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UBM Asia Supports Jewellery Talents

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Twenty-six students at Jewellery Institute received scholarships and grants

HONG KONG, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — UBM Asia has joined hands with the Jewellery Institute of Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic in China to set up the UBM Asia Scholarship and UBM Asia Grant for the students. This School-Enterprise collaboration aims to recognise students with outstanding academic achievement and to support the underprivileged students. The signing ceremony and the first UBM Asia Scholarship and UBM Asia Grant presentation ceremony was held on 27 November 2012 at Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic.

Government officials and guests attended the signing ceremony between UBM Asia and Jewellery Institute of Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic in China

UBM Asia presented scholarships and grants to 26 outstanding students at Jewellery Institute
Government officials from Guangzhou Education Bureau, Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangzhou Municipality, Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau of Panyu Guangzhou Municipality, and guests from Guangdong Gold and Silver Jewellery Association, Guangdong Golden Jewellery and Jade Industry Association, Gold Association of Guang Dong Province, Guangzhou Panyu Jewelry Manufacturers Association attended the ceremony to witness the signing of the collaboration agreement between UBM Asia, represented by Mr. Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, and Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic, represented by Mr. Wang Chang, Dean of Jewellery Institute.

UBM Asia funds Renminbi 50,000 yuan for the UBM Asia Scholarship and 30,000 yuan for the UBM Asia Grant every year with an annual Awards Presentation Ceremony. The first UBM Asia Scholarship was presented to 13 outstanding students by Mr. Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, Ms. Wang Xiaoqiang, Vice Director of Guangzhou Education Bureau and Mr. Li Guorong, Vice Director of Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangzhou Municipality. UBM Asia Grant was presented to 13 underprivileged students by Mr. Meng Yuanbei, Party Secretary of Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic, Mr. Shao Guo Liang, Director of Guangzhou Education Bureau Higher Education Office and Mr. Li Zhiwei, Director of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau of Panyu Guangzhou Municipality.

Mr. Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia said:

“UBM Asia is not only dedicated to developing trade exhibitions and promoting international trade, but also takes an active role in community services. UBM Asia cares about the development of talent in the jewellery industry. Through the collaboration with the Jewelry Institute of Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic, we hope to provide more practical learning experience to the students, and groom them to become jewellery professionals with international mindedness, thereby contributing to the development of jewellery industry in China.”

UBM Asia will arrange its management teams to give lectures at the Jewelry Institute, and invite teachers and students to its jewellery fairs. In addition, UBM Asia will launch a special incentive programme. Students winning awards in international and national jewellery competitions will be fully funded to visit the world’s largest jewellery fair, the September Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair organised by UBM Asia. These initiatives aim to facilitate students to know more about the jewellery industry and be better prepared for serving this global industry.

Mr. Meng Yuanbei, Party Secretary of Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic thanked UBM Asia for their support to the institute and students:

“The growth and professional development of a school cannot be sustained without the support and help from corporations and management. We hope to enhance the sharing of teaching resources, promote our research and development, and groom jewellery talents through working closely with UBM Asia on education, talent development and employment.”

Wang Xiao Qiang, Vice Director of Guangzhou Education Bureau and Li Guorong, Vice Director of Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangzhou Municipality supported this School-Enterprise collaboration. They believed it would bring positive impact to the development of vocational education, groom talents for the rapid economic development, and enhance the competitiveness of China in the world market.

Notes to Editors

1. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 240 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia, we stage the leading events of their kind across the region. Our 200 events, 24 publications and 16 vertical portals serve over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant market news and industry trends, and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have over 1,100 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.

2. About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)
UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com/; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM news.

For press enquiries, please contact:
Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications, UBM Asia
Tel: +852-2516-1691
Fax: +852-3749-7342
Email: Jennifer.Law@ubm.com

Elsie Hui, Corporate Marketing & Communications Executive, UBM Asia
Tel: +852-2516-1679
Fax: +852-3749-7342
Email: Elsie.Hui@ubm.com

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December 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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Blackboard and Pearson Announce International Content Integration Partnership

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Market-leading LMS and World’s Leading Learning Companies Bring Seamless Transition Between Pearson’s MyLab & Mastering and Blackboard Learn to Global Markets

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Blackboard Inc. and Pearson have expanded the availability of an integration for Pearson’s leading learning solution – MyLab & Mastering – with Blackboard Learn(TM), the market-leading learning management system (LMS). Previously available in North America, the integration is now available in most markets worldwide, the companies announced today.

The systems integration includes single sign-on, improved workflows and state-of-the-art Web services that enable instructors to find and access MyLab & Mastering within their Blackboard learning system. Faculty can synchronize gradebooks, transfer information and create corresponding links in both systems. Instructors are also able to customize their courses by choosing content and rearranging items in the content area and course navigation bar.

The expansion follows growing international interest in having quick access to Pearson’s content and homework assignments, tutorials, gradebook and tools, learning solutions, and analytics directly in Blackboard’s learning platforms. The integration, which was made available in North America earlier this year, is already being used by hundreds of institutions.

“The integration of MyLab & Mastering and Blackboard Learn has created not only a more enriched teaching and learning experience, but it also makes my job much more convenient” said Dr. Salim M. Salim, head of the Mathematics Department, Qatar University. “The single sign on, gradebook synchronization, personalized study paths and real-time evaluations allow me and my students to easily benefit from the powerful tools both systems offer.”

“We are excited to bring fast, easy access to Pearson’s digital content and leading digital solutions into Blackboard’s learning platforms all over the world,” said Matthew Small, chief business officer at Blackboard. “This expanded partnership reduces the barriers felt internationally to these resources with a streamlined, powerful approach.”

“We are delighted to both continue our partnership with Blackboard and to expand it on a global scale. This ultimately allows us to bring our products and our digital content to even more teachers and students worldwide,” commented Michelle Neil, Chief Learning Technologies Officer, International Higher Education at Pearson.

This joint announcement, made at Online Educa Berlin this week, marks a new level of convenience and simplicity for users. The collaboration is part of the companies’ ongoing efforts to make it easier for teachers and students to find, use and share digital content and tools.

Blackboard Learn, used by millions of students worldwide, allows institutions to take advantage of improved stability, greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators and social learning tools. Through open APIs and standards-based interoperability, the Blackboard Learn platform supports a wide range of integrations for content and tools.

Pearson’s MyLab & Mastering has changed the way millions of students learn and has supported successful redesign of college courses to effectively use technology to improve achievement and manage costs. Students receive a personalized learning experience, with online tutorials, homework, quizzes and tests that are automatically graded for instant feedback—freeing instructors to spend less time grading and more time working with their students. Demand for the MyLab & Mastering programs continues to soar across the globe at thousands of higher education institutions. MyLab & Mastering programs are available for over 80 different discipline offerings representing thousands of distinct titles used by over 10.4 million students.

For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/learn. For more information about Pearson, please visit http://www.pearsonhighered.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 Pearson

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab and Mastering; educational services including custom publishing; and content-independent platforms including EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio for online learning programs.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.

SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Pearson

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December 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

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