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CIBT holds a joint news conference in Beijing to announce that its bachelor degree programs have received accreditation approval from the Beijing Municipal Education Commission ("BMEC").

On February 25, 2004, CIBT held a joint press conference in Beijing to announce that its bachelor degree programs jointly offered with Beijing University of Technology, ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI), which operates the ITT Technical Institutes, and Western International University ("WIU"), subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc (NASD:APOL), had received accreditation approval from the Beijing Municipal Education Commission ("BMEC").

According to BMEC, this approval marks the first foreign bachelor degrees to receive formal government recognition by Beijing's regulatory authorities.

This event was attended by over 90 reporters and media personnel and received coverage in several major Asian newspapers.

To read articles from these newspapers please click here.
Please note that all of these articles are in Chinese.

Below are a list of some of the media firms that provided coverage of this conference.

  • Beijing Portal (February 25, 2004)

  • SOHU (February 26, 2004)

  • SINA (February 26, 2004)

  • Top Study (February 26, 2004)

  • China HR (March 3, 2004)

  • Beijing News (February 25, 2004)

  • Beijing Morning Post (February 26, 2004)

  • International Business Daily (February 26, 2004)

  • China Times (February 26, 2004)

  • China Daily (February 26, 2004)

  • Beijing Times (February 26, 2004)

  • Youth Express (March 11, 2004)

  • Modern Education News (February 27, 2004)

Prior to the press conference, on February 24th, 2004, CIBT and WIU were invited by a Chinese education regulatory body to give a presentation on the history and development of the private for-profit education sector in the United States. Michael Seiden, President of WIU, delivered the presentation to an audience that required approximately 100 representatives from various government authorities such as the Ministry of Education, the China Education Association for International Exchange, municipal education commissions and state-owned universities.