30 Under 30
Nominations for the Forbes’ 2019 30 Under 30 lists are now open for Europe and the US, with the Asia list expected to open shortly. Nominees must be 29 or younger on December 31 2018 to be considered.
Citizenship does not matter. Nominees should be placed on the Asia, Europe or US lists depending on which region they or their business is most active. For 2019 there will be a total of 600 young entrepreneurs, leaders and visionaries selected for each region. In previous years there have been ten separate categories of 30 influential young people. This time it will be expanded to 20 categories. These include Energy, Media and Science, with a full list on the Forbes website.
Self-nominations are possible. Most nominations will be recommendations from global leaders and decision makers in the different categories. Joint nominations are possible if, for example, there are two founders of an exciting new start-up. Thousands of young people will be nominated in each category and in each region. Over the next few months the Forbes team will reduce them to a shortlist of 60 candidates for each section. Independent judges will then select the final 30.
Forbes has also announced the dates for its 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summits. The Global Summit takes places in Israel from May 6-10. The Asia Summit is in Hong Kong from July 16-18. Europe’s Summit will be September 5-7 in Amsterdam, while the US Summit will be held in Boston from September 30 - October 3.
Super student survey
Iceland has Europe’s oldest student population, a comprehensive report has revealed. The Eurostudent survey found that the average age of an Icelandic student is 30, compared to 22 in Georgia. The weighty report is a complete analysis entitled the Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe. It concerns the years 2016-2018 and includes data from most European countries. Notable exceptions are Greece, Spain and the UK.
As a rule, Scandinavian countries have the oldest students. A quarter of all Norwegian students are aged over 30. Georgia, Albania, France, Serbia and Slovakia have the continent’s youngest students, with average ages ranging from 22 to 23.5. In most countries more than 50% of all students are aged under 25. Female students make up the majority in all countries except Germany and Turkey. In Norway and Sweden more than six out of 10 students are women.
The study also revealed that around 10% of European students have children. Unsurprisingly the majority of student parents are found in the older Scandinavian populations. Less than 5% of students in France and Italy have children.
Data was also shared on the migration background of students. Ireland, France, Finland and Austria had the largest shares of students using qualifications from foreign countries, with around 10-12%. Switzerland and France also had large numbers of second generation migrants among their student populations.
Youth lose hope
Young people aged 16-25 are feeling more stressed and hopeless than ever, a charity report has suggested. The Prince’s Trust has released its annual UK Youth Index, which surveys the happiness and confidence felt by the country’s young adults.
The youth charity found that wellbeing has plummeted in the past 12 months. More than 60% of the 2,194 respondents said they were stressed out over money and employment fears. Roughly half said they had experienced mental health problems. Broad fears were expressed about the future job market. One in ten said they had already been made redundant or fired from a position. Young men were more likely to feel disillusioned with the world, while a majority of young women did not feel confident in their abilities.
The report coincided with the release of worrying data from Hong Kong-based researchers who found a significant rise in suicides among British students between 2007 and 2016. Over that period suicide rates shot up by 56% to reach 10.3 per 100,000 students. Students are now more likely than non-students to take their own lives.
Men are most at risk but Dr Raymond Kwok of Hong Kong University said that, since 2012, “there is a significant trend in rising suicides for UK female students, with the exception of those in Scotland”. Researchers now want to develop a new method of evaluating which type of student is most at risk by breaking the data down by age, field of study, location, ethnic background and other categories.