Oxford takes top spot in THE World University Rankings 2020

Study International | September 12, 2019

The University of Oxford in the UK has retained its position at the top in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 for the fourth year in a row. The University of Cambridge was bumped down to third place, while California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has climbed up three spots into second. American and UK universities continue to cement themselves among the global elite, with universities from both countries dominating the top 10. The report also notes that Asian universities are catching up, with China and Japan boasting a strong performance in the rankings.China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University are Asia’s top two universities, ranked 23rd and 24th respectively. Singapore’s National University of Singapore (NUS) comes in at 25th.The University of Tokyo and Kyoto University are the only Japanese universities in the top 100, ranked joint 36th and 65th respectively. The ranking, released on September 11, includes almost 1,400 universities from 92 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.

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Singapore recently announced measures such as higher subsidies to make pre-school more affordable and accessible. It had also been building the pipeline of early childhood educators in recent years to support a growing demand for pre-school places.

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Singapore recently announced measures such as higher subsidies to make pre-school more affordable and accessible. It had also been building the pipeline of early childhood educators in recent years to support a growing demand for pre-school places.

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Riiid and BasicFirst Learning Sign Partnership for Delivery of Personalized AI-powered Learning Solutions

Riiid | October 23, 2021

Riiid, a leading AI for education (AIEd) solution company, and BasicFirst Learning, a personalized e-learning platform based in India, signed a partnership agreement to deliver AI-driven education. By integrating Riiid's AI solutions into BasicFirst Learning's online tutoring platform, the partnership will offer a new level of personalized learning experiences for students in the region. Riiid has been a member of Born2Global Centre since 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, two parties will develop an AI-powered test-prep solution for JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) and NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test), an admissions exam for various technical and medical undergraduate programs across India with over three million test-takers annually. The solution will be accessible through the web, iOS, and Android. In the process, BasicFirst Learning will provide contents, key features, and specifications for the product, while Riiid will provide Al modeling components, such as score prediction and content recommendation, as well as AI algorithm pre-training capabilities. When combined, those components are expected to exert a vast amount of synergy, generating high learning efficacy and personalized learning paths for the users. According to HolonIQ, a global education intelligence platform, India is "an education giant to watch" and is expected to dethrone China as the most populous country on earth by 2022 with more than 1.5 billion residents. Since India's economic growth and development are expected to rely heavily on the education sector, this partnership can serve as a catalyst for capturing enormous opportunities in the Indian education market. "We are thrilled to enter into a partnership with BasicFirst Learning because when AI meets the right platforms, powerful things happen. Because BasicFirst Learning is well aligned with us on the mission of democratizing education for everyone and its learning platform has a strong reputation among local users, we expect our collective efforts to make a major leap in providing personalized learning experiences. We believe this partnership also has a potential to generate a great deal of market opportunities in India." David Yi, CEO of Riiid Labs Elaborating on the partnership, Randhir Kumar, Founder & CEO, BasicFirst Learning said, "We are excited to be entering into an innovative and industry-first partnership with Riiid Labs to provide AI-enabled test assessment solutions to students. Every year over three million students appear for JEE, NEET exams in the country, therefore we are focusing on bringing solution that is student-centric and bring innovation to the current education system. Aligned with our commitment to offering a holistic learning experience, this partnership aims to offer students a one-of-a-kind personalized, focused, and result-driven experience. Our AI-powered learning mechanism is a step towards improved future of students and brings competitiveness among the industry peers". BasicFirst Learning is a personalized e-learning platform in India started by the country's top education professionals and experts in 2017. The company has made quick penetrations in a number of markets including US, UAE, Singapore as well as its home turf in India. Riiid's proprietary AI technology analyzes student data and content, predicts scores and user behavior, and recommends personalized study plans in real-time to help students optimize their learning potential. The company provides solutions for K-12 education, postsecondary education, and corporate training in more than 10 countries across the globe. About Riiid Headquartered in Korea, Riiid is a global leader in AI solutions for education, backed by more than $250 million (USD) in funding and named to the 2021 CB Insights AI 100 list of the most innovative AI startups. Leveraging the power of AI, the company is driving a paradigm shift in education with technology that personalizes instruction for all students, with the aim of democratizing quality education anywhere in the world. The company provides solutions for K-12 education, postsecondary education, and corporate training. As a leading force in AI technology, Riiid has published research papers at top AI conferences including NeurIPS, CSEDU, and LAK. The company has applied for more than 103 patents, 27 of which are registered. In 2020, Riiid established the company's global arm based in Silicon Valley, California, to expand its business across the U.S., South America, Middle East and beyond. About BasicFirst Learning BasicFirst Learning, founded in 2017, is a personalized live e-learning platform enabled with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Data Analytics for enhanced adaptive learning. Started by the country's top education professionals and experts, BasicFirst provides personalized academic support and high-quality mentor-based content to the students situated at the remotest locations across India. To empower students with the confidence, BasicFirst helps them build a strong scholastic foundation through live one-on-one & one-to-many interactive learning modules, online doubt clearing sessions, and multiple revision rounds. The affordable e-learning platform offers targeted courses for JEE, AIIMS, NTSE, NEET, and Olympiads along with courses for students of classes 6th to 12th. BasicFirst consists of over 150+ experienced teachers/instructors from India's top institutions/ schools that are available for all education boards across the country in all languages including local languages, providing quality education to more than 20,000 students spread across tier 1, 2 & 3 cities in India. About Born2Global Centre Born2Global Centre is a full-cycle service platform for global expansion. Since its inception in 2013, Born2Global has been setting the standard for successful startup ecosystem as the main Korean government agency under the Ministry of Science and ICT. Born2Global has expanded and transformed startups to be engaged, equipped and connected with the global market.

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Newest Apprenticeship Program Launched by New Horizons Learning Group

New Horizons | April 29, 2022

On April 28th, leading technical education provider announced the launch of its new apprenticeship program in California. The program will be delivered in collaboration with the American Institutes for and CompTIA and Research (AIR). It is designed for aspiring professionals in Information Technology. New Horizons will become the latest provider to become a CompTIA’s Apprenticeships for Tech program. It is an initiative to help employers fill their IT staffing needs now and in the future. The program is unique as it uses an “earn and learn” model with apprenticeship programs that also help create employment opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds. "We believe that the timing is perfect to introduce our Information Technology Apprenticeships to businesses in our communities. Our partnership with AIR and CompTIA will support businesses inCaliforniawith their hiring needs by supplying them with the skilled and qualified talent they are struggling to find in today's employee-driven workforce." -Cindy Sutherland, president, New Horizons Learning Group "Apprenticeships have long been a proven method for building skills and expanding employment opportunities, and they're gaining traction in the IT workforce as employers seek out new ways to develop tech talent. New Horizons has a well-deserved reputation for preparing people for careers in technology. We are pleased to welcome them to our apprenticeship program." -Amy Kardel, senior vice president for workforce relationships at CompTIA

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Cambium Learning Group Champions “Remote First” Work Model

Cambium Learning Group | January 31, 2022

-Cambium Learning Group, a leading provider of award-winning education technology and services for K-12 markets, today announced its “Remote First” work model, a progressive and responsive approach to remote work. Cambium's Remote First model provides the company’s employees with flexibility, giving most employees the opportunity to choose between fully remote work or a hybrid of remote and in-office work at one of Cambium's office locations. Cambium believes that continuing to allow its employees to determine where and how they work to effectively balance their work and personal lives will continue to support both the company’s goals and employees in the future. Cambium’s purpose — its reason for being — is to tackle K-12 education’s biggest challenge: helping all teachers and students feel seen, valued and supported. This purpose also extends to the employees, making sure all feel seen, valued and supported. Employees will not be required to work in an office or resume business travel, and the added flexibility is focused on driving innovation, improving equity across the company, and putting people first. “In response to the pandemic, most Cambium employees have adjusted to a fully remote working environment,” said John Campbell, CEO of Cambium Learning Group. “The transition to fully remote work has required each of us to adopt new ways of working and staying connected. We’re excited that our Remote First approach will provide a more inclusive model based on respect and trust that supports everyone to create a better work-life blend.” Cambium's bookings are more than five times higher than 2017 bookings, nearing $1B in 2021. Since accelerating its transition to a remote workforce in March of 2020, Cambium has gone on to have its two most successful years to date in 2020 and 2021. This is just one example of how the company’s focus on its purpose — helping people feel seen, valued and supported — wasn't just the right thing to do, it was beneficial for business and employees. As a result of the growth that the company has seen over the last 2 years, Cambium has invested in its existing talent and added nearly 400 new positions across the US, while looking to add more than 600 new positions in 2022. Cambium’s latest video, “Back to the Future,” highlights Cambium's legacy of impact and serves as a call to action for professionals wanting to join the edtech leader in addressing education’s most persistent challenges. Within Cambium’s Remote First approach, over 85% of Cambium's employees have the opportunity to work remotely. “Our historic growth last year and throughout the pandemic, is a testament to our employees’ hard work and tenacious dedication to teachers and students. Giving our employees the flexibility to decide where and how they work best is not only what’s best for themselves and their families, but also helps us all produce our best work.” Ashley Andersen Zantop, COO at Cambium Learning Group By applying learnings from the start of the pandemic, and adopting a Remote First work model, Cambium has invested in ways to increase support for employee remote home offices. This includes a Remote First Home Office support benefit for expenses incurred so far and those expected in 2022, as well as an enhanced suite of health and welfare benefits including virtual mental wellness visits, enhanced leave packages and other remote-friendly offerings. Cambium’s commitment to a Remote First approach will focus on encouraging all employees and teams who can work remotely successfully to do so, while also providing office facilities for some in-office work and collaboration in select locations. About Cambium Learning Group Cambium Learning® Group is the education essentials company, providing award-winning education technology and services for K-12 markets. With an intentionally curated portfolio of respected global brands, Cambium serves as a leader in the education space, helping millions of educators and students feel more universally valued each and every day. In everything it does, the company focuses on the elements that are most essential to the success of education, delivering simpler, more certain solutions that make a meaningful difference right now. To learn more, visit www.cambiumlearning.com or follow Cambium on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium. The Cambium family of brands includes: Cambium Assessment, Lexia® Learning, Learning A-Z®, Voyager Sopris Learning®, ExploreLearning®, Time4Learning®, and Kurzweil Education®.

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