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SOURCE Xchanging plc
Delivers enhanced learning and teaching standards across Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 1BestariNet, a virtual leaning environment (VLE) initiative rolled out by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in partnership with Xchanging Malaysia and YTL Communications, has successfully connected a total of 5.5 million students, 500,000 teachers, 10,000 schools and 4.5 million parents. This has made Malaysia the first country in the world to deliver a single, nation-wide cloud-based learning platform via high-speed 4G internet connectivity.
Following a competitive tender process, Xchanging Malaysia was selected as the preferred delivery partner based on the company's expertise in delivering end-to-end integrated solutions, and managing complex mission-critical systems where failure is not an option, such as Gatwick Airport and the London insurance market.
A key objective of 1BestariNet was to reduce the urban and rural education divide by giving all teachers and students access to the same systems and content, regardless of location. Xchanging's solution was to create an online education community via a virtual network, linking students, teachers, schools and parents.
Xchanging also provides a learning management system to deliver educational resources to teachers and students, through a software platform from Frog - the 'Frog Store' - and collates free content from providers such as YouTube and Discovery Channel. These resources are used in lessons to enhance students' learning experience, and can be accessed in any location across Malaysia.
The 1BestariNet project is delivering major benefits for all involved, including:
- Schools have experienced cost savings through the cloud-based delivery of content, as a result of removing the need to service and update 10,000 separate servers, which was time consuming, complex and expensive;
- Students have made significant gains in their development irrespective of their background or location, and will leave school with a wider breadth of knowledge and world-class skills, giving them a head start towards a better future.
- Teachers are able to easily develop stimulating lesson plans with engaging content, share teaching best practice to improve the way learning issues are addressed, and track the progress of each student closely and manage any problem areas swiftly;
- Parents also have access to the platform, giving them the convenience of tracking their children's progress, and the ability to interact with teachers.
Yang Berhormat Tuan P Kamalanathan s/o P. Panchanathan, Deputy Minister of Education Malaysia said: "When we were developing 1BestariNet, we needed to engage partners that could ensure our plans and visions for education were fulfilled. We chose Xchanging Malaysia for its robust global managed network services capabilities and ability to deliver the connectivity, the security, the reliability, and the functions that were essential for learning environments. The team was entrusted to ensure the initiative got off the ground, and they did a remarkable job. We look forward to more partnerships with Xchanging Malaysia as we continue to enhance the education system in the country."
Muralidhran Nadarajah, CEO, Xchanging Malaysia, said: "Xchanging simplifies the delivery of virtual learning environments by offering the option to select an individual service module specific to customers' particular educational needs, or to build a complimentary end-to-end services solution. We are committed to enhancing education initiatives across the globe, and as the Ministry of Education's fulfilment partner for 1BestariNet, it has been an exciting journey to be a part of a compelling idea that has transformed the education system in Malaysia."
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