The Be Kind People Project to offer VIRTUAL, OUTDOOR, and LIVE programs to meet blended education needs

PR Newswire | July 17, 2020

The 2020-2021 school year is approaching and The Be Kind People Project is equipping parents and teachers with the tools and programs they need to head back to school while facing a new normal in the classroom (or virtual classroom). The Be Kind People Project will offer VIRTUAL, OUTDOOR, and LIVE programs to meet blended education needs. The organization works to build a generation of respectful, responsible, healthy, and caring citizens and leaders. Investing in today's youth is building tomorrow's leaders. The BE KIND Academy is their most outstanding offering yet. It is a new virtual package that includes comprehensive virtual social and emotional learning, character education, health, academic, and digital responsibility education for classrooms, small groups, and at-home learning.

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Canon Solutions America Presents CAHME Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Education and Practice

Canon Solutions America, Inc | June 02, 2022

Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., joins the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) to announce that the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) earned the 2022 CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice. CAHME is an accrediting body for academic programs that offer a professional master's degree in healthcare management education. Every year, the organization partners with Canon Solutions America to recognize educational institutions that strive to instill ideals of sustainability and social responsibility in future healthcare leaders with the Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice. This award signifies the critical role education plays in inspiring future healthcare leaders to enact positive change incorporating the ideals of cultural competency, community involvement, environmental focus, and sustainability. "Receiving the CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice is a true honor for us, It really represents a true affirmation of the significance of the efforts we've put forth to enhance sustainability. In April of 2020, we released our five-year strategic plan, which included a call to promote greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are ensuring that our students have a solid foundation in understanding the root causes of health and healthcare disparities." -Jean Abraham, PhD, professor and interim head, SPH Division of Health Policy & Management. The Minnesota MHA program was recognized for its efforts to manifest sustainability ideals that contribute to student and community development, focusing on enhancing cultural competency, increasing community involvement, acquiring an environmental focus, and increasing access to healthcare services. The program was honored at the CAHME Award Ceremony on March 27 at the ACHE Congress in Chicago, IL. "We are excited to join Canon Solutions America in awarding this honor to the University of Minnesota, Since 1968, Minnesota's graduate program in healthcare administration has provided students the training and support they need to become thoughtful, skilled, and effective leaders within healthcare." -Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO of CAHME. About CAHME CAHME serves the public interest by advancing the quality of healthcare management education globally. CAHME is the only organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master's degree in healthcare management. CAHME Accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers that ensure the integrity of healthcare management education. About the University of Minnesota School of Public Health The University of Minnesota School of Public Health improves the health and wellbeing of populations and communities around the world by bringing innovative research, learning, and concrete actions to today's biggest health challenges. We prepare some of the most influential leaders in the field, and partner with health departments, communities, and policymakers to advance health equity for all. About Canon Solutions America, Inc. Canon Solutions America, Inc. provides industry leading enterprise, production, and large format printing solutions, supported by exceptional professional service offerings. Canon Solutions America, Inc. helps companies of all sizes discover ways to improve sustainability, increase efficiency, and control costs in conjunction with high volume, continuous feed, digital and traditional printing, and document management solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon Solutions America, Inc. is headquartered in Melville, NY and has sales and service locations across the U.S.

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CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS

Bahwan CyberTek signs MoU with BITS Pilani, Dubai

Bahwan CyberTek | March 29, 2022

Bahwan CyberTek (BCT) Group, a global provider of digital transformation solutions announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BITS Pilani, Dubai. Under the strategic partnership, BCT and BITS Pilani will work together to expand their understanding of digital technologies and collaborate to build future-fit solutions. The MoU opens avenues for students of BITS Pilani to explore internships at BCT helping them curate EdTech solutions. Additionally, the partnership promotes joint seminars and workshops, knowledge sharing, and review of academic materials. "We are excited about this partnership and looking forward to deepening our ties with the student community in the Middle East. We're always exploring ideas, insights, and innovation that help our clients build future-fit businesses equipped with solutions for better experiences. This MoU is a step forward in that direction, sharing knowledge and transforming abstract ideas into reality." -Mr. Vish Srinivasan, Executive Vice President, BCT "This MoU will strengthen collaboration between industry and academia. Both parties aim to bring together their respective capabilities, resources and expertise and collaborate on advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Our primary focus will be on developing applications that will aid in the resolution of real-world problems. We look forward to a mutually beneficial and synergistic partnership between the two institutions." -Dr. Srinivasan Madapusi, Senior Professor Director, BITS-Pilani Dubai Campus BCT has played an active role in creating knowledge pools to tackle the growing demands for emerging technologies like AI, ML, and IoT. In the past, BCT partnered with Anna University, Chennai, and set up the AU-BCT Kalam Centre of Excellence in the university's campus to train students in emerging technologies. About Bahwan CyberTek Established in 1999, Bahwan CyberTek (BCT) is a global provider of IP-based digital transformation solutions leveraging its portfolio of innovative IP in the areas of Digital Experience, Predictive Analytics, and Digital Journey Management across North America, the Middle East, Far East, Africa, and Asia. Driving innovation through outcome-based business models, proven and powerful IP solutions, BCT is a trusted partner for over 1000+ customers, including Fortune 500 companies. With strong capabilities in digital technologies, BCT has over 3,000 associates with technical and domain expertise, delivering solutions to the Oil & Gas, Telecom, Power, Government, Banking, Retail, and SCM / Logistics verticals. About BITS Pilani BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus, established in the year 2000, is the only offshore campus of Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani), India, the most reputed and top ranking private university in India. It also has campuses at Goa and Hyderabad, apart from the flagship campus at Pilani, Rajasthan. BITS Pilani is identified and recognized by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) of Govt. of India as an Institute of Eminence (IOE) in 2018. BITS Pilani is accredited by National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2016 with 'A' Grade. The Institute offers Bachelors of Engineering (B.E.) Degree in Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biotechnology.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

LEAD, India's largest School EdTech major, becomes first 'EdTech Unicorn' of 2022 after raising $100 mn

LEAD | January 14, 2022

LEAD, India's largest School EdTech player, has raised US $100 million at a valuation of $1.1 billion to continue its mission of transforming schools in India. This funding creates history on several fronts: Makes LEAD the first School EdTech player to enter the Unicorn club Makes LEAD the first EdTech Unicorn of 2022 The Series E funding round was led by WestBridge Capital and GSV Ventures, making this one of their largest EdTech investment to fuel the company's ambitious vision of providing excellent education to every child. While most other EdTech companies offer supplemental education in K-12 or Higher education, LEAD is the only EdTech unicorn focused on transforming core schooling in India with its tech-integrated solutions. The company has seen rapid adoption in the last 4 years and will enter Academic Year 22-23 with 5000 schools across 500+ cities in India with an annual revenue run-rate of $80 million. It'll serve close to 2 million students and is unique in committing and delivering measurable improvement in student learning outcomes in schools. The company plans to use the proceeds to achieve its vision of providing quality affordable education to 25 million+ students with an annual revenue run-rate of $1 Bn. Immediate focus would be towards product and curriculum innovation, growth in its footprint and hiring top talent across functions. In the long term, the company plans to go deeper in the country to serve students in lower fee schools and expand internationally in similar geographies. "A child spends 6 hours in school and only 1 hour in tuitions. Transforming schools, when done right, has massive potential to alter our country's future. LEAD, with its integrated school system has broken new ground in this direction. We believe that in EdTech, Saraswati precedes Lakshmi. Our intense focus has been on learning outcomes and life success of our students. And this has resulted in not only strong adoption and retention by schools but also interest from investors who value returns with real impact. We're extremely thankful to our team of LEADers for staying true to our mission and helping take LEAD to all corners of the country. And we're fortunate to have the trust and support of partners such as WestBridge, Elevar Equity and GSV in this journey. This is a small milestone in our quest towards excellent education for every child." LEAD Co-founders Sumeet Yashpal Mehta and Smita Deorah WestBridge Capital Managing Director Sandeep Singhal said, "We are extremely proud of LEAD's success as the largest School EdTech provider in India. LEAD's growth last year, despite COVID disruptions, underlines its consumer first approach and deep focus on learning outcomes. We are excited to double down our investment in LEAD, to support in its mission of transforming the education sector in India and touching lives of millions of students." GSV Ventures Managing Partner Deborah Quazzo said, "LEAD has emerged as the gold standard for transforming K-12 education in India. The company acts as the Intel inside for affordable schools and guarantees 70%+ mastery in all subjects and all grades for low/middle income students and exceeds the guarantee. We, at GSV, believe that the mastery guarantee is a revolutionary offering in K12 education space and has the potential to be societally transformational for students. With this strong and unique value proposition and exceptional management team, LEAD is well on its path to become world's largest and most impactful School EdTech company." The company's valuation has doubled in the last 9 months on the back of strong growth in its operating and financial metrics. The current round is its fifth round of institutional funding since 2017. Founded by Sumeet Yashpal Mehta and Smita Deorah in 2012, LEAD has been transforming core schooling in India with its innovative full-stack School EdTech solution. Over the years, LEAD has been making global-standard education accessible and affordable to students, especially in non-metro cities. The curriculum in a LEAD-powered school is benchmarked with the best in the world, including schools in Singapore, Canada and USA. About LEAD: LEAD is India's foremost player in the School EdTech category promoted by Sumeet Yashpal Mehta and Smita Deorah, with the mission to transform school education in India. It combines technology, curriculum, and pedagogy into an integrated system of teaching and learning, thus improving student learning outcomes and teacher performance in schools across the country. LEAD's innovative and highly-effective Integrated Learning System significantly strengthens the role of schools, teachers, and parents in advancing the overall growth and development of every child by providing quality education.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Fastest-Growing EdTech Provider Trox + Tierney to "Bluum" Under New Brand

Bluum | January 27, 2022

Having already transformed into North America's leading education technology company, Trox + Tierney will continue to grow in the education markets under the new brand of Bluum beginning today. The higher calling of ensuring every student has access to a world-class education remains the company's mission. The April 2021 Trox and Tierney merger resulted in a technology solutions provider with a robust suite of technology products and services, AV design and integration, and professional development for educators. Many of Bluum's 775 employees stem from education, providing first-hand experience and unrivaled knowledge to their former colleagues. "Our company's growth has occurred through mergers and acquisitions, as well as organically, more than tripling our revenue over the past three years. We are united under one aspirational brand and a vision of creating equity and access in education. All of our employees equally share in this identity, which aligns with our mission, objectives and pursuit of continued growth." Bluum CEO Erez Pikar Recently named to the top half of the 2021 Inc. 5000 List of "America's Fastest-Growing Companies" and one of the "Top 10 Integrators" by Systems Contractor News, Bluum is rooted in the belief that education is the single most vital step toward a more positive and equitable tomorrow. The wonder of learning and the benevolence behind increasing student engagement heavily influenced Bluum's new logo and design. "The inspiration for our brand name came from Bloom's Taxonomy, a fundamental philosophy in every educator's toolkit," Vice President of Marketing and Communications Diane Mitchell said. "The act of 'blooming' signals a moment of transformation when the right set of people, resources and knowledge come together to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Technology is only the beginning. Our level of care and involvement with every customer sets us apart in making an impact on the user and the outcome." Today's announcement is the first step in a phased rebrand, which includes the launch of a new e-Commerce site this spring. While the Bluum brand will serve its education customers, the company also introduced the Bluum Technology brand to continue to develop its existing business and government customer base. About Bluum Bluum empowers educators with technology solutions that improve learning and make it more accessible, assisting more than 26 million students grow and flourish.

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