NEWS RELEASE: World-leading education technology firm Renaissance Learning launches in China
By Renaissance UK,
Renaissance Learning, the world’s biggest provider of assessment and practice education technology for reading and maths, officially launches in China today (September 11).
Renaissance Learning’s London-based international division, which operates in 95 countries, has established an office in Beijing and is working with a data centre in Shanghai that will host all its products for the Chinese market.
More than 18 million students across the globe use Renaissance Learning’s cloud-based tools, which provide personalised assessment and teaching and learning practice in reading and maths.
At an event at the British Ambassador’s residence in Beijing, Erez Tocker, Renaissance Learning’s Managing Director, said China’s vision for its education system “chimed perfectly” with what his firm offered.
“The Chinese government is ahead of many others in its desire to see innovation in K-12 education, personalised English language learning and edtech in the classroom,” he said.
“Here in China, we’re seeing a move away from traditional teaching and learning and towards a more personalised curriculum – one that responds to each learner’s individual strengths and weaknesses.
“This chimes perfectly with what Renaissance Learning offers and our vision to accelerate learning for all, particularly through literacy and numeracy.
“China is one of our key markets, together with the US and the UK. Now, with a team here in Beijing and our expertise from operating across the world, we are uniquely placed to offer what educators in China are looking for and to focus on growth in this country.”
Renaissance Learning’s launch in China comes after three years spent understanding what would work best for Chinese customers and how to adapt products to best suit the Chinese education system.
Chinese students have already taken more than 92,000 quizzes using Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader software over the last year, with an impressive 84% success rate.
Senior leadership at the business have spoken to educators at hundreds of China’s international schools and innovative English learning centres.
Speaking at the launch, Sarah Haythornthwaite, Renaissance Learning’s International Marketing Director, said the company was committed to “understanding the needs of China’s students and educators to best serve them now and for many years to come”.
“We see huge potential here in China and are committed to delivering the same levels of success we’ve seen across the globe,” she said.
Today’s launch was attended by more than 70 guests, including the British Embassy in China, China-Britain Business Council and the British Council. Renaissance Learning UK also signed a strategic cooperation with Wangsu Technology that hosts their Shanghai Data Centre and two of their important clients, Green Hippo English and Kid’s English.
Mr. John Edwards, Deputy Trade Director at the British Embassy in China, said: “I am very glad to see that Renaissance Learning has demonstrated a long-term commitment to improving children’s reading and learning skills in China with leading edtech solutions”.
Mr. Tom Simpson, Managing Director at the China-Britain Business Council, congratulated Renaissance Learning on the official launch of its operations in China, and its achievement in establishing a data centre in Shanghai with ICP license ready.
Mr. Danny Whitehead, Deputy Director for China from British Council, added: “We see English language learning as an important way of fostering cultural exchanges, and Renaissance Learning’s expertise and solutions will play a key role in this.”
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