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Irish e-learning start-up wins a deal in China

Pictured are: John Collins, Carlo Crighton, Cormac Kelly - from Onwards Learning.

Onwards Learning, a client of Enterprise Ireland, has secured an agreement with the Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education (CIVTE) in China to develop and run an English language e-learning and teaching portal.

The portal will deliver a wide range of digital language technologies, software apps and courseware, as well as assessment modules and international accreditation services. 

This cooperative agreement is under the auspices of the Chinese Vocational Adult Education (CVAE) Network.

The CVAE represents the educational, training and skills requirements of over 30 million people on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

LearnOnEnglish customers will have access to premium content, software apps and services from world leading third party branded language learning publishers and developers. The portal will feature popular brands of self-paced, collaborative and tutor-led e-learning resources in a social network design along with the latest features in online community, navigation and support.

“The China Vocational & Adult Education (CVAE) division of the Ministry Of Education is happy to work with Onwards Learning Ltd of Ireland as the preferred provider of English Language Learning Solutions to our user base and website visitors. This agreement will provide CVAE online visitors with the opportunity to enhance their English language skills using advanced technologies, applications, tools and services for learning, assessment and accreditation via the innovative LearnOnEnglish aggregated language e-learning platform,” commented Mr Zhang, Director of CVAE.

It is estimated that 380 million people throughout China require high quality education and training resources (Source: Research on Online Education and Training Market in China 2012-2017).  Global expenditure on digital products will account for 7% (or US$2.5 bn) of the total English language learning market by 2016 (Source: Ambient Research).

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