Edvantage Group (0382.HK) Entered into Strategic Cooperative Partnership with Kingdee Group

HONG KONG, Mar 12, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Edvantage Group Holdings Limited ("Edvantage Group" or the "Group", stock code: 0382.HK), the largest private higher education group in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (the "Greater Bay Area"), is pleased to announce that the Group has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Kingdee Software (China) Co., Ltd. ("Kingdee Group", stock code: 0268.HK), a leading enterprise management software and e-commerce application solution provider in Asia Pacific. Edvantage Group fully exerts its professional recourses and brand advantages, along with Kingdee Group's industrial advantages in the field of management software industry and enterprise cloud service application information technology, to join forces to promote the integration of industry and education. In the light of that, the Group's digital transformation will be further promoted, and the Group's financial vocational training and social services capabilities will be further improved as well, bringing the realization of joint development and win-win situation.



Video Signing Ceremony across Shenzhen and Hongkong


Signing Ceremony(from left to right: Principal Chen Yue of Kingdee Training Education Sector; Principal Guo Yinhua of Huashang Education Group; COO Ms. Liu Wenqi of Edvantage Group)


Management of Edvantage Group(from left to right: CFO-Mr. Wong Shing Mun; CEO-Ms. Liu Yi Man; Chairman-Mr. Liu Yung Chau; CF&IR Director-Mr. Sunny Yan)



Comprehensively realizing digital transformation
Further optimizing corporate operation and management
Edvantage Group is the first private higher education group to enter strategic partnership with Kingdee Group in China. With established regional network in China, Australia and Singapore, the Group will see expansion of international network in the future, thus comprehensive digital transformation will better fuel the Group's international business development and improve operation and management efficiency of domestic and international business. Operation cost will be significantly reduced as well.

– Regarding informatization construction, Kingdee Group will allocate the optimal resources and advanced management model to help Edvantage Group to fully improve its digital management level in accordance with the Group's informatization construction strategy and goals. At the same time, they will jointly analyze the advanced enterprise management model in the education industry. Kingdee Group will combine the management results of the research with the actual management situation and industry characteristics of Edvantage Group to form a Chinese management model in the education industry.

– Regarding the financial sharing center's construction, Kingdee Group provides related planning and construction consultation, system process planning, and software system support for the construction of Edvantage Group's financial sharing center. Both sides will jointly create an efficient sharing and management system and establish the financial sharing model for the education industry.

Further encouraging the integration of industry and education
Continuously expanding the vocational education training business
Kingdee Group also assists the Group in extending innovative information management technology, modern corporate management concepts, and advanced corporate culture to the Group's professional teaching and social services. Together, both parties will promote the innovative model of professional talent training and the integration of industry and education, as well as deepen the school-enterprise cooperation to further improve the employment quality of graduates. At the same time, both sides proactively respond to the government policy on "1+X" certification system and cooperate to develop certification courses for college students and adult learner, which enable the Group to develop vigorously in the field of vocational education and training.

– Regarding the integration of industry and education, both parties jointly create new business majors cooperation, and integrate cloud management with ABCD new technology-related industrial resources, to promote the updating of professional talent training programs in the fields of accounting, management and software, and jointly cultivate composite application-oriented talents that are suitable for enterprise digital management.

– Regarding the vocational education and training, both parties integrate their competitive resources and develop a series of training courses of enterprise digital management in new technology fields such as big data, industrial internet, and cloud technology to explore diversified education services for enterprise and social trainee in Greater Bay Area. In addition, both sides plan to establish an industrial college to jointly cultivate enterprise information management talents and application-oriented talents who fulfill the demand of industry digital management field.

The Group is the largest private higher education group weighed in business in the Greater Bay Area, while the Kingdee Group is a leader in the Chinese software market headquartered in Shenzhen, making the cooperation a strong alliance between two industry leaders both rooted in the Greater Bay Area. Adhering to the principles of "complementary advantages, resource sharing, mutual benefit and win-win development, and joint development", both parties establish close and long-term strategic partnerships of mutual benefit and complementary advantages to achieve the goals of joint development and mutual benefit. Looking forward, in the light of the comprehensive realization of digital transformation, the Group's domestic and international networks will be more efficiently and seamlessly connected, which will further optimize the overall operation of the Group. In addition, the further development of the integration of industry and education will not only grant the graduates' competitiveness in the employment market, but also strengthen the Group's brand reputation. The continuous expansion of the vocational education and training business not only conforms to the national education policy, but also enriches the Group's income sources.

About Edvantage Group Holdings Limited
Edvantage Group Holdings Limited ("Edvantage Group" or the "Group", stock code: 0382.HK) is the largest private higher education group in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (in terms of total student enrolment of business majors for the 2017/2018 school year), and an early mover in education sector in pursuing international expansion. With a sizeable student base, the Company operates with economies of scale. In China, the Edvantage Group currently operates two private higher education institutions located in the Great Bay Area of Guangdong Province, China, namely Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College. Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College focus their programme offerings on business programmes, such as accounting, finance, economics and business English, and strive to help students to achieve employment prospects when they graduate, and to benefit from the availability of employment opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. The Company also operates a private vocational education institution named Global Business College of Australia ("GBCA") authorized by ASQA in Australia, offering vocational education courses and non-formal short-term courses aiming to provide students with competitive advantages and global prospective.

The Group has also acquired NYU Language School, a local school in Singapore and has established the Singapore campus based in the existing NYU Language School. NYU Language School has been accredited as EduTrust by the Education Department of Singapore. The Singapore campus is expected to commence operation in April 2020. In addition to the language preparatory courses, the new campus also provides undergraduate and college courses and start-up/training courses. It is qualified to offer internationally-recognised courses and accept local and overseas students in Singapore.

About Kingdee Software (China) Co., Ltd.
Kingdee Software (China) Co., Ltd. ("Kingdee Group", stock code: 0268.HK) was founded in 1993 and listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Well-known as a leading enterprise management software and e-commerce application solution provider in Asia Pacific, one of the fastest growing independent software vendors in the global software market and a leader in China's software industry, Kingdee Group is committed to becoming "the worthiest entrusted enterprise service platform". Kingdee Group is headquartered in Shenzhen, China, running nearly 100 branches in mainland China focusing on marketing and services, and partnering with more than 2,400 consulting, technology, implementation services, and distribution organization, providing cloud services to more than 6.8 million enterprises and government organizations. According to authoritative IDC data, Kingdee Group has ranked No. 1 in the market share of Chinese SMEs for 14 consecutive years and ranked No. 1 regarding the enterprise SaaS ERM market share for 3 consecutive years. It is the only Chinese enterprise SaaS cloud service vendor selected into Gartner's Global Market Guide.


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Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 Held at Cambridge, with a Focus on Important Global Education Issues

Cambridge, UK, Mar 12, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 was held at Jesus College, the University of Cambridge. This year's conference focused on two themes: education and international development; wellbeing and education.



Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 hosted at Jesus College, Cambridge


Dr Charles Chen Yidan at the Conference


Professor Usha Goswami, Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2019


Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD and Head, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Research


Professor Pauline Rose, Director of Research for Equitable Access and Learning Center, Cambridge


Erum Mariam, Executive Director, BRAC IED


Professor Anna Vignoles, Faculty of Education, Cambridge


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope announced officially that Cambridge would be creating a new role – Professor of Psychology of Education and Learning Studies in its Faculty of Education.



This year's Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 honored the achievements of the Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2019, Professor Usha Goswami, and also honored the work of the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate 2019, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG. He died in late December 2019. Sir Fazle was the Founder of BRAC, one of the world's largest non-profit development organizations, which currently operates across 11 countries in Africa and Asia and has set up hundreds of early childhood development centers, where close to 40,000 children are presently enrolled.

"The 2019 Laureates represent two very different approaches to ensuring that our children go on to lead happy, productive lives, but they also intersect. Both point to the need to achieve a better, deeper understanding of children's needs. Through their work, we now see promising ways to help millions of lives around the world. With technology, and active participation of our partners on this global platform, we can inspire hope for our future generations." Dr Charles Chen Yidan, the founder of the Yidan Prize said at the conference.

The University of Cambridge's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope said that the university had a 'critical' role to play in addressing the challenges of mental health, and it goes to the heart of what we stand for as a center for research and practice in education.

Professor Pauline Rose, Director of Research for Equitable Access and Learning Center, the University of Cambridge, said that inspired by the achievements of Sir Fazle, this year's conference discussed what works in education for the most marginalized communities.

"BRAC since the 1980s has been a world-leader in this area. BRAC's impact seems to stem from the fact that they gather evidence about their effectiveness and adapt their programmes accordingly, which helps to make their work adaptable and replicable in other countries. At the REAL Centre at the Faculty of Education, we have carried out assessments that suggest that similar reasons lie behind the success of another organization, CAMFED, in supporting the education of marginalized girls in Tanzania," she said.

BRAC IED's Executive Director Erum Mariam attended the conference. She said Sir Fazle dedicated his life to serve the needs of people living in poverty all around the world. Among his many contributions, he is best known for making girls' education a priority in Bangladesh with women as the drivers of change.

"Sir Fazle scaled a unique non-formal primary education model in every district of Bangladesh maintaining a strict policy of opening a one room school only if 70 percent of the students are girls. Started in 1985 BRAC's s non-formal schools have had six million graduates who would have otherwise been left behind," Erum Mariam said.

Professor Anna Vignoles from Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, hosted a panel discussion on children's mental health. She found that there is a growing global awareness of the mental health needs of children, and a growing consensus that mental health is an important indicator of the success or otherwise of any society.

"Children in particular experience a range of problems and challenges, including poverty, abuse, bereavement etc. Evidence from the World Health Organisation survey suggests that around a third of all mental health problems are down to such childhood adversities. We need to be clear what the main factors causing any increase in young people's mental health problems are, and the extent to which they really can be addressed by schools, rather than requiring a wider societal response. Second, we need to have far better evidence on what kinds of interventions are effective in a school setting, and reassure ourselves that schools are indeed the right institutions to be tackling the problem," Anna Vignoles said.

"We look forward to finding many more innovative solutions through working closely with educators who share our passion and determination to build a more inclusive society for everyone. Together, we can transform great ideas into meaningful actions. It is on the notion of the need for closer collaborations and collective impact that we curate these debates to create a new philosophy for the future of education," Dr Charles Chen Yidan said.

At Yidan Prize Conference 2020, Professor Toope announced officially that the University of Cambridge would be creating a new role – Professor of Psychology of Education and Learning Studies, which will be based in its Faculty of Education. The new post will strengthen existing research into how better to support young people's well-being and mental health, in particular through the education system.

The first post-holder will be Professor Gordon Harold, currently at the University of Sussex, who has led several, field-changing studies into the relationship between domestic adversity and young people's mental health, enabling schools and teachers to do more to support pupils with depression and anxiety.

The conference was broadcast live online to encourage educators from around the world to participate in discussions on important educational issues.

About the Yidan Prize

Founded in 2016 by Dr Charles Chen Yidan, a core founder of Tencent, the Yidan Prize has a mission of creating a better world through education. It consists of two awards, the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize Laureates each receives a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million), half of which is a cash prize while the other half is a project fund. To ensure transparency and sustainability, the prize is managed by the Yidan Prize Foundation and governed by an independent trust with an endowment of HK$2.5 billion (around US$323 million). Through a series of initiatives, the prize aims to establish a platform for the global community to engage in conversation around education and to play a role in education philanthropy.


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Dr Charles Chen Yidan, Founder of Yidan Prize, Presents the Prestigious Award to Professor Usha Goswami at Cambridge University

Cambridge, UK, Mar 11, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Dr Charles Chen Yidan, founder of the Yidan Prize visited the United Kingdom this week to present the prestigious award to Professor Usha Goswami at the University of Cambridge.



Dr Charles Chen Yidan and Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2019 Professor Usha Goswami


Dr Charles Chen Yidan and Cambridge's Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope


Group photo of the award presentation ceremony



"We hold high respect for Professor Goswami's visionary approach to answer for our children's well-being and their future. It is exciting to see her ground-breaking work setting the scientific basis in understanding how we can help every child succeed. As education continues to drive forward fundamental changes in our societies, it is our hope that deeper knowledge into brain functions would open new possibilities for better access to learning," Dr Charles Chen Yidan said at the award ceremony.

Usha Goswami is Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St John's College Cambridge. She founded and serves as Director of the world's first Center for Neuroscience in Education. Her research revealed the brain basis of rhythm perception, showing how this neural process is impaired in developmental dyslexia. These discoveries are enabling transformative educational interventions that have the potential to benefit millions of children worldwide.

Professor Usha Goswami was awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Research in September 2019 for her ground-breaking neuroscience research in understanding brain function, which allows educators to design different teaching pedagogy, techniques and tools to help children with dyslexia and special needs to learn languages more effectively.

The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, remarked at the ceremony: "We are incredibly grateful to Charles Yidan Chen for establishing the Yidan Prize. It is a prize that inspires and encourages educational innovation and research, and which will inspire and encourage the generations to follow. Congratulations to Professor Usha Goswami, who embodies the University's mission to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research and research at the highest international levels of excellence."

"I am deeply honored to receive the Yidan Prize, and to have my research in educational neuroscience, language and literacy recognized by the Foundation. I whole-heartedly endorse the Yidan Prize Foundation's mission to create a better world through education. Children's language and reading skills are fundamental to their ability to access the opportunities offered by education," Professor Goswami said.

As a Yidan Prize Laureate, Professor Goswami received a gold medal and HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million), half of which is a cash prize and the other half a project fund.

Professor Goswami plans to use the Yidan Prize project fund for a dedicated neuroimaging investigation of developmental language disorder (DLD). Children with DLD have difficulties in acquiring oral language in the absence of some neurodevelopmental issues. Worldwide, it is estimated that 7% of children in every culture are affected – over 15 million children.

The research data empowered by the Yidan Prize project fund will potentially reveal the brain basis of DLD, leading to the development of innovative intervention techniques to enable children with DLD to access education normally.

Further the neural data will be rich enough to create a classifier by using machine learning approaches to identify children at risk of DLD, enabling early screening in infancy, which is much needed but currently impossible. By collecting matched neural data to that with dyslexic children, Professor Goswami can also create a classifier to discriminate the DLD brain response from the dyslexic brain response, this would be ground-breaking.

"We are so pleased to be working closely with Professor Goswami, supporting her inspiring work which could benefit millions of children. We all know that having the right environment for individuals to thrive is so important, and we greatly anticipate that, here in Cambridge, exciting findings will open doors for passionate educators to apply innovative technology and solutions to create a more inclusive global community," Dr Charles Chen Yidan said.

"The award of the Yidan Prize enables me to extend my rhythm research into oral language difficulties, a long-term ambition of mine. I'm incredibly grateful for what the prize makes possible," Professor Goswami said.

About the Yidan Prize

Founded in 2016 by Dr Charles Chen Yidan, a core founder of Tencent, the Yidan Prize has a mission of creating a better world through education. It consists of two awards, the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize Laureates each receives a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million), half of which is a cash prize while the other half is a project fund. To ensure transparency and sustainability, the prize is managed by the Yidan Prize Foundation and governed by an independent trust with an endowment of HK$2.5 billion (around US$323 million). Through a series of initiatives, the prize aims to establish a platform for the global community to engage in conversation around education and to play a role in education philanthropy.


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NetDragon Partners with RYB Education to Develop Online Early Childhood Education

HONG KONG, Feb 20, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a strategic agreement with RYB Education, Inc ("RYB Education"), joining forces to explore online early childhood education in China. This collaboration broadens NetDragon's online education product offerings and services in early childhood education and at-home education, as well as opening up such markets in China.

Leveraging the achievements and advantages of NetDragon's education technologies and products, while integrating with the platform resources from RYB Education, this strategic cooperation aims to provide early childhood education platforms and products, and also to explore the online-to-offline ("O2O") model of early childhood English education. In addition, NetDragon plans to exploit its know how and experience in gamification of education products to offer upgraded and enhanced versions of RYB Education's family and parenting course contents, in order to increase competitiveness. Moreover, this cooperation in early childhood education will carry out at both ToB and ToC levels.

RYB Education is a leading early childhood education service provider in China, focusing on early childhood education for children from infancy to 6 years old. Through direct operation and franchising, RYB Education currently covers approximately 500 kindergartens and 1,300 play-and-learn centres across more than 300 cities nationwide, providing early childhood education guidance and services to cumulatively millions of families. With its high-quality early education platform and products, RYB Education's number of students and registered users has continued to rise. Furthermore, the integration of online and offline education contents and resources by making use of RYB Education's diverse set of education services and products, and NetDragon's technical and professional expertise in online education, will result in more possibilities for early childhood education in China.

Dr. Simon Leung, Vice Chairman of NetDragon and CEO of NetDragon Huayu Education, commented, "We are delighted to enter into this strategic cooperative partnership with RYB Education. We believe this partnership aids the Company in establishing a solid foundation in the early childhood education market. The Company will leverage its advantages of content resources and its expertise in fields such as informatization of education as well as the integration of education and technology, to collaborate with RYB Education. We firmly believe that we can share strong synergies through NetDragon's powerful digital curriculum and online course solutions, as well as RYB Education's strong resource base of students, teachers and parents. We also hope that our collaboration will lead to innovation and equality in education."

"We are excited about this strategic relationship with NetDragon, a strong advocate for education innovation in the internet industry. By leveraging NetDragon's pool of established online learning platforms and digital learning technologies, such as VR and AR, we are well-positioned to develop competitive early childhood education products and platforms suitable for online education," said Ms. Yanlai Shi, CEO of RYB Education. "There will be strong synergy between our extensive student and parent network and NetDragon's digital curriculum, tools and solutions. We look forward to working closely with the NetDragon team and believe we will bring about more educational innovations and make early childhood education services and contents more flexible and accessible, better serving the needs of parents and children."

About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) is a global leader in building internet communities with a long track record of developing and scaling multiple internet and mobile platforms that impact hundreds of millions of users. These include China's number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China's most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu for US$1.9 billion in 2013 as the largest Internet M&A transaction in China.

Established in 1999, NetDragon is one of the most reputable and well-known online game developers in China with a history of successful game titles including Eudemons Online, Heroes Evolved and Conquer Online. In recent years, NetDragon has also started to scale its online education business on the back of management's vision to create the largest global online learning community, and to bring the "classroom of the future" to every school around the world. For more information, please visit www.netdragon.com.

About RYB Education, Inc
Founded in 1998, RYB Education, Inc focuses on the quality early childhood consultations and services of children from infancy to 6 years old and families, covering approximately 1300 play-and-learn centres and 500 prestige kindergartens across China. On 27 September 2017, RYB Education (NYSE:RYB) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

For investor enquiries, please contact:
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
Ms. Maggie Zhou
Senior Director of Investor Relations
Tel.: +852 2850 7266 / +86 591 8390 2825
Email: maggie@nd.com.cn
Website: ir.netdragon.com


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JumpStart, Subsidiary of NetDragon, Collaborates with Beach House Pictures To Develop First-Ever Neopets Animated TV Series

HONG KONG, Feb 14, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, JumpStart, a leader in learning-based games for children, collaborated with Beach House Pictures, a Blue Ant Studios company on an exclusive deal to develop the first-ever Neopets animated TV series based on the hugely successful virtual pet universe that is a global sensation beloved by generations of kids the world over. This collaboration definitely marks another milestone of NetDragon and JumpStart teams' efforts in rebranding and promotion of Neopets since it joined the JumpStart family in 2014.



Beach House Pictures is developing a new Neopets TV series, based on JumpStart Games' successful kids property, shown above, and adding to a wave of new games, content and licensed merchandise launching for the brand



As part of the agreement, Beach House Pictures is developing new characters and stories, tapping into the Blue Ant Studios animation team in Canada, to expand the storytelling and bring added dimension to the Neopets kid- and family-friendly brand. Beach House Pictures and Blue Ant Studios will be looking for co-production and platform partners over the coming months.

This agreement is the latest development for Neopets as the brand expands on multiple platforms and increases its reach in the global kids and family market. In 2020, JumpStart is unveiling the reimagined Neopets website, releasing an all-new mobile game for smartphones and tablets, and providing fans opportunities to bring the brand home through a curated line of licensed merchandise. First launched in 1999, Neopets has delighted millions of kids with game play centred around expressing themselves through the care of their virtual pets and being part of a global community in the digital world of Neopia.

Donovan Chan, Creative Director, Beach House Pictures, a Blue Ant Studios company, said, "Bringing a new Neopets series to the market has been a passion of mine for many years and seeing it come to life is a dream come true. We're looking forward to collaborating with the Blue Ant Studios team in Canada and JumpStart to create stories and characters for devoted, long-time fans, while introducing Neopets to a new generation of kids."

Jim Czulewicz, CEO of JumpStart said, "Extending Neopets into an animated series is the perfect way to give our millions of fans another new platform to discover and enjoy the brand. Beach House Pictures' passion for the Neopets brand, and its track record of producing premium content for international audiences, makes them a great partner to build on a new wave of Neopet products and storytelling we are launching in 2020."

Neopets is a virtual world where players can be their real selves and make friends while they explore stories, play games and care for their virtual pets like family. Players personalize their pets as they collect, purchase, and trade highly valuable items – all while engaging with a global community. Launched in 1999, Neopets became part of the JumpStart family in April 2014, where the brand continues to amass loyal fans globally. Available in multiple languages, Neopets regularly adds new content and activities to its collection of hundreds of games and puzzles, including annual events, tournaments, and narratives. As with all JumpStart products, Neopets is a completely safe and secure online community.

About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) is a global leader in building internet communities with a long track record of developing and scaling multiple internet and mobile platforms that impact hundreds of millions of users. These include China's number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China's most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu for US$1.9 billion in 2013 as the largest Internet M&A transaction in China.

Established in 1999, NetDragon is one of the most reputable and well-known online game developers in China with a history of successful game titles including Eudemons Online, Heroes Evolved and Conquer Online. In recent years, NetDragon has also started to scale its online education business on the back of management's vision to create the largest global online learning community, and to bring the "classroom of the future" to every school around the world. For more information, please visit www.netdragon.com.

About JumpStart
JumpStart is the leader in learning-based games for kids. Since 1991, JumpStart has set the standard in kids' educational games by making learning genuinely fun. JumpStart produces creative, educational mobile and multiplayer online games under its flagship brands – JumpStart, Jumpstart Academy, Math Blaster and School of Dragons – as well as with partners such as DreamWorks Animation. Over its 20-year history JumpStart has remained dedicated to producing high quality learning-based products, earning the trust of millions of teachers, parents, and respected organizations such as Common Sense Media and the National Parenting Center. Formerly owned by Knowledge Holding, Inc., JumpStart is now a subsidiary of NetDragon, a global leader in building internet communities. JumpStart is based in Los Angeles, California.

About Blue Ant Studios
Blue Ant Studios is a leading international studio and production business. The business' production companies are based in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and produce content in multiple genres, including Scripted, Documentary, Kids, Adult Animation, Factual Entertainment and Natural History. Blue Ant Studios works with all the major international streaming, cable and broadcasting companies as well as regional players in the markets it operates in. Blue Ant Studios, a subsidiary of Blue Ant Media, is based in Los Angeles with offices in New York.

About Beach House Pictures
Beach House Pictures (BHP), a Blue Ant Studios production company, is one of Asia's largest independent rocks. Headquartered in Singapore and operating in the US and China, Beach House Pictures specializes in factual and unscripted programming for international streamers and cable networks, creating the high-profile series Ed Stafford: First Man Out, Wild City, Masterchef Singapore, Raffles: Remaking an Icon and China From Above. Other BHP divisions include children's arm Beach House Kids who are behind scripted series My Buddy Bonemasher and the live action puppetry show Teddies; Beach House Entertainment produces formats and general entertainment programs like Record Rides and Cesar's Recruit; Beach House Labs who experts in digital and branded content; and Beach House Academy, which offers outreach programs and skills training to established and aspiring producers throughout Asia. BHP launched its foray into scripted production in 2019, acquiring the rights to iconic Asian properties such as the 1970s action heroine Cleopatra Wong and Mr. Midnight, a best-selling kids horror fiction book series.

For investor enquiries, please contact:
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
Ms. Maggie Zhou
Senior Director of Investor Relations
Tel.: +852 2850 7266 / +86 591 8390 2825
Email: maggie@nd.com.cn
Website: ir.netdragon.com


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NetDragon’s Multiple Online Education Products Support Continuous Online Learning amid No-School Period

HONG KONG, Feb 11, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, acknowledges that the novel coronavirus has recently been a major concern for many. In order to support the call of China's Ministry of Education ("MoE") to "build online cloud classes to ensure students can study at home when face-to-face classes are not allowed", NetDragon announces that, as a part of upholding corporate social responsibility, the Company's online education platform One Stop Learning is introducing a new service plan to provide live-streaming of courses for over 10 million users free of charge. Meanwhile, NetDragon also offers online interactive education platform and resources to teachers and students in Hong Kong and Macau to continue virtual schooling for free.





On 1 February, the Fuzhou Bureau of Education published the "Guidelines on proper management of education for primary, secondary, and vocational schools amidst postponement of school semesters". The guidelines state that NetDragon's One Stop Learning is chosen as the official platform in support of Fuzhou's "Continuous Learning amid School Suspension" mandate. NetDragon's One Stop Learning platform will facilitate online learning of over one million teachers and students as well as several million parents, showcasing technical capabilities of NetDragon and its One Stop Learning platform in sustaining quality service.

On top of Fuzhou, One Stop Learning platform has also been aiding the Department of Education of Hubei Province. In collaboration with Hubei Province, NetDragon established the "Hubei Education Cloud Platform", which has gradually rolled out free education services, including online lectures, online teaching videos and micro lessons, to over a million teachers and students in Hubei Province. The construction and testing of the platform were completed in merely three days and live trials were conducted in three cities, including Macheng, Xiantao and Yangxin on 30 January. The platform received enthusiastic support from the Center for Educational Technology of Xiantao City. One Stop Learning platform will extend its services to support online live stream schooling for nearly 30 cities, counties and districts in Hubei Province and ensure "Continuous Learning amid School Suspension" is well-implemented.

The service of One Stop Learning platform's "Continuous Learning amid School Suspension" not only provides the latest information of the novel coronavirus and public health measures, but also supports features including teachers' class preparation and teaching, online assignments and exams, live-communication between schools and parents, academic research, and operational management that allows users to efficiently accomplish their daily work.

In addition to One Stop Learning, NetDragon is offering its integrated software for lesson preparation and delivery, 101 Education PPT, to all teachers in China free of charge, to facilitate easy online lesson preparation and delivery. Supported on multiple platforms including PC, iOS and Android, 101 Education PPT is an integrated teaching software which comes with millions of readily-available teaching materials. Besides, Kami English, an oral English teaching and learning assistant system for K-12 students introduced by NetDragon's subsidiary Chivox, is opening all online VIP-exclusive services free of charge to all students and teachers in primary and secondary schools across the country, as well as extending VIPs' subscription period, to ensure students can carry on with their English learning during this school suspension period.

In Hong Kong and Macau, classes are also tentatively suspended until March or later. As such, Edmodo, a subsidiary of NetDragon, will continue to support online interactive learning during the period. On the Edmodo platform, teachers can share reading materials and educational videos with the class, along with online discussions to encourage independent learning among students, such that they can keep up with their learning progress. On the other hand, the Company also uses Amazon Web Services ("AWS") to provide a free "cloud-based learning platform" to serve as a short-term solution for schools in Hong Kong with cross-border students who may encounter issues when commuting between Hong Kong and mainland China. This cloud can be utilised as a platform for teachers to share their lecture recordings and for students to retrieve learning materials; and coupled with the support of assignment delivery function on Edmodo, students can make use of these tools to facilitate their daily learning at home.

In the face of the novel coronavirus, we will continue our full support towards both students and teachers by rolling out more online education services. Knowledge is the key to a brighter future, and at NetDragon, we uphold this especially during such tough times.

About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) is a global leader in building internet communities with a long track record of developing and scaling multiple internet and mobile platforms that impact hundreds of millions of users. These include China's number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China's most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu for US$1.9 billion in 2013 as the largest Internet M&A transaction in China.

Established in 1999, NetDragon is one of the most reputable and well-known online game developers in China with a history of successful game titles including Eudemons Online, Heroes Evolved and Conquer Online. In recent years, NetDragon has also started to scale its online education business on the back of management's vision to create the largest global online learning community, and to bring the "classroom of the future" to every school around the world. For more information, please visit www.netdragon.com.

For investor enquiries, please contact:
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
Ms. Maggie Zhou
Senior Director of Investor Relations
Tel.: +852 2850 7266 / +86 591 8390 2825
Email: maggie@nd.com.cn
Website: ir.netdragon.com



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Educators, Policymakers & Technology Leaders to Assess the Future of Filipino Education at EduTECH Philippines

Philippines, Feb 6, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – The 4th annual EduTECH Philippines 2020 which will be held on 19-20 February at SMX Convention Center, Manila will once again bring together the Philippines' entire education ecosystem to discuss new strategies, pedagogies and innovations to bring 21st-century quality education to all in the Philippines.





Opening the event is Ms Atima Joshi, Founding Principal, Middleton International School, Singapore who will be delivering a keynote on Capacity building of educators. In the afternoon, Mr Craig Kemp, Owner and Global Edtech Consultant Ignite EdTech and Mr Raphael Nikko Almazar, Key Accounts Manager, Lenovo (Singapore) Pte Ltd will address the audience with insights into Education 4.0: The Future of Education and Smart Schools: K12 IT Leaders Insight respectively.

On the second day of the event, Mr Paul Roland Alfonso-Maiquez, Director of Technology, VERSO International School, Bangkok, Mr John Fong, Chief Executive Officer, SP Jain School of Global Management and Ms Emie Baylon, EdTech Coordinator, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School kickstart the morning with insights on Robotics, STEAM and Classrooms of the Future. Fr. Benigno Beltran, Chief Learning Strategist, The Philippine Sustainability Challenge will conclude the afternoon keynotes with case studies on Collaboration and Technopreneurship.

In addition to the visionary keynotes, there will be a series of case studies and sharing sessions across six theatres of content – K-12, Tertiary, STEAM, Tech Innovation, Learning Spaces, Smart School & Campus and #teachtechtalks. Over 200 inspirational speakers from across the Philippines will address key issues including K-12 strategies, tertiary education, flipped learning, digital storytelling, integrated STEM education, education 4.0, makerspaces, partnerships & stakeholder management in education and more.

Besides the conference, the exhibition will feature a showcase of the latest education technologies by over 70 industry players and a maker space with hands-on activities by Science Center Singapore. Some of the exhibiting companies include Lenovo, Microsoft, Intel, Canvas, Oracle, Zoho Corp, GO Philippines and more.

The two-day free-to-attend conference and exhibition are expected to gather over 4,000 education stakeholders from the Philippines and beyond.

About EduTECH Philippines 2020
Date: 19-20 February 2020
Conference & Exhibition opening hours: 09:00 am
Registration & badge collection starts from 08:00am
Venue: Level 2, Function Room 1-5, SMX Convention Center, Manila, Philippines
Website: http://bit.ly/39cTUUZ

About Terrapinn

Terrapinn is a business media company. Its products are trade exhibitions, conferences, training solutions, and electronic and print publications. For more information, please visit www.terrapinn.com.

Note: Press registration for the conference is compulsory and advance scheduling for speaker/ sponsor interviews is recommended. Press passes are strictly reserved for reporters, journalists, editors only. The final issuance of press passes is subjected to Terrapinn's discretion. For your complimentary press pass, please contact the following:

Jessica Foong
Senior Marketing Manager
Terrapinn Pte Ltd
Tel: +65 6322 2715
Jessica.foong@terrapinn.com

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Former New York University President John Sexton will be Asian University for Women’s 2020 Commencement Speaker; an Indian economist, a Pakistani actress, and a Swiss educator will receive honorary degrees

CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH, Jan 23, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Professor John Sexton, a U.S. national, who served as the fifteenth President of New York University (NYU) and whose vision and leadership led to the creation of New York University Shanghai and Abu Dhabi campuses, will be the Commencement Speaker at the Eighth Commencement of the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh on Saturday, May 9, 2020. A law professor, who also served as Dean of NYU Law School, John Sexton is the author of the leading American casebook on civil procedure as well as several other books, including, "Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game" and "Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age". Professor Sexton will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the Commencement.



John Sexton


Andrea Schenker-Wicki


Gita Gopinath


Meesha Shafi



Three others will receive honorary degrees from the Asian University for Women during the Commencement Proceedings. Andrea Schenker-Wicki, a Swiss national, who serves as the President of the University of Basel, will receive a Doctor of Laws; Gita Gopinath, who was born in Kolkata and serves as the first female Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (where she is on leave from her position as John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University) will receive a Doctor of Laws; and Meesha Shafi, the noted Pakistani actress and singer who made her film debut in the Hollywood production of A Reluctant Fundamentalist, will receive a Doctor of Arts.

AUW expects that 123 students from 12 countries will graduate at the Eighth Commencement. The Eighth AUW Commencement will be chaired by AUW Chancellor Mrs. Cherie Blair, CBE, of the United Kingdom and AUW Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Dipu Moni (who is also the Bangladeshi Minister of Education). Professor Nirmala Rao, OBE, FAcSS, Vice Chancellor of AUW, will officiate the program.

About Asian University for Women (AUW):

Founded in 2008 and located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, AUW is the first of its kind: a regional institution dedicated to women's education and leadership development – international in outlook but rooted in the contexts and aspirations of the people of Asia. Chartered by the Parliament of Bangladesh, AUW exists solely to support a rising network of women leaders, entrepreneurs, and change makers from across the region. It seeks out women who have significant academic potential, demonstrate courage and a sense of outrage at injustice, and are empathic to the woes of other people.

Almost 900 students from 18 countries attend AUW: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Syria, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and Yemen. More than 85% of AUW students are on full or near-full scholarships funded by supporters from around the world. The University has graduated more than 800 students. A majority of AUW graduates secure employment in the private and public sectors in their home countries, while about 25% go on to pursue graduate studies at other institutions of higher learning including Oxford, Stanford, Columbia, New York University, Duke, Surrey, SOAS, and Ewha, among others.

To learn more about Asian University for Women, please visit http://asian-university.org/

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HKTDC Education & Careers Expo opens early February

HONG KONG, Jan 21, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 30th edition of the HKTDC Education & Careers Expo runs from 6 to 9 February (Thursday to Sunday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Open to the public free of charge, the expo provides comprehensive information on education and job opportunities available in Hong Kong and overseas. Featuring two major sections – Careers and Education – the four-day fair will host 880 organisations representing more than 20 countries and regions, including educational institutions and consultants, professional associations, government departments, public organisations and private companies.



Speaking at a press conference held today, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said that the Education & Careers Expo will feature two major sections – Careers and Education – coupled with the brand new Future Tech Talent Day and Aviation Day, along with the popular Electrical & Mechanical Day and Culinary Day which return again this year. More than 2,600 on-the-spot vacancies will be offered at the 2020 expo.


(L-R) Iu King-fung, Assistant Executive Director, Vocational Training Council; Samuel Mak, Chief Flight Instructor, Flight Level; Yasmin Chafra, Head of Campus France Hong Kong, Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau; Benjamin Chau; Patricia Lee, Assistant Hospital Administrator, Prince Philip Dental Hospital; Carmen Wong, Senior Training Officer, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department; and Poon Ka-tik, Marine Officer, Vessel Traffic Centre, Marine Department



The 30th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo will run from 6 to 9 February. The picture shows a scene from last year’s event.

Speaking at a press conference held today, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said that the Education & Careers Expo will feature two major sections – Careers and Education – coupled with the brand new Future Tech Talent Day and Aviation Day, along with the popular Electrical & Mechanical Day and Culinary Day which return again this year. More than 2,600 on-the-spot vacancies will be offered at the 2020 expo.



New focus for career theme days

Speaking at a press conference to announce details of the expo, Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, said: “This year’s Education & Careers Expo features several thematic zones covering further education, continuing studies and job opportunities. It also highlights four career theme days, including the brand new Future Tech Talent Day and Aviation Day, along with the popular Electrical & Mechanical Day and Culinary Day which both return again this year. Some of the exhibitors will provide the latest job market updates relating to popular industries such as healthcare, finance and engineering, while information on further education, continuing studies and working holidays will also be on offer. Visitors will get the chance to chart a new path forward based on their own preferences and needs.”

On the first day of the expo (6 February), the new Future Tech Talent Day, organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, will feature experts sharing their insights on digital technology, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and the application of artificial intelligence in daily life and industrial development. Visitors and jobseekers can get up to date on the latest market trends.

The Electrical & Mechanical Day (7 February) will feature engineers from companies such as CLP, Hong Kong Electric, Towngas and MTR Corporation to explore industry potential and trends. On the third day of the expo (8 February), the Culinary Day, co-organised with the Chinese Culinary Institute and International Culinary Institute, will provide cooking demonstration to visitors looking to learn more about prospects in the industry. Specialists from the food and beverage sector, including sommeliers, will be on hand to share their career experience. The last day of the expo (9 February) will feature the Aviation Day, supported by Airport Authority Hong Kong, where pilots will share their industry experiences and prospects.

More than 2,600 on-the-spot job vacancies

Enlarged in scale in 2020, this year’s Recruitment Square will cooperate with various recruitment platforms to invite local companies such as Cathay Pacific Catering Services (HK) Limited, China Evergrande Group, Hang Lung Properties, Asia Airfreight Terminal Co Ltd, Pure International and Modern Beauty Salon to provide on-site job recruitment, with some of them offering on-the-spot interviews. Various government departments and public organisations, including the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification, will also accept job applications on-site. More than 2,600 job opportunities will be offered during the expo.

The Youth Zone returns this year with information on continuing education and career planning for young people. Representatives from the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups will introduce popular courses such as the Certificate in Playgroup Tutor Training, Certificate in Veterinary Assistant Training and Certificate in eSports Management. Representatives from the Labour Department and various consulates will introduce the Working Holiday Scheme that allows young people to explore opportunities available overseas.

Four education-themed zones highlight local and overseas opportunities

Four educational zones will be set up at the expo this year. The Tertiary Academy zone brings together universities and higher education institutions offering articulation opportunities, including Hong Kong Shue Yan University and the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. The Vocational and Professional Education zone will feature the Vocational Training Council (VTC), Hong Kong Institute of Construction and Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, introducing a comprehensive range of pre-employment programmes. At the Continuing Education zone, Hong Kong language schools Wall Street English and EF Language will offer value-added programmes. Among the exhibitors in the Creative and Educational Support Services zone is Magazines International, which will introduce its latest multimedia online courses.

Education theme days will provide an in-depth introduction to studying in Mainland China (6 February), the United States (7 February), France (8 February) and Japan (9 February). Representatives from Huaqiao University, Jinan University, EducationUSA, CampusFrance and the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong will host seminars highlighting the prerequisites for admission and application procedures, information on campus life and more. The International Exchange Village also returns to provide visitors with on-site consultation services for studying and working overseas. Participating consulates general and official education authorities include Austria, Argentina, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia and the US.

More than 90 inspiring events with popular speakers

6 February (Thursday)
Nathan Lam and Yelo from entertainment cultural brand Manner will talk about their experience of becoming YouTubers and share some of the challenges of being online celebrities.

Star tutor Jayden Lam will share tips on tackling the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Chinese examination.

7 February (Friday)
Popular DJ Ah Jeng from Commercial Radio Hong Kong will share her career experience and offer practical tips on becoming a DJ.

8 February (Saturday)
Tong Shiu-sing, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Physics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and guest host of the TVB programme Sidewalk Scientist, will share fascinating ways to understand physics.

Meanwhile, a series of seminars on working holidays will highlight the job opportunities and application requirements in Austria, France, Japan and Germany.

9 February (Sunday)
Parenting education expert and famous DJ Blanche Tang will share her children’s experience studying abroad in the United Kingdom, including expenditure and challenges in their daily lives. Visitors looking to study in the UK should not miss this event.

Schedule / Theme days
6 February (Thursday) 10:30am-7pm / Careers: Future Tech Talent Day, Education: Study in Mainland China
7 February (Friday) 10:30am-7pm / Career: Electrical and Mechanical Day, Education: Study in the US
8 February (Saturday) 10:30am-7pm / Career: Culinary Day, Education: Study in France
9 February (Sunday) 10:30am-6pm / Career: Aviation Day, Education: Study in Japan

Expo website: https://hkeducationexpo.hktdc.com/
Activity schedule: https://bit.ly/2TH6aZj

Photo download: http://bit.ly/379W6Mm

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

Contact:
Sunny Ng, Tel: +852 2584 4357, Email: sunny.sl.ng@hktdc.org Lisa Tam, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email: lisa.yy.tam@hktdc.org



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