Odisha varsity to ask Crime Branch to probe corruption

: Berhampur University authorities have decided to recommend the State Crime Branch to investigate allegation of irregularities and kickbacks during the purchase of one crore rupees-worth books for its Distance Education Centre.

Syndicate of Berhampur University in its last meeting had approved the proposal for crime branch enquiry into the allegation. On Monday, Vice-Chancellor of the university also approved the proposal of the syndicate paving the way for the crime branch enquiry. Information regarding irregularities during purchase of books for the Distance Education Centre had come to fore during the local fund audit as well as audit by Accounts General (AG). Based on this, the university syndicate had felt it needed proper investigation which could be done by the crime branch.

The allegation of irregularity during the book purchase is related to books procured by the Distance Education Centre during 2013-14. Books worth one crore rupees had been procured from a Mumbai based publishing house.

The syndicate of Berhampur University had found irregularities in some bills as well as in provision of concession.

The concerned publishing house of Mumbai has also sent a legal notice to Berhampur University demanding the release of its dues.

The company has asked the university to pay 1,50,00,000 rupees which includes 22 per cent interest on its dues.

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StraighterLine Courses Approved by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

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StraighterLine and the DEAC are working together to uphold principles of quality assurance and the utmost in academic standards for online college course delivery.

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StraighterLine, a leading provider of affordable, flexible and transferable online college courses, has completed a rigorous, nearly six-month review process with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). StraighterLine and the DEAC are pleased to announce that the DEAC’s Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) committee has evaluated 17 StraighterLine courses and recommended AQC approval for them.

In granting AQC status for these courses, the DEAC has confirmed that the courses meet the academic quality standards the Accrediting Commission has established for distance education. Approved courses include

–English Composition I II

–College Algebra

–Introduction to Programming C++

–Accounting I II

–and other popular StraighterLine courses.

StraighterLine and the DEAC are working together to uphold principles of quality assurance and the utmost in academic standards for online college course delivery.

“StraighterLine is one of the most prominent names in online non-institutional higher education,” says Dr. Leah Matthews, DEAC Executive Director. “AQC recognition further distinguishes StraighterLine as a pioneer in academic innovations that offer real solutions to confronting the nation’s postsecondary achievement gap.”

Burck Smith, StraighterLine Founder and CEO, comments, “DEAC’s approval of StraighterLine’s courses further demonstrates StraighterLine’s commitment to delivering online general education college courses of the highest quality.”

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The DEAC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on quality assessment of distance education. Initially recognized by the Department of Education in 1959, the DEAC has continually held federal recognition, which aims to ensure that accreditors meet expectations for institutional and program participation in federal activities–including financial aid programs.

StraighterLine and DEAC: A Relationship that Benefits Students

The DEAC understands the importance of innovation when it comes to academic delivery and design. StraighterLine has positioned itself as just that–an innovator in the field of higher education. And by subjecting its courses to peer review and course accreditation standards, StraighterLine has strengthened its commitment to offering students the highest quality courses at the best value.

The DEAC is committed to experimenting with new ways of extending the educational reach of distance education by vetting the quality standards of online courses with the ultimate goal of supporting students who would not otherwise have access. This objective aligns perfectly with StraighterLine’s mission to provide a low-cost, self-paced avenue for students to conveniently earn their degrees on their own schedules.

About DEAC

Founded in 1926 with the moniker National Home Study Council, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a national institutional accrediting organization for postsecondary distance education institutions that offer programs primarily by the distance education method from the non-degree level up to and including the professional doctoral degree.

DEAC’s goal is to ensure a high standard of educational quality in the distance education institutions it accredits by requiring compliance with its published standards, policies and procedures and by fostering continual self- improvement. DEAC is dedicated to ensuring a quality education for the more than 2 million students who annually study at its 102 accredited institutions.

About StraighterLine

StraighterLine helps students reach their full potential by putting them on a straighter line towards the degree of their choice, the career of their dreams, and the life they’ve always wanted – on their budget and on their schedule.

StraighterLine was founded in 2009 by Burck Smith as a solution to the rising costs of college education. Burck set out to discover why prices for online courses were the same or higher than those of face-to-face courses. Using relationships with colleges, publishers, and policymakers that were forged in his 15 years of online higher education experience, Burck created StraighterLine, a way for students to get low-priced – but high quality – college credit.

StraighterLine students have transferred over 26,000 StraighterLine credits to America’s colleges. In addition to our 80+ Partner Colleges, over 400 colleges have accepted credit for StraighterLine courses. In addition to the recent review and recommendation from DEAC, StraighterLine’s courses are also evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability of coursework and examination results to their courses and degree programs.

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Mental rehearsal helps ER clinicians best prepare for trauma patients


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TORONTO , April 13, 2015- Picture this: you’re a long-distance runner preparing for a 100-kilometer race. How do you get ready?

For starters, you map out the course in your mind: what will it look like? What will I feel like? What obstacles should I anticipate? How can I manage these challenges?

In the same way athletes mentally visualize races long before lacing up, doctors and other members of trauma resuscitation teams should map out mental blueprints, and then communicate their strategy to all team members involved in caring for patients, a new study suggests.

Trauma is a fast-paced, demanding environment, and communication is key to ensuring everyone understands their roles and responsibilities. This is exactly why everyone needs to be on the same page, long before patients even enter hospitals, said Dr. Chris Hicks, an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital.

“Mental practice appears to help establish common team goals, set priorities and maintain situation awareness in advance so teams can be prepared for even the most complex and challenging trauma resuscitation,” said Dr. Hicks, lead researcher of the study, which was published online today in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. “We’re borrowing principles from performance athletes, musicians and even the military, to help guide clinicians during high-stress, challenging situations.”

Mental practice also helps minimize stress during challenging situations, and helps to ensure trauma teams – which can include up to 12 people – work cohesively.

Dr. Hicks said he believes this is the first study to demonstrate the positive effect of mental mapping on trauma teams.

Seventy-eight residents participated in the study. Teams of two participants (one from anesthesiology, and the other from either emergency or general surgery medicine) were then split into two larger groups. One became the control group, and received technical trauma training. The other group participated in 20 minutes of quiet mental rehearsal. Group members were instructed to visualize a trauma scenario and how they would behave and function in a team while reviewing a provided script that contained guiding questions. Participants were free to discuss the script with team members.

Both groups then participated in a simulation that mimicked a real-life adult trauma situation. Results suggest 20 minutes of mental practice translated to enhanced team behavior, including improved communication.

“We know that the most consequential mistakes in medicine are not technical or procedural, but non-technical in nature – errors in communication, leadership, role clarity, resource utilization,” explained Dr. Hicks. “Mental practice improves team-based skills and performance, and can improve patient safety and reduce important medical errors.”


About St. Michael’s Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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Investment in education is high on the agenda in Indonesia, but the high number of difficult to access rural areas across the archipelago is hampering the reform process.

In its most recent economic survey of the country, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) suggested a series of reforms to improve the quality of education in a bid to equip Indonesia’s young population – and future workforce – with the right skills.

The OECD forecasts GDP growth to reach 5.3 per cent this year and 5.9 per cent next year. However, economic growth slipped to 5 per cent last year, from 5.6 per cent in 2013 and an average growth of 6 per cent from 2007-2012, due to a slowdown in the reform process, the OECD noted.

“To make the transition to a higher-income status, there remains a lot to be done,” OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria said in Jakarta in March.

Growth hinges on Indonesia being able to capitalise on its young population, with 43 per cent of its population of 240m under the age of 25, added Gurria.


Making the grade

Jakarta is currently finalising a five-year education strategic plan, which features 12 years of compulsory education and improved access to quality teaching.

According to Anies Baswedan, the minister of culture and primary and secondary education, the government is putting significant levels of funding into the sector, having allocated 408 trillion rupiah (US$31.2 billion) for education in the 2014 budget, of which 250 trillion rupiah (US$19.1 billion) was transferred to local governments.

Reform to the education system will be based on several key strategies.

“We will nurture the empowerment of the actors in the ecosystem: teachers, school leaders, parents and most importantly, students,” Baswedan told OBG “We will also continue our efforts to improve quality and access, including meeting the need to increase the number of high schools and vocational schools in remote areas”.

Despite investment over recent years, the education system is trailing international rankings.

According to the OECD’s international student evaluation surveys, Indonesia ranked 64th out of 65 countries in terms of students’ skill in mathematics, science and reading.

In Pearson Education’s annual educational performance report “The Learning Curve 2014”, Indonesia ranked 40th out of the 40 locations assessed.

This is despite being ranked as a top spender on public education as a percentage of total government expenditure.

Nenny Soemawinata, managing director of the Putera Sampoerna Foundation, a social business institution that coordinates corporate social responsibility programmes, calls for Indonesia to implement a teaching model that avoids learning by rote and stimulates creativity.

In addition, any reform must involve greater consultation with education providers, she told OBG.

“What we need at this moment is for all stakeholders to discuss the issue and design a long-term plan to improve the quality of educators and education across the country,” said Soemawinata.

“For this, the participation of private sector players will be very beneficial”.


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Geographic disparity and sourcing qualified teachers in more remote areas is a persistent struggle in Indonesia and perhaps the greatest challenge for the sector.

Scale is also a factor – Indonesia has the fourth-largest education system in the world – with around 50m students and 3m teachers, according to the government.

“The question is really how to bring good quality teachers to rural areas in the east.

“These regions are in desperate need of quality teachers, so addressing this should become a priority for all stakeholders,” Soemawinata told OBG.

To help address the shortfalls in regional areas, a programme was launched in January to disseminate educational material to remote areas by replacing textbooks with e-books.

In a similar vein, an online education platform was launched in October 2014, which aims to provide higher education to remote areas of the archipelago.

Although these programmes are a step in the right direction, there is a ticking clock to get things right, particularly at the higher education levels.

The government has launched a vast infrastructure development programme to spur economic growth, and concerns remain over the country’s lack of skilled manpower.

With some 56 projects planned for implementation between 2014 and 2017, including eight seaports, two airports, eight railways, five power plants, and 11 water supply and waste treatment facilities, a highly-skilled workforce will be in high demand over the coming years.

While around 30,000 Indonesian engineers graduate each year, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimates the country’s economic growth requires closer to 50,000 per year, representing a 40 per cent shortfall.

By 2025 the shortage is expected to increase to more than 70 per cent. According to a BCG, report published in 2013, the skills gap is already being felt at the middle-management level, where a 40 to 60 per cent deficit is projected by 2020.

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GEN Education Hub is an integrated one-stop tertiary education information centre

KUCHING: GEN Education believes in a world where better education, both academic and applied, is accessible to every person. The first of its kind in Malaysia and South East Asia, the Hub is an integrated, one-stop tertiary education information centre to foster academic awareness and the importance of education amongst all students in Sarawak, as well as providing guidance in pursuit of their dream careers.

At the 70,000-square-foot Hub, GEN Education offers full range of tertiary educational activities and students recruitment events under one-roof with total capacity of 5,000 students. The main activities at the hub include professional education counseling and student placement services, psychometric tests, a tuition centre, dance studio, seminar facilities and exhibition space.

When it comes to education counseling and student placement services, GEN works with over 500 institutions in 14 countries including Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Ireland, Korea, Japan, Netherland, Russia, and so on. For the past 10 years, GEN’s counselors serviced averagely 2,000 students each year.

If you’re worried about making the wrong career choice, take the specially compiled and structured Psychometric Test @ GEN by GEN Education in collaboration with education and industry partners. It is a comprehensive assessment which is a combination of a career test and a personality test based on professional findings and knowledge in psychology from the USA, UK, Taiwan, Australia, and Malaysia. Pusat Tuisyen Sentosa Cemerlang, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GEN Education Group, offers private tuition and revision workshops in a multitude of subjects for students from Form 4 to Form 6. Our tutors are professional educators who have extensive teaching experience and are committed to help students achieve their highest potential.

Soul Dance Studio, a partner company of GEN Education, Soul Dance embraces the belief of making the world a better place through dance. Soul Dance offers various types of classes which fall under the category of Street Dance, Belly Dance, and Fitness Classes. Passion is the main drive at Soul Dance, aiming to offer youths in Sarawak a balance and healthy lifestyle through dance and fitness.

At GEN Hub, you will also find bookable seminar rooms and halls of various sizes and shapes with capacity ranges from 10 to 500 people depending on set-up requirements. All rooms are equipped with teaching and learning facilities, perfect for any large or small educational events such as career and industrial talks, seminars or workshops, meetings, presentations, etc. Some events that have done at GEN Hub are: Chinese ink painting workshops, Healthy Lifestyle Day, Love Caring Day, seminars by Institute Kimia Malaysia, AGM and seminar by the Sarawak Counseling Teachers Association and workshops and seminars by Ministry of Health.

GEN Hub provides both indoor and outdoor promotional packages for institutions and industry players. There is a monthly average of 2,000 students participating in GEN activities. Located near the 7th Mile township of Serian-Kuching highway, it is estimated that there are 150,000 vehicles passing by GEN Education Hub daily which works out to be about 400,000 passengers inclusive those on all commercial and long distance buses.

At GEN Education, we believe a well-rounded education is essential, and hence, we complement our core education consultancy services with a variety of other activities made possible to all students, parents, schools, institutions of higher learning, and industry players. In a nutshell, regardless what you are seeking for in tertiary education and training, we have possible solutions for you. Please contact us for further details and queries:

GEN Education Hub is located at No.1, Jalan Batu 6-7 Penrissen, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak. Log on to their website (www.gen-education.com), Facebook (GEN Education Sarawak) or email marketing@gen-education.com. Alternatively, contact their representatives Andy Lee (Mobile: 012-809 1115; Email: andy@gen-education.com), Chua Lee Lang (Mobile: 012-366 9069; Email: leelang.chua@gen-education.com) or Ida Sebi (Mobile: 011-2518 3797; Email: ida.sebi@gen-education.com).

They will be participating in the upcoming Borneo Post International Education Fair (BPIEF), from March 21-22, 10am to 6pm at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching. BPIEF’s exhibitors include universities, colleges, business schools, institutes, training schools, education consultants and agents, and the State Education Department in addition to service providers, and scholarship and education fund providers. Other events and services include sideline talks by educationists, psychometrics tests, free medical checkup by Sarawak Nursing Professional Association, a blood donation drive organised by the Sarawak General Hospital blood bank and a photo booth by Peekture Purfect.

For more information about the event, contact BPIEF Secretariat at 082-330213, email to secretariat@bpief.com or visit www.bpief.com to keep updated with other exhibitors. Check out their Facebook page, or Twitter account via @theBPIEF.

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Huawei, Higher Colleges of Technology sign MOU to bridge digital education divide in UAE

The ambitious MOU outlines three programmes implementing various E-education technologies designed to improve the standards of education and learning for HCT’s students.

With the advent of the UAE’s knowledge economy, Huawei—a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider—and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a range of Smart Education initiatives for its students in the UAE.

The ambitious MOU outlines three programmes implementing various E-education technologies designed to improve the standards of education and learning for HCT’s students. Specifically, the partnership will see Huawei develop a Telecommunication Academy at HCT, establish virtual classrooms at its campuses and launch an ICT training exchange program at Huawei’s HQ in Shenzen, China.

Abdullatif Al Shamsi, vice-chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology said: “The Higher Colleges of Technology maintains a commitment to excellence in education, and a hallmark of its learning model is the strong focus on successful student learning outcomes in technology and innovation, educating our students for the 21st century. We are therefore pleased to continue working with Huawei to create new ways of enhancing learning through the innovative uses of technology.”

Strengthening its commitment to developing the education sector in the UAE, Huawei will work closely with HCT to deploy its solutions at the institutions various campuses across the UAE. The ICT vendor is a strong advocate of helping educators empower youth by equipping them with the right knowledge and tools to help them grow professionally.

Peng Xiongji, general manager, Huawei UAE said: “This MOU is testament to our commitment to developing a true knowledge economy in the UAE and helping to offer more interactive learning for students. We are great believers in the power of technology and how the right technology tools can revolutionize education in the UAE. We are confident that through this MOU with HCT, we will make a make a measurable impact to the availability and quality of education for its students.”

Working alongside HCT to integrate it into their curriculum, Huawei will launch a ‘Telecommunication Academy’, delivering a specialized training course that will offer students the opportunity to broaden their understanding in ICT field. Encompassing practical and theory components, the course will give students detailed hands-on experience in deploying Huawei’s ICT solutions. The course prepares students for the Huawei professional training certification, which they will be eligible to apply for once they graduate from HCT and offers a clear transition from education to employment.

Following the successful deployment of the Virtual Classroom programme in 2013, which provided students and faculty access to a host of new digital tools for creating a more interactive learning environment, Huawei will extend its services to accommodate more students across all of HCT’s campuses. Huawei’s e-Classroom program extends the concept of ‘borderless classrooms’ and addresses the strategic challenges faced by distance learning as well as the managing and sharing of knowledge resources across multiple classrooms and campuses.

This will improve classroom learning experiences through support for real-time interactions via high-definition audio and video tools, convenient course recording and streaming, interactive e-whiteboards, and more immersive device applications.

The third element of the Huawei MOU with HCT will see the launch of the ICT vendor’s ‘Seeds for the Future’ education exchange programme, which will offer 15 each year the opportunity to develop practical skills preparing them for a career in the ICT industry, learning from Huawei’s experts at its HQ in China. Developing a local talent pool of educated and technologically skilled individuals has become a leading priority in the UAE as the rise of technology-focused development continues to offer new opportunities within the regional ICT industry.

The MOU outlines a programme for Huawei to provide technical training including workshops and technical training sessions on a range of ICT trending topics including next-generation networks, network architecture and implementation, VoIP, security solutions and cloud computing amongst others.

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Allied American University Partners with Grantham University to Benefit Students

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AAU Interim President/CEO, Dr. Bill Luton, Grantham University VP for University Partnerships, Dr. Marilyn Bartels and AAU Provost, Dr. Bonny Nickle sign the articulation agreement on April 3, 2015

AAU believes that cooperative programs and partnerships with other institutions are highly beneficial to our students

Laguna Hills, CA (PRWEB) April 08, 2015

Allied American University (AAU), an accredited online university that offers online associate and bachelor’s degrees to students worldwide, has signed an articulation agreement with Grantham University, allowing more services and benefits to students transferring between the universities.

“This agreement represents a lot of hard work. We’re really excited about this opportunity and we’re looking forward to where we can go from here,” said Allied American University Interim President and CEO, Dr. Bill Luton.

“It’s about partnering with the right institutions,” said Grantham Vice President for University Partnerships, Dr. Marilyn Bartels. “We are confident we have a really good match and look forward to a long relationship with Allied American University.”

“This partnership provides a pathway for our students to continue their education by attaining a graduate degree,” adds AAU Provost, Dr. Bonny Nickle. “AAU believes that cooperative programs and partnerships with other institutions are highly beneficial to our students, and articulation with Grantham speaks volumes about the credibility and integrity of our academic degree programs.”

As part of the agreement, all degrees earned in business administration, criminal justice and healthcare from Allied American University will be accepted directly into graduate programs at Grantham University should students desire to pursue a higher degree. Also, students who earn a certificate can transfer their credits into degree programs not offered by Allied American University. Eligible students, staff and faculty who are interested in continuing their education will receive lower tuition rates for master’s degree programs.

AAU offers degree and certificate programs in high-demand career fields such as Business Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Computer Information Systems, and Allied Health. Active military (Tuition Assistance), veterans (Post 9/11 GI Bill), and military spouse (MyCAA) benefits can be applied to all degree and certificate programs at Allied American University. Textbook grants are also offered for military and veteran students. Financial aid is available for most degree and certificate programs.

About Allied American University

Allied American University is an accredited online university that provides bachelor’s and associate degrees for today’s in-demand careers. The programs at AAU are 100% online, flexible and student-focused. With a variety of military education benefits for active-duty members, military spouses and veterans, AAU is honored to be listed as one of the top Military Friendly Schools® for the 6th consecutive year. Allied American University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

About Grantham University

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online certificates, and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Grantham’s programs include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Grantham University has been accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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New York Distance Learning Association (NYDLA) Selects BirdEye as National Partner for Reputation Marketing

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Schools and Universities Run On BirdEye

Online reviews and ratings have revolutionized the way businesses acquire new customers — and the trillion dollar education market is no exception.

Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) April 08, 2015

BirdEye, a leader in reputation marketing, announced today its partnership with the New York Distance Learning Association (NYDLA), a leading association for distance learning organizations. With BirdEye, NYDLA now offers state-of-the-art reputation marketing for its member universities and K-12 institutions across the US. The partnership brings together emerging leaders in fields dominated by technological innovation and customer focus.

Prior to the advent of online education, selecting education providers was predominately influenced by geographic proximity. Physical distance prescribed, and limited, student options. Now, with the general availability of online and distance learning, competition to enroll students is heating up beyond local, regional, and even national boundaries. Distinguishing one learning organization from another is no longer a matter of proximity, but of strength of curriculum and faculty. And how are these strengths validated? Today, by modern day word-of-mouth — online reviews.

“Online reviews and ratings have revolutionized the way businesses acquire new customers — and the trillion dollar education market is no exception,” said Thomas A. Capone, Executive Director of the NYDLA. “We are excited to partner with BirdEye to offer our members state-of-the-art tools to gather and manage student reviews and market their positive reputation. With BirdEye, our members have access to advanced enterprise and competitor analytics to glean insight from student feedback across the Internet.”

“The NYDLA.org and USDLA.org are great partners for us as we expand in the education market,” said Naveen Gupta, CEO of BirdEye. “Millions of members rely on NYDLA.org to identify innovation trends and recommend best tools, and we’re thrilled that they have selected BirdEye as their reputation marketing partner. Now, universities and K-12 institutions can incorporate student feedback into their programs, and can separate from the pack to acquire new customers and loyal advocates.”


To get a personal tour of the BirdEye platform, call sales at 1-800-561-3357 or email sales(AT)birdeye.com. The BirdEye Business Reputation Management platform can be previewed at http://birdeye.com.

About BirdEye

BirdEye (birdeye.com) is a leader in Business Reputation Marketing. The BirdEye platform allows businesses to amplify their online reputation to get more word-of-mouth referrals, leads, and repeat customers. Businesses monitor reviews from all major sites, gain new reviews, manage customer feedback, and automatically promote their good reputation across the web, social media and search engines. Enterprises use BirdEye analytics and competitive insights gleaned from customer feedback to fine-tune products, services and operations. The BirdEye platform powers 500K businesses and 10M+ reviews. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, BirdEye was founded by alumni from Yahoo, Google, Amazon and Cisco.

About New York Distance Learning Association (NYDLA)

NYDLA (nydla.org) was founded to create a powerful alliance to meet the burgeoning education and training needs of learning communities via the fusion of communication technologies with learning in broad multidisciplinary applications. NYDLA aims to be the premier distance learning association in the United States and beyond. Whether it is distance learning via satellite, video conferencing, online or other means of distribution, NYDLA provides learners with the latest information about technology development, design and application at anytime and anywhere.

For more information, contact William Moeller

william(at)birdeye(dot)com | 408.457.1348 | 800.561.3357 | http://birdeye.com

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GCI Transforms Security and Availability Services for Education and Healthcare in Pacific Northwest

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The biggest technology challenges facing schools and hospitals today revolve around security, accessibility and reliable network access.

Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) April 07, 2015

GCI (NASDAQ:GNCMA), the largest telecommunications provider in Alaska, today announced it is expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest with the completion of a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Portland. GCI has operated a statewide medical network called ConnectMD in Washington for the last eight years and is now increasing its investments to offer new services to medical and K-12 customers throughout Oregon and Washington with the PoP.

Through the Portland PoP, hospitals and schools will be able to access GCI’s managed and secure services, tackling the growing challenges associated with securing and managing the complexities of their network systems. GCI also reduces the geographic limitations of distance with video services for teachers and doctors—improving access to communities everywhere. GCI has a long history of delivering secure and reliable services in Alaska, home to some of the most challenging geography in North America, along with unpredictable and harsh weather conditions. GCI has applied its expertise and knowledge to provide the same benefits to schools and hospitals in the Pacific Northwest. The new services include:

  • Managed network services
  • Secure Internet access
  • Managed video conferencing
  • Network security

“We are excited to continue our expansion into the Pacific Northwest,” said Martin Cary, vice president and general manager of Managed Broadband Services at GCI. “The biggest technology challenges facing schools and hospitals today revolve around security, accessibility and reliable network access. We have helped a large number of customers address these challenges in Alaska and Washington with market-leading managed services, and we look forward to partnering with education and healthcare customers across the Pacific Northwest.”

The Portland PoP also enables highly available solutions, meaning more reliable services for customers. It strengthens existing service delivery in the Pacific Northwest and continues market expansion. Current healthcare customers in Washington served by ConnectMD will see improved security capabilities not previously available. Also, GCI’s managed education technology services, SchoolAccess, will now be available in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to investing in infrastructure expansion, GCI is growing its Pacific Northwest team by hiring George Wolters as the new Northwest Director of Business Development. Wolters has more than 15 years of experience delivering technology solutions to the healthcare and education industries. He is responsible for growing GCI’s Northwest business and expanding its solutions and services through strategic partnerships within the healthcare and education vertical markets.

“George understands the needs of hospitals and schools locally. We are lucky to have George on board,” said Cary. “He brings a wealth of experience to help support our growing network in the Pacific Northwest.”

About GCI

GCI is a top provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs, with customers across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. More information about GCI can be found at http://www.gci.com.

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Indonesian in Sabah, Sarawak can pursue studies at tertiary level while working

7th April, 2015


KOTA KINABALU: Indonesian citizens residing in Sabah and Sarawak can now pursue their studies at a tertiary level while working in the two states.

This has been made possible with signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Universitas Terbuka Indonesia and Indonesian Embassy here yesterday.

The MoU enables Indonesians residing in the two states to study programmes offered by the university through distance learning at Indonesian Consulates in Kota Kinabalu.

Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia, Herman Prayitno who signed the MoU on behalf of the embassy said that the first batch of students consists of teachers teaching at Indonesian schools in Sabah.

“This distance learning system offered to Indonesian citizens working here provides them with the opportunity to get tertiary education with the hope that when they go back to Indonesia, they will have better job opportunities.

“In our quest to develop Indonesia, there is no other way but through education. We want every Indonesian to be able to get the highest education with the help from the government in terms of facilities and scholarships,” he told reporters after officiating the opening of the distance learning centre at the Indonesian Consulate here yesterday.

According to him, distance learning programme offered by the Universitas Terbuka Indonesia enables the students to study at their own pace without having to attend lectures and exams.

“Students will be given text books, and take exams online. It is that easy because we want those who did not get the opportunity to go to university after school, to have the opportunity to obtain higher education.

“I only hope that they will have a more confident personality, vast knowledge, and for the teachers, more professional,” he added.

Also present at the event was Indonesian Consul General in Kota Kinabalu, Akhmad DH Irfan, among others.