Naspers Has $8 Billion for Deals With Online Education a Target

BloombergQuint | April 10, 2020

Naspers spun off its international internet businesses into Amsterdam-listed Prosus NV last year, with the Cape Town-based company retaining a majority shareholding. The jewel in its crown is a 31% stake in Tencent Holdings Ltd., China’s biggest company, which it backed as a startup. The company also has interests in food delivery, fintech and classified advertising as well as other online-focused

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XLerateHealth, University of Kentucky to Expand Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Programming via Digital Learning Platform

XLerateHealth | August 18, 2022

XLerateHealth (XLH), a national healthcare accelerator based in Louisville, KY, in partnership with the University of Kentucky (UK) through UK Innovate, has been awarded the first phase of a potential $3.25M multi-year grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the IDeA Regional Entrepreneurship Development (I-RED) Program (Award Number UT2GM148083). The purpose of the grant is to develop and launch a suite of experience-based entrepreneurship and commercialization training tools to address the needs of academic institutions across the Southeast U.S., including faculty, researchers, innovators and students. XLH and UK have led this effort since 2018 through the XLerator Network, an NIH-funded partnership to increase the commercialization of promising life science and healthcare innovations in 25 academic institutions across the Southeast Institutional Development Award (IDeA) states of Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia and Puerto Rico. This NIH I-RED award will allow XLerator Network participants to build on prior work and develop, launch, test and validate entrepreneurship education and training tools that foster the translation of promising biomedical discoveries and technologies from research laboratories into commercial products “Based on our years of experience training biomedical entrepreneurs, we believe that effective entrepreneurial pedagogy is a combination of four elements: 1) informed high-quality educational content, 2) mentorship and coaching from experienced domain experts and entrepreneurs, 3) access to experienced talent to build a cohesive team, and 4) access to capital to fund the successful refinement of the technology/product and its commercial launch into the marketplace,” said Jackie Willmot, CEO of XLerateHealth. “We are proud to continue this collaboration and grateful to the NIH I-RED program for its support in bringing these resources to academic and clinician innovators.” “Through the XLerator Network, our partnership with more than two-dozen academic institutions in the Southeast IDeA region has created a framework for learning, testing, and applying entrepreneurship and commercialization best practices to advance the most promising health innovations in the region,” Ian McClure, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact at the University of Kentucky. “UK Innovate is thrilled that the NIH I-RED program will now catalyze that foundation and generate new education, mentorship, coaching, and commercialization tools for those partners and the region. As the academic lead institution for this new award, we are proud of this partnership and thank the NIH I-RED program leadership for its support.” Ian McClure, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact at the University of Kentucky About XLerateHealth (XLH) The XLerateHealth (XLH) mission is to cultivate and grow impactful healthcare innovation in the Midwest, Southeast and other areas of the country where great innovation often goes unrecognized and underfunded. Founded in 2012, XLH supports the development of healthcare innovation through its healthcare accelerator, which helps start-up founders commercialize their business and attract funding. XLerateHealth also leads the efforts to build and operate the XLerator Network, an NIH-funded partnership with Academic Lead University of Kentucky along with 24 other academic institutions in the Southeast. The objective of this work is to increase the commercialization of promising life science and healthcare innovations in the NIH-designated Southeast Institutional Development Award (IDeA) states.

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CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS

Raptor Technologies and Alertus Technologies Partner to Provide Comprehensive Solution for Keeping K-12 Schools Safe

Raptor Technologies and Alertus Technologies | August 10, 2022

Raptor Technologies, the leading provider of school safety software, and Alertus Technologies, a leader in emergency mass notification solutions, today announced they will integrate their best-in-class safety and security offerings to enhance security for K-12 schools and districts. The partnership combines Alertus' notification solutions with Raptor's robust emergency management and reunification tools, setting new, high standards for critical communication and response during emergencies. Alertus' integrated, modular mass notification offerings – including Alertus Desktop™, IP Text-to-Speech Interface for PA systems, and a range of hardwired and pocket-sized activation devices – are designed to help K-12 schools automate widespread, instant alerting in an emergency. Now, any K-12 school utilizing Raptor Technologies can automatically send emergency notifications to all alerting modalities unified by the Alertus Mass Notification System via Raptor® Connect™. Alertus will also offer Raptor Alert customers free Alertus Desktop™ and Alertus Desktop™ for Chrome, powerful desktop and browser-based alerting software that instantly overrides computer displays with customizable notifications. The promotion is made possible through Alertus' Safe in Seconds Initiative, a philanthropic effort to equip schools and nonprofits with mass notification technology they might not otherwise be able to afford. "School districts across the country are recognizing the value of being able to quickly initiate an alert and notify staff and teachers in the event of a school emergency, By integrating with Alertus, we're expanding the ways users can rapidly access Raptor Alert to trigger an alert and increasing the ways a campus can be notified of an emergency." -Chris Noell, chief product officer, Raptor Technologies Raptor Alert is currently used by more than 7,500 schools nationwide to help school districts respond to emergencies. Many states, including Texas, Florida, New Jersey and New York, have earmarked funding or created mandates to make mobile panic alerts available to schools. Additionally, in 2021, Raptor Alert was chosen by 25% of Florida schools to achieve compliance with Alyssa's Law, which mandates panic buttons that directly connect to law enforcement. Every second counts in an emergency and our top priority is ensuring that schools have every possible way to get urgent, life-saving information to their students, teachers and staff – both during and after a critical event, Our integration with Raptor enables schools to alert, respond, and recover more effectively by reducing response times, reinforcing stakeholder responsibilities and mitigating risk to their communities,said Patrick Dennin, director of education, Alertus. Alertus works with hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across North America, equipping them with unified, multilayered mass notification solutions – software, hardware and integrations with legacy alerting systems – to communicate effectively and protect their communities from potential threats, including active shooters, severe weather, health outbreaks, and more. Through its partnership with Raptor, Alertus' customized, layered approach to mass notification helps ensure that no one is missed in the event of an emergency. About Raptor Technologies Founded in 2002, Raptor has partnered with over 50,000 schools globally, including over 5,000 K-12 US school districts, to provide integrated visitor, volunteer, emergency management, and safeguarding software and services that cover the complete spectrum of school and student safety. About Alertus Technologies Alertus Technologies is a pioneer and market leader in emergency mass notification systems for large-area, high occupancy facilities. Since 2002, Alertus has engineered innovative solutions for emergency mass notification that unify and simplify the notification process for immediate, comprehensive coverage. Alertus provides solutions for in-building notification, outdoor notification, and personal notification. Thousands of institutions and enterprise organizations worldwide trust and rely on Alertus to protect millions of people.

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Free Quantum Computing Training Course Launched by the Linux Foundation and World Bank

The Linux Foundation, | August 26, 2022

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, has released a new, free, online training course, Fundamentals of Quantum Computing, in partnership with the World Bank. The course provides an understanding on how quantum computing could be used for complex decision making far beyond current computer capabilities, as well as an understanding of the technological, governmental, and industrial implications as the technology further matures.Quantum computing involves using quantum theories to perform complex computations. The technology has been in development for decades and is expected to revolutionize computing as it becomes more widely available. The Linux Foundation has been providing access to online training and education since 2014 and offers a full course catalog across a dozen categories with 100+ course offerings to meet a growing demand around the world. At the same time, the World Bank Group's Open Learning Campus (OLC) serves to accelerate development solutions by transforming global knowledge into actionable learning. Since its inception in 2015, it has provided 5000 learning offerings to over 4 million clients in 190 countries. This helps to meet the World Bank Group's twin goals of ending poverty and building shared prosperity. "Quantum computing has the potential to impact various sectors, including financial services, healthcare, agriculture and logistics, in addition to changing the way we architect cybersecurity. Given its potential impact, it is important to develop foundational knowledge of this new technology as it develops, to understand its implications for our skills, systems and technological governance," said Sheila Jagannathan, head of the Open Learning Campus at the World Bank. "As part of the Bank Group's ongoing efforts to support Government Chief Information Officers, government technology teams, advisors, and policymakers considering and preparing for the practical aspects of digital transformation in emerging economies, we have worked with Linux Foundation to develop this course on Quantum Computing fundamentals. This is part of a broader initiative to learn from our advanced digital partners, including the Republic of Korea, on the current and future impact of emerging technologies." The new course takes approximately three hours to complete, making it accessible to anyone. It will be of particular interest for public sector leaders, Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and technology teams in charge of the planning, design, development and deployment of public service delivery and digital economy infrastructures and platforms. Learners should be generally familiar with how computers function and the current use of on-premise and cloud computing. The course discusses the fundamentals of quantum computing, highlighting potential technological disruptions it brings. It discusses the current capabilities of quantum computing, current use cases, as well as prospective future applications, while emphasizing security advantages and dangers, especially around secure communication and encryption. It also dispels some of the myths surrounding quantum computing, explaining what it is at the moment, as well as why it is an exciting and essential technology to understand and embrace. "We are on the cusp of another technological revolution as quantum computing technology matures and enables us to solve problems which are too computationally intensive for traditional computers, "Now is the time to start teaching folks around the world about quantum computing in order to ensure that the policy implications are thought through and that the requisite talent pool is nurtured to support this technology as it grows. The World Bank has proven to be a valuable partner in this endeavor, recognizing the need and taking a leadership role in ensuring educational resources are available around quantum computing to everyone." Clyde Seepersad, SVP, and general manager of training & certification at the Linux Foundation. About the Linux Foundation Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation and its projects are supported by more than 2,950 members. The Linux Foundation is the world's leading home for collaboration on open source software, hardware, standards, and data. Linux Foundation projects are critical to the world's infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, ONAP, Hyperledger, RISC-V, and more. The Linux Foundation's methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration.

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CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Core Education Launches New Private Higher Education Network

Core Education | September 14, 2022

Core Education Services, PBC has announced the formation of a new private network for the exclusive benefit of small and mid-sized colleges and universities. The Core Affiliate Network™, which launches with ten member institutions whose combined budgets reach $457 million, will empower participating schools to modernize and transform their business models through innovative shared services made accessible through economies of scale. Core Education will provide supporting services across an array of functional areas, including marketing, enrollment resources, workforce programs, technology modernization, operational efficiency, capital strategies, campus operations, and compliance services. Member institutions maintain their independence – though they must meet specific financial and leadership criteria to leverage Core solutions addressing higher education’s biggest challenges. “Small and mid-sized institutions are disproportionately impacted by the systemic issues facing higher education today,In an era of shifting demographics and declining demand, these institutions need an advocate who understands transformation and what it takes to establish long-term prosperity. By creating economies of scale and providing access to top talent and resources that would otherwise be inaccessible, Core can be that advocate for a growing number of institutions seeking to transform their business models.” Rick Beyer, Executive Chairman of Core Education, In addition to the ten current participating colleges and universities, more institutions are conducting partnership studies and Beyer expects new members to join the Core Affiliate Network over the next year. “We are fortunate to be working with a number of presidents and board leaders who are committed to real transformation,” he says. “As such, we anticipate continued growth as they learn more about the unparalleled subject matter expertise and organizational depth we bring to the table.” What Member Institutions are Saying Larry Czarda, President of Greensboro College: “Without the Core Affiliate Network, we could not afford the resources and expertise that are driving our transformation. We are stabilizing and modernizing our technology platform. We are strengthening our institutional research. And we are launching a major workforce development initiative that will pay big dividends for our region. As a small but growing United Methodist institution with a rich history, Core is making it possible to evolve our business model in ways that match our unique vision for the future.” David Wright, President Emeritus of Indiana Wesleyan University: “There are big opportunities for institutions that leverage Core as a supporting organization. In my work with faith-based institutions, I often see the need for knowledgeable external support that appreciates how important it is for a school to maintain its independence and identity. That combination is rare – and it sets Core apart.” Gordon Bietz, Director Higher Education, North American Division, Seventh-day Adventist Church: “Core enabled a group of our institutions to launch a workforce development initiative that would have been very expensive if each tried to do it on their own.” Lee Johnson, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, Siena Heights University: “We are launching a series of certificates and credentials with Core to help grow and diversify our revenue streams. We are also leveraging Core as part of our technology assessment and modernization plans. None of it would be happening without the substantial economies of scale that Core provides.” Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, President, Regis College: “As a public benefit corporation, Core uses a cost recovery approach that enables Regis to reach higher margins for our growth initiatives. As a Catholic institution guided by a mission that inspires us to provide access to a rigorous education through innovative learning opportunities and collaborative engagement at all degree levels, this new partnership will enable Regis to expand our vast offerings for students. These additional academic offerings will make meaningful contributions to workforce development throughout New England and beyond by supporting companies seeking talent and also help employees develop new skills that are in demand throughout the marketplace.” About Core Education Services, PBC Core is a public benefit corporation with a mission to support small and mid-sized institutions through innovative shared services. Core Education addresses its mission of student and institutional success through a comprehensive set of supporting services, with a specific emphasis on market expansion, technology efficiency, and operational effectiveness

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