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Ibmec Selects Blackboard for Online and Mobile Learning

Local Partnership Will Help Meet Student Demands and Support Enrollment Expansion

Jan 10, 2013

SÃO PAULO – January 10, 2013 – Ibmec, one of the leading teaching and research institutions in Latin America, has selected Blackboard as a strategic partner in online learning, the company announced today. The institution will now use Blackboard’s LMS, mobile learning, Web collaboration and managed hosting solutions at all of its institutions across Brazil. Ibmec, best known for their prestigious professional master degrees, has partnered with Blackboard, which is primarily represented in Brazil by the Educational Holding Grupo A, to help increase its post-graduation and MBA courses for the next three years and help support their strategy for enrollment expansion. “Blackboard’s next-generation learning tools will allow us to offer more online courses to our students, and complement face-to-face interactions,” said Jose Luis Trinta, Business Director at Ibmec. “We are also able to provide mobile interactions between teachers and students, which is quickly growing in demand.” “As students all over the world, and particularly in Brazil, become more active consumers of their education, they expect to use online tools more and more,” said Juan Lucca, International Business Director for Blackboard. “Ibmec serves as a great example in the region of the importance of investing in education technology and we are excited to expand our regional presence to support these changes and meet students’ needs.” For more information about Blackboard, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/.

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

About Grupo A (www.grupoa.com.br) Grupo A is a holding company with 40 years of experience in the Brazilian publishing market. It is comprised of the imprints: Artes Medicas, Artmed, Bookman, McGraw-Hill, and Penso. With about two thousand titles in its catalog, Grupo A publishes approximately 350 books a year. Its editorial line is focused on Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM), as well as Professional titles in the areas of the Life Sciences, the Social Sciences and the Exact Sciences. Grupo A has established partnerships with renowned international publishing groups, as well as with the major Brazilian Scientific Institutions. The company has signed an exclusive deal with Blackboard, a global leader in educational technology, which aims to distribute content from imprints of Grupo A through e-learning platforms for the educational market. Other businesses: BMJ Journal Brasil (Brazilian version of the British Medical Journal); Patio Educational Journals (aimed at qualifying Brazilian teachers); Corporate Education by way of the Management Development Program CoachingOurselves; Content Platforms, such as MedicinaNET and HarrisonBrasil.

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