Visa Launches University Campus in Singapore
By Susannah Parmenter, Close-up Media Staff Writer
In an effort to educate its employees, Visa has unveiled its first international campus of Visa University at its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.
Visa said the purpose-built facility features flexible classroom space, breakout rooms for small-group learning and lounge space for informal networking. It also include video conferencing technology, extending the reach of the university across the Asia Pacific region.
The company expects the Singapore campus will draw employees who will learn and share their experiences with others, helping identify best practices across the organization.
According to a release, one of the driving principles behind Visa University is the need to provide the information and knowledge Visa employees need to deliver the future of electronic payment to Visa customers and cardholders.
While in Singapore for the opening of the campus, Michael Ross, Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Visa said: "Like our network, Visa University is open and dynamic, providing a modern, state-of-the-art learning centre. It offers a digital-at-the-core curriculum that is designed and delivered by Visa, to help employees learn and discuss critical industry developments, so they can drive better business results in their respective roles. Our goal is to foster a perpetual state of learning at Visa, where ideas -- new and old -- are welcomed and tested, and the culture and environment is both inclusive and open."
Kelvin Wong, Assistant Managing Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board said: "We are delighted to welcome Visa's first corporate university outside the US to Singapore. Visa's new corporate university here bears testament to Singapore's talent ecosystem, where companies can work alongside industry partners to develop and harness Asia-Ready talent.
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Papyrus Joins Forces with Designer Lela Rose
Papyrus is looking to bring the “elegance and style” of fashion to its greeting cards via a new designer collaboration series.
According to a release, the collaboration marks the first time a fashion design house and greeting card brand have joined forces to develop a custom greeting card collection.
Papyrus said it is partnering with American fashion designer Lela Rose to introduce the series. Rose will feature her "sophisticated yet modern style" in the debut card and gift collection, slated to launch during New York Fashion Week. The collection will be available in New York City Papyrus stores and select retailers in September, with availability expanding to all Papyrus locations and retailers in October.
"The fashion designer collaboration series is a celebration of the commitment Papyrus has to the arts, including a focus on the fashion industry, quality craftsmanship and trend-forward design," said Christy Kaprosy, President of Papyrus-Recycled Greetings. "We are delighted to have Lela Rose's elegant line lead the first Papyrus fashion designer collaboration program, and we are excited to bring more fashion designers to our loyal customers in the future."
The company noted the collection, which draws inspiration from some of Rose's recent runway designs, consists of 16 cards and five gift accessories, including gift bags, gift tissue, roll wrap and a gift tag set. It also will be available online at papyrusonline.com
"I'm thrilled to be the first designer to collaborate with Papyrus on their exclusive new fashion series," said Lela Rose. "This is a unique way to showcase our designs, silhouettes and prints, and extend the brand into a new category."
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