e-Learning Gains Momentum in the Middle East
Thirty Academic Institutions in Region Rely on Blackboard Technology for e-Learning Initiatives
WASHINGTON, DC, May 07, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Academic institutions across the Middle East are turning to
technology to advance their educational missions and goals.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise
software and related services to the education industry, announced
today that more than thirty leading institutions spanning eight
countries in the Middle East license Blackboard(R) technology to
enhance teaching and learning.
Institutions using Blackboard technology, among many others in the
-- The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)
-- Abu Dhabi University
-- American University in Cairo
-- Hashmite University
-- King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals
-- Kuwait University
-- United Arab Emirates University
-- University of Bahrain
HCT, a 14-campus system spanning the United Arab Emirates (UAE),
recently upgraded to the Blackboard Learning System(TM) -- Vista
Enterprise License. Goals of the upgrade include integrating the
campuses through technology, better sharing and distribution of
knowledge resources and enhancing learning opportunities for the more
than 18,000 students and faculty at the institution.
Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dr. Tayeb
Kamali, says technology is enabling significant progress across
campuses and the region as a whole.
"The Middle East is in the midst of an important transformation,
expanding its investment into new educational resources, such as
Blackboard technology to support the latest delivery methodologies for
Education," said Dr. Kamali. "HCT is proud to be the first institution
in the Middle East to implement the Blackboard Learning System --
Vista Enterprise License, enabling our campuses to continue in their
leading roles as cutting edge providers of technology rich education
Blackboard President and CEO Michael Chasen recently visited the HCT
campus while attending the 2007 Education Without Borders Conference,
where he delivered a keynote address on the challenges and
opportunities related to e-Learning.
"The U.A.E. is making tremendous strides in its use of technology to
enhance education," said Chasen. "We are excited about working with
HCT and the many other institutions we partner with in the region to
take teaching and learning to new levels in the Middle East."
As part of Blackboard's expanding international business, Blackboard
is committed to supporting growth in the Middle East. Blackboard
channel partners have played a critical role in expanding Blackboard's
presence through successfully selling, servicing and supporting our
educational technologies across the region. Our partners in the region
include Integrated Solutions for Business (ISB), Edutech Middle East,
and General Computers and Electronics Co. (in Jordan). They all have
long standing and successful relationships with Blackboard and
currently service over 38 institutions for Blackboard.
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people
use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around the globe,
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.
Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in
North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
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