CIBT Adds 9 New Partners & Teaching Locations across China

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - CIBT Education Group Inc. (NYSE Alternext and
TSX.V symbol: MBA) ("CIBT") is pleased to report that its hotel and tourism
division in China has signed cooperative joint program agreements with a
number of education institutions and companies in China. The agreements range
in scope from providing professional certification, to course exchanges to
ongoing training contracts.
    The cooperation with various education partners across China provides
CIBT's hotel and tourism division the network it needs to expand the company's
presence into new markets in China, which may also serve as recruitment and
job placement centers for other CIBT programs in the future.
    CIBT has signed cooperative joint program agreements with the following

    Institutions                                           City     Province
    Guizhou China Tourism Education and Cultural
     Development Co                                     Guizhou      Guiyang
    Beijing International Education Institute           Beijing      Beijing
    Chongqing Prosperity Consulting                   Chongqing    Chongqing
    Guangzhou Ritz-Carlton Hotel Management Co        Guangzhou    Guangdong
    Suzhou Chuanda Hotel Management                      Suzhou      Jiangsu
    Sichuan University - Suzhou Research Center          Suzhou      Jiangsu
    Kunming Quality Education Consulting                Kunming       Yunnan
    Chongqing Jinbo Education Consulting              Chongqing    Chongqing
    Weifang University                                  Weifang     Shandong

    "Since our acquisition of the Tourism Training Institute in April 2008,
we are very encouraged with the development and progress of our hotel and
tourism training division," commented Toby Chu, Vice-Chairman, President & CEO
of CIBT. "With a growing number of education partners progressively joining
CIBT's education platform in northern, central and southern China, CIBT will
be able to utilize this rapidly expanding network to not only establish new
locations throughout China but also for future expansion to other countries in
Asia using China as our Asia hub reaching out to other Asian countries via our
satellite centers."

    About CIBT Education Group Inc.

    CIBT is an education management and investment company with a special
focus on the global education market. Its subsidiaries, CIBT School of
Business & Technology Corp., Tourism Training Institute, Concordia Career
College, Modus International Language College and Sprott-Shaw Degree College
Corp., which is comprised of Sprott-Shaw Degree College, Sprott-Shaw Community
College (established in 1903), Sprott-Shaw International Language College,
possess a combined operating history of over 118 years in China and Canada's
education sectors. CIBT owns and operates a network of business, technical and
language colleges with presence at over 50 campuses and teaching centers
including Canada, China, Vietnam, Jordan and the Philippines. CIBT delivers
North American and Chinese accredited business and management degree programs,
automotive, and diesel maintenance programs, IT programs, travel and tourism
programs and career/vocational programs through its network of campuses across
China and Canada. In 2006, CIBT initiated plans to aggressively expand its
business presence across China and to establish schools in other parts of Asia
including South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and India. CIBT
also owns Irix Design Group, a leading full service design and advertising
company based in Vancouver, Canada. In 2008, Irix Design was ranked 15th in
the list of Biggest Ad Agencies in Greater Vancouver by the Business in
Vancouver newspaper.

    CIBT Education Group Inc.

    "Toby Chu"

    Toby Chu
    Vice-Chairman, President & CEO

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associated with changes in general economic and business conditions, actions
of CIBT's competitors, the extent to which CIBT is able to develop new
services and markets for their services, the time and expense involved in such
development activities, the level of demand and market acceptance of their
services and changes in our business strategies.

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