Apogee, Inc. | January 02, 2023
Apogee, an industry leader in managed technology services for higher education, has recently announced the acquisition of Cumulus Technology Services Inc. Headquartered in Ventura, California, Cumulus Technology Services is a specialist in secure cloud services for higher education and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Select Consulting Partner.
This acquisition reaffirms Apogee's commitment to be the preferred managed technology partner for universities and colleges that strive to innovate and transform. The acquisition extends the managed networking and IT services capabilities of Apogee into the cloud, enabling the new potential for higher education IT innovation to enhance student experiences and promote institutional competitiveness.
While the use of technology in attracting and retaining students and providing great blended learning and student life experiences is growing, IT teams in higher education confront increasing difficulty in acquiring and retaining IT expertise. Services and products that delegate IT operations, manage expenses, improve operational effectiveness, and foster innovation are in great demand. Improving the delivery of managed cloud services in higher education helps universities and educational institutions liberate time for innovation, as promised by Apogee.
The following acquired services will be incorporated into Apogee's managed technology services portfolio:
Secure Cloud Services increase Apogee's expertise in cloud, security, and data center management. Cumulus Technology Services' significant understanding of enterprise resource planning (ERP) cloud migration and containerization, Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) will enable Apogee to provide colleges and universities even improved performance, scalability, robustness, and security of their apps, infrastructure, and data.
Cumulus Data Adapter (CDA) connects and synchronizes institutional ERP systems such as Ellucian Banner® with learning management systems (LMS) such as Canvas by Instructure using a secure, simple-to-deploy technology that significantly enhances IT administration efficiency and student life. As a managed service, CDA is an additional critical tool that addresses the major pain point of data synchronization between LMSs and ERPs, hence easing student data integration difficulties for IT and enhancing the student experience for class registration and attendance.
Security Services bolster Apogee's security experience and expertise, allowing for the delivery of brawl-tested college security assessments, ransomware incident response readiness, and staffing and disaster recovery plans.
Apogee, a leading provider of managed IT services founded in 1999 in Austin, enables colleges and universities to innovate in order to improve the campus experience and foster student life. Apogee helps over one million students and administrators from over 350 colleges and universities across the United States. The company's extensive array of managed services includes Managed Campus networks and IT services, campus engagement, residential networks (ResNet), and video.
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Discovery Education | January 20, 2023
On January 19, 2023, 3M and Discovery Education announced the launch of the Young Scientist Challenge Alumni Network and Alumni Grants Program. As a part of the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the initiative will support prior participants and future science leaders.
The annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the country's premier middle school science competition, invites kids in grades 5 to 8 to compete for a grand prize of $25,000, mentorship with a 3M scientist, and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist." In addition, the new Alumni Network and Alumni Grants Program provides past participants networking opportunities, events, resources, and financial support for ongoing science projects.
The 3M Young Scientist Challenge Alumni Network gathers a growing community of mentors and former challenge finalists to interact, celebrate, and promote innovations. America's Top Young Scientists have given TED Talks, filed patents, founded nonprofits, made to the Forbes' 30 Under 30 list, rung the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and shown their work at the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times Magazine, and Business Insider, as well as national television shows.
Each year, the Alumni Grants will award a total of $25,000 grant money to ten different alumni in three different areas:
Continuation of 3M Young Scientist Challenge Project - This will support alumni who want to continue developing the project they initially developed 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Three alumni are eligible to receive $5,000 annually.
New Idea to Improve the World - This area of funding would be available to assist projects that alumni might be working on, which are different from their initial 3M Young Scientist Challenge innovation. Two alumni can receive $2,500 annually.
Science in Your Community - Funding can be used to assist alumni initiatives, community enrichment and community engagement projects. Five alumni receive $1,000 annually.
About Discovery Education
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Discovery Education is a global leader in ed-tech with a state-of-the-art platform to facilitate learning. Its standards-based digital content for grades K-12 redefines teaching and learning by providing award-winning multimedia content, digital textbooks, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its type. The company serves over 4.5 million educators and 45 million students globally, with its resources available in more than 100 countries and territories.
Genius Group Limited | March 16, 2023
On March 15, 2023, Genius Group Limited, an entrepreneur ed-tech and education company, announced the launch of its International Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program through a strategic partnership with the Swiss School of Business and Management (SSBM).
Through this partnership, Genius Group would offer postgraduate degrees in academic management education focused on entrepreneurship. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has accredited SSBM. Both companies would work towards empowering personal and professional success for every student planning to build their careers in the entrepreneur sector.
The DBA program specializes in about 12 domains like machine learning, data science, artificial intelligence, business analytics and exponential growth strategies. This program is for senior working professionals interested in the C-suite for entrepreneurial skills. It blends online learning with thesis support from SSBM's expert thesis supervisors from Geneva. Its faculty comprises industry experts and academic centers like the University of St. Gallen and Penn State, the University of Florence, and the University of Rome.
CEO of Genius Group, Roger Hamilton said, "We are excited to partner with Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva to bring this International DBA program to our learners and expand our network of top universities. The business landscape is evolving rapidly, and we have seen a big demand for a new generation of entrepreneurial leadership that is more in tune with the rapid advances in technology we are experiencing. With SSBM's innovative and unique curriculum, we are excited to offer this program for the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders."
(Source – Globe Newswire)
CEO of SSBM Geneva, Ivana Silic said, "We are thrilled to expand our educational programs with Genius Group to offer educational excellence and our expertise in business education through our innovative cutting-edge technology and our high-quality learning experience."
(Source – Globe Newswire)
About Genius Group Limited
Founded in 2015, Genius Group Limited, an education company, has developed an entrepreneurial education system that would transform the current global education system. It upgrades it with a more relevant student-centric curriculum. It prepares students with leadership, entrepreneurial and life skills. It has about 4.3 million users of different ages from different countries. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic's impact, it had overall growth in revenues and profits. It aims to develop a future-focused entrepreneur education system for early learning, primary and secondary school, university, adult education and corporate training. It connects students, teachers, leaders, and entrepreneurs with tools and a global community.