VANCOUVER, Jan. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - CIBT Education Group Inc. (NYSE AMEX: MBA) (TSX: MBA) ("CIBT Group" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that its advisory board, which consults with
senior management on strategic initiatives, will by chaired by Sir John
Sir John Daniel is one of the world's most eminent practitioners and
thinkers in open, distance and technology mediated learning. He has
helped to progress the international development agenda in education
globally and has been a distinguished leader of universities and
intergovernmental organisations in Canada, France and the United
Kingdom. A citizen of both Canada and the UK, he was knighted by Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to higher education in 1994 and
holds 31 honorary doctorates from universities in 17 countries.
Sir John Daniel obtained his full-time university education in
Metallurgy at the Universities of Oxford and Paris and later
demonstrated his commitment to lifelong learning by taking 25 years to
complete a part-time Master's degree in Educational Technology at
Concordia University. The internship for this programme, which took him
to infant UK Open University in 1972, was a life-changing experience.
He saw the future of higher education and wanted to be part of it.
This career took Sir John on an international odyssey with appointments
at the Télé-université, Québec (Directeur des Études, 1973-77);
Athabasca University, Alberta (Vice-President for Learning Services,
1978-80); Concordia University, Montreal (Vice-Rector, Academic,
1980-84); Laurentian University, Ontario (President, 1984-90); the UK
Open University (Vice-Chancellor, 1990-2001); UNESCO, Paris (Assistant
Director-General for Education, 2001-04); and the Commonwealth of
Learning, Vancouver (President and CEO, 2004-2012). His non-executive
appointments have included the presidencies of the International
Council for Open and Distance Education, the Canadian Association for
Distance Education and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher
Education. He also served as Vice-President of the International
Baccalaureate Organisation. He is currently Education Master with the
Beijing DeTao Masters Academy, China.
Among Sir John's 320 publications are his books Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher
Education (Kogan Page, 1996) and Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All (Routledge, 2010).
"In order to continue our global expansion strategy, we must retain
experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge and vast networks to
assist our future endeavours," commented Toby Chu, Vice-Chairman,
President and CEO of CIBT Group. "With over 40 years of leadership
experience in the education sector, Sir John Daniel has accumulated the
knowledge, experience, credentials and global network to add strategic
value to our future plans and potential partnerships. We welcome Sir
John to the position of Chairman of the Advisory Board."
"I am delighted by the opportunity to work with Toby Chu in this dynamic
phase of development of the CIBT Group" said Sir John. "I used to be
sceptical about remote-classroom teaching with interactive media but I
have become an enthusiast. CIBT is a pace-setter in this exciting
world. Its impressive Global Learning Network sets new standards of
clarity, reliability and speed. Education is at a tipping point - on
the verge of a revolution that will raise the quality of teaching and
learning while making it less costly and more widely available. CIBT is
at the leading edge of this revolution because it combines
state-of-the-art technology with consistent student support. From
students' first contact until they graduate and find employment, often
with the help of its Global Career Centre, CIBT defines its success as
empowering people to live better lives".
About CIBT Education Group:
CIBT Education Group Inc. is an education management company focused on
the global education market. Listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and
the NYSE Amex, CIBT Group owns and operates a network of business,
technical and language colleges and has cooperative joint programmes in
18 countries. Its subsidiaries include Sprott-Shaw Community College
(established in 1903), Sprott-Shaw Degree College, CIBT School of
Business China, and King George International College. Through these
subsidiaries, CIBT Group offers Western and Chinese accredited business
and management degrees, and programmes in college preparation,
automotive maintenance, information technology, hotel management and
tourism, English language training, English teacher certification, and
other career/vocational training. In addition to its wholly-owned
subsidiaries, CIBT Group is the exclusive licensee for the American
Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHL-EI) in China and the
Philippines, and the WyoTech Automotive Institute for China. CIBT Group
also owns Irix Design Group, a leading design and advertising company
based in Vancouver, Canada.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vice-Chairman, President & CEO
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