Pearson Brazil and eCollege chosen to increase educational opportunities for Brazil's business students

More than 18,000 students have improved access to blended and fully online courses 

Pearson Brazil and eCollege, the leading global provider of integrated technology, content and support services to power online and blended learning programs, today announced a partnership with Veris Educacional, one of Brazil's leading private university groups which operates Ibmec campuses in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Distrito Federal as well as several other educational brands.

Veris Educacional selected Pearson Brazil's offering of eCollege because the platform offers more than just a learning management system. Pearson eCollege combines on-demand or cloud computing capabilities with Pearson's world-class content, including print, digital media and online courses, allowing Ibmec campuses to deliver greater, measurable success to thousands of students throughout Brazil.

'We selected the Pearson eCollege learning platform because it offered more administrative possibilities than any other available solution,' said Eduardo L. Wurzmann, President of Veris Educacional. 'Pearson combines leading education services and solutions to deliver improved online learning environments for our educators and students.'

Veris Educacional serves nearly 18,500 students and provides associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in multiple disciplines. As one of the top five traditional business and financial schools in Brazil, Ibmec was one of the first schools to offer an executive MBA program in the country. Veris Educacional will leverage the Pearson eCollege learning platform to deliver the MBA, CBA and management courses online.

'Pearson Brazil is delighted to have Veris Educacional as our first Pearson eCollege client in Brazil,' said Guy Gerlach, President of Pearson Brazil. 'As an education solutions provider, Pearson Brazil and our sister company, Pearson eCollege, will provide Veris Educacional with leading technology, student support tools and access to premium content for the rapidly developing distance education market in Brazil.'

'Pearson eCollege provides the integrated technology and services that international institutions need to enrich student learning in any language,' said Matt Leavy, Chief Executive Officer of Pearson eCollege. 'Ibmec has helped thousands of students in Brazil and now, with Pearson eCollege, Ibmec's educators will leverage our technology to do what they do best--improve students' lives through education.'

Pearson eCollege is a top provider of education technology, content solutions and support services at hundreds of the most successful blended and fully online academic programs in the US and increasingly, around the world. The company recently added language support for Spanish and Portuguese to its learning platform. Pearson eCollege also works closely with other Pearson companies, such as Pearson Longman's English Language Training, to provide technology-enriched content to help Latin American students meet their academic goals.

About Veris Educational

Veris Educacional aims to be the best institution of higher education in Brazil, being already considered one of the most important names of the Brazilian private educational system. In the last years Veris has invested in its national expansion. Nowadays Veris has an enrollment of 18,500 students. Its campuses are located in the cities of São Paulo (State of São Paulo), Rio de Janeiro (State of Rio de Janeiro), Brasília (DC), Sorocaba (State of São Paulo), São José dos Campos (State of São Paulo) and Campinas (State of São Paulo). Veris' colleges offer undergrad education, postgraduate education and technician graduation courses. Veris Educacional is administrated with strong principles, such as professional management, corporate governance and costs control, in order to produce increasing and lasting results.

About Pearson eCollege

Pearson eCollege enables educators globally to achieve measurable success for online and blended education through on-demand education solutions that advance and improve the teaching and learning experience for learners in multiple types of educational institutions and programs. Pearson eCollege provides a composable (SaaS) learning platform, academic services, rich content solutions and renowned multi-level user support that help students and teachers reach their education goals. Pearson eCollege is the leading provider of technology and services to the top online schools and programs globally. Pearson (LSE: PSON, NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. Pearson is dedicated to helping people of all ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. In addition to Education, Pearson's primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, visit www.ecollege.com or www.pearson.com

Susan Aspey
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