Pearson VUE opens Dubai office and appoints local Arabic-speaking team

Pearson VUE, the leader in computer-based testing, has joined fellow Pearson business, Pearson Education, in opening an office in Dubai to meet the Middle East's increasing demand for e-assessment.

Pearson VUE chose Dubai as its regional hub in order to best serve the needs of its clients in the Middle East. The provision of a localised office with knowledgeable Arabic-speaking staff will ensure Pearson VUE clients benefit from improved accessibility and more personal relationships.

A number of companies operating in the ever-progressing regulatory and certification markets in the Middle East are benefitting from Pearson VUE’s track record of delivering cost effective, easy to deploy and flexible testing solutions. This has enabled Pearson VUE to enjoy continued success in 2010, signing a series of major contracts with clients based in the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, as it now plans to expand its operations across the entire region. Local clients include the Roads and Transport Authority for Dubai and the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi, while regional clients include the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions, the African Society for Quality Healthcare, Fortress and Batterjee Medical College.

Speaking at a press conference to announce the official office opening in Dubai, Suzana Lopes, Pearson VUE, VP EMEA Sales and Marketing, said:

“We remain dedicated to spreading a culture of computer-based testing throughout the Middle East in order to support its growing need for new technologies in education and assessment.“

Jean Greenaway, Operations Director, Pearson VUE EMEA, added:

“The establishment of a local Arabic-speaking team, dedicated to our clients in the Middle East, proves our continual commitment to customer service excellence across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, finance, government and IT.”

Last year, via its network of over 5,000 test centres across 165 countries, Pearson VUE delivered in excess of seven million exams.

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Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programmes around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centres in 165 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSPSON), the international education and information company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group. In the UAE, Pearson VUE operates under the Pearson Education umbrella.