intuitively from the classroom through the hallways down to the community garden where students have the chance to put their textbook understanding of chemistry and biology to practical use.   

A marvel of modern design, ISHCMC’s new secondary campus will serve as the physical embodiment of the school’s decades-old commitment to the principles of innovation, engagement and empowerment – and continue to provide the high quality of care and education that parents have come to cherish throughout the school’s rich history.