Blackboard Hosts Inaugural Middle East Summit in Dubai, September 5 - 6, 2007
New Right-to-Left Language Capabilities Support Arabic
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 08, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational
technology, announced today that it will host its first Middle East
Summit on September 5 and 6th at Dubai Men's College, Higher Colleges
of Technology (HCT). The HCT is a 14-campus system serving 18,000
students across the region.
The Blackboard Middle East Summit will bring together delegates
spanning eight countries including Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudia
Arabia and The United Arab Emirates, among others, to learn about
innovations in e-Learning. Blackboard President and CEO Michael
Chasen will deliver the conference keynote address about e-Learning
trends such as the use of Web 2.0 technology in education, and
present new Blackboard product innovations including SafeAssign(TM),
a new plagiarism prevention service. The Minister of Education, His
Excellency, Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan has provided ongoing
support for the summit, with the goal of opening a dialogue with
academic leaders across the Middle East.
As part of Blackboard's ongoing commitment to furthering education in
the region, last month, new right-to-left language capabilities were
unveiled as part of the Blackboard e-Learning platform to support
"It is very exciting to work with academic institutions around the
world, to learn about different cultures and education systems and
help provide technology to continually expand educational
opportunities," said Chasen. "We look forward to continuing to build
upon the relationships we have formed in the Middle East, and other
parts of the world to enhance teaching and learning for people
More than thirty academic institutions spanning eight countries in
the Middle East rely on Blackboard technology. To expand its
international business and support growth in the Middle East,
Blackboard is proud to work with partners Edutech Middle East,
General Computers & Electronics (GCE) and Integrated Solutions for
Business (ISB). All have long-standing and successful relationships
with Blackboard and academic institutions across the region.
For more information on the Blackboard Middle East Summit, please
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Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people
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including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education
providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused
merchants that serve education providers and their students.
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