Certiport China Partners with Prestigious Shanghai University to Develop and Certify Digital Skills of Teachers: East China Normal University to Offer Globally Recognized Certiport Ic(3) and Microsoft Office Credentials for Validating Digital Skills to 500 Teachers Annually

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Certiport China announced today that East China Normal University (ECNU) has been approved as its newest Certiport Center for administering performance-based certification exams recognized globally. The partnership is aimed at enhancing the digital skills and credentials among university students studying to become teachers. Effective immediately, Certiport China will help pave the way for 500 would-be teachers at a time to learn and validate information and communications technology (ICT) skills while earning globally recognized certifications.

Our partnership with Certiport China will play an increasingly important role in bringing innovation to Chinese vocational education

    "East China Normal University is demonstrating tremendous leadership in addressing the urgent need for better prepared teachers with skills vital for education in the 21st Century," said Randy Pierson, executive vice president of Certiport. "Developing and certifying the digital skills of teachers lays the foundation for integration of technology in the classroom, which in turn leads to learning outcomes that foster student creativity and innovation."

An agreement solidifying the initiative to train and certify ECNU students was signed by Allen Logue, director of global channel operations at Certiport, and Dai Ping, director of University Vocational Technical Training Center at ECNU. The initiative includes Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3(R)), Microsoft(R) Office Specialist and Microsoft Business Certification programs. These credentials benefit employers, instructors, students and other individuals looking to improve and validate current and relevant computing skills.

"Our partnership with Certiport China will play an increasingly important role in bringing innovation to Chinese vocational education," said Ping. "Now we can better equip instructors to teach effectively in the Digital Age."

Founded 1952 in Shanghai, ECNU has been a flagship university for the development of China's most respected teachers. To date, more than 100,000 individuals have graduated from the university and successfully integrated into the Chinese workforce. The university boasts 18 full-time schools and 39 departments that offer 61 undergraduate degrees. In turn, the graduate school offers 94 doctoral programs and 139 master's programs.

As a subsidiary of Certiport, Inc., Certiport China delivers Certiport products and services to mainland China while also distributing Certiport IC3 and Adobe Certified Associate certification programs in Taiwan. Since its establishment in 2004, Certiport China has cultivated partnerships in three of China's four largest cities, including relationships with more than 100 universities in 12 of 26 Chinese provinces.

Certiport is the industry leader in developing certification programs that validate essential digital skills available in 21 languages and in 128 countries worldwide. To support these worldwide programs, Certiport has grown a channel of more than 12,000 business, academic institutions and government agencies that act as testing centers to develop the competitive global workforce.

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Certiport prepares individuals with current and relevant digital skills and credentials for the competitive global workforce. These solutions are delivered by more than 12,000 Certiport Centers worldwide and include Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3(R)), the official Microsoft(R) Office certification programs and the Adobe(R) Certified Associate certification program. For more information, visit http://www.certiport.com.

"Certiport" and "IC3" are registered trademarks of Certiport, Inc. in the United States and other countries. "Microsoft" is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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